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.

Kinetics for Ribs, Spine and Breath…NEW!

Kinetic Awareness*Sunday, November 26, with Fiona Griffiths
11:00am–2:00pm, $60
*Sorry, this workshop has been cancelled

Kinetic Awareness offers movement education, experiential anatomy, skeletal re-alignment, injury and chronic pain relief and major stress reduction. It is an essential tool in connecting with the somato-sensory system and in rejuvenating the body/mind. Kinetics is a sensory experience of weight and tension developed through personal observation of proprioceptive and kinaesthetic processes. Practitioners lie on various sized air-filled balls, massaging soft tissue and exploring anatomy with slow, gentle movements. This work relaxes muscles, quiets the mind, releases joints and allows unwinding of the fascial highway.

Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion…NEW!

The Yoga of DevotionSaturday, December 9, with Ana Bodnar
3:00pm-5:30pm , $50

The yoga of devotion engages the heart, the mind, and the senses on its path of self-development. Chanting, poetry, prayer, ritual and the sacred in daily life are some of the faces of the Yoga of Devotion. In this workshop, we will explore these practices and support each participant to encounter and deepen their own path to open the heart. Our practices will be drawn from Yoga, the poetry of Rumi and from other spiritual and humanistic traditions. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome.

Developing and Sustaining a Personal Practice

Personal PracticeSunday, December 10, 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 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.

New Year’s Day Practice 2018

New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018, with Susan Young
11:00am-1:00pm, $25

Bring in the New Year with a 2-hour yoga class combining asana, breath work and meditative practice to prompt deep reflection and inspire positive intentions for the year ahead. You are welcome to bring a pen and notebook to capture any insights. Open to all levels.

Yoga for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back

Shoulders and Upper BackSunday, January 14, with Mar Jean Olson
2:00pm – 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.

Labour Preparation

Labour PreparationSaturday, January 27, 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


Introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas

Yamas and NiyamasSunday, January 28, 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.

Qi Gong for the Emotional Body..NEW!

starry nightSunday, February 4, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

It is well know that emotions can become trapped in the body for years, eventually becoming disease and affecting relationships. Medical Qigong practices are an effective way to release the emotional knots within the tissues and promote rapid healing of the physical and spiritual body. Learn a few of these techniques and apply them daily to improve the quality of your life and of those around you.

Yoga for Fingers, Hands, Wrists and Arms

Sunday, February 11, 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, February 11, 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.

Exploring the Psoas

Exploring the psoasFriday, February 23, 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.

The Head and Pelvis Express…NEW!

Maria MeindlSaturday, March 3, with Maria Meindl
2:30pm-5:00pm, $50

We all know that the head and pelvis are connected, but often it feels like these two essential parts are in different worlds. In this Feldenkrais workshop, we’ll take a journey from head to pelvis and back again, with stops along the way to invite the hip-joints, jaw and eyes along for the ride and create a more vital and responsive connection.

Like a Rolling Ball

rolling bearFriday, March 9, with Monica Voss and Tama Soble
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40
This workshop will have a maximum of 12 participants. Location: TBA

Rolling along and across the spine releases tension, develops awareness, facilitates greater mobility within the poses that we know, and increases our ability to access poses previously thought to be beyond our reach. Take time rolling about and experience the childlike pleasure of moving from the spine.

Cultivating Self-Compassion: Yogic and Buddhist Approaches…NEW!

Saturday, March 10, with Ana Bodnar
3:00pm-5:30pm, $50

Mindfulness and self-compassion are said to be two wings of the same bird. Traditional Buddhist and Yogic teachings in self-compassion are powerful and elegant, and can be interwoven with contemporary evidence-based clinical practices to address such issues as self-criticism and low self-esteem. The Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes), include Loving Kindness, Compassion, Happiness for Others and Equanimity. In this workshop, we will focus on practical methods for supporting the development of self-compassion and increased happiness. There will be instruction, meditation and time for discussion on the application of these tools to your daily life. Please bring a pen and paper. No experience with yoga or meditation necessary.

Introduction to Eight Brocade Qi Gong…NEW

Donna OliverSunday, March 18, with Donna Oliver
2:30pm-4:30pm, $40

The Eight Pieces of Brocade is probably the most well-known and best loved qigong set that lays claims to eliminating 100 diseases. The only way to prove that is to practise this easy to learn set on a daily basis, or just enjoy it when you can!

Freeing the Voice

Gerry TrenthamFriday, March 23, 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.

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Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all yoga workshops and special events.

Enrollment is limited. PayPal is available for most workshop payments. 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 info@estheryoga.com (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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