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Our Ethics

At Union Yoga + Wellness, it is our mission to offer yoga that is accessible, to honour and respect diversity, and to foster individual and collective well-being.  To support our community, we offer reduced-rate classes many days of the week, as well as scholarships and low-income rates for most trainings, workshops, and events.

Land Acknowledgement

We at Union Yoga respect the autonomy, land-rights, ecological conservatorship, teachings, world-views, traditions, ethics and visionary seven-generations planning of Canada's First Nations Peoples.  

We acknowledge that the land we operate Union Yoga + Wellness on today is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. 


With credit and many thanks to


Union opened with the mandate: all are welcome

2017 – today

Anti-Oppression path paved w. staff trainings

2017 – 2018

All-Gender change stalls and restrooms were built

2019 – late 2022

Scholarships, sliding-scale & subsidized pricing, pandemic pricing and extensions for Members.

2020 – 2021

Online offerings improve accessibility to classes, trainings and more.  Free Virtual Studio Access Program established.


Regular reduced-rate classes introduced

  • How do I get to Union? → TTC, parking, cycling tips, etc…
    We are located in Bloorcourt Village at 956 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario. Find our button-operated sliding door to the right of Shoppers, on the north side of Bloor. Directions ​ Access our location at Bloor & Dovercourt via stairs or elevator. ​ Our space is wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly, with the exception of the lower studio (there is a short flight of stairs). ​ CYCLING Access us via the Bloor Bike Lane, and lock your bike to one of the 'O rings' on the sidewalk. PUBLIC TRANSIT: TTC We are near Ossington Station, which has two exits, one with an elevator. 1. Ossington/Bloor exit – wheelchair accessible 2. Delaware exit, nearest Union – 3 flights of stairs ​ PARKING Limited street parking on Bloor is available for $2 per hour, or find free parking on one side of Dovercourt and other side streets. There are two Green P parking lots nearby, both just north of Bloor St: 1. one on the east side of Ossington 2. the other is off Salem Ave
  • How do I book + attend a class?
    Head to our schedule (or use our app for Apple or Android!), click on the class you would like to take and book away! If you don't have an existing pass, you may then choose a pass to purchase. Please note our one hour cancellation policy for in-studio and park yoga classes — cancel online at least one hour before class to avoid fees, if you can't make it. It's incredibly easy to book and cancel when needed using our app for Apple and Android. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before class begins. (Troubleshooting: If you have a pass, but are being asked to pay again, please email as you may have duplicate accounts.)
  • Which classes are beginner-friendly?
    We offer a range of classes that are excellent for beginners, including $15 Beginner Yoga which runs for most of the year. For an introduction to active yoga try any Hatha class. To improve strength and balance by incorporating some Pilates into your yoga experience, look for Fusion with Tash. To explore how to modify yoga postures for you body, try a class that combines movement with deep rest: Hatha + Relax, Hatha + Restorative, or any class with the word "Somatics" For a calm and restful yoga experience that helps improve sleep, softness and resiliency we suggest classes that include: Restorative Yoga Nidra Meditation
  • Do you have a Waitlist if a class I'd like to take is full?
    Yes! Please make sure your account is set up to use our Waitlist: Make sure text notifications are toggled on in your account for Reminders & Schedule Changes. (There's no need for emails, for these reminders). We will text you when a spot opens up. Reply to flag our system whether you'll be there with just one letter! Y — for "yes, I'll be there" N — for "no, give the spot to the next waitlister" You have the option to Waitlist whenever a class is full. Our generous 1-hour cancellation policy means spots open up all the time, and you're very likely to get a spot in class! TIP: Booking, modifying, and cancelling class if you can't make it is easiest by far with our user-friendly app for Apple & Android.
  • Can I reschedule or cancel my class?
