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Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre is the type of yoga studios that focuses more on their community than, say, growing their presence on instagram – that’s not the type of thing they care about. This giant studio in Toronto’s west end has one of the most diverse yoga schedules we’ve seen and a cutting edge co-designed meditation space that’s worth getting into meditation to try it. There’s a true sense of calmness resonating through this studio and we walked away feeling like we should talk a little slower, say hi to a stranger, and look up at the sky instead of down at our phones. Om to that.
Bang Fitness is like no other gym in Toronto. They’ve been here long before the boutique fitness trend really took hold and based on their fiercely loyal members and unique service offering, they’ll be here for many moons after. This full service membership gym is best known for creating programs that are custom-tailored to you and it’s like getting a personal trainer that teaches you how to stand on your own two feet, so to speak. We went back multiple times to get a truer sense of the gym, as it’s not just about a one-time sweat session to see how many calories you burned or how sore you are the next day. Bang Fitness is a commitment and they’re about longevity, education, and teaching you how to build practices into your life so you can be – their words – SAF*.