Easter Weekend Holiday Hours

Friday, Apr 18: Led Primary is cancelled. Mysore runs from 8a – 1.30p.

All other classes run as scheduled over the weekend.

Happy Holidays!

Date Added: April 16, 2014 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 11:26 pm

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Sharath’s Book Now Available!

Astanga Yoga Anusthana

by R. Sharath Jois

$25.95 +hst  Includes shipping

In store price $20 +hst.

Please note we are currently shipping within Canada only.

This compact, black and white manual features:
- An overview of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga
- The primary series including a photo of each asana, the vinyasa count, breath and drishti.
- A simple pranayama exercise.
- A section on asana for injury or yoga as therapy.
- Essential mantras in Sanskrit.


NOTE: After the purchase is complete please update your profile in our online store to reflect your current shipping address.  If you have any trouble with this email us at: info@ashtangatoronto.com or call 647-342-6550.

Shipping is via Canada Post. Please allow 7-14 days for your book to arrive.

Date Added: November 7, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 4:27 pm

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A Time for Change

Why I contribute to AYCT’s fundraising campaign..

Danielle’s Story

It took a literal wrecking ball to get me inside AYCT.  I watched the home next to mine crumble to the ground an hour before entering the Mysore room for the first time.  Its destruction and the construction chaos lurking around my usual solace spot facilitated the necessary push to finally get me in the door and change my life forever.

I was scared.  Actually, I was very sacred—afraid of being alone on my mat in a silent room surrounded by the confusion of people all doing different things.  Mainly, I was afraid of being accountable for my own practice as well as being unaccompanied on my yoga journey.  Once I got past the initial performance anxiety of memorizing the asana sequence, being alone with my breath became more natural and eventually I began to crave the quiet Mysore room—a luxurious escape from my otherwise noisy life.

As to my fear of being alone, I have come to realize that my practice is an individual journey but it is not a lonely one.  Yes, everyone is certainly doing different things all around me but our minds share a collective purpose. The dedication of my fellow yogis carries me through the difficult times.  I can face my fears and frustrations because those of you around me are doing the same thing.  It is your courage and determination that keeps me on my mat.  It is the collective energy of our community and teachers that inspires me to become a better person.   For that, I thank all of you.

Being part of AYCT is more than yoga.  It is a commitment that grounds me and provides the inner peace needed to truly give of myself.  My time in practice enables me to foster a non-reactive state of mind, cultivating empathy, and priming me to give more to others.  It is in this spirit of giving that the Operation Renovation campaign strikes a resonating cord.  AYCT is not a health club where we scan a card and work on our bodies.  The Mysore room is where we come to grow as people—body, mind, and spirit.

My yoga journey began with a wrecking ball reeking havoc on my physical surroundings.  Aptly, AYCT needs a little physical reconstruction to give us more.  I stand inspired and ready to give to AYCT at this growth juncture and humbly facilitate even greater growth for all us on our yoga journeys.


Ryan’s Story

“You have got to try out this yoga studio!” It all started when one of my best friends, Jeff, told me to go with him to AYCT. He asked me many times. I had been practicing yoga for about 2 years, and one day I decided to give in and finally check out what all the fuss was about. As I walked into the packed, hot Mysore room full of an incredible energy, and of people crossing their legs behind their heads, or doing drop backs, and other kinds of crazy contortions, I was instantly impressed and somewhat intimidated.

After some time, I started to practice regularly. At first I practiced 3-4 times a week and I eventually developed a strong daily practice. Besides yoga, I have been doing triathlons for years. I am also a registered massage therapist. Triathlons and working as a RMT can have quite an impact on my body. I really believe that my practice heals my body and keeps my mind sharp and relaxed. But even more important, my daily practice challenges me mentally and physically.

On top of the positive impact that the AYCT has had on my body and mind, it inspired me to travel to Mysore, India, to study at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. During my time in India, I came to appreciate even more how unique and great the AYCT community is. Many of the people I met there had to practice in small studios that only offered Mysore classes for a couple hours each day.

I am very lucky to be part of such a huge community of ashtangis. I am very excited for all the up coming changes at AYCT. I think that the money raised from Operation Renovation will help this studio grow, flourish and continue to be one of the best shalas in the world.


Anna’s Story

Three years after my first Ashtanga class, David wanted to start a Mysore program. I had explored the odd Mysore class on Sunday mornings and was hesitant about taking on Mysore five to six times a week.  The Sunday Mysore class left me drenched, exhausted and recuperating on the floor for a good 15-20 minutes after class before I could collect all my body parts in to moving again and make my way home.  To do that every day seemed… daunting.  Nevertheless, I kept asking David about it. He encouraged me that the practice would get better with the concistency of the traditional format of Mysore . And so I finally made the commitment.  A love for the practice had taken root and little by little it would take over for hockey.

Nine years later, I realize how lucky I was.  To be given the practice in a space that I shared with only 6-8 people.  In such a small class, it seemed impossible to be under the constant and watchful eye of David Robson, always expecting more strength in whatever pose was being explored.  Today, I am grateful for AYCT.  The space David and Stan offer is not just the room to practice in, but also a community and energy that I get to share and expand. I no longer argue with myself as to why I take the treck to the studio every day. I just do. Even my two sons can’t imagine me not practicing yoga.  It has become who I am!

I love the chance the renovation campaign is giving me to support the studio and its community. Without AYCT I would be relegated to a home practice. And as tough as practice is under the watchful eye of DR, practicing at home, alone, without anyone watching is even tougher. 

Date Added: January 24, 2013 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 11:02 pm

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Student Spotlight: Betty

Betty from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto shares her story with Ashtanga.

Date Added: September 25, 2012 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 3:17 pm

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Student Spotlight: Jelena

Jelena from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto shares her story with Ashtanga.

Date Added: September 24, 2012 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 6:24 pm

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Student Spotlight: Ana

Ana from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto shares her story on Ashtanga.

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Student Spotlight: Terry

Terry from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto shares his Ashtanga story.

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Student Spotlight:Randi

Randi from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto shares her story on Ashtanga

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Student Spotlight: Jeppe

Jeppe from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto shares his story on Ashtanga.


Date Added: September 20, 2012 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 3:44 pm

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Travelling to Mysore with Children – Part One

By Stan Byrne


David and I get a lot of questions about travelling to Mysore with children. We have done it once with our daughter, Mercedes when she was 17, and twice with our son Holden when he was 7 months and 2 years old.  Many people travel to study at KPJAYI, and bring their children. I am definitely not an adventurous traveller and I hate flying, especially with my son – it is certainly out of my comfort zone. But I have had great experiences in Mysore with my kids, and if I can do it – you can too!



Vaccinations are such a personal decision, many people prefer to use homeopathic and naturopathic medicines instead. Whatever you decide, you should speak to a medical professional that you trust. Holden is vaccinated for the usual stuff. There is polio and tetanus risk in India, which was a big part of our decision to vaccinate. We didn’t vaccinate him for Hep A or B, but that might be something to look into. Hep A can be transmitted through dirty hands touching your food, Hep B for children would be a contaminated blood transfusion. We knew a student who picked up typhoid in Mysore and it didn’t seem at all fun. There is only a very small malaria risk in Mysore.


Rabies can be a concern, but I have noticed on my last trip that there are very few monkeys compared to previous visits. The dogs and animals are all very sweet, but we never touch any animals in India and I don’t let Holden get very close to them. I don’t want to be killjoy, because I really love animals, but I would advise any parents to do the same.


The Flight:

The flight from North America to India is gross. Here is a list of what we have found to be most helpful on the flight:

  1. Lots of books and quiet colouring activities.
  2. I wrap two or three presents with tons of tape (unwrapping kills at least 10 minutes)
  3. I never bring any toys with wheels or that can roll. Anything very small is also not great because airplane seats swallow things.
  4. Tons of yummy snacks are key, because airplane food is an abomination and even a toddler that only eats white foods with ketchup knows this.
  5. We don’t watch television at home and I am pretty uptight about how much screen time my son gets. On the plane, however, anything goes. He seems to understand that there are different rules on the airplane and he doesn’t bug me to watch stuff once we land.
  6. We sit at the very back or just in front of the galley. There are usually extra seats at the back of the plane that you can snag to spread out. If there is no one behind you, your child can stand on her seat and muck around a bit. Also, it is really good to be right next to the bathroom and to a ready supply of juice for bribes.
  7. We plan our stopover in Heathrow because the food there is good and they have a great playground for older and very young children.



The good news is exercise is the best thing for jetlag. If you are practicing, you should get on schedule pretty quickly. In terms of your kids, when we arrive in Mysore it is early in the morning and we try to spend as much time as possible outside and walking around. I don’t let Holden nap for the first two days and I basically just run him around everywhere. We go to bed very early and that seems to do the trick.


Accommodation in Mysore:

In Gokulum (where the shala is located) there are many nice apartments to rent. You won’t have any trouble finding a place to live quickly. In high season (January/February) it can take a little longer. If you have small children, I would recommend finding a place with a generator. There are daily black outs in India, lasting for hours. This isn’t a huge deal in the afternoon, but we find the overhead fans great for sleeping and blocking out noise at night. If the fan goes out, it is really hard for little ones to sleep in the heat with the constant sound of beeping horns and banging pots. And yes, people will be banging pots next to your window at 2 in the morning. You cannot drink the tap water, brush your teeth in the water, make your tea with the water etc. When you arrive, ask about a bottled water delivery.

I hope you found this useful. Please let me know if you have anything valuable to add. In my next post, I will discuss finding care In Mysore.

Date Added: February 15, 2012 | Comments (0) | Filed under: AYCT Blog — admin @ 11:56 pm

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