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.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Most free classes are BYOM (bring your own mat)
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Bring a water bottle
- Sign ups are often required beforehand, but not always
- Arrive early to get a good spot
- Some outdoor events are rain or shine, dress appropriately
- Don’t forget your sunscreen and a small towel!
- Some free yoga classes accept donations to a charitable/karma cause
Events are listed in order with ongoing events at the bottom of this post.
May 3, 10, 24, 31 – Sony Centre’s Lunchtime Yoga Classes
Leave the office and head to the Sony Centre for free yoga classes supported by Moksha Yoga Danforth. Classes are from 12:10 to 1:00. Sign up here
May 30 – Yoga in the Park
Head to Victoria Memorial Park at Portland and Wellington on May 30th for a yoga class in the park. While this event is free, donations will be collected for Fort McMurray evacuees.
June 19, 2016 – Om T.O takes over the Distillery District
Details have yet to be announced for this year’s edition of Om T.O. — a full day of free yoga — but based on the calibre of yoga studios participating (Moksha, YogaTree, IAM Yoga, Union Yoga, Yoga Sanctuary + more) it’s sure to be another amazing year! Keep your eye on the site here and RSVP here.
June 21st, 2016 – Lolë White Tour on the Road
Lolë is offering a bunch of free classes on June 21st (International Yoga Day) as part of their Lolë White Tour on the Road. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the locations classes are being offered, but these are the ones in the Toronto area:
- Canoe Landing Park – There’s a morning session (8:30am) and an afternoon session (5:30pm)
- Square One Mississauga – 8pm
- Downward Dog Studio – 12:30pm
- Vaughan Mills – 8:30am
- Canfitpro Academy – 5:30pm
June 26 – Open Farm Yoga
Fresh City Farms is celebrating its 5th annual Open Farm on Sunday June 26 at Downsview Park. The event is a way for people to meet local farmers, tour greenhouses and explore a Makers Market, but there’s also a free farm yoga class being offered at 2pm.
July 1st, 2016 – Canada Day Yoga in High Park
Celebrate our nation by meeting fellow yogis at High Park’s Large Maple Leaf for a free one hour class that is open to students of all levels. This is a family-friendly event, which means children of all ages are also welcome! The session is presented by Breathe Yoga in partnership with Flow Active and starts at 10am. Check out the details and RSVP here.
***JUST ADDED*** July 1 to Aug 31, 2016 – Humber Bay Park West
A brand new studio in Etobicoke called Alive Yoga & Fitness is celebrating their move into the neighbourhood by offering free yoga, Pilates and bootcamp classes this summer in the park across from their studio location. Classes will take place on Sundays from 2-4pm and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm (weather permitting). More information available on their Facebook page.
July 17 – YogaMeltdown @ the Festival of India
Explore India’s rich culture by catching a ferry to the islands for the 44th annual Festival of India on the weekend of July 16th. This celebration is special because it offers what they call a “festival within a festival” called YogaMeltdown on July 17. Full details aren’t yet available, but the event promises a full day of free yoga, vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations, meditation, chanting and more.
Coming soon! Where the August free yoga at?
ONGOING FREE OUTDOOR YOGA TORONTO
Park Yoga Toronto – June 22nd to September 21, 2016
The Flying Yogi is once again bringing its yoga-for-a-cause to the east end. The full schedule and locations will soon be released on its Facebook page, but will start June 22nd for Summer Solstice and and end September 21 on Fall Equinox. This event is actually a donations-based summer offering with all donations going to support Nellie’s Shelter, which provides emergency shelter for women and children, among other things.
June 26 to September 25, 2016 – Yoga in High Park
While there is a suggested donation of $2-$5 for charity, this weekly event held Sundays at 10am by Flow Active is still an incredible, affordable opportunity for Toronto yogis to experience yoga in one of Toronto’s most beautiful parks. For a full list of details, including all class dates and class location, click here.
Yoga in the Grove – First Sunday in July to last Sunday in August
Octopus Garden is bringing free yoga to Dufferin Grove every Sunday in July and August (weather permitting). Meet in the southwest corner across from the playground for a weekly session from 10:30am to 11:30am. Classes are open to all and BYOM. For more info, check out Octopus Garden here.
ONGOING FREE INDOOR YOGA TORONTO
Toronto Public Library – Various dates and locations
A variety of branches are offering various free yoga programs and classes to their communities. Combine dance and yoga with Joseph Sengco at Bloor and Gladstone, meditate in Don Mills, or empower the teenager in your life with Yoga for Teens (Malvern, July 5, 2016). For more opportunities through the library, head over here.
Sunday Morning Yoga with Lululemon
Unfortunately Lululemon isn’t doing yoga in the park this summer, but they are offering a series of Sunday morning “sweat with us” yoga sessions instead. Most sessions take place Sunday mornings at 9:30am in locations including Sherway Gardens, Yonge St., Yorkville, Vaughan Mills and more. There are also free evening classes on Tuesdays at the Queen West location. For a full roundup of local listings, check out Lulu’s community board here.
Live Out Loud with Lolë
Lolë has been making a big effort to build a yoga community here in Toronto and it’s catching on. I found meetups listed on their Bayview Community and Yorkville Community pages, but I’ve also seen free classes being discussed on the Eaton Centre location’s Facebook page. Each location offers something different and classes appear to change often. Lolë also works partner studios around the city to offer free workouts that extend beyond yoga. Pilates, boxing and Pi-Yo classes were listed among classic classes like Flow and Restore Yoga.
The Yoga Place
This meetup offers members weekly free beginner Vinyasa classes. Right now classes are being offered every Friday night at 5:30pm in the Bloor and Spadina area.
While not technically free, Roncy’s Yoga Village is the only studio in the city to offer pay-what-you-choose yoga for all of their classes. The suggested drop-in rate is $12 to $22, which makes this a better option financially for some. It is important to Yoga Village to make yoga accessible to all and this sliding structure does just that. Classes are always free for teenagers, however (age 13-18).
Did I miss any? Tell me in the comments below and I’ll add them to the list!