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Ron Reid

Ron Reid has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 1988. He is co-owner and Director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois.  In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, Europe, and the U.K. and is becoming a familiar face at various conferences around the world.


Ron is one of Canada’s top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way.  He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice.  While continuing to teach and practice the ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavors to blend tradition with innovation, and to balance precision with grace.  Students will find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding.

Ron is also an accomplished musician and composer and performs with his partner Marla Meenakshi Joy under their group name “Swaha”. www.swaha.ca


Ron's regular teaching schedule at the Downward Dog, downtown:

Mondays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Mysore

Mondays, 5:30pm to 7:15pm - Yoga Jam

Wednesdays, 8:00am to 10:00am - Mysore

Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7:15pm - Level 2

Fridays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Mysore

Saturdays, 11:00am to 1:00pm - Level 1

Saturdays, 4:30pm to 6:30pm - Mysore with Marla Meenakshi Joy


Click here to find Ron's upcoming workshops.



"Thank you Ron, for sharing your tremendous knowledge, your exceptional uplifting spirit for yoga through your care, kindness, and perseverance. You extended a rich offering to my practice and an understanding of the highest quality of yoga teaching. Your art of assisting through well thought out explanations, step by step demonstrations filled with an intelligent sense of humor, and progressive tryouts, are so profound. Your self proofing teaching elements have enlightened me with a great experience of learning, and preparing me for my future journey, not only in yoga, but beyond. I considered myself blessed and lucky to have the pleasure to be one of thousands of your humble students...I have never enjoyed a training or a workshop so much as I did in your class. I was relaxed, fully appreciative and excited for all the treats you prepared for us.  It was creative, fun and full of surprises. In your unique way of communicating you found a way to make a connection with each one of us, and somehow you miraculously met us wherever we were, not only in the physical practice but in the spiritual as well. I would never have thought I will meet a true master face to face, a true yogi, and a living example that sets a high standard for himself and yet still handed me a rope to reach for a higher possibility. I witnessed this rare quality in your teaching, your approaches to everything you do." - WEI Z., Yoga Student from Yoga Thailand


“Ron teaches with intelligence. His adjustments suit the individual needs of the students. I personally found his adjustments were the best I have received from any instructor. I have very high regard for him as an exceptional teacher.”
-ELIZABETH C., Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer

“When I think of a yogi, I think of Ron Reid. He teaches from what he has learned from his many years of practice, you can feel that. Even if you've been practicing for years and years he makes you feel curious and excited about yoga through his soft-spoken, humorous and extremely intelligent way of teaching. He knows the body and how it works and he teaches you how to keep it healthy. At the same time his classes are challenging and hot. He makes you want to move to Toronto!!”
-KRISTIN L., yoga teacher and co-owner of The Shala Yoga Studio in New York



Toronto Yoga Guide: 'Toronto Yoga Leaders'


Article link:
The Yogi's Yogi, National Post






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