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07/23/2014 05:42 EDT | Updated 07/25/2014 04:59 EDT
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If you're interested in doing yoga but have never been to a class, you may be hesitant to shell out your hard-earned cash for something you're just not sure about. That, or you may be intimidated by the pictures on your Instagram showing your co-worker perfectly balanced in a headstand.

Either way, it's time to get over your fears and start rolling out the yoga mat. Toronto yoga enthusiast Kim Elliot has put together a list of all the places you can do yoga for free in the city this summer, and it is extensive. Not to mention, very welcoming to beginners.

"Even if you find yourself at a tougher class, just remember to stick to your own level of challenge," advises Elliot. "The whole point of yoga is to challenge yourself and not get caught up with the person beside you who is bent into a pretzel."

Yoga's benefits are myriad, including increased creativity, as well as feeling more connected to your body.

Considering the dozens of yoga studios in Toronto, it's more than worthwhile to give it a shot. And if doing yoga in a park isn't for you, think about something like the Passport to Prana, which allows you a visit to 70 Toronto yoga studios for just $30.

Here are 13 places in Toronto you can do yoga (weather permitting) for no money at all or a small donation this summer:

Free Yoga In Toronto

MONDAY

-6:30 to 8 pm. Beaches - Toronto Public Library (via Sahaja Yoga).

-6:30 to 8 pm. North York - Toronto Public Library (via Sahaja Yoga). Yonge and Sheppard.

-7 to 8 pm. Sunset Yoga in Riverdale Park (via Park Yoga Toronto). Takes place south end by the large statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

TUESDAY

-7 to 8 pm. Sunset Yoga in Riverdale Park (via Park Yoga Toronto). Takes place south end by the large statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

WEDNESDAY

-9:30 to 10:30 am. Withrow Park (via Park Yoga Toronto). Takes place east of the playground, just south of the restrooms.

-7 to 8 am. David Pecaut Square, via Yoga Be.

FRIDAY

-9:30 to 10:30 am. Jimmie Simpson Park (via Park Yoga Toronto). Takes place at corner of Booth Ave & Queen St. E.

SATURDAY

-10 to 11 am, Riverdale Park (via Park Yoga Toronto). Takes place south end by the large statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

SUNDAY

-9:30 to 10:30 am. Jonathan Ashbridge Park (via Park Yoga Toronto). Takes place under the 3 large trees just north of Leslieville Farmer's Market, corner of Woodward Ave and Queen St. E)

-10 to 11 am. Trinity Bellwoods Park. (via Lululemon)

-10 to 11 am. High Park. (via Flow-Active). Takes place just inside the main gates off Bloor Street West, then turn right by the Chess House building and look for the ONE TOOTH sign under the trees.

-10 to 11 am. Canoe Landing Park/CityPlace (via Tribe Fitness).

-10:30 to 11:30 am. Dufferin Grove Park (via Octopus Garden Yoga). Takes place southwest corner, across from the playground.