Toronto is quite literally filled with yoga studios, so there's not shortage of places to get your vinyasa on. But, let's be honest, studios are prone to getting stuffy especially when temperatures begin to skyrocket and classes fill up. If you'd rather commune with nature while perfecting your downward dogs and dolphins opt for one of these outdoor sessions.
Here's round-up of places to do yoga outdoors this summer.
On a few select dates this summer Yogathletix is bringing its Yogasana class to Jimmie Simpson Park. The program is based on Hatha yoga and is designed for ladies and gents of all fitness levels and ages, so virtually anyone can take part. Bonus: while the class will cost you $20 to take in the studio, it's free in the park. Keep an eye on the studio's website for info on upcoming classes.
Park Yoga Toronto
The name "Park Yoga Toronto" pretty much says it all. The group hosts donation-based classes in parks all summer long, with a portion of the proceeds goes to Nellie's Shelter. This summer's destinations include Riverdale Park East, Trinity Bellwoods Park and Jonathan Ashbridge Park.
Every Sunday morning between June 26 to September 18 flow-active, an activewear shop in Bloor West Village, will be bringing yoga experts to High Park for its seasonal series. While the class is 100% free, they will be accepting donations for StepStones for Youth.
Breathe Yoga Studio
flow-active isn't the only one to set its sights on High Park. Breathe Yoga Studio is packing up its mats and heading south of Hillside Gardens for a Canada Day retreat on July 1. The event is open to everyone and there will be plenty of prizes, cake and good vibes to go around.
SUP is known for teaching wannabe paddle-board experts how to hold their own on the waters of Lake Ontario. Well it turns out paddle boards aren't just for paddle boarding, they can also be used for yoga. Each Yoga Paddle and Flow class involves 30 minutes of paddling and 30 minutes of yoga on the boards, making for a pretty impressive workout. A class will run you $35.
Every Sunday morning in July and August an Octopus Garden teacher will leave the Little Italy studio and set up camp at the southwest corner in Dufferin Grove. This summer program is free and open to all ages and fitness levels, all you need is a mat and the ability to do some stretching.
Lolë White Tour Toronto
The Lolë White Tour has its Toronto stop scheduled for July 28 at Exhibition Place. Purchasing a $40 ticket will give you access to the evening yoga session and a musical performance after you've completed your practice. The event is an all-white outfit affair, so now's the time to stock up on some new gear if you've been rocking neon spandex.
When it comes to summer yoga, the Harbourfront Centre has a few options. One-off events include free yoga sessions on June 29 at the Stage in the Round and Yogapalooza - a full blown festival - on August 6 and 7. If you can't make either of those dates, no worries, there will be free yoga in Exhibition Common every Tuesday in July and August.
Lift yoga founder Caitlan Carver is hosting a series of yoga meetups around the city throughout the summer. Though this summers entire schedule has yet to be planned, she's already held classes at the Scarborough Bluffs and Kew Beach in recent weeks. Keep your eye on the page for upcoming sessions. All classes are donation based.
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by Alice Prendergast via blogTO