Esther Myers was an internationally respected yoga teacher and author. She was also a brilliant and articulate teacher of teachers. Esther was committed to honest inquiry and she challenged her students to explore and understand the practice of yoga as it developed and evolved within each individual’s body. She always encouraged her students to explore the rationale behind poses, and never to accept an absolute statement at face value.
A student of the late Vanda Scaravelli, Esther devised a simple and profound approach to yoga that both gently challenges and unites the body, mind and spirit. Esther established her Toronto studio in 1979. She created a rigorous and comprehensive teacher training curriculum which has produced many fine teachers throughout Canada and the United States. Esther developed a therapeutic yoga program for breast cancer survivors, which continues to run at the Marvel Koffler Centre in Toronto. Her video, Gentle Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors, has been distributed internationally, as have her books and her video on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Esther Myers died on January 6, 2004 after a long struggle with cancer. She taught her last class at her Toronto studio on December 16, 2003. Esther is still deeply missed by her students, colleagues, and friends. Her life and work were an inspiration to us all.