60 Min Yoga Flow Playlist

I’m teaching my first Saturday class this weekend and I made this soundtrack to go along with it. I feel these songs in my bones and I love the way they make my body move and feel, and yes that includes “Saved” from Nashville (anyone else waiting for Jan 2018 with intense anticipation?!?!). I just love Maddie’s, I mean Lennon’s, voice. So much so, I threw another track of hers on there as well. Press play and flow away.  Continue reading “60 Min Yoga Flow Playlist”

Free Outdoor Yoga in Toronto – Summer 2017 Edition

Summer’s here baby! It’s time to head outdoors, roll out that mat, and salute the sun!

Here you’ll find a list of free yoga events taking place in (and around) Toronto this summer. This list features predominately free outdoor yoga events and yoga in outdoor spaces. Please note that most free yoga events are BYOM (bring your own mat). Please bring your own mat, water bottle and yoga towel when appropriate.

This list will be updated on a continual basis. Continue reading “Free Outdoor Yoga in Toronto – Summer 2017 Edition”

Amazing Night at Fly Queen West

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Fly Studios on Queen West. Fly Studios is an aerial yoga and reformer Pilates studio located above a storefront (…let’s be real, it’s a dispensary) near Spadina. I’d been wanting to try aerial yoga for a while, but I admit I was a little intimidated! Even a regular yogi can be nervous about new kinds of yoga. That said, I was delighted when Fly invited me to a special event because I knew it would be an awesome way for me to step outside of my comfort zone. Continue reading “Amazing Night at Fly Queen West”

How to Celebrate International Day of Yoga in Toronto

Next week marks the second annual International Day of Yoga. While a ‘World Yoga Day’ has been celebrated unofficially in some capacity for many years, it was not until the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, proposed the idea in 2014 that the United Nations General Assembly gave June 21st the official declaration. The first event last year was celebrated around the world and earned two Guinness World Records, one for the largest yoga class, which was taught by Prime Minister Modi himself and attracted some 35,985 people; and one for the largest number of nationalities to participate in a single yoga event: an amazing 84 nations.

I don’t think we’re going to see anything of that magnitude here in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do to participate in this amazing day. Here are 10 ways to celebrate International Yoga Day in Toronto. Continue reading “How to Celebrate International Day of Yoga in Toronto”

20+ Places to do Free Yoga in Toronto This Summer

I’m just going to pretend that’s a photo from Toronto Islands as that’s one of many places you can experience free yoga in Toronto this summer. Free yoga classes are an amazing and affordable way to develop your practice, explore new parts of the city, try different styles of yoga and spend some time with friends (or make some new ones!). Here are more than 20 opportunities to take advantage of free yoga in the six this summer, including multiple gorgeous parks, a farm, the Distillery District, libraries and even the Sony Centre.  Continue reading “20+ Places to do Free Yoga in Toronto This Summer”

8 Toronto Yogis to Follow on Instagram

Stunning and inspiring Instagram accounts from some of Toronto’s top yogis that you absolutely must follow.

Yoga Studio Review: MISFITSTUDIO

As I lay my mat down, I can see the light from the setting sun start to fade through the old church windows. Candles maintain a warmth and a glow as I settle into Siddhasana, closing my eyes for a few moments before the class begins. This is the closest to God I have felt in a long time.

MISFITSTUDIO is located on Queen Street West above Anthropologie on the third floor of a converted church. There is a main studio for mat work and yoga, and a smaller adjacent studio for Reformer Pilates. The fireplace in the corner is thoughtfully decorated with a mix of traditional yoga symbols and unconventional elements with old Hollywood charm. The latter is a distinct characteristic of Misfit. An accent wall features black and white photos of old dancers and actresses, an aesthetic that carries over to the studio’s Instagram account. Continue reading “Yoga Studio Review: MISFITSTUDIO”

Yoga at the AGO

When I first started practicing yoga, I stuck religiously to my studio, but soon I realized that the spaces in which we do yoga play an important role in the narrative of our practice. Spaces affect how we feel and the level to which we’re able to connect with ourselves, our practice, our teachers, and to other people in the room. When I started paying attention to spaces, I realized I wanted to experience yoga in any unique space I could. I wanted to know what it was like to practice yoga with the sun shining in through stained-glass windows. I wanted to know how it felt under the heat of a mid-August sky, outside in the parks where I usually ride my bike. I wanted to do yoga while surrounded by beauty.

So imagine my delight when I discovered the Art Gallery of Ontario offers yoga classes. This was something I just had to see for myself, so on Monday, two friends and I headed to the AGO after work to check it out. It was, to say the least, an incredible experience. Continue reading “Yoga at the AGO”

10+ Places To Do Yoga For Free In Toronto

At $20 for the average walk-in class, yoga isn’t always accessible for everyone all the time. That’s one of the reasons why so many places in Toronto offer free yoga classes–you just have to know where to look! Here’s a list of places I found that offer frequent, free classes.

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Studio Spotlight: Studio Blue

studioblue 2I started practicing yoga at my old gym, mostly taking restorative classes on Monday nights. Even though this gym had an industrial ambiance, the fitness studio was actually quite nice. Large windows let the warmth of the sun seep in. I would watch it go down as we moved slowly from pose to pose, sinking into savasana along with the sunset.

I began to fall in love with that feeling, that total calmness that I had never experienced until those moments. My gym didn’t offer very many yoga classes, so I picked up the Passport to Prana card and started checking out studios in my neighbourhood and around town. My journey led me to Studio Blue. Continue reading “Studio Spotlight: Studio Blue”