Well friends I just got back from my 8 day tour of Canada’s West(best) coast and I feel rejuvenated, energized and stoked to share my findings with you. My first post is about Coastal Bliss Yoga studio in Tofino, British Columbia. Coastal Bliss is the only dedicated yoga studio in the small coastal town of Tofino but even despite a lack of competition they are committed to providing their students with good quality instruction and a variety of classes. The people of Tofino and its guests are lucky to have them.
- Location: Unit F – 1180 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada (map). It’s perfectly situated by the Tacofino (drool) truck across from Mackenzie beach
- Non-heated. However you are right by the ocean so for us main-landers humidity feels like it’s at 1000%
- Style: Primarily Flow (Vinyasa and Power) along with Yin, Restorative and Hatha. They also offer beach yoga and stand up paddle board yoga! See here for more information on their class descriptions.
- Instructors: While I was in Tofino I practiced April Robson and Beth Cummings. The rest of their instructor bios can be found here.
- Schedule: Coastal Bliss Yoga offers many convenient times for practicing. Their schedule can be found online here. Take special note of the beach yoga and SUP yoga class times.
- Price: Single studio drop in is $18.00. Beach yoga is $10.00 drop in fee and SUP yoga is $20.00. They also offer discount multi-pass packages. Information on their packages can be found online.
The first thing I did when I arrived in Tofino after 5 hours of driving windy coastal roads was drop my bags and run to the nearest studio desperate to get moving. Thankfully just 3 km south of Tofino town centre lies Coastal Bliss Yoga.
I climbed the stairs to a beautiful one room studio, reminiscent of a tree house, situated among some large cedar trees (anyone is welcome to correct me I am not keeping up with my knowledge of coniferous trees). When I arrived I was greeted by the instructor and those that are regular to her class. I felt instantly at ease and at home.
My first class there was a Vinyasa Flow class with April and it definitely got my heart pumping and the junk out of my hips. However in addition to fast flowing Asana’s there were good alignment cues. There was no getting away with not squaring your hips in crescent lunge or a one footed lift into headstand (April expressed that is creates a tendency to favor one side over the other). Overall it was a worthwhile class. I got what I needed from it and some food for thought when I left.
The next class I attended was the one hour beach yoga class on Mackenzie beach lead by Beth. This was following 3 hours of surf lessons in Cox bay. My whole body was screaming at me to just lie down and pass out but I forged on like the masochist I am and I’m glad I did. Beth’s class was a full body gentle flow. We got into hips, shoulders and hamstrings which I desperately needed at this point. Also thankful for the lack of Chaturanga Dandasana because had it been a full on power flow I probably would have just sat in child’s pose waiting for Savasana.
Overall, if you’re in Tofino and you’re looking for a solid well rounded studio I’d suggest you check out this studio. It’s good for beginner to advanced practitioners who like an alignment focused practice.
Here’s a picture of me on Mackenzie beach taken by the studio owner Pascale Froment (who is lovely, definitely say hi if you stop by the studio and she’s there).
Have you been to Coastal -Bliss Yoga? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!
My “style” of yoga can be characterized by a few key words: anatomical, foundation, avoiding warrior poses and arm balances. My favorite teachers are: Jeff Mah, Tiffany Cruickshank and Kathryn Budig. If you are familiar with any of these teachers you’ll know that I like to get my heart pumping and flow through Asana’s.