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 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.

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.

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.

Yoga for Insomnia

Yoga for InsomniaFriday, June 15, with Tama Soble
12:30pm–3:00pm, $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.

Ruling your Inner World – Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for Deep Happiness

Kundalini Yoga

Saturday, June 16, with Mary Paterson
3:00pm–5:00pm, $40

When you rule your inner world, happiness flows throughout the whole of your being. In this workshop, you will learn powerful postures, breath techniques and meditations based on Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This workshop will help release muscular tension and mental stress, increase blood circulation, and bring a feeling of deep warmth to your heart.

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.

Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back

Shoulders and Upper BackSunday, July 15, with Mar Jean Olson
10:30am – 1:30pm, $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.

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.

Yoga and Ravine Hike

Monday, July 30, 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.


Trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada…NEW!

Ripley's AquariumThursday, August 9, with Monica Voss and Tama Soble
7:00pm, cost of entrance

Join us on an outing to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada this summer. Let’s be inspired by the undulating movements of the spine and fins of sea creatures and apply sinuousness and fluidity to our yoga practice back home.


Please meet at main entrance, 288 Bremner Boulevard.

Walk the Labyrinth in High Park

Tuesday, August 14, 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 11:00am.


Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, August 18, with Monica Voss
1:00pm-3:00pm, $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

Anatomy for Yoga Teachers, with Mariko Tanabe

Mariko TanabeA Body-Mind Centering® Approach
November 30 – December 2, 2018
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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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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