From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a 10-class pass at Fireflow Yoga (a $145 value including tax), located on Eglinton Avenue East, near Eglinton subway.
Fireflow Yoga harnesses the teachings of Ashtanga yoga, which uses movement coordinated with rhythmic breathing to lead the body into enhanced flexibility, energy, and a state of stress-free serenity. More than 15 drop-in classes are offered every week to help all levels of limberjacks and limberjills work up a healthy sheen of sweat. Bend to the basics of yoga with a beginners Ashtanga class, highlighting introductory techniques and primary principles, or tackle further forays into flexibility with a percussion-powered yoga drum class.
Fireflow Yoga's teachers are all seasoned practitioners of the ancient art, and Fireflow Yoga's main studio, with its soft lighting and calming atmosphere, facilitates focus and relaxation. Free your yoga pants from the confines of the tool shed and slip into Fireflow Yoga for invigorating inhalations and mellowing motions.
Heat seems to emanate from Fireflow Yoga’s cozy confines. It could be the soft lighting or the warm tones of the hardwood floors, but the studio’s teachers swear it’s the energy flowing through the students in their signature Ashtanga classes. Here, yogis of all levels rehearse poses that summon sweat while they stretch and strengthen muscles throughout their bodies. The instructors, each of whom possesses at least three years of teaching experience, also lead classes for specific populations such as athletes and moms-to-be. The staff keeps its routines up to date by regularly welcoming renowned master yogis to the studio to share their sage knowledge of body-mind alignment and what sound a tree in the forest makes when performing downward dog.
After class, students can peruse the studio’s boutique, which teems with sporty, stretchy fashions created by indie designers. Though most classes are designed for adults, the studio hosts kid-friendly activities such as yoga-themed birthday parties and play sessions filled with animal-inspired poses.