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.

Yoga for Pain Management

flowers, Tom ThompsonSunday, April 8, with Kathy Felkai
11:00am – 1:00pm, $40

An interactive workshop for students living with chronic pain, and yoga teachers who would like to guide their students toward management and recovery. We will explore gentle yoga postures and breathing exercises to relieve pain, improve mobility, reduce anxiety, lift mood and rediscover the joy of movement.

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 and Menopause

FlowersSunday, April 29, with Valeria Blumenkranz
11:00am – 1:30pm, $50

Menopause is a transitional process where physical, emotional, social and biological changes are taking place and affecting every aspect of a woman’s life. Together, we’ll reflect on Menopause with optimism as a universal and natural event in every woman’s life.
We’ll learn the benefits of Yoga to support our minds, bodies and spirits as we face this period of change and potential growth. Let’s pause and think about what we truly want in this new stage of life.

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.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, May 12, 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

Yoga for Arthritis…NEW!

handsFriday, May 25, with Della Croteau
1:00pm–3:00pm,  $40

Arthritis is a term used to describe an inflammation of the joints which causes stiffness and pain and occurs for various reasons. In this workshop, we will discuss the causes of arthritis, and explore movements that will help with prevention and relief of arthritic symptoms in some of the joints most commonly affected such as the spine, hips, knees, fingers and base of the thumb.

Whether you have a medical diagnosis of arthritis, or are aware of areas of the body that have more restricted movement, this workshop will give you an opportunity to practise grounding, breathing and postures which can be adapted to allow fuller and easier movements of your joints.


heart_webFriday, June 1, 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 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.

Getting to know your Nervous System

Getting to Know your Nervous SystemSunday, June 3, with Tara Detwiler
11:30am-1:30pm, $40

This workshop will look at how the nervous system works, what self regulation is, and how overwhelming events can cause symptoms as a way to contain trauma. Body awareness is a major element to healing from trauma and sometimes difficult to access. We will discuss ways to support our physiology in coming back to self regulation. We will do some exercises to explore these principles, and include the polyvagal theory.

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 for Insomnia

Yoga for InsomniaFriday, June 15, with Tama Soble
3:00pm-5:00pm, $50

Explore asana and pranayama techniques that can assist you with the challenges of insomnia. We will incorporate practices that enhance relaxation for body and mind, and can be done in preparation for or return to sleep. There will be time to discuss and record the practices. This workshop is appropriate for students and teachers at all levels.

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.

A Summer’s Day of Yoga

Sunday, July 29, with Monica Voss
10:30am–4:30pm, $108
morning only (10:30am-1:30pm), $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.

Anatomy for Yoga Teachers, with Mariko Tanabe

Mariko TanabeNovember 30 – December 2, 2018

A Body-Mind Centering® Approach
10:00am-5:00pm, $450/full weekend, $165/day

Body-Mind Centering® (BMCSM) is an experiential study based on anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. BMC utilizes movement, touch, voice, imagery, anatomical illustrations and discussion to explore each body system in ways that can be applied to personal development and professional enhancement.

For teachers and students at all levels of experience. CEU’s awarded for Yoga Alliance certification.

Friday, November 30: Exploring the Skeletal System in Motion
10:00am-1:00pm, Introduction to the Skeletal System
2:15pm-4:45pm, Axial and Appendicular Skeleton

Saturday, December 1: Exploring Sensory Presence in Your Practice
10:00am-1:00pm, Introduction to the Senses
2:30pm-5:00pm, Engaging with the Primary Sense Organs: The Nose, Eyes, Ears and Mouth

Sunday, December 2: Embodying the Muscular System
10:30am-1:30pm, Introduction to Muscle Tissue and Principles
2:30pm-5:00pm, Muscle Movement at the Molecular Level

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

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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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