    Of course! Booking, modifying, and cancelling class if you can't make it is easiest by far with our user-friendly app for Apple & Android. Please cancel as early as possible to free up spots for other people, when you can't attend. We have a generous cancellation policy, so you can cancel without penalty up to one hour before your class begins. GUIDE TO CANCELLING A CLASS Option 1 — THE APP* In our user-friendly app for Apple & Android the classes you have booked are highlighted in yellow. → tap on the class you'd like to cancel → tap Cancel Booking → confirm by tapping Cancel Booking in the pop up * You can cancel with Union's App, or MindBody's app. Our app is tiny, and won't bog down your phone. :) ———————————— Option 2 — DESKTOP / YOUR ACCOUNT To cancel from a computer**, first log in to your Account. Find a button to log in to your account at the top right of any page of this website. → click My Schedule from the tabs running across the top of the page to view booked classes → click Cancel to the right of the class you can't attend → click Ok to confirm the cancellation ** yes, you can still cancel through your account on your smartphone or tablet if you don't have our app but it will be awkward. However, this part of our booking system displays poorly on mobile devices. Text becomes very small. You can pinch up to enlarge / zoom in.
  • Prep for class: What should I bring to enjoy class in-person?
    We recommend stretchy clothing that you are comfortable in, a full water bottle, and face towel —three essentials. Bring your yoga mat, or rent one of ours! A shower is lovely after heated classes. We also rent shower towels and yoga towels to cover your mat in sweatier hot classes! RENTALS (tax included) $5 – mat + yoga towel $3 – yoga towel $3 – shower towel $2 – face towel Approach your class with curiosity, and listen to your body: mild discomfort is alright, but be ok with modifying a pose, flagging your instructor for suggestions, or opting out should you ever feel pain. Be kind to yourself. Pain has no place in yoga.
  • Is Union a trans-friendly space?  Are there change room options?
    Absolutely! Choose between private non-gendered change stalls, or public men's & women's change rooms. Our private all-gender restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Our instructors, staff, and Registered Massage Therapy team are all trans-friendly, and participate in Union's anti-racism and anti-oppression agenda and team trainings. Massage Therapy If you would like your massage treatment to be with a trans-identifying person from the Queer community, connect with Max McGee. Accessibility is pivotal at Union. We welcome suggestions if you see room for improvement!
  • What are Union's booking and class cancellation policies?
    Great question! Find our cancellation policies here on our Policies page. It covers policies for classes, workshops, trainings and massage therapy.
  • How can I earn credit, or offset how much I spend on classes?  →  REFER FRIENDS, or Energy Exchange
    We reward you for referring friends! Referrals lead to spendable credit that can offset the costs of your classes, memberships, buying yoga props or fitness equipment, even accessing trainings and workshops! Learn More We also have an Energy Exchange program. Energy Exchangers are part of our Studio Team, and work alongside our teachers and staff to assist with light cleaning, laundry, and tours. Each shift earn a bundle of free passes to enjoy classes without paying a cent. Learn More
  • What are Union's amenities?
    We offer so much! filtered water tea when it's chilly showers + blow dryers rentals: yoga mats, yoga-towels, shower towels all-gender private change stalls & restrooms men's & women's public change rooms & showers (trans folk friendly) props: block, straps, mediation cushions, resistance bands, etc… memberships with complimentary mats & face towels cubbies for your street clothes, bags, etc… a supportive, non-judgemental space knowledgeable instructors & staff RENTALS (tax included) $5 – mat + yoga towel $3 – yoga towel $2 – shower towel MASKS (tax included) $1 – basic mask $2 – KN95
  • What are your Covid-19 strategies and policies?
    Great question! Our Covid policies to keep you and our whole community healthy can be found here on our Policies page, associated with your visit type, ex: studio class, outdoor class, massage appointment…
  • What is the difference between hot, warm and regular temp classes?
    Regular temperature classes are heated to a nice ambient temperature of 23º. These are held in both our smaller back studio and larger studio. The larger studio also hosts Warm classes which are heated to 26º, and Hot Classes which feel like 36º in the shade. Even heat-sensitive clients enjoy a Warm class, as the little bit of extra warmth helps muscles to relax.
  • Can youth practice at Union? Are there age restrictions for classes?
    IN PERSON CLASSES: Studio + Park Yoga In-person classes may be accessed by those 12 and up. Hot classes are limited to participants 16+ years of age. Youth aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. ONLINE CLASSES Our online services and products are meant to be accessed by adults aged 18+. Those under the age of 18 must seek the consent and supervision of an adult.
  • I'm not flexible at all — can I still try yoga?
