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.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, September 23, 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 date above, or in addition to it. 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


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

Thursday, 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.

Kinetics to Alleviate Computer Neck…NEW!

Sunday, October 22, with Fiona Griffiths
11:00am–2:00pm, $60

Kinetic Awareness offers movement education, experiential anatomy, skeletal re-alignment, injury and chronic pain relief and major stress reduction. It is an essential tool in connecting with the somato-sensory system and in rejuvenating the body/mind. Kinetics is a sensory experience of weight and tension developed through personal observation of proprioceptive and kinaesthetic processes. Practitioners lie on various sized air-filled balls, massaging soft tissue and exploring anatomy with slow, gentle movements. This work relaxes muscles, quiets the mind, releases joints and allows unwinding of the fascial highway. Ball and handouts available for a small fee.

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

Yoga to Support Breast Health

BreastHealth_sq_webFriday, November 3, with Tama Soble
12:30pm–3:00pm, $50

Breast health is essential for women of all ages and stages of life. It is of particular importance for those at high risk for or recovering from breast cancer. Learn how asana and pranayama practices can enhance lymphatic circulation, muscular release and the breaking up of scar tissue to support breast health and the full function of the shoulder girdle. For students and teachers at all levels.

Yoga and Anatomy

Yoga and AnatomySunday, November 5, with Tama Soble
10:30am-5:00pm, $150

Learn how to adapt yoga poses to the precise needs of your body or those of your students by applying basic anatomical principles. Reconnect with body and breath using gentle practices that acknowledge functional anatomy and the unique nature of each body. This workshop is open to students and teachers at all levels of experience.

Finding Your Comfort Zone

Maria MeindlSaturday, November 11, with Maria Meindl
3:00pm-5:30pm, $50

This workshop will use three Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons to introduce a vital principle of the method: staying well within your range.

It was a remarkable idea during the lifetime of Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) but it seems all-the-more relevant in today’s fast-paced world.

In this workshop, you will take the time to discover your true comfort zone. Moving this way expands the range, ease and efficiency of your movements, not to mention your overall well-being.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes are designed to help you move with grace, ease and power. These gentle and deceptively simple lessons help you become aware of your habits, so you can make better choices about how you move.

Getting to know your Nervous System

Getting to Know your Nervous SystemSunday, November 12, 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.

Chinese Shamanic Qi Gong

Chinese Shamanic Qi GongSunday, November 12, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

Essence, Energy and Spirit are considered the Three Treasures and they are stored in the Three Dantiens. Shamanic Shaking, Sounding and Meditation will help clear patterns of disease and allow the body to activate and release the healing medicine within each Dantien. Practice requires standing and sitting.

Dance with Yoga

Julia JuhasFriday, November 17, with Julia Juhas
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

As we dance, we are essentially doing yoga and as we practise yoga, we are dancing! Explore movement and self-expression and discover the similarities between the Limon dance technique and the approach to yoga at the Studio. Integrating the principles of dance and yoga, we’ll explore how we can move our bodies through space and dance with yoga.

Yoga and Osteoporosis

bones_abstract_sq_webSaturday, November 18, 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, November 19, with Mar Jean Olson
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

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

Kinetics for Ribs, Spine and Breath…NEW!

Fiona GriffithsSunday, November 26, with Fiona Griffiths
11:00am–2:00pm, $60

Kinetic Awareness offers movement education, experiential anatomy, skeletal re-alignment, injury and chronic pain relief and major stress reduction. It is an essential tool in connecting with the somato-sensory system and in rejuvenating the body/mind. Kinetics is a sensory experience of weight and tension developed through personal observation of proprioceptive and kinaesthetic processes. Practitioners lie on various sized air-filled balls, massaging soft tissue and exploring anatomy with slow, gentle movements. This work relaxes muscles, quiets the mind, releases joints and allows unwinding of the fascial highway. Ball and handouts available for a small fee.

Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion…NEW!

The Yoga of DevotionSunday, December 9, with Ana Bodnar
3:00pm-5:30pm , $50

The yoga of devotion engages the heart, the mind, and the senses on its path of self-development. Chanting, poetry, prayer, ritual and the sacred in daily life are some of the faces of the Yoga of Devotion. In this workshop, we will explore these practices and support each participant to encounter and deepen their own path to open the heart. Our practices will be drawn from Yoga, the poetry of Rumi and from other spiritual and humanistic traditions. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome.

Developing and Sustaining a Personal Practice

Personal PracticeSunday, December 10, with Monica Voss
2:15pm–5:00pm, $60

Practising yoga at home can be a refuge and a way of reconnecting to ourselves. In this workshop we will explore sequences of yoga postures, the rationale behind them and our personal responses to them. We will discuss the challenges and the joys of our time alone with yoga. Teachers and interested students of yoga are welcome to attend.

New Year’s Day Practice 2018

New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018, with Susan Young
11:00am-1:00pm, $25

Bring in the New Year with a 2-hour yoga class combining asana, breath work and meditative practice to prompt deep reflection and inspire positive intentions for the year ahead. You are welcome to bring a pen and notebook to capture any insights. Open to all levels.

Introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas

Yamas and NiyamasSunday, January 28, with Ana Bodnar
2:15pm–5:00pm, $60

In this workshop, we will review the Yamas and Niyamas as they are outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and then reflect on them using various translations, including a commentary from a women’s, heart-centred perspective. We will discuss how the Yamas and Niyamas continue to be vibrant and engaging in our current times, and how they apply to our teaching and our lives.

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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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