Workshops for Everyone at Esther Myers Yoga Studio

Esther Myers Yoga Studio offers gentle yoga workshops in downtown Toronto. Each workshop is unique and allows you to focus on a specific theme. Please register in advance.

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.

The Head and Pelvis Express…NEW!

Maria MeindlSaturday, March 3, with Maria Meindl
3:00pm-5:30pm, $50

We all know that the head and pelvis are connected, but often it feels like these two essential parts are in different worlds. In this Feldenkrais workshop, we’ll take a journey from head to pelvis and back again, with stops along the way to invite the hip-joints, jaw and eyes along for the ride and create a more vital and responsive connection.

Like a Rolling Ball

rolling bearFriday, March 9, with Monica Voss and Tama Soble
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40
This workshop will take place at Eight Branches, 358 Dupont St. with a maximum of 12 participants.

Rolling along and across the spine releases tension, develops awareness, facilitates greater mobility within the poses that we know, and increases our ability to access poses previously thought to be beyond our reach. Take time rolling about and experience the childlike pleasure of moving from the spine.

Cultivating Self-Compassion: Yogic and Buddhist Approaches

Saturday, March 10, with Ana Bodnar
3:00pm-5:30pm, $50

Mindfulness and self-compassion are said to be two wings of the same bird. Traditional Buddhist and Yogic teachings in self-compassion are powerful and elegant, and can be interwoven with contemporary evidence-based clinical practices to address such issues as self-criticism and low self-esteem. The Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes), include Loving Kindness, Compassion, Happiness for Others and Equanimity. In this workshop, we will focus on practical methods for supporting the development of self-compassion and increased happiness. There will be instruction, meditation and time for discussion on the application of these tools to your daily life. Please bring a pen and paper. No experience with yoga or meditation necessary.

Embodying the Inner Pathways of the Circulatory System…NEW!

circulatory systemSunday, March 11, with Mariko Tanabe
10:30am-1:30pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm
$80/morning only, $120/full day

Explore the flowing pathways of your circulatory system as it connects and regenerates the tissues throughout your body. Discover how the pulsing rivers and streams of your blood work with your breath to nourish and sustain your thoughts, movement and vital energy. Learn ways to apply the powerful qualities of the circulatory system to your personal or professional practice through guided movement exploration, working with touch and sound, and discussion. No previous experience is required.

Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. It is an experiential study based on anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles devised by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Introduction to Eight Brocade Qi Gong…NEW!

Donna OliverSunday, March 18, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

The Eight Pieces of Brocade is probably the most well-known and best loved qigong set that lays claim to eliminating 100 diseases. The only way to prove that is to practise this easy to learn set on a daily basis, or just enjoy it when you can!

Family Yoga

SuLisa Nevar Landsmannnday, April 22, with Lisa Nevar-Lansdmann
10:30am – 12:00pm, 1 adult, 1 child $35, extra person $10

Designed for youth ages 7 to 14, accompanied by an adult. This workshop offers a great opportunity for parents of either gender and their kids to experience Hatha Yoga together. Yoga poses improve balance, focus and flexibility which can complement and enhance performance in athletics, dance or martial arts. Games with movement allow everyone to explore their playful side and help manage energy in school and social settings. Calming breathing practices and partner poses help parents and children strengthen their bond. All welcome!

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.

Yoga for Lower Back and Hip Joints

Sunday, April 29with Mar Jean Olson
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

In this workshop we will focus on the lower body from the lumbar spine, through the pelvis, to the legs and feet. With stretching and strengthening for stability, we’ll learn about joints, muscles, alignment, and gait.

“A very big thank you to Mar Jean for … Yoga for your Hip Joints… filled with lots of useful information and practice for me both personally and as a teacher.  I felt more in my body afterwards, my hips were moving, my walking lighter… All of this put a smile on my face.” Jeanette Slinger

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.

Getting to know your Nervous System

Getting to Know your Nervous SystemSunday, May 27, with Tara Detwiler
11:30am-1:30pm, $40

This workshop will highlight the ways we can support self regulation within our nervous system by recognizing the symptoms of trauma and will include looking at how our nervous system works, some education and some exercises to experience. Most of us already do many things to support a healthy nervous system. It can be valuable to highlight what works well to help us heal and take note of the ways we override our bodies.

This material is based on Tara’s completion of a 3 year training in Somatic Experiencing, Dr. Peter Levine’s innovative approach to healing the impact of traumatic events by working with the nervous system.

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.

Knowing your Knees and Feet

Knowing your Knees and FeetSunday, June 3, with Mar Jean Olson
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

Practise beneficial exercises for strength, flexibility, movement awareness, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Eight Trigram (Bagua) Qi Gong…NEW!

Qi GongSunday, June 17, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

From Simple to Complex, explore movement that energizes the spine, strengthens the physical body, and improves body-mind connection. If you enjoy a physical challenge that improves focus and balance, this workshop may interest you.

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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 (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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