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Sandra Campbell

Sandra Campbell
I’m a writer/wordsmith by trade and have been throughout my long life. I began to practice at the Studio in 1994 when I was immobilized by an acute case of carpel tunnel syndrome—the consequence of a 12 week, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week marathon maniacally pecking on a keyboard to meet a do-or-die deadline. My physio said if I ever wanted to recover use of my hands without pain, I must learn how to continuously relax my neck and shoulders. This wisdom came as a shocking revelation. Who knew? Certainly not me! A friend pulled me to ...
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Karen Robbins

Karen Robbins
I first came to know the Esther Myers Yoga Studio by attending one of their international yoga retreats in Costa Rica in February of 2011. The trip was co-led by studio owners Tama Soble and Monica Voss and was at a breathtaking retreat centre in the southern Osa Peninsula, not far from a protected conservation area and national park. We practised twice daily on a yoga platform suspended in the rainforest’s tree canopy where the natural bird song and cry of howler monkeys punctuated our sessions. It was simply amazing! Before the retreat, I had experienced yoga sporadically by taking ...
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Sabah Ghazzawi

Sabah Ghazzawi
I’m a retired high school counsellor and will soon turn seventy. I enjoy what a city like Toronto offers such as; plays, concerts, movies, gentle walks in the parks, spending time with friends and exploring different restaurants. I also appreciate occasional travel and gardening. Now that I’m a grandmother of two, spending time with my grandchildren ranks very high on the list of things I enjoy. I began practicing yoga and meditation twenty years ago when I attended a class that Esther Myers was offering for breast cancer survivors. I wanted to improve the mobility in my right arm where ...
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Mary Walton-Ball

Mary Walton-Ball
I am a retired psychotherapist (2015) who enjoys singing in community choirs, playing the piano and walking and hiking in parks and conservation areas around Toronto. I am also interested in alternative healing modalities which explore different approaches to wellness and emotional well-being for prevention of illness. I began practising yoga in 1997 after a friend encouraged me to take a Friday night class at EMYS. At first I was rather reluctant but by the third session I was hooked! For several years I attended weekly classes augmented with weekend retreats outside the city and an international retreat once per ...
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Rachel London-Wallace

Rachel London-Wallace
My name is Rachel London-Wallace. I'm a 23-year old student and I like sports, reading, writing, and engaging with media in a critical and also pleasurable way. I started practising yoga at the Studio a long time ago, so I don't entirely remember how I began. I think it was in part because my family and I are close friends with Tama and wanted to support her business. Also, my parents were going, so I thought, why not? The way I think about yoga is this: yoga is to my body what therapy is to my mind. It's like a ...
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Liane Connor

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I would like to express my immense gratitude to the co-owners of EMYS, Tama Soble and Monica Voss for their dedication to the original creators of this approach to hatha yoga and its evolution through their continued learning, planning and teaching. Throughout the thirty plus years of my involvement as a participant in weekly classes, the basic principles of grounding, breathing and releasing the spine have been most helpful. These principles have guided my personal practice and my life, becoming a foundation for most daily activities. As I continued to practise, I became more alert to detecting and releasing physical ...
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Norie Jacobs

Norie Jacobs
Norie spent the first nine years of her working life as a stockbroker, a manager in treasury services and a money market trader. Thirty years ago she became a recruiter for technical industries, and continues to work in this field. She feels that shifting her professional focus to recruiting was a big risk that opened up infinite possibilities in her life. Currently, Norie is also a part time antique dealer with a booth in the St. Jacobs Antiques Market. Her passion for antiques began at the age of twelve, to her parents’ great surprise and has matured into a sophisticated ...
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Ruth Kazdan

Ruth Kazdan
Ruth Kazdan is a 74 year old musician and psychotherapist. She taught piano for 40 years and was a Senior Examiner at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She continues to perform and has an active psychotherapy practice. Ruth began yoga in 1991 and joined Esther Myers Yoga Studio sessions in 1996. Originally, she started at the Studio because it is in her neighbourhood, but didn’t know anything about the yoga taught here. She claims she just got lucky and has integrated yoga into her life ever since. Presently she attends two asana (yoga posture) classes and one breathing meditation class ...
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Geraldine Sherman

Geraldine Sherman
All those years when I should have taken my body out of its comfort zone, I was too busy. I had a full household of kids and step-kids, aging parents, and a CBC Radio producer’s job. It never occurred to me that I had the time for, and I didn’t have the interest in, extraneous physical activity. The women I knew, those in my generation - I’m 78 - didn’t run for the fun of it, didn’t join a fitness club and only occasionally played golf or tennis, mostly for the social perks. I did none of those things. Luckily, ...
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