BEST YOGA STU­DIO

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JI­VA­MUKTI YOGA 5 Shuter, 416-530-0039 There are lots of great yoga stu­dios, but let’s face it, yoga isn’t yoga if you’re only do­ing the ex­er­cise part. Like, ton­ing your abs isn’t a quick route to self-re­al­iza­tion and nei­ther is do­ing a down­ward dog and then trundling off to talk about how en­light­ened you are over latte. Few stu­dios do what Ji­va­mukti does – make sure you do call-and-re­sponse chant­ing be­fore each class, and lis­ten to an oral med­i­ta­tion on kind­ness and ac­cep­tance. Yeah, it can be kind of an­noy­ing some­times, but stretch­ing here is more than a phys­i­cal chal­lenge. And they rub you with re­ally great-smelling stuff dur­ing class. In sec­ond place, the 5:30 pm ad­vanced Anusara class Tues­days at the Yoga Stu­dio (40 Eglin­ton East, 416-3229936). Begin­ners are best off at parks-and-rec cen­tres like Cum­mer Park Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (6000 Les­lie, 416395-7803) or the Beaches Rec Cen­tre (6 Wil­liamson, 416-392-0740). You can’t beat $61 bucks for nine classes. www.toronto.ca/parks/toronto­fun.

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