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One day after attending many yoga classes with Monica Voss, I was in my studio working as a visual artist and I reached down to pick something up and suddenly much of what we had been talking about in yoga class made sense to me. I could feel my arm stretching out, I could feel the muscles, I could feel my legs as they bent to accommodate my posture. Everything I had been learning about yoga postures came together for me and I could connect them to my day to day activities at home.
A really great teacher instructs something that you may not understand in the moment but then you go out into your life and find yourself connecting with what you have learned.
I find this way of teaching leads to an open exploration of movement and body awareness. The grounding is so helpful in learning how to relax and truly move from a natural organic place. I like that you don’t have to hold postures rigidly but are able to experience and explore the poses for yourself and make them your own.
Monica and Tama are gracious, generous, compassionate and wise. Their classes are always enlightening: elegantly devised, safe, sophisticated and mindful of their students’ physical abilities, emotional needs and intellectual or spiritual concerns. They’ve taught thousands of students over the years, young and old, in Canada and around the world. And they never cease to refine their technique or their deep understanding of yoga.
“Breathing, grounding and elongation of the spine” is the mantra of their yoga. And, as it turns out, for living.
Hi everyone, thank you so much for a lovely informative and inspirational weekend! You have a beautiful facility and an open and welcoming community!
Dear Monica and Tama,
I so wanted to write to express my appreciation to you both for creating such a beautiful and rich yoga community. I appreciate so much the deep commitment, integrