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.

Exploring Sound

boy sounding with mouth wide openFriday, December 14, with Monica Voss
12:30pm – 3:00pm, $50

Making sounds, whether deliberate or spontaneous, is a strategy the body/brain/mind uses to release stress and restore energy. In this workshop, we will practise a variety of structured and non-structured sound-making to rediscover the voice as a tool for relaxation, empowerment and self-expression.
This workshop is open to everyone.

(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

Almost New Years IntensiveFriday, December 28 – Sunday, December 30, with Monica Voss
10:00am-1:00pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm, $285, $195/2 days, $108/day

Ring out 2018 with an in-town yoga “retreat”. Lighten body and heart with three full days of asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Everyone welcome!

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(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

Half days

(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

Moving with Mudras

MudraSunday, January 20, with Mar Jean Olson
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

“Mudra” usually refers to positionings of the body, hands, and eyes. Mudra practice needs no prior preparation. Join us as we learn full-body mudras and some sequences for our hands and wrists. Open to all levels.

Introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas

Yamas and NiyamasSunday, January 27, 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.

Five Virtues Qi Gong…NEW!

5 hanging light bulbs on blue backgroundSunday, February 3, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm – 4:30pm, $40

The energy of the 5 most important organs in your body is cleansed and replenished with this easy to learn set. These exercises can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to strengthen their spiritual energy, and are particularly beneficial for those who tire easily, have sluggish metabolisms, weak organs or feel seasonally low.

Freeing the Voice

Gerry TrenthamFriday, February 8, with Gerry Trentham
1:00pm-3:00pm, $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.

The Yoga of Sound: the Healing Power of Mantra and Kirtan….NEW!

Sunday, February 10, with Ana Bodnar and Karusia Nirmala Wroblewski
2:15pm-5:00pm, $60, profits will go to Sri Ram Ashram, an orphanage in India

statue of sweet looking boy meditating

The Yoga of Sound is based on Nad Yoga, an ancient and powerful meditation practice bringing inner connection and the expansion of the heart and mind. In this experiential workshop, we will explore bhij sounds (the original sounds of creation) and mantras that have different aims and effects. We will also engage in the practice of kirtan, a call and response style that has ancient roots as well as a growing number of contemporary practitioners. We know from neuroscience studies, that music has a powerful and positive effect on our brains and our well-being. The Yoga of sound allows us to experience this for ourselves, to find our own voice and spirit. No previous musical experience is needed.

Loving Your Life: A Kundalini Yoga Workshop…NEW!

Mary Paterson leading yoga classSaturday, February 16, with Mary Paterson
3:00pm–5:00pm, $40

The many benefits of this workshop include a reduction in mental stress, anxiety, and chronic pain, while improving physical and mental health, as well as increasing happiness.

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!

smiling woman in sitting twistingFriday, March 1, with Della Croteau
12:30pm-2:30pm, $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

Seated forward bendSunday, 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.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, March 16, with Monica Voss
3:00pm-5:00pm, $75/1 or 2 people

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

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.

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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 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.


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