1. United Athletics
This new gym located at Dufferin and Bloor has a refreshing community vibe going on. Primarily a boxing studio, a number of times a week this no frills gym transforms into a chilled out yoga studio.
The classes are free or pay-what-you-can, making it a great place to go for a “cheap and cheerful” yoga fix. Both Yin and Yang practices are available! Check their schedule http://united-athletics.ca/
2. Yoga In High Park
Every Sunday morning in Toronto’s beautiful High Park, Flow-active hosts a free yoga class. Each week a different studio in Toronto donates their teachers to lead a class under the sunny sky.
The classes start up again in June, so be sure to check back for exact dates. You can find the information HERE. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen!
3. Karma Teachers
Leading the Free or pay-what-you-can movement, Karma teachers offer loads of classes open to the public.
From Vinyasa to Kundalini, this studio has something for just about everyone. Join the tribe http://karmateachers.com/schedule/.
4. Yoga Village
Located on the hip and happenin’ Roncesvalles ave, Yoga Village offers a fantastic pay-what-you-choose program. The perfect location to practice before strolling the streets in the summer.
This is not a free class, but rather a class of choice. Pay as little as $5 to ensure you are receiving the best instruction. For a fantastic explanation of how this program works, check out their website http://www.yogavillage.ca/pay-what-you-choose.html.
5. The AGO
The Art Gallery of Ontario offers (incredibly cool) yoga classes for free on site. Monday evenings, Thursday mornings and Sunday Mornings.
It’ll cost you about $10 per drop in class, but considering most classes run you about $20, and this class is in the actual gallery, it’s a darn good deal! Find their schedule HERE.
6. Passport to Prana
This little card can take you to over 40 Toronto Yoga studios, and even more including the GTA, for only $30!
Your Passport to Prana expires after 1 year, but allows you entrance to all the participating studios once. That adds up to under $1.00 per class. BAM! Order your passport online https://www.passporttoprana.com/city_info.php?cityid=9. Or pick it up from Flow-active: 2237 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
7. 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 https://www.facebook.com/ParkYogaToronto/, 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.
8. 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 http://octopusgardenyoga.com/events/yoga-in-dufferin-grove/.
9. Toronto Public Library – Various dates and locations
A variety of branches are offering various free yoga programs and classes to their communities. Combinedance 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 http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/.
10. 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 http://shop.lululemon.com/community/_/N-1z13zib.
11. 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 https://www.facebook.com/Lol%C3%AB-Atelier-Eaton-Centre-896686963741967/. 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.
12. 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. http://www.meetup.com/es/The-Yoga-Place-FREE-Yoga-in-Toronto/
13. YYoga Queen West Community Yoga Class
YYoga partners with the Eaton Centre Lululemon to bring you a completely free yoga class at their clean and modern studio located in the heart of the city on 333 Queen West Suite 327. This class is suitable for all levels, and takes place every Saturday from 3-4pm. Complimentary lockers and coat check is also on site. http://www.yyoga.ca/locations/queen-street-west
14. Mountain Equipment Coop Yoga Class
MEC also offers a free community class at their massive 400 King Street West location. This class runs every Sunday morning at 10am and is for all levels. Spaces are limited to 50 people, so get there early to save yourself a spot. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat! http://events.mec.ca/find-an-event?start%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=2015-04-03&end%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&city=+%22Toronto%22&store=+%22Toronto%22
15. Fred Hamilton Outdoor Gym
When the weather is nice, the best thing to do is to head outside for your workout! The Fred Hamilton Playground is located in the west end of the city, near Ossignton and College, at 155 Roxton Road, and is home to GreenGym outdoor fitness equipment that is suitable for all levels. http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/08/101000313608.html
16. Sir Casimir Gzowski Park Outdoor Gym
Work out by the shore of Lake Ontario at this relatively new addition to Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, at 1751 Lake Shore Boulevard. Another fitness park supplied through GreenGym, and a great alternative then being stuck inside an overpriced, stuffy gym. http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/08/101000313608.html
17. Running Room Run Club
Just about every Running Room location in the city offers a free Running Room Run Club that happens on Wednesdays and Sundays each week. Times vary but they usually begin between 6-6:30pm on Wednesday evenings, and 8:30am on Sunday mornings. These groups are open to all levels (running or walking) as they send out multiple groups with pace group leaders. https://www.runningroom.com/hm/inside.php?id=3012
18. Nike Training Club at the Academy of Lions
Nike Training Club is a Nike Certified training program created by world-class trainers, and all classes and meet-ups they run are completely free. Most famously known in the city for their run club that runs multiple days throughout the week. Join the below Facebook group to get the most up-to-date information of when and where they meet. http://www.academyoflions.com/community-class
19. Night Terrors Run Club
Night Terrors Run Crew (NTRC) is a super cool and unique way to get your workout in. This run club starts at around 7:30pm in Trinity Bellwoods Park and on route through Toronto they make stops along the way to places like festival spots, street art, wicked buildings, nature trails and even some food and drink spots. They try and keep their stops to places you wouldn’t normally go, and are open to anyone from beginner to advanced runners. The NTRC is sure to keep running way more exciting!