Yoga in the 419

. March 14, 2018.

Yoga experiences fall on a continuum. From gentle, restorative yoga to cardio-intense power yoga, every practitioner— young or old, new or seasoned— there is a studio and classes that fits his/her needs. Besides physical boons, such as improving flexibility, building strength, preventing cartilage/joint breakdown, bettering bone health, increasing blood flow, strengthening immunity and decreasing blood pressure, yoga has numerous mental benefits, but those are best experienced for oneself.

Check out the diversity of classes and studios in the Toledo area. Most studios have a discounted introductory offer, so experience the beauty of yoga and decide which type is best suited for you.



Kimi Rae, Owner and Instructor
6625 Maplewood Ave., Sylvania
Instagram @caliyogastudio

Unique because: We are authentic and welcoming. Our spacious [studio with] wood floors, exposed brick and wood beams transports you to a California style of studio. We have infrared quartz heat and amazing savasana massage, which you just have to experience.
Students should know: We offer classes for all levels, demographics, ages and bodies. We have an apprenticeship program and teacher training for anyone to be able to deepen their practice!
Classes: Restorative, Basic, Intermediate, and Power Yoga, Buti Yoga and Jivamukti.


Joni Johnson (curator and instructor) and Sydney Parker, instructor
425 Jefferson Ave. 3rd floor,
Instagram @thespacetoledo

Unique because: The Space is always evolving. It’s a living and breathing source of love, connection and freedom to explore your higher self. It’s a place for students to support, nurture and safely tap into their curious spirits with teachers committed to adaptation and growth.
Our mission: The Space is committed to providing a peaceful and safe environment for you— as you are— to learn and discover new facets of yourself.
Classes: There is something to offer the physically driven, the intellectual, and the esoteric.


Gale Clark, owner and Reiki master
Sue Briddell, owner and instructor
5747 Main St., Sylvania
Instagram @harmonyinlifecenter
Unique because: Harmony in Life offers a wide variety of healing modalities that assist one on his/her journey to wholeness. Our Harmony Shoppe is filled with unique items such as crystals, singing bowls, jewelry, aromatherapy and many handmade items created by local artists.
Students should know: We offer many classes, concerts and events, all of which can be found on our website.
Classes: Reiki, Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Lindsay Samuelson, Massage Therapy, Angel Readings and yoga with experienced teachers, including Jenn McCullough.



Marci Crawford, Owner and Instructor
135 N. Michigan St.
Unique because: Our friendly, welcoming atmosphere and our $10 drop-in fee.
Students should know: You are welcome here! And we have two parking lots! Classes: Noon, Monday-Friday. 6pm, Monday-Thursday. 9:30am on Saturdays. Noon on Sundays. We offer Ashtanga, Beginner, Vinyasa flow, and Yin Yoga.


Marie Russel, Director of It’s Yoga International
701 Madison Ave.
Unique because: We feature The Rocket® Routines, derived from
classical Ashtanga.
Our mission: Our vision is to enhance people’s day-to-day life experience. We want to show people they are stronger than they think they are by learning how to control their breathing, to embrace a more enlightened and positive thought system, while getting to know their body and how it works from the inside out.
Classes: Ashtanga, Full Led Primary, Modified Primary, Rocket Yoga, mixed-level yoga and meditation).



Renee Mason, MD, Owner and Instructor
5441 S. Main St., Sylvania
Instagram @fitness_shack
Unique because: We have a full service commercial kitchen that provides our clients with healthy, fresh meals. We also offer multiple fitness formats for all levels of skill and interest…[and] nutrition counseling by a certified nutrition counselor and personal training by certified personal trainers.
Students should know: The Fitness Shack was developed as an adjunct to my medical practice, to educate and implement strategies for long-lasting health and wellness benefits.
Classes: Buti Yoga, Gentle and VInyasa Yoga, HIIT and strength training classes, rowing, body sculpt and more.


