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Moksha Yoga Danforth

13 Nov

mokshaThe first stop on my path to finding the perfect yoga studio: Moksha Yoga Danforth. I’m a big fan of Moksha Yoga having regularly practiced at Moksha Dundas for about two years.

Location

372A Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4K 1N8

Subway: Chester Station

Space

The studio was much smaller than what I expected. I found that some of the classes were too full and there wasn’t much room to stretch without getting into your neighbours space. The overcrowded classes also led to the studio feeling much hotter than the studio that I use to practice in.

Schedule

Classes are offered from 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM Monday to Friday and 8 AM to 6:15 PM Saturday and Sundays. A variety of different class types are offered each day. The studio is too far from where I live and work for me to practice in the morning before work. Due to this, on weekdays I could only practice after 5 PM. This usually gave me 3 classes each day to choose from.

Classes

Moksha Yoga: The traditional 40 posture series is offered in the 90 minute Moksha class. Condensed versions are offered in 60 and 75 minute classes. I tried the 90 minute class a few times and at first it was rigorous trying to get use to the heat once again. I found the teacher, Scott, to be very helpful and engaging. He moved around the class correcting peoples poses or helping them find a modification of the posture that would be more beneficial to them. This is a big thing for me. I always feel slightly cautious of how I do certain postures and to get feedback from the instructor is something I am looking for.

Moksha Flow: Links Moksha sequence with vinyasa flows. I love flow classes, unfortunately I did not get to try one given conflicting schedules.

Yin Yoga: Reduced heat class to induce relaxation and de-stress. I tried one yin class and it wasn’t for me. I am someone who needs to keep moving (hence why I enjoy flow classes) and being still is a challenge. Ironic, I know.

Moksha/Yin: Mixes Moksha and Yin accompanied by music. I did not try this class.

Moksha Karma: 60 minute Moksha class offered on a minimum $8 donation.

Moksha Community: 60 minute Moksha class lead by a new teacher at a reduced rate ($8).

Prices

Yoga is not cheap and Moksha Danforth is no exception.

Introductory Package: $20 for 2 weeks unlimited yoga
Classic Membership: $100/month minimum 4 month commitment
Freedom Membership: $140/month minimum 4 month commitment (includes mat, towel, shower towel rental)
5 Class Card: $75
10 Class Card: $140
20 Class Card: $240
Single Class: $19
One Month Unlimited: $145
One Year Unlimited: $1240
Private Instruction: $100/hr

Conclusion

Despite the small, packed studio, I really enjoyed my practice at Moksha Danforth and will consider going back for Community and Karma classes in the future.

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Smith

12 Nov

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Brunch in the village is sacred. In the summer I was introduced to Smith – the sister restaurant to Wish and 7 West Cafe. It is now my go-to brunch spot for those lazy Sunday afternoons.

Atmosphere:

The place is gorgeous! In the summer they have a nice little patio opened in the back that is great for enjoying the sunshine while sipping on a mimosa and gossiping with friends. Inside, I would describe the decor as eclectic, rustic, and chic.

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Menu:

I’m a breakfast person and the menu provides everything from belgium waffles to huevos rancheros to classic american breakfasts. More than anything I’m drawn to the menu itself – a full out newspaper! I usually go for an orange pekoe tea with honey, mimosa, and the Smith Breakfast – 2 poached eggs, peameal bacon, home fries, and challah.

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How brilliant are these menus?

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Service:

As much as I love this place, the service isn’t always the greatest. With the exception of my last visit, I have always ordered their delicious scones. Each time my order has been forgotten. However, they’ve always been kind enough to comp our scones.

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Night at the Museum

24 Oct
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Urban Outfitters Dress, Vintage & Italian Jewelry, Stuart Weitzman Heels, Kate Spade Bag, Primark Tights

Last Friday, the girls and I decided to go to the ROM’s Friday Night Live. The theme was fashion so we made sure to be catwalk ready. I chose this little number that I got for a steal at Urban Outfitters. I kept it simple with minimum jewelry, black shoes, and a candy coloured pink bag.

