Themed Class Series

Themed Class Series explore unique topics through yoga, meditation, qi gong, and other creative offerings over a few week period at our Studio in downtown Toronto. Please register in advance for these themed classes.

Enrol in 2 or more short class series for a 15% discount. Call the Studio to register.

Ongoing Classes

Animal Frolic Qi Gong Class Series

DeerMondays, March 27 – May 15, with Donna Oliver
5:00pm–6:00pm, $120/series of 8 classes, $18/class

Based on Chinese Yogic principles, this Qi Gong set mimics the movements of 5 animals, Tiger, Bear, Monkey, Crane, and Deer, which are related to energizing specific organ systems in Traditional Chinese Medical Theory. Strengthen your body, mind and spirit and improve balance with this dynamic set. Most importantly, have fun with them!

Sounding Class Series

Thursdays, April 20 – May 11, with Monica Voss
5:00pm-6:00pm, $60/series of 4 classes, $18/class

Making sounds, whether deliberate or spontaneous, is a strategy the body/brain/mind uses to release stress and restore energy. Sound is also the focus of some meditation techniques and pranayama (breathing) exercises. We will explore a different sounding practice each evening. All are welcome.

Introduction to Inversions

Introduction to InversionsThursdays, April 20 – May 11, with Monica Voss
6:15pm-7:30pm, $76/4 weeks, $22/class

Inversions are grounding, challenging, and releasing. Touching upon headstand, handstand, forearm balance and shoulder stand, we’ll focus on building our inverted postures from the ground up to stabilize, understand and enjoy the experience of being upside down. Bring your questions. All welcome.

Yoga for Bone Health Class Series

Yoga for Bone HealthWednesdays, May 3 – 24, with Shari Stein
4:45pm-6:00pm, $76/series of 4 classes, $22/class

“I always say that my religion is kindness, because kindness is in our bones.” His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

From about age 30 onwards, our bones tend to become thinner as a natural result of getting older. Exciting new research shows that yoga is a very effective tool for offsetting some of the potentially negative consequences of this process. This series will focus on particular elements in yoga practice that empower us to maintain and build bone health. Balance, stability, range of movement and awareness will be emphasized, and written handouts summarizing relevant science provided.

Awakening the SPRING in Your Step: A Hip Releasing Series

A spring in your stepThursdays, May 18 – June 1, with Julia Juhas
6:15pm-7:30pm, $57/3 wks

After a winter of gripping while dodging ice and snow patches,  focusing on releasing tension in and around the hip joints will help alleviate low back pain, improve hip and pelvis range of motion, lengthen your stride, and spring you into warmer weather activities.

Body-Centred Tibetan Meditation Class Series

Body-Centred Tibetan MeditationFridays, May 19 – June 23, with Melanie Bonnell
8:30am-9:45am, $114/series of 6 classes, $22/class

We will review the basics of this bodywork through ten points and earth breathing practices and then move on to other practices in this series*. In particular we will practice the groups of protocols that are intended to prepare for Bodhicitta (loving kindness/compassion) meditation and Mahamudra (great space of awareness) meditation in the Tibetan tradition. The breath and body work are most helpful for deepening yoga practice as well as opening the heart center and clearing out stale energy from the physical and subtle body. No previous experience with these practices is necessary.
*as systematized by Reggie Ray in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Reiki I Training and Initiation Class Series

ReikiFridays, May 26 – June 9, with Melanie Bonnell
12:30pm – 2:30pm, $120/3 wks, plus optional $40 Reiki kit, registration required

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by laying on hands and is based on the idea that an unseen life force flows through us (known as prana in the Yogic tradition and chi in the Chinese systems). If our life force energy is high, we are more capable of being healthy.

In this three class series students will learn and practise Reiki self treatment and the treatments for others. For those able to attend all three classes, Reiki 1 initiation (attunement) will be offered at the end of the third class.

WuXing Qi Gong Class Series

5 major organsMondays, May 29 – June 26, with Donna Oliver
5:00pm – 6:00pm, $75/series of 5 classes

Wuxing Qigong is a beautifully flowing 5 movement set that energizes the five major organ systems. It is a short set, and can be practised daily for health maintenance or self healing.

Yoga for the Lymphatic System

Yoga for the Lymphatic systemThursdays, June 8 – 29, with Tama Soble
5:00pm–6:00pm, $60/4 weeks

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that form a drainage system in the body and aid in keeping bodily fluid levels in balance. The lymphatic system plays an important role in defending the body against viruses and bacteria and is a critical part of the immune system. In this 4 week series we will explore the basic anatomy and function of the lymphatic system and practise breathing and postures that increase circulation, boost immunity and relieve stress. All are welcome.

Yoga for Anxiety Class Series

Thursdays, June 8 – 29, with Tama Soble
6:15pm-7:30pm, $76/series of 4 classes, registration required

Practise and discuss asana and pranayama techniques that you can work with at home to help you manage anxiety. Understand the basis for each practice and how it may help you to re-energize the natural relaxation response and move you toward health and balance.

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