Five Perfect Places to Namaste in Northumberland
Dust off your yoga mat and get into downward dog. We’re only too happy to practice meditation, relaxation and posture in the name of health at these fabulous locations.
800 Baxter Rd., RR#1
This sustainable, completely self-sufficient retreat was voted one of Canada’s greenest buildings, and the aim behind its creation was to build a place of balance and respite. The focus of the centre is truly for guests to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives and reconnect with nature. Multi-day yoga workshops facilitated by guest instructors take place throughout the year, in addition to mindfulness, qigong, tai chi and cooking workshops presented by Harmony Dawn co-founders Andy James and Nicola Lawrence James.
631 Northumberland Heights Rd.
ThriveBody isn’t your everyday yoga studio—owner Erin has developed a style of “movement therapy” based on her training and experiences with other yoginis and movement experts around the world. For Erin, yoga is a way to cope with the stress of life, and she strives to help bring that balance to her clients. The class schedule includes offerings for adults and children, as well as all bodies and abilities, and the classes are small—no more than four adults or six children. You can also book private classes (in the outdoor studio, perhaps?) or another good-for-you service—Thrive also offers massage therapy and advanced foot care. Registration or appointment bookings are required (sorry, no drop-ins) so have a peek at the website to see what catches your eye.
110 Walton St.
Port Hope, Ont.
This studio in the downtown historic district of Port Hope opened its doors in 2017. Spraoi—pronounced “spree,” which is a Gaelic word that means “play” to reflect the owner’s Irish heritage—offers a range of different types of classes. The offerings include heated yoga (some call this ‘hot yoga’), which is a Vinyasa Flow class in a warmed room. The benefits of hot yoga include immunity boosting, detoxification, healthier connective tissue and weight loss. Spraoi clients can pay by the class, by multi-class pass, by the month and by membership.
12 Elgin St. E.
Unit 3, Cobourg, Ont.
There are so many options for growth and development at this studio in Cobourg. Fusion (and owner Helen Slade) has been serving Northumberland County for 17 years, offering yoga classes, meditation, functional movement, yoga teacher training, life coaching and more. You’ll also find a limited retail selection of essential oils and apparel (we’re into the cute yoga-themed tanks, like “I’m just here for the Savasana” and “Superkalifierymysticshaktiinnergoddess”).
51 King St.
Port Hope, Ont.
Certified yoga instructor and child and youth worker Jenni Burke practises the gentle way of hatha yoga in both Cobourg and Port Hope. Hatha, which is less rigorous than some of the more rigorous approaches to yoga, has so many benefits (improved sleep, breathing, posture and flexibility; better memory and focus; and help with emotional balance and relaxation) and yogis of all levels are welcome at Jenni’s classes. Jenni also runs regular themed workshops, and hosts at annual art show to share her other passion—painting Canadian landscapes.