Last month we gave you a Guide to Fitness in Kingston. We focused on gyms that offer an array of exercise options from treadmills and ellipticals to cross-training and swimming. This time around we’ve decided to focus on Yoga studios in Kingston and the various types of classes being offered. What some thought was the resurrection of a passing trend a few years ago has grown to be one of the most popular forms of exercise and self-care in North America, and the number of studios in Kingston alone shows how in demand a good yoga class is. Today’s guide gives you some of the basics but be sure to check out each studio’s site for details. Not all studios are alike, which gives Kingstonians lots to choose from. Have a look and let us know where you like to practise.
City of Kingston (382 Bagot St. and 1350 Gardiners Rd.): Both Artillery Park and The Invista Centre offer an array of fitness classes, including yoga. While yoga passes can’t be bought individually, a one-year adult Fit Pass is $511 and will give you full access to all amenities at all municipal facilities. A one-year Wellness pass is $400 and gives you access to amenities at Artillery Park and Invista and drop-ins are $9.
Healing Hands & Body Mind Spirit Yoga Studio (832 Development Dr.): This studio also offers Reiki, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and even manicures and pedicures. Their yoga classes take place at room temperature and only run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Drop-in are $16 and one year unlimited is $520.
Janati Yoga School (16 Bath Rd., unit 21): Janati is a room temperature studio that offers a huge array of class styles including classes specifically designed for folks who sit at a desk all day, Chair Yoga, Teen Yoga, and Yoga for Women in 12-Step Recovery. French classes are also an option and audio classes are available for purchase for use at home or on the go. Drop-in classes are $20 and 5 class passes are $95. Karma and Pay-What-You-Can classes are also available.
Life Yoga (235 Gore Rd.): This east end studio offers room temperature classes and Zumba. Drop-in classes are $17 and unlimited monthly passes are $120. They also run an Energy Exchange program in which you can help out around the studio in exchange for unlimited drop-in classes.
Limestone Therapies (2447 Princess St., Unit C): This treatment centre specializes in a range of therapies including various styles of massage, reflexology, therapeutic ultrasound and private and partner yoga classes. 60 minute private classes are $60 and 60 minute partner classes are $80.
Living Studios (11 Livingston St.): This studio works on a per-term basis with 2 classes per week running at $452 per 3 month term. This studio seems to be a bit more individualized with small class sizes and is ideal for those seeking one-on-one training or therapy.
Metabodyworks (336a Barrie St.): Located above Frontenac Cycle, Metabodyworks is a holistic health studio that offers group and private classes in tai chi and meditation, capoeira and yoga, as well as various types of massage. There are only 2 teachers for yoga and it looks as though they are freelance. One charges $16 for drop-ins and $130.50 for a 9 class pass and the other runs 4 week courses for $45 or $5 for drop-ins.
Moksha Yoga (27 Princess St., #103): This franchised chain offers hot yoga classes – some with reduced heat. Drop in classes are $20 each and all-level Community classes are $7 and Karma classes have a $5 donation suggestion that goes to a local charity. The Freedom Membership gives unlimited use and runs at $100/month ($90/month for students).
Oasis Yoga (80 Princess St.): Oasis offers both a hot and room temperature studio. The hot studio specializes in Bikram Yoga, which focuses on a series of held poses over the course of 90 minutes. Karma classes are held every Thursday at 6:30pm with a minimum suggested donation of $5. Drop-in classes are $18 and monthly unlimited passes are $149.
OPYoga (804 Sterling Ave.): Operation Yoga specializes in a Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Meditation, specifically the Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery program and Rehab Yoga for Injury Recovery. Owner Monica Muller is also a Reiki Master and offers both Reiki treatment and training. OPYoga provides both private and group classes and workshops.
Samatva (397 Princess St. and 836 Gardiners Rd.): Samatva has two locations that both offer hot and room temperature classes. Classes range from free morning meditation to hot power, restorative and pre-natal classes. Karma and community classes occur at both locations. Drop-in classes are $16 and Infinity members pay $65 per month.
Shanti Retreat (89 Waldo’s Ln., Wolfe Island): Shanti owners Darin and Wendy run year-round weekend retreats that range in all styles of yoga. Many retreats feature guest yogis. Classes take place in two locations on site, an 800 square foot cork-floored yurt or the Green Tara Room, that looks out over the water. Rates vary but begin at $350 plus HST per person. Private accommodations are extra.
Steph’s Yoga (670 Augusta Dr.): Steph’s Yoga is a mobile yoga studio specializing in senior and pre-natal yoga, but also offering classes to other ages and abilities. Steph works in various locations, can also come to you, and also runs classes from her home studio. No pricing is given on her site.
Studio 330 (330 Princess St.): Studio 330 offers a variety of power, hatha, restorative and vinyasa classes for all levels in a room temperature setting. Like Life Yoga, they also have an Energy Exchange that allows students to work in the studio for 3 hours a week in exchange for unlimited classes. Drop-in classes are $20 and unlimited passes run at $150.
Yoga with Linda O’Neill (365 Nelson Street and 236 Nelson Street): Linda’s classes run at these two locations on different days. You can find out details on her website. Her classes range from Fundamentals (beginner) to Intermediate and run in 11 week terms which cost $260.
Thanks to crmgucd for today’s photo.