    Absolutely! Yoga is a moving meditation that doesn't require flexibility. While yoga will gradually you feel more limber, practicing yoga centers around strength, balance and resiliency. Everyone's practice will look different, since we each have a unique body, with individual limitations. At Union, we honour all people's ability to practice yoga, no matter their body of degree of flexibility!
  • Do Union's vinyasa-inspired Flow classes use a set sequence like Bikram or Power Yoga?
    Nope, we don't have a proprietary sequence — instead, we celebrate the creativity of our instructors. Each class at Union is unique. You will never take the same class twice. Why? This empowers our students with a broader range of postural knowledge, with opportunities to personalize your practice and modify. Unlike set-sequences, our unique classes prevent repetitive strain injuries and fitness plateaus for our clients. It allows us to grow with our teachers as they incorporate new skills from their continuing education! We make room in our Yoga classes for contemporary, evidence-based inclusions to keep you mobile and limber through injury and aging. For example, some instructors craft their yoga classes to include elements inspired by Functional Movement, Pilates, Somatics, and more!
  • Aside from yoga, what do you offer?
    We have an array of classes other than yoga: Pilates, Fusion, Somatics, Meditation, not to mention workshops and trainings that cover a wide range of topics. We also offer a wide-range of massage therapy with talented RMTs (even Hot Stone Massage and Infant Massage). Appointments for Occupational Therapy and Meditation Coaching are also available. For workplaces, we are happy to offer corporate yoga classes both in-person and online, as well as customized day-long or half-day retreats.
  • Where should I store my valuables?  Do you have cubbies?
    Whenever possible, leave valuables at home. We offer cubbies, but do not have lockers. Bring your valubales with you into class, and tuck them out of sight in a cubby (if avaialble) or at the edge of the wall. No large items, please—limit it to a powered-down phone, wallet, jewellery, keys. If you arrive from work with your laptop, we will store it behind the desk. All other valuables should stay with you. Union is not responsible for lost & stolen items.
  • May I store my yoga mat at Union?
    No, we don't offer storage. Why? With heated classes, mats get sweaty and are smelly if they are not aired out to dry. We prefer to stay fresh and tidy for our clients. We offer our All-Access Members complimentary mats! If you prefer Class Packs to a full Membership, feel free to rent one of our mats in lieu of toting yours. Please bring change if you plan to rent a mat. Thank you so much.
  • Do you have a lost and found?
    Yes, we do. Forgot something? Call us at 416.516.0909 and we will tag it with your name, and set it aside. Clothing or towels left behind may be laundered before finding their way into the wicker lost & found basket near our front door. Please allow 24 hours, in case your item is in the laundry. We keep lost items for 3 weeks, and then they are donated.
  • I am working through an injury / illness.  What should I do to practice safely?
    Great question! Speak with your instructor before class begins—they will offer specific modifications for today's class. If this is a recurring injury, or long-term issue please flag our desk staff who can add injury notes. If you are ill, REST is your best friend. "Sweating it out" is a myth—to recover quickly please stay hydrated, and stay home. Thank you for helping our other clients, instuctors are staff stay healthy!
  • I'm a medical professional who is sometimes On-Call — can I still take classes if I have to keep my phone with me?
    Absolutely! Here is our guide to help you enjoy classes while on-call ON-CALL MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS May keep phone or smartwatch by mat, on VIBRATE or on silent. If a client phones while you're at Union, please ask them to hold a moment, and step out to take the call by our Elevator. Sound travels easily in our space, disrupting classes + massage sessions. Phones are banned from restrooms & change areas. This is a strict rule for the privacy of all clients at Union. Many apps have access to device cameras, and can record without your knowledge or consent. Phone use in sensitive spaces should be reported to desk staff, as we request all devices be turned off for our client's privacy and ease.
  • What do I need for a great online class? How to bring the yoga studio experience home:
    Online classes take some getting used to. Our best tips to bring the Union experience you love into your home include: 1) connect your computer to good speakers, or practice with wireless earbuds 2) set up a yoga corner that is minimal, maybe with a plant or two, where everyday clutter / mess is out of sight & out of mind — ready your props, and don't be afraid to get creative: books can be blocks, and soup cans make great 2lb weights! 3) before and after class, take an extra 3 minutes to literally shake off the day, smile and tap into a sense of peace — maybe do some deep breathing to cultivate that sense of presence and mindfulness that make your practice so special 4) if you share your home with others, set boundaries around your practice time (if they are animals, take time to "claim your mat as your space" so they don't try to play or trample you during practice) 5) missing our Hot Room? Just set up a humidifier or diffuser near your mat for humidity, and use a portable heater to boost the heat! 6) try our on-demand classes, available 24/7 in the Virtual Studio! Learn More 7) expect the occasional distraction or interruption. ;) Life happens. 8) don't stress about equipment or props. Specialized equipment is always optional and you will hear our instructors suggest common household items that can replace traiditional yoga props: a textured rug = a yoga mat thick books = yoga blocks belt = yoga strap firm cushions = bolster soup cans = weights lacross ball = acupressure massage ball You're more prepared than you think! Trust us, you've got this. Enjoy!
  • I found out about Union after sustaining a TBI.  Which classes are a good option for me?
    Yoga Nidra with Taryn Diamond, or Hatha + Meditation classes with OT Ruby Knafo are a wonderful option. Try practicing with teachers who have specific training to support clients with brain injuries such as Angelica Rao, or Sarah Waterfield. Wonderful resources about yoga + TBIs are available through the LoveYourBrain website!
  • Are massages booked at Union with RMTs?  Do you offer direct billing?
    All massages are offered by RMTs who will give you a receipt after your massage. While we don't offer direct billing, the majority of insurance companies enable you to upload a photo of your receipt, and will reimburse within a few days. Registered Massage Therapy may be covered if you have insurance. If not, what you pay for your treatments is eligible for Tax Credits in Ontario! There is a 24 hour cancellation window for all massage appointments. Please give as much notice as possible to avoid fees.
  • What kinds of health and wellness professionals can I access at Union?
    At Union Yoga + Wellness, we have a wonderful team of Registered Massage Therapists, an Occupational Therapist and Meditation Coach. Learn more here!
  • Do you have locations other than 956 Bloor Street West?
    Not yet! We are focused on offering our clients excellence, and are proud to have celebrated our 5 year anniversary in August 2019.
  • Where can I find info on yoga teacher trainings and continuing education?
    Take a look at our Teacher Trainings page!
  • My workplace is looking for a yoga instructor — does Union offer Corporate Yoga?
    We do! We tailor each Corporate Yoga package or retreat to meet the needs of your workplace, and the space you have available. Feel free to copy & paste the form below into an email to one of our managers, and we will be in touch soon! Corporate Yoga intake form: 1. COMPANY: 2. CONTACT: 3. ADDRESS: 4. CLASS INFO — please complete fields below Preferred day of the week: Class start time: Preferred dates: Does this class repeat? How often: Number of participants: Description of the style of class you are looking for, or staff wellness goals:
  • Do you offer private yoga classes?
    We do! Enjoy a private class for just yourself, or a small group of friends, either in your own home or at our studio space. Rates vary, depending on what you are looking for. Connect with a manager to learn more!
  • What products do you sell?
    We offer an array of natural rubber B Mats (varying colours, sizes, and thicknesses), as well as synthetic mats by HalfMoon. Find carry-straps for your mat, really excellent Guru Yoga Towels, Pilates bands & balls, massage balls, cork blocks, eye pillows, yoga blankets and meditation cushions to support your practice. We also stock an array of hand-poured candles made with essential oils, malas, select books, and more.
  • Do you rent your space?
    Yes, our rooms are available to rent between classes (typically weekday mid-morning or afternoon). Rentals are idea for quiet events like private yoga, small meditation groups, etc. Please note that if classes must be cancelled, the rental fees are high to account for lost revenue. Plan accordingly!
  • Are you hiring new instructors?
    Not at this time. We are a small team, and prioritize hiring graduates from our Yoga Teacher Training programs who are well versed in Union's values and accessible approach to yoga. But if you are an exceptional instructor with specialized continuing education advanced trainings, including Trauma-Informed Yoga, and experience working with underserved communities we would love to hear from you. We are a body-positive and trans-friendly space that reflects and celebrates the diversity of Toronto!
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