In its constant attempt to stay fit, humanity has given in to such unfortunate workout trends as livestock lifting, Spazzercise, and mixed-martial charades. Embrace body and mind fitness that has withstood the test of time with today's Groupon: for $49, new clients get a 10-class package at Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, located on Yonge Street near the Lawrence subway stop (a $169.50 value).
Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto (AYCT) specializes in teaching the less common Ashtanga Vinyasa form of yoga, a practice that challenges participants by synchronizing breath with progressively more demanding postures. AYCT presents patrons with access to high-quality instruction, a result of the specialization of classes and the teachers' unsubstantiated ties to the royal family. Cofounder David Robson is one of only nine teachers authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga in Canada, and he teaches exclusively at AYCT when he is not conducting workshops, retreats, and trainings around the world. AYCT also boasts one of Canada's largest Mysore programs, the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga—with individual instruction in a group setting rather than a full class being led by an instructor at once. The centre, open since 2008, offers shiny, clean showers and changing rooms, an eye-catching studio with soft, yoga-friendly cork floors, and a bountiful boutique of yoga-related paraphernalia. Class sizes range from 5–40 people depending on the size of participants' auras.
OurFaves reviewers give Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto an average rating of five stars.
- The instructors provide a safe place to explore your mind and challenge body. The sense of community is incredible and the location and facilities are very good. – JohnB, OurFaves