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It has been over a decade since I’ve been to the ROM, so I was very excited to wander around the museum for the first time in over a decade. It’s a really cool concept, every Friday from October 18th to December 6th, the ROM is essentially turning into a club. There’s music, drinks, food, entertainment, and dancing. What more could a girl ask for?

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We decided to first explore the museum and sample the food available.

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At around 9:30, we were no longer able to explore the museum and gathered on the main floor to check out the band.

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Afterwards, we headed over to Guu, where we ordered sashimi, fried chicken, and overpriced soda. Guu had an incredible atmosphere. Everyone was loud and welcoming. The table behind us offered us shots of bamboo wine, which I was surprised was so light and refreshing. We were disappointed how Guu closed so early, but nonetheless we weren’t ready to call it a night.

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We made our way down Church St. and got in line for a bar that seemed to be packed. Crews & Tangos is where we ended up. T & V have never been to a gay bar, yet alone a drag show! They were in for a treat! The performer of the evening was hilarious, bitchy, and sure could dance! The girls and I danced the night away until it was time to call it a night and hail a cab home.

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Venus in Fur

23 Oct

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I saw “Venus in Fur” the other day and I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I went in with no expectations-I didn’t even know what it was! My friend had an extra ticket and it was only $7.50, I wasn’t going to say no. It was funny, provocative, and smart. The two actors were flawless. I can’t recommend this production enough!

It’s only running until October 27th so hurry up and get your tickets now.

Lace & Leather

21 Oct
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Danier Jacket, Navy Dress, Calzedonia Tights, Forever 21 Necklace, Stuart Weitzman Heels, Kate Spade Bag

The gala for Chloe Magazine was the first fashion event I have ever attended. I spent all day agonizing over what to wear. Last Fall/Winter, I spent time in Europe where I had a home base in London. Once I did all the touristy things, I spent my days shopping and practically lived at the Oxford Circus Topshop. There, in the boutique section, I found the most magnificent lace dress (okay top) from Navy. I decided to wear it with a pair of black tights, my Stuart Weitzman pumps, leather jacket, and statement necklace.

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Chloe Magazine Gala

20 Oct

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On Thursday, I attended the Gala for Chloe Magazine’s Fall Issue. It was held in the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a former streetcar repair facility turned space for community cultural events.

Chloe is a quarterly publication that celebrates women – and in my opinion it’s a piece of art more than a magazine. The gala began with a cocktail reception before we took our seats for the opening address and opera performance. Afterwards the fashion show began, debuting the new collection by Sarah Houston.

You can purchase you copy of Chloe Magazine in Chapters Indigo stores and Gateway Newstands stores. The digital edition is available for download on iTunes. Chloe Magazine donates $1 from every issue sold to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

Go get your issue now!

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Passport to Prana

16 Oct

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This year I have been bad. I have forsaken my hot yoga practice. I moved to Toronto in the winter and told myself that I would begin my practice once again in the spring. However, the studios were far and I didn’t want to get sick from the drastic change from hot to cold. Spring arrived and I was too busy with school, I would start again in the summer. Summer came and it was too hot and too humid to subject myself to yoga in an 103 degree room.

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

Now that it is autumn, I have no excuses left. I have embarked on a mission in search of the perfect yoga studio in Toronto for me. My list consists of 15 yoga studios I will try out in the upcoming months to decide which one I will hold my regular practice in. Will I stick to the familiarity that is Moksha or branch out to Yoga Tree?

The Studios:

  1. Moksha Yoga Danforth
  2. Yoga Sanctuary College
  3. Yoga Tree Richmond & Spadina
  4. Bikram Yoga Centre & Wellness Clinic
  5. Tula West
  6. Moksha Yoga Downtown
  7. Kula Yoga
  8. The Yoga Lounge
  9. IAM Yoga
  10. Yoga Sanctuary Danforth
  11. Moksha Yoga Bloor West
  12. Breathe Yoga Studio
  13. Yoga Tree Yonge & Eglinton
  14. Moksha Yoga Uptown
  15. Iyashi Bedrock Spa