Hoame is the newest meditation studio to open up in Toronto—and it’s by far the largest. It houses two meditation rooms—a “light” room with a wall of live greenery and hanging vines from the ceiling, and a “dark” room with star-like fluorescent lights in the ceiling—an infrared sauna and a Himalayan rock salt cave made up of over five tonnes of salt (they say that spending an hour in the cave, which is said to help with inflammation and respiratory issues, has similar benefits to spending a week by the ocean). Co-founders Stephanie Kersta and Carolyn Plater-Zyberk are both psychotherapists and mental health clinicians who felt they needed to do more than provide reactionary care. “It was when people had already fallen apart, then we are mobilizing our resources to help people,” said Plater-Zyberk. “Then we thought, how do we promote preventative work? How do we promote wellness in this city and how do we do it in a way that people actually want to come in here?” The result: a very welcoming Hoame.
430 Adelaide St. W, hoame.ca
A Quiet Place
If Toronto suddenly seems more Zen, it’s thanks to the recent uptick of meditation and wellness spaces like Mindset Brain Gym (62 Cumberland St.), Good Space (360 Dufferin St.) and Soul 7 (17 Yorkville Ave.). Out of town? Try alternate-nostril breathing, says Emily Thring, founder and director of The Quiet Company. Hillary Clinton is a fan of the mindfulness technique and used it after the last American election. Plug your left nostril and inhale through your right nostril, then, holding that breath, plug your right nostril and exhale through your left nostril. Repeat for a few minutes or until you achieve the chill perspective of Will Smith on Instagram—whichever comes first.
511 King St. W, quietcompany.ca
Good Space is a new yoga, meditation and mindfulness studio located in Parkdale. Classes vary in intensity from "Move More" (comparable to a traditional Vinyasa flow) to the slower-paced "Move Light" (good for beginners or those getting back into the swing of things) to "Still" (a guided meditation) depending on whether you want to work out your body or your mind.
360 Dufferin Unit #106, goodspacetoronto.ca