Workshops for Teachers

Our Workshops for Yoga Teachers delve into specific topics to enhance your teaching skills and personal practice. Each unique workshop is designed to expand your knowledge through yoga practice, meditation, reflection and discussion.  Topics include functional anatomy, hands on assisting, pre and post natal, philosophy, anxiety and sanskrit. Many workshops are eligible for CEUs.

Announcing a 250-hour Graduate Yoga Teacher Training! This is a one-year independent study which begins in October of each year. Please direct enquiries to Monica Voss, monica@estheryoga.com, 416 944 0838 x2.

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Exploring the Psoas

Exploring the PsoasFriday, February 23, with Tama Soble
12:30pm-3:00pm, $50

The psoas muscle is powerful and intelligent.  It lies deep in the torso connecting spine, pelvis and legs.  Understanding how to release, stretch and strengthen the psoas can help us to integrate and stabilize the entire physical body and free the respiratory system.  We will explore postures and breathing practices to deepen our awareness and understanding of the role of the psoas.

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Yoga for Anxiety and DepressionSaturday, February 24 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
with Tama Soble and Janice Meilach

Saturday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Sunday 10:30am – 5:00pm  $325

Spend a weekend exploring how asana, pranayama and meditation practices support the physical body, the nervous and respiratory systems, and the mind in returning to homeostasis. We will practise, write, and engage in discussion in order to reflect on how as teachers we might support those living with the challenges of anxiety and depression. For yoga and meditation teachers, teachers in training and anyone studying and/or working in the mental health arena. CEU’s awarded through Yoga Alliance.

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Awakening the Spine

Awakening the SpineSaturday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25
with Monica Voss
Saturday, 2:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm, $275

Spend a weekend exploring all aspects of the spine – its anatomy, connection to the breath, energy, movement and texture and the imagery that has traditionally supported it. To tease out our previous knowledge of the spine and assimilate new ideas, we’ll use lecture, asana practice, discussion, partner work, breathing practice, relaxation techniques and meditation.

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Open House for 750 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Programme, October 2018 – December 2019

Thursday, April 26, 6:15pm
Presentations begin at 6:30pm. RSVP

For those interested in becoming a yoga teacher, enhancing a previous training or simply deepening their own practice and knowledge.

The 2018-2019 course begins in October 2018.

We offer a uniquely organic approach to yoga practice and teaching. Our programme combines asana, pranayama and meditation with lecture, discussion, and practicum to create a balanced outlook that will enliven all aspects of your teaching and your approach to the body/mind. You are supported, encouraged, and empowered to question and explore, to find your own path and voice.

NB There is a new non-academic option for those not intending to teach. Please enquire.

Meet the faculty. Bring your questions. Everyone welcome! RSVP

For more information contact: Tama Soble, 416 944-0838, tama@estheryoga.com

Introducing Pranayama

Friday, April 27, with Monica Voss
12:30pm-3:00pm, $50

We will practise several traditional and non-traditional breathing exercises (pranayama). Then we’ll assess and deconstruct them and discuss how and when to introduce pranayama to beginners most effectively.

The Power of Touch: A Hands-on Assisting Weekend for Yoga Teachers

Hands on AssistingSaturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6, with Monica Voss and Tama Soble
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:30pm, Sunday 10:30am – 5:00pm, $325

Explore and deepen your understanding of the way in which hands-on assisting enhances the connections between the ground, the breath and the energizing release of the spine. For teachers at all levels of experience. CEU’s awarded for Yoga Alliance certification.

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“Monica and Tama are gifted and generous educators. They have a deep understanding and knowledge of yoga practice, human anatomy and hands-on learning.  My yoga journey has been profoundly enriched through their thoughtful guidance.” Pam Bertrand


“Monica and Tama are gracious, generous, compassionate and wise… They’ve taught thousands of students over the years,  young and old, in Canada and around the world.  And they never cease to refine their technique or  their deep understanding of yoga…read more.”Sara Zuckerbrot

Freeing the Voice

Gerry TrenthamFriday, May 11, with Gerry Trentham
12:30pm-2:30pm, $40

The voice is in good health when it is flexible, dynamic, present and precise. Gerry’s enjoyable non-threatening approach introduces a practice that frees the voice, uniting it with the physical body.  This work highlights the individual’s distinctive and authentic voice and aligns the body in the process. With practice, participants discover a new power in their physical and vocal presence, and new ability to move and speak with confidence.

Yoga and Osteoporosis

bones_abstract_sq_webSaturday, June 2, with Shari Stein
3:00pm-5:30pm, $50

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

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are conditions in which – during the natural process of aging – bones tend to become more porous and susceptible to fracture. Exciting new research shows that yoga is a very effective tool for preventing and managing these conditions. Participants will be guided through practices that encourage grounding and weight bearing, as well as exercises and poses that facilitate balance, stability, range of movement and awareness. Written handouts, summarizing relevant science, will be provided.

From the Ground Up: How to Teach Beginners

From the Ground Up: How to teach BeginnersSaturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10, with Tama Soble
Saturday, 12:00pm-6:30pm, Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm, $325

Spend 2 days exploring the art of teaching yoga to beginners. Learn the principles behind adapting postures and breathing practices, the importance of variety and flexibility in language and description, and how to use the integrated principles of grounding, breathing and releasing the spine in order to guide beginning students toward reflective and independent practice.

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Yoga Teachers’ Retreat at Swallow’s Bridge, Alton, Ontario presented by Merit Travel

fall at Swallow's BridgeNovember 16 – 18, 2018, with Tama Soble 
Shared Room (2- 3/room) $495 (pp)

Join fellow teachers for a weekend of asana, pranayama, and walking meditation. Exchange ideas. Develop and deepen your own practice and teaching. Teachers and teacher trainees of any level of experience are welcome.
swallowsbridgeretreat.com

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Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all yoga workshops and special events. Enrollment is limited. You can pay by PayPal or e-transfer for most workshops. Mail a cheque to Esther Myers Yoga Studio, 390 Dupont St., Toronto, M5R1V9, ON, Canada, or call 416 944 0838 and leave your credit card details. We accept Visa or MasterCard. Email info@estheryoga.com (please do not include credit card information). Please arrive 10 minutes early in order to complete a registration form and health history. Cancellation policy: With more than 48 hours notice, you will receive credit towards classes or workshops in the same term. The Studio cannot give refunds. U.S. credit card transactions will be processed in Canadian dollars at the current exchange rate. DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
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