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.

A Summer’s Day of Yoga

Sunday, 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
*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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Exploring your Endocrine Glands through Movement, Touch and Sound…NEW!

Mariko TanabeThursday, August 24, with Mariko Tanabe
10:00am-1:00pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $75/morning only, $120/full day

Your endocrine glands are like a creative fountain that governs your body’s systems. They are closely associated with the body’s energy centres, as described through the ancient teachings of the Chakras and in Chinese Medicine. Through simple movements, basic yoga postures, and carefully guided use of touch and voice, you will experience the support your glands provide for clarity, ease of movement, and balance of energy.
No previous experience with Body-Mind Centering® is necessary. All are welcome.

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 developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen., www.espritenmouvement.comphoto by Michael Slobodian

Meditative Walking Outdoors

Meditative Walking OutdoorsThursdays, September 8 – 22, with Monica Voss
7:30am-8:30am, by donation/3 weeks

Let’s meet in the magical early morning and walk in Jean Sibelius Park on Brunswick Avenue, one block south of Dupont. Your donations will go to One City Scholarship Fund ( supporting graduating Toronto high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have excelled academically with their college and university education.


Yoga and Ravine Hike

Friday, September 15, 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.


Having Fun with Qi Gong!..NEW

Having Fun with Qi Gong tigerSunday, September 24, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

An easy and fun Qi Gong based on the movements of the Crane, Tiger, Bear, Monkey, Deer and Dragon strengthen and balance the body’s major organs. Develop power, strength, agility and grace. Improve your balance and flexibility. Be prepared to move a lot: wear non-restrictive comfortable clothing.

Yom Kippur Meditation

new growthThursday, September 28, with Tama Soble
8:00pm-9:30pm, PWYC
$10 minimum donation will go to One City Scholarship Fund

The Jewish High Holidays offer an annual opportunity for reflection on the themes of forgiveness, renewal, repentance and rebirth, ideas that have relevance to all individuals from any background.

Join us for an evening of gentle meditation and conversation. For those preparing for Yom Kippur or simply interested in these universal human issues.

Chair Yoga

Chair YogaFriday, October 20, with Shari Stein
1:00pm–3:00pm, $40

Chair Yoga is a viable and refreshing alternative to yoga on the mat. We will ground, breathe and lengthen our spines as we would in any yoga session, and creatively adapt the poses for a wide range of students, from residents of assisted living facilities, to those in business suits enjoying yoga during the lunch hour. This workshop is suitable for yoga students and teachers who wish to expand their repertoire to include Chair Yoga. Guided meditation and breathing practices are included.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, October 21, 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 Lower Back and Hip Joints

Sunday, October 22with 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

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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 (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.


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