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 with Live Music

playing an acoustic guitarThursday, February 28, with Julia Juhas
7:45pm-9:00pm, $25

Rejuvenate your yoga practice with some live music. Relax, go deep and soak up the soothing sounds of an acoustic guitar and a singer’s voice as you ground, breathe and elongate the spine. Take your time, gently move and why not hum or sing along if you wish?

Yoga for Healthy Joints…NEW!

Student in seated forward bendFriday, March 1, with Della Croteau
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

Learn yoga postures to enhance ease, comfort and fluid movement through all joints of the body, especially those which are stiff and sore. We will concentrate on mobilizing joints where osteoarthritis tends to develop – hips, lower back, knees, fingers and wrists. We will discuss why movement is essential for both healthy and arthritic joints from medical and yoga perspectives. For students of all ages and at any level of practice.

Your Ankles: Balancing Flexibility and Support with Feldenkrais…NEW!

person standing with crossed anklesSunday, March 3, with Maria Meindl
1:30pm-4:30pm. $60

This Feldenkrais® workshop will focus on the use of your ankles, looking at the way joints near and far contribute to the flexibility and support you need in this important area. We’ll explore the feet, knees and hip joints, but look as well at how the jaw, eyes and shoulders play a part in healthy use of your ankles.

Managing Blood Pressure

peaceful catSunday, March 10, with Mar Jean Olson
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

Join us in learning about one of your vital signs. Blood pressure is considered an indicator of health and can be influenced by yoga exercises. In this series of classes, we will discuss and carefully practise techniques for regulating blood pressure.

Golden Ball Qi Gong…NEW!

Donna OliverSunday, March 17, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

Golden Ball is a simple 8 movement standing Qigong form that circulates Qi (vital energy) throughout the body’s Meridians and Channels (energetic grid). Practising the form daily keeps the immune system strong, improves circulation and body mind awareness, and reduces chronic pain.

Yoga Nidra

view of trees through circular sculptureSaturday, March 30, with John Campbell
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

Yoga Nidra is an experiential meditation practice that produces a state of deep relaxation similar to sleep in which we remain aware. From this place, we experience, notice and welcome the comings and goings of different aspects and layers of the self such as physical sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts and beliefs. In Yoga Nidra, we are given the opportunity to feel past all these transient experiences and rest in the unchanging, peaceful, welcoming ground of our being.

An Introduction to Zen Shiatsu…NEW!

shiatsu self massage for handsSunday, March 31, with Dondrub Wangchuk
11:00am-2:00pm, $60

In this introductory workshop, participants will be taught a basic self-shiatsu routine which can be used to bring more awareness to their body and to relieve tension. In the second part of the workshop emphasis will be placed on the practical, hands-on nature of Zen Shiatsu. Participants will have a chance to work with each other to learn a basic back routine. The class will begin with warm up exercises, a 5 minute guided meditation, basic Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and qi gong exercises to help circulate the chi as well as increase sensitivity.


Exploring the Psoas

Exploring the PsoasFriday, April 5, 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.

Chronic Pain Management with Yoga

flowers, Tom ThompsonSaturday, April 6, with Kathy Felkai
3:00pm-5:00pm, $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.

Qi Gong for Health…NEW

statues holding on to trees in green fieldSunday, April 14, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

Learn relaxing and enjoyable routines to reduce high blood pressure, alleviate arthritis, headaches, backaches, depression and other common ailments. Most are usually done standing but also can be practised in a chair.

Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back

Shoulders and Upper BackSunday, April 28, with Mar Jean Olson
2:00am – 5:00pm, $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.

Introducing Pranayama

Friday, May 10, with Monica Voss
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

We will practise breath awareness and several traditional and non-traditional breathing exercises (pranayama). Then we’ll assess, deconstruct and discuss how and when to introduce pranayama to beginners (and ourselves) most effectively.

Yoga and Osteoporosis

bones_abstract_sq_webFriday, May 24, with Shari Stein
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

“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.

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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 Visa or Mastercard details. Email info@estheryoga.com for 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 which must be used within a calendar year. 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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