Chi Junky // Review
Chi Junky is a boutique yoga and fitness studio in Leslieville. With a studio slogan of “Fun things make you sweat!”, how can the classes here not be an absolute blast? I was pumped as I rushed to class after work, but left feeling as if I had just spent the day at a spa. The space is beautiful, with high ceilings and rustic exposed brick. I was a half hour early for class so I poured myself some tea and got to chatting with Erica, an instructor. She toured me around and set me up for class. It’s almost retreat like, in that I felt like I had escaped the city and run off for the weekend.
Location: 70 McGee St. (Queen/Broadview area)
Price: $25 drop-in class // class packages and private session rates vary
Workout Type: yoga (vinyasa + hatha) and bodyweight training
Level of Difficulty: all levels
Parking: street parking
I had the pleasure of having Rachelle, the founder of Chi Junky, as my instructor for the 45 minute Burn class. She is a bad-ass with a serious talent for playlist curation. Music is a big deal for me (and many others) in workouts and her playlist for Burn was energizing and made the challenging class whiz by. Their schedule is set so yogis can attend the 45 minute Burn session and stay to wind down a bit with the Sweat Flow class immediately after. And let me tell you, I wish I was able to stay. As the music shifted from fast to slow ,and the candles were lit for Sweat Flow, I wanted nothing more than to stretch out with my new yogi buddies just to stay in this space a little while longer.
Whatever bodywork you’re feeling like that day, Chi Junky can deliver. The offer yoga and yoga teacher training, bodyweight training, chiropractic and massage, aromatherapy, food therapy and holistic nutrition. Each sweat session includes complimentary yoga equipment (so no need to tote your mat to and from work) organic tea service, towels and alkaline water. Small class sizes allow everyone to receive hands on guidance. The instructors are experienced and receptive. They allow flexibility in your practice. It’s a very open environment, with the freedom to speak up and interact with your classmates and instructors.
This east end gem is just off of Queen, tucked away on a quiet side street, and in a perfect neighbourhood for a post sweat coffee or glass of wine. With a nice balance of spirituality and physicality, you know the chi junky culture and family is real, especially with a 2pm hangover flow on their weekend schedule. So many studios are closed by noon on weekends; I’m glad to have found a studio that understands that sometimes I’d like to lay in bed until noon on a Sunday. These are my people. I’ll be back.
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