The busier you get this trip, the less time you have to squeeze in some relaxation. But that’s the very thing you need to make the most out of your time here. Luckily, most yoga studios offer private sessions, so whether you’re after a vigorous sweat session or tranquility, you can customize a workout to meet your own needs and schedule.
Roots Yoga Studio (1073 Yonge St., 416-642-3595)
All-Canadian lifestyle brand Roots opened this studio in October a short walk from the Rosedale subway station. The brainchild of long-time yogini Denyse Green (wife of company co-founder Don Green), the studio offers individual lessons in Iyengar, Hatha and Ashtanga ($75 for one hour). Also on the premises: the Roots Yoga clothing line, designed by Green herself.
Downward Dog (735 Queen St. W., 416-703-8805) Ashtanga is the focus at Downward Dog, which hosts private sessions at its brightly painted Queen West studio. “It’s totally up to you what you want to work on,” says manager Joy Dorsey. Whatever your preferences, rates range from $60 to $80 for one hour depending on the teacher.
Jivamukti Yoga Toronto (5 Shuter St., 416-530-0039)
Christy Turlington and Sting are devotees of the Jivamukti (pronounced jee-va-mook-tee) brand of yoga, which incorporates music and chanting with physical poses. One-on-one instruction at the third-floor downtown studio, located right near the Toronto Eaton Centre, is $75 per hour.
The Yoga Sanctuary (2 College St., Suite 306, 416- 928-3236)
“We’re called a sanctuary for a reason,” says Janet Irvine, manager of this studio, where drop-in classes in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga take place in a 19th-century ballroom once used as a studio by Group of Seven artists. Customized hour-long private lessons are held there ($100)—the studio is just steps from the College subway station—or at the location of your choice ($120).
The Yoga Lounge (103 Church St., 3rd floor, 416-864-1973)
Although they specialize in Hatha yoga, teachers at this tranquil space in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood instruct private sessions in almost any style. True to its chilled-out vibe, the studio bases rates on what you can afford, usually between $65 and $120 for one hour.
Esther Myers Yoga Studio (390 Dupont St., 416-944-0838)
Since 1979, the Esther Myers Yoga Studio (north of The Annex neighbourhood) has attracted a following for its gentle style of Hatha yoga. Those looking to deepen their practice, or to simply unwind and relax, can opt for a private class ($75 at the studio or $85 off-site).—Michelle Villett