Yoga is a physical, mental, and primarily spiritual activity that originated in India and is one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy. Indian monks brought the practice to the West in the 19th century and it is now known as one of the most common health exercises in the world.
While different practitioners all have their own spin on it, one of the newest and most popular forms is Moksha Yoga.
Founded in 2004 by Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson, Moksha Yoga began with two studios in Ontario and has grown to over 60 across North America. There are numerous locations in Ontario, including Downtown Toronto (577 Wellington St. W, Toronto ON), Montreal (3863, boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal QC), Windsor (1214 Ottawa St, Windsor ON) and Ottawa (300 Preston Street, Ottawa ON). A New York City location (434 6th Avenue, New York City NY) also recently opened its doors.
Guided by 7 fundamental principles (Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn, and Be Peace), the Moksha Yogis describe themselves as a group of independent hot yoga studios that are “commited to ethical, compassionate and environmentally conscious living.” They place a high emphasis on being green, and among other things, use low VOC paints and recycled flooring and building materials to create each studio.
The Moksha series itself focuses on stretching, strengthening and toning muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind, and the best part about it is that it is accessible to all! From the beginner who just picked up a mat for the first time to the most advanced practitioner who has mastered their chakra, the Moksha series and modifications offer something for everyone.
For Weekendtrippers, each studio hosts Saturday and Sunday classes and that’s the best time to try Moksha out for the first time. A drop-in class ranges from $17-19 depending on the studio and most offer a 1-month introductory pass where you can attend an unlimited number of classes for 30 days for $40.
For more information, check out MokshaYoga.ca.