5 Places to Get Your Yoga on in Toronto + Passport to Prana Giveaway
While I didn’t soak up tropical rays on a beach during my reading week, I got to do a ton of what I think is the next best thing: yoga. Enlisting the help of my trusty Passport to Prana, I was able to get to 7 different studios in 8 days! I described a few of them below (in no particular order).
Passport to Prana is a multi-studio yoga pass that allows you to attend one class at every one of its participating yoga studios each year you renew. P2P started in Toronto, where you have over 70 studios to choose from, but also can be purchased for other cities in Canada, the United States, and Australia. The pass itself only costs $30, so it pays for itself quickly!
1. Breathe Yoga Studio: 2968 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor
Cons: Location not accessible easily by public transit
I chose to check out an Ashtanga class one Sunday afternoon. I was welcomed warmly by the staff (despite being late-oops!) and given a quick tour of the beautiful facilities. The class itself was great; the teacher was attentive to the students’ needs and confidently guided us through the beginner series. I felt zen for hours afterwards.
2. Spynga The Yoga and Cycling Studio: 1415 Bathurst Street, Suite 302
I had been wanting to check out Spynga for quite some time, and opted to try their Spynga Flow class which starts off with 30 minutes of spin and moves to yoga for the remaining 30 minutes. The studio was packed with people since there were two classes going on at once, but the staff were extremely helpful in getting me signed up and settled in. While I enjoyed the class, it wasn’t was I was expecting. It would be interested to experience one of their yoga-only classes sometime.
Pros: Mats free to borrow, mat and shoe storage, extremely friendly staff
Cons: small space and very busy
3. 889 Yoga: 889 Yonge Street & 550 Wellington Street West
889 Yoga has a couple locations in Toronto offering a variety of yoga classes and wellness services (with 25% off on your birthday, I’m told!). I chose to attend the downtown King West location in the Thompson hotel; the studio was cozy and the staff were very friendly. Lululemon mats were available to rent, and there was complimentary tea to sip on while waiting for class to start.
Cons: King West location has limited schedule
4. Roots Yoga Studio: 1073 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
This cozy studio in the city’s more north-east end is affiliated with the Canadian clothing store. The studio itself is gorgeous and boasts being zero-carbon emission and eco-friendly all around, from the floors to the Jade rental mats. Roots offers a wide array of classes from more subdued hatha, to challenging vinyasa (as I can attest to!), to Iyengar, and restorative practice.
Cons: no shower facilities, Roots store downstairs is a temptation to go on a shopping spree (kidding!)
5. Float Suspension Yoga: 236 George St
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! This pint-sized yoga studio is located in the basement of the owner’s house, which she has beautifully transformed into a small suspension yoga studio. Amber teaches suspension yoga classes (think yoga in a hammock) using the OmGym system and can accommodate small class sizes. I went with a friend and we both had a blast!
Cons: Steep learning curve (tip: take the introduction class if it is your first time!), on the pricier side
Get Your Yoga On!
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Disclaimer: I purchased a Passport to Prana with my own money and was not compensated for this review. All opinion expressed here are my own.