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.
Yoga Jam at Mountain Equipment Coop
With free classes offered every sunday at 10 am, Yoga Jam has become quite the popular event. It’s an unusual place for a practice, but the loud music and great instructors make it an invigorating experience. You can find the classes listed here.
Toronto Public Library
The TPL offers a myriad of free yoga classes for a variety of people and needs, including laughter yoga, stress management, and kids yoga. For a full list, click here.
Sahaja Yoga offers free yoga to people of all ages, races, religions and traditions. Right now in Toronto, there are two sessions: Mondays from 6:30-8 pm at the Beaches Toronto Public Library (2161 Queen Street East) and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Toronto’s O.I.S.E campus (252 Bloor Street West). For more info, call 1-866-850-YOGA or visit the website.
Lululemon Queen Street West – 342 Queen Street West
Every Tuesday at 8-9 pm join Lululemon Queen Street for a complimentary yoga class.
Lululemon Cumberland – 153 Cumberland Street
Lulu Cumberland offers free classes every Sunday, but the times and locations often change. It’s best to check out their Facebook page for up to date information.
Lululemon Yonge & Briar Hill
I think the running club is best known at this location, but they also offer complimentary yoga. Also taking place on Sunday mornings, it looks like it might not happen every week. Again, check the Facebook page for more info, including for their running club and circuit training workouts.
Of course, in a city of parks and playgrounds, the opportunities for free yoga skyrocket in the summer. Here is a list of places you can do yoga for free outside (when it gets a little warmer).
Lululemon Yoga at Trinity Bellwoods Park
Start your Sundays off right with yoga in the park every Sunday during the summer. Lulu’s classes feature a rotating roster of teachers from studios across the city. No dates announced yet, but check out the Facebook page for more details.
One of the longest running outdoor yoga programs in the city, Park Yoga takes place at multiple locations in the east end including Riverdale Park and Jonathan Ashbridge Park. This program is actually donations-based, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Nellie’s Shelter. For more details, check out the Facebook page.
David Pecaut Square
This was offered the past two summers at 7 am on Wednesdays, but no announcement for this summer has been made at this time. I’ll update this when I hear who’s hosting the 2015 edition.
Yoga in High Park
Another beautiful space to enhance your practice, High Park is home to weekly free yoga classes every Sunday. Last year classes took place at 10 am and were sponsored by ONE TOOTH activewear & flow-active.com. I’ll update when the 2015 schedule is announced.
Yoga at Dufferin Grove
Last summer, Octopus Garden held free classes every Sunday from 10:30-11:30 am at Dufferin Grove Park, located along Dufferin Between Bloor and College. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for a 2015 announcement.
Most studios offer karma or community classes for no more than $10. Share The Love Yoga maintains an updated list of upcoming classes that are $10 or less.
Additionally, Yoga Village in Roncey is the only PWYC studio in the city.
Did I miss any? Tell me your go-to places for free yoga in the comments below.