Leslie Chapman, Owner and Instructor
4324 W. Central Ave.
Instagram @toledoyoga
Unique because: We are a Toledo-centric studio and it is our students and dedicated team that have cultivated a truly unique environment that transcends beyond the walls of our space. We work with local schools, nonprofit organizations, the University of Toledo Athletics, and UT Student Leaders.
Our mission: We are deeply rooted in our mission, which is to create a powerful community through the practice of yoga.  We inspire people to fulfill their purpose of making a difference for themselves and others.
Classes: We are open 365 days a year and offer over 40 classes a week (power, yin, restorative, sculpt), monthly workshops, biannual 200-hour teacher training, advanced 300-hour teacher training, and a semester-long leadership program for collegiate students.


Diana Spiess, Owner and Instructor
725 Ford St., Suite B. Maumee
Instagram @essencembs
Unique because: We offer over 70 classes per week with a variety unmatched in the Toledo Area.
Our mission: To assist anyone on their journey to a healthier, happier life. We truly enjoy this amazing community and strive to [help] our clients live with joy.
Classes: We offer a full pilates studio, yoga, Yoga Teacher Certification Training, TRX, cycling, strength training, Zumba, drumming and private sessions.



(formerly Bikram Yoga Toledo)
Tim Zeithamel, Owner and Instructor
5107B Monroe St.
Instagram @hotroomtoledo
Unique because: The heat. That’s why I changed our name to The Hot Room because we have it all heated up.
Our mission: The thing that I hear the most from the community is that we have created an encouraging and motivating environment where we can support one another.
Classes: 90-minute Bikram series, 60-minute Bikram express, Hot Yoga, Inferno Pilates (low impact HIIT style class in heated room), Yin. It’s a lot more than just Bikram.


Kathie Jaskolski, Owner and Instructor
8115 Monclova Rd., Monclova
Unique because: Still Waters is a vibrant and healing space that, for 20 years, has held the vibration of spiritual seekers, energy workers, grounded men and women like you, who are ready to create more health and happiness and long to discover the depth of who they are.
Our mission: We believe yoga is a practice of listening to your breath, your body and your instincts. Each class includes physical movement to provide strength, balance and flexibility and honors the full spectrum of the ancient art of yoga by teaching yoga wisdom gems, breathing techniques and meditation.
Classes: All levels: gentle and restorative yoga, Yin, Chair Yoga and more.


Margaret Penn, Owner and Instructor
Cricket West, 3145 W. Central Ave.,
Instagram @yogajayoga
Unique because: From a physical perspective, Yogaja [is unique] because we have two practice spaces [and] each studio space is quite roomy and has beautiful natural light. From a vibe perspective, I often hear from our students that Yogaja has a joyful atmosphere, and [students] are made to feel at home.
Students should know: Our staff will be working hard to make you feel very comfortable in each class you attend. Just this month, we opened a dedicated meditation studio and Yogaja Shop in the space directly below our back studio.
Classes: Over 50 classes a week: Beginner, Intermediate and Power Yoga; Restorative, Prenatal and Gentle Yoga; Yin yoga, Buti, BodyART, Movement & Meditation, Ashtanga/Mysore and meditation.


Malena Caruso, Owner and Instructor
407 Washington St.
Instagram @toledoasanaroom
Unique because: Aside from our central location right in the heart of downtown…we are also committed to the classic Ashtanga Yoga practice. Our space is clean and simple. There’s no music, added heating elements or other distractions.
Our mission: People. Learning. Sharing information. This space is meant to encourage the student and lifelong learner in all of us. There is no finish line; we must keep growing, as humans and [as] spiritual beings.
Classes: We practice Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Our mornings are Mysore style… [and] the evening classes are led half-Ashtanga Primary Series. Saturdays are the Led Full Primary Series.



Phoebe Sloan, Owner and Instructor
2221 River Rd., Maumee
Instagram @tonicmaumee
Unique because: The beautiful atmosphere— in the physical details of the space to the welcoming atmosphere [is] what makes Tonic stand out. Although it’s really about the variety of classes and the amazing people that make up [our] community that sets us apart from anywhere else.
Our mission: The goal of Tonic has always been about community. Creating a neighborhood place where anyone is welcome to take a class (or even several in a row), enjoy a cup of complimentary tea or coffee, make new friends and shop our premier retail boutique.
Classes: Offering daily a variety of yoga class styles, high energy Barre classes, Pilates Circuit classes and private appointments for yoga and our Pilates equipment.