Yoga, like sword ownership and sleeping, is an ancient practice whose benefits are just now being appreciated. Reap the rewards of ancient ways of life with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a five-class yoga card at Yoga Tree (up to an $80 value). This Groupon is valid at all three locations: downtown on Spadina Avenue, Centre Street in Thornhill, and Highway 7 East in Richmond Hill.
Yoga Tree teaches multidisciplinary yoga to students of all skill levels in a soothing spa atmosphere. Each of its three locations offer heated and nonheated studios and employ environmentally friendly practices. The Richmond Hill centre's 12-foot plant wall aids in naturally filtering indoor air and the evil thoughts of passing strangers. More than 90 classes stretched through each week manifest in variations on traditional Hatha yoga, exercising floor and balancing postures to focus on strength, flexibility, and stamina. Practitioners can also pay close attention to their precise muscular and skeletal alignment during Iyengar classes, as the teacher focuses on alignment and inner awareness. Hot-yoga classes, conducted in a room heated to 38 degrees Celsius, promote detoxification and deeper stretching. Each studio's neutral, earthy colour schemes are accented with recessed lighting, plants, and an energetic Spaniard to envelop students in architect-tailored yoga vibes. Toronto's downtown location opens in late March 2011.
Yoga Tree has been featured several times in the press, including Loulou magazine and CBC News. Nine Yelpers give the Richmond Hill location a four-star average, and five Yelpers give the Thornhill location an average of four stars as well.
- This place is by far the best yoga studio, especially if you love bikram! Very friendly staff, clean environment, good size studios, great energy, amazing classes! – Anat M., Richmond Hill location, Yelp, 11/5/10
- The studio is also beautifully maintained w/ great staff & instructors. What more can a yogi-wannabe ask for? – Rana L., Thornhill location, Yelp, 12/10/10
Yoga Tree started with a single studio and has now grown into a yoga empire, with five studios in Toronto, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. Styles such as hot yoga, vinyasa, hatha, and ashtanga form the roots and branches of these Yoga Tree locations, where approximately 90 instructors now teach hundreds of classes every week. Beyond the classes themselves, each studio houses amenities such as lockers, rain showers, and eco-friendly features including energy-efficient lighting, reclaimed wood furnishings, and locally sourced air. Also located within Yoga Tree is Pekoe Kombucha Bar, which offers up bubbly kombuca, a fermented cold-served tea rich with probiotics and other nutrients, both on draft and in bottles.