Articles from Esther Myers Yoga Studio

Love Where You Are

One question I have in this predicament called human life is how to thrive in the environment we find ourselves inhabiting. Some people struggle to feel any degree of peace within a “concrete and clay” world dominated by traffic, noise

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Simple Solutions

I have been thinking about Francesca quite a bit lately. Francesca (not her real name) was a private student for about two years. I saw her twice a week for about an hour each session. I was part of a

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The How and Why of Pranayama with Monica Voss

Pranayama is often translated and understood as a method to control the breath. In this video, Monica Voss of Esther Myers Yoga in Toronto points out that viewing pranayama as a means to control the breath can actually be a

Yoga for Anxiety video with Tama Soble

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues in Canada according to the 2006 Community Health Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing from Statistics Canada. In this video, Tama Soble of Esther Myers’ Yoga Studio discusses the natural causes

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Yoga for the Pregnant Woman with Monica Voss

“The pregnant body is changing if not daily, then sometimes weekly, and certainly monthly. Those changes can be profound, they can bring up structural stress or postural stress, and they can bring up a lot of strong emotion.  And quiet

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Empowering Practices For Anxiety

We live in stressful times, and we literally embody the experience of our lives. This embodiment often manifests itself through habituated patterns of tension. These patterns become hardwired into our nervous systems after years of repetitive triggering of the startle

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Follow your own lead

It seems these days in Toronto, and possibly elsewhere (although I have not heard it expressed when I teach in Canada, in the US or in the UK) that the study of Patanjali is being elevated and Hatha Yoga, unless

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Reforming – A woman overcomes chronic illness & heals her body with the sustaining power of yoga

Breathing, growing roots and letting go have sustained my body through physical life changes – pregnancy, childbirth, menopause – and my mind during parenting, working and being in relationships. Yoga fosters my imagination, offers me the opportunity to try to

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Yoga for Anxiety – Interview with Tama Soble

Melissa West: Tama, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to yoga? Tama Soble: I first came to yoga when I was dancing. I was rehearsing and touring and my body was under

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Yoga for the Thinking Body

I am often asked what style of yoga I teach. Since there is no short answer to this question, and I have the forum and opportunity here, I will attempt to tell the story of my longtime involvement with yoga.

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Teaching Creative Engagement

During teacher training and development workshops teachers often ask how to present a philosophy of autonomy and encourage students to take on and ultimately take over their own yoga practice. These are exciting positive questions especially in the yoga world

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Grounding, Breathing, Lengthening with Monica Voss

Monica Voss, who lives and teaches in Toronto, recently conducted a weekend workshop at White Iris Yoga in Evanston. Three principles sum up the essence of Monica’s hatha yoga philosophy: 1) ground yourself, 2) breathe deeply, and 3) lengthen your

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