Yoga is great. It has a lot of benefits on your mind and your body. You get to de-stress and meditate, all while working on your body’s strength, flexibility, and overall health. Unfortunately, traveling and working out often don’t mix. It’s hard to slip into routine and do your practice, especially if your destination doesn’t have even a small spot where you can do yoga. And we all know that when you go on without practicing for a couple of days, your next practice will be a bit difficult than usual. But don’t worry! We’ve got your back. If you’re traveling in and around Toronto, check out these best yoga retreats in Ontario, Canada.
For the eco-conscious yogini, we recommend The Westin Trillium House located at the base of the premier Blue Mountain Ski Resort. They’ve got an array of green policies in place which will make you feel better at staying in such a luxurious resort. For your practice, head to the WestinWORKOUT fitness studio which has plenty of space so you can perfect your positions. If you forget your yoga mat and other equipment, just let the staff know and they’ll be happy to provide you with everything you need.
Oakwood Resort offers a yearly yoga retreat so you can practice with other yoginis, all while being just a short distance away from the majesty of Lake Huron. Their yoga retreat usually runs for four days and comes complete with a three-night accommodation, complimentary breakfasts, lunches, and group dinners, as well as meditation workshops, aromatherapy, and finally, yoga sessions. All you need to bring is yourself, your favorite mat, comfy yoga clothes, and some water. Check in with Oakwood Resort if they have any yoga retreats scheduled.
Address: 70761 Bluewater Highway
Price: from 95 USD
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At Living Stone Golf Resort in Collingwood, you don’t have to give up your fitness routine while on vacation. They offer a wide variety of fitness programs, some of which are even held outdoors so you can enjoy the fresh air and the breathtaking mountain scenery. Included in their offerings are all-ages family yoga and regular yoga (if you don’t want to bring the kids), both held at the Living Water Resort & Spa Fitness Studio. These classes are free for all guests and in-house members, but even if you’re not checked in at Living Stone, you can pay a small fee to join.
At Northumberland Heights Wellness Retreat & Spa in Cobourg, you can let loose and go all out to meet your goals for yoga practice. You can start your day by joining an early morning yoga class with a terrific instructor, then head to the spa to get an ayurveda treatment or two so you can further relax. End your day with a fine meal prepared by Northumberland Heights’ team of expert chefs, who can make adjustments depending on your dietary preferences and restrictions. When you go home, you’ll feel like a brand new person.
The Club at White Oaks Conference & Resort Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake offers the best fitness membership in the area. New to yoga? Take a class with one of the on-site instructors. Not-so-new and want to perfect your form and advance to harder poses? You can do that here as well. Track your fitness using their own app and follow your yoga session with a deep-tissue massage. If you’re not ready for the long-term commitment, The Club offers a one-week free trial program so you can check out their yoga classes and amenities.
Living Water Resort & Spa is one of Living Stone’s many sister establishments. True to the family, they also offer top-notch fitness facilities. In fact, this is where you actually go whenever you sign up for a yoga class with Living Stone. As mentioned earlier, they have two types of yoga classes–one open to yoginis of all ages and one for the regular practitioners. While you’re here, take advantage of the other facilities or join other activities such as aqua zumba and cardio boot camp.
Pillar and Post Inn and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake not only offers the usual yoga classes. Want to relax with a gentle practice? Sign up for their candlelight yoga. Want to strengthen your core? Vinyasa yoga is the one to take. If you want to focus on your breathing, try detox flow yoga. For overall well-being that incorporates asana and pranayama, go for hatha yoga, the most widely used form of yoga.
Whenever you’re constantly on the go and traveling, it can be hard to carve some space for your yoga practice. Here at Best Western Plus’ Perth Parkside Inn & Spa, you don’t have to do your practice inside your room. Simply head to the exercise facility, which is open from 6 in the morning until 10 in the evening, find a spot, and roll out your mat to practice. After, you can treat yourself by spending half an hour at the steam room or swimming a couple of laps at the heated indoor pool. Alternatively, you can continue your workout–there’s a treadmill and some weight lifting equipment available at the gym.
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is one of the best hotels in Ontario, and they don’t hesitate to spoil their guests with their fantastic lineup of amenities. That includes their Sport Club and Health Center, which is open 24 hours and decked out with state-of-the-art equipment, not to mention a Jacuzzi, a sauna, and an indoor pool. Their beautiful wooden flooring, present throughout the facility, is perfect for your yoga practice. You can do it on your own or join a group class. Let your mind go blank during your practice as you stare out into views of Toronto’s skyline. Take a break at the outdoor terrace then hit refresh at the steam room or lay back and relax at the whirlpool.
You deserve mindful yoga practice as you travel
These yoga retreats in Ontario will provide you with enough space and serenity for your practice until it’s finally time to reset with savasana. If you’re not traveling alone, you can even turn it into a must-do activity for your entire group (remember, some of these retreats offer all-ages yoga classes). Check these options out and have peaceful and mindful travels.
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