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 Nidra…NEW!

circle viewSaturday, September 29, with John Campbell
3:00pm-5:00pm, $40

Yoga nidra is a meditation practice that dates back to the time of the Upanishads. Today, yoga nidra is widely used both as a meditation practice and as a therapeutic tool for PTSD, other psychological trauma and distress. 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 changing experiences and rest in the unchanging, peaceful, welcoming ground of our being.

Chinese Shamanic Qi Gong

Chinese Shamanic Qi GongSunday, September 30, 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. A powerful healing exercise, Shamanic Shaking, Sounding and Meditation will clear patterns of disease and allow us to activate and release the healing medicine within each Dantien. This practice requires standing and sitting on a cushion or chair.

Chair Yoga

Chair yogaFriday, October 12, 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.

Feeling the Benefits of a Relaxed Belly…NEW!

relaxed bellySunday, October 14, with Maria Meindl
10:30am-1:30pm, $60

These Feldenkrais® lessons will help you sense areas where you may be holding in your abdomen without realizing it, and discover strategies for letting go. We’ll investigate how relaxing your belly affects breathing, walking and any other daily activities you want to explore.

Yoga for Lower Back and Hip Joints

Yoga for Lower Back and Hip JointsSunday, October 14with 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

Family Yoga

Saturdays, October 20, November 17, with Lisa Nevar-Landsmann
3:00pm – 4:30pm, $90/ all 3 sessions or 1 adult, 1 child $35/session, extra person $10/session

These classes offer a great opportunity for parents of either gender and their 7 – 14 year old 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!

Dance with Yoga

Dance with YogaFriday, October 26, 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 to Support Breast Health

BreastHealth_sq_webFriday, November 2, 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.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, November 3, 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

Getting Up and Getting Down….NEW!

Getting up and getting downSunday, November 4, with Ruth Ann Penny
11:00am-1:00pm, $40

How can we get up safely and efficiently from bed, from a fall, from a chair, from the car and find our way back down again? This session explores every-day rising and descending movements and, using the tools that yoga offers us, provides ways to build confidence as we approach common challenges.
This is a class for all levels and ages.

Swimming Dragon Qi Gong

Swimming Dragon Qi GongSunday, November 4, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm – 4:30pm, $40

This Qi Gong exercise is named for the serpentine movement of the body which resembles a Dragon swimming.

It is very effective for stimulating the free flow of energy and blood throughout the body while breaking up any stagnation that might be present. It helps maintain the strength and flexibility of all the joints including the spine and regulates the endocrine system. In addition, practising this exercise helps to strengthen all the internal organs and benefits the Kidney energy. This practice requires standing but short sitting breaks can be provided.

Developing and Sustaining a Personal Practice

Home PracticeSunday, November 11, 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 design themes for home practice, 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.

Gayatri Mantra…NEW!

Gayatri MantraSunday, November 18, with Jigna Fadia
11:00am–12:30pm, $30

Chanting the Gayatri Mantra clears and focuses the mind. Learning a small portion of a new language stimulates the brain. And the beautiful words and phrases of this mantra engage the emotions. In this workshop we will explore, practise and relax into the Gayatri Mantra.

Yoga for Fingers, Hands, Wrists and Arms

Sunday, November 25, with Mar Jean OlsonYoga for Fingers, Hands, Wrists and Arms
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

Learn a variety of simple stretching and strengthening exercises for your fingers, hands, wrists, and forearms.  Use this gentle programme anywhere for gradual relief of stiff, sore, inflamed and overworked areas.

Yoga for the Eyes

Yoga for the EyesSunday, November 25, with Mar Jean Olson
3:30pm-5:00pm, $30,

Simple eye exercises for relieving eye strain and improving focus. Techniques for developing new visual habits.

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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Creativity and Illumination with Soul Collage®…NEW!

Soul CollageSunday, December 9, with Ana Bodnar
10:30am-4:00pm, $108 (+$15 cash materials fee)

SoulCollage® is a creative collage process where you make cards representing different aspects of your personality or Soul. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit. In this workshop, we will focus on connecting with your personal creative fire to express itself more fully in your life.
Using guided imagery, drumming and sacred tones, we will enter in the realm of the imagination to expand and illuminate the inner heart, allowing your gifts to flow into the world.

Exploring Sound

Exploring SoundFriday, 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!

Full days

(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

Half days

(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

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.

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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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