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.

Spring Special: If you attend one workshop, you may have another at a discount of 50%. Price does not apply to full weekend workshops.

Introducing Pranayama

PranayamaFriday, April 28, 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.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, April 29, with Monica Voss
3:00pm-5:00pm, $45, $75/couple

Enjoy stretching, breathing, back care, sounding, suggestions for hands-on assisting, and positions for labour. Come solo or with a partner, or friend.

Private, semi-private and small group sessions are available instead of the workshop dates above, or in addition to them. Please enquire.

“We loved the combination of useful information and suggestions in the Labour Preparation workshop, and the style of delivery – a combination of a calming, knowledgable, non-bossy nurturing style. We appreciated that the workshop focused on the role and feelings of the coach.” Mira and Brian

Yoga for Fingers, Hands, Wrists and Arms

Sunday, April 30, with Mar Jean OlsonYoga for Fingers, Hands, Wrists and Arms
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

Learn a variety of simple stretching and strengthening exercises for your fingers, hands, wrists, and forearms.  Use this gentle programme anywhere for gradual relief of stiff, sore, inflamed and overworked areas.

Yoga for the Eyes

Yoga for the EyesSunday, April 30, with Mar Jean Olson
3:30pm-5:00pm, $30,

Simple eye exercises for relieving eye strain and improving focus. Techniques for developing new visual habits.

Asana Class with Peter Blackaby

Thursday, May 4, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $25

By popular demand, Pete will teach one regular asana class at the Studio.
Attendance is limited to 24 people.


(Sorry, no class cards or unlimited passes. We are accepting only cash, debit, Visa, MC or PayPal for this special event.)

Understanding Human Movement, a Functional Approach to Yoga Anatomy with Peter Blackaby

Peter BlackabyMay 5-7, 2017 , 10:00am-5:00pm
This weekend will explore themes inspired by the study of Functional Anatomy in the modern context. We will approach the subjects in various ways, with lectures, practical work and group discussions.
For teachers and students at all levels of experience. CEU’s awarded for Yoga Alliance certification.

Friday, May 5
The Anatomy of Freedom and Constraint in Asana
, 10:00am-1:00pm, Eight Branches, 358 Dupont St
Structure and its Response to Gravity, 2:15pm-4:45pm,  Esther Myers Yoga Studio, 390 Dupont St, Suite 203

Saturday, May 6
Building Bases Finding Support
, 10:00am-1:00pm, Eight Branches
The Innocent Breath, 2:30pm-5:00pm, Esther Myers Yoga Studio

Sunday, May 7
Intention and Body Compliance
, 10:00am-1:00pm, Esther Myers Yoga Studio
Theories of Movement, 2:30pm-5:00pm, Esther Myers Yoga Studio

Full Session Descriptions & Application

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. Within 2 weeks of this event, please pay in full.

Yoga for Insomnia

Yoga for InsomniaSaturday, May 27, with Lauren Anastasi
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

Explore asana and pranayama practices which support rest and relaxation. We will incorporate restorative yoga, yoga nidra (guided relaxation) and practices that can be done in bed and in preparation for sleep. This session is appropriate for students at all levels.

Getting to know your Nervous System

Getting to Know your Nervous SystemSunday, May 28, 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.

Kinetics for Legs and Thighs…NEW!

Sunday, May 28, with Fiona Griffiths
2:00pm-5:00pm, $60

As we move through space our pelvis sways gently in figure 8’s and the hip sockets and legs flow easily supported on flexible feet. Sitting, anxiety, past immobilities, and technology inducing slumps have compromised the subtle, movements of these joints. Lying on various sized balls, softening the body and quieting the mind, we will explore the experience of weight and the constructive use of tension. Adding breath and small movements completes this workshop. Participants can include these simple and easy to use techniques in their personal practice.

Yoga and Osteoporosis

bones_abstract_sq_webSaturday, June 3, 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.

Yoga for Paddlers…NEW!

Sunday, June 4, with Helen Kohl
12:30pm–2:30pm, $40

In a boat, the water is your “ground.” Loose hips, thoracic spine mobility, balance and connection with the breath can prepare your body, mind and spirit for this sport.

Knowing your Knees and Feet

Knowing your Knees and FeetSunday, June 4, with Mar Jean Olson
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

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

CPR Level B AED

heart_webFriday, June 16, with Vera Stambolic
12:30pm-4:30pm, $85 (+$15 cash for the Rescue 7 manual)

This workshop will teach you how best to respond to a life threatening situation. You will learn how to provide accurate and effective cardio pulmonary resuscitation, and how best to assist a choking victim. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive CPR LEVEL B certification. This training is for those receiving their first CPR certification and for those renewing. In order to receive certification, participants must attend the full session, successfully demonstrate all required skills and purchase a new Manual for $15 (reflecting newly adopted guidelines).

* A CPR certificate is strongly recommended for all yoga teachers and should be renewed yearly.

Yoga for Musicians

Linnea Saturday, June 17, with Linnea Thacker
3:00pm-5:00pm, PWYC, suggested payment $20

In this workshop, we will explore ways of counterbalancing some of the physical stresses of being a musician and develop ways of bringing greater body awareness into our musical practice. We will experiment with various exercises to help shed tension accumulated from playing, and examine how we can incorporate greater ease of movement into our performing.

Chinese Shamanic Qi Gong

Chinese Shamanic Qi GongSunday, June 18, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

Cultivate your internal medicine with meditation, movement, breathing and sound bringing awareness to every part of your being. Shamanic Qigong strengthens the Body, Mind and Energy, known as the Three Human Treasures in order to maintain health or heal illness. A major component of this practice involves shaking the body to release energetic stagnation.

Yoga and Ravine Hike

Tuesday, July 11, with Tama Soble
9:00am-11:30am, PWYC

Take your yoga outdoors. Feel the ground underneath your feet and allow nature to enliven your practice. Please pack a water bottle, and bring a yoga mat.
We will meet outside the Tichester/Heath Street exit of the St. Clair West Subway Station at 8:45am.

RSVP: tama@estheryoga.com

Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back

Shoulders and Upper BackSunday, July 16, with Mar Jean Olson
10:00am-1:00pm, $60

Increase the range of motion in your neck, shoulders, arms and upper back with numerous and enjoyable exercises and sequences. Experience an enhanced sense of lightness and freedom.

A Summer’s Day of Yoga

A Summer Day of YogaSunday, July 30, with Monica Voss
10:00am–4:30pm, $108
morning only (10:00am-1:00pm), $65
afternoon only (2:30pm-4:30pm), $45

Take a day to celebrate breath, relaxation and natural movement as the sun glows and warms and the birds sing. Bring shiny summer freshness into your body and heart with yoga. Everyone welcome.

Walk the Labyrinth in High Park

Tuesday, August 8, with Monica Voss 
10:30am-12:30pm, no charge

Walking a labyrinth increases focus and concentration. As we walk in contemplation, we pay more attention to our breathing and our thoughts and sometimes the less helpful thoughts decrease and by the end, the mind feels refreshed.

We’ll meet outside the High Park Subway Station (toward High Park Av.) at 10:30am and walk to the Labyrinth together. If you are travelling by car enter the park from Bloor Street West (not the Queensway) and follow the road to the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. We will meet you just outside the entrance to the Restaurant at 10:45am.

Day trip to Stratford to see “The Komagata Maru Incident”

Friday, August 18, with Monica Voss

We’ll take the bus to Stratford at 10:00am, practise yoga on the grass, take a long walk along the river, and enjoy a picnic lunch (weather permitting). Then we’ll visit Sartaj Kaur in her shop Kinna Sohna, newly relocated in Stratford. She’ll give us background on the Komagata Maru and accompany us to the show at 8:00pm. Return to Toronto is by bus at 11:00pm.

Pay as you go
RSVP: monica@estheryoga.com

www.stratfordfestival.ca
*I will endeavour to get a group rate for the play.
**If anyone prefers to drive, we will arrange a meeting spot in Stratford. There is another bus leaving Toronto at 3:00pm.

Yoga in the Classroom, JK–Grade 8

Yoga in the classroomMonday, August 21 – Wednesday, August 23, with Monica Voss and Tama Soble
10:00am–1:00pm, $195

Yoga is being integrated into classrooms across North America often with great benefit to teacher and student. Learn simple activities that are effective and fun, relate directly to the curriculum and assist students to achieve mental clarity and focus. Yoga heightens children’s understanding of how their bodies and minds integrate and gives them a positive imaginative non-competitive physical outlet.

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Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all yoga workshops and special events.

Enrollment is limited. PayPal is available for most workshop payments. 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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