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MOKSHA YOGA DOWNTOWN 577 Wellington West, 416-361-3033, downtown.mokshayoga.ca
I didn't like yoga until I discovered Moksha Yoga Downtown. Free of pretense and full of positive energy, Moksha's style of hot yoga stretches and strengthens the body while calming the mind.
Unlike Bikram, each Moksha class is unique because teachers are encouraged to bring their own experiences and personalities to the class.
Moksha is committed to a green way of life and making practice accessible to all. The studio has VOC-free paints, energy-efficient heat panels, bamboo studio floors and uses environmentally friendly cleaning products. A unique energy exchange program allows volunteers who work four to five hours a week at the studio to receive unlimited free classes.
This community focus makes for a great experience. There's no competition or showing off here, and teachers and students are exceptionally friendly. If they can make a convert out of me, they can make a convert out of anybody.
Moksha picks: Looking for something a little less sweat soaked? Try Moksha's Pilates class on Wednesdays and Sundays in their new non-heated room. Also check out their new Wellness Centre that offers Registered Massage Therapy and physiotherapy.
Look for: Moksha's Karma class at 8 pm on Fridays. The fee is a minimum of $8, which is quite the deal, and all funds raised go to local charities.
Hours: See downtown.mokshayoga.ca for weekly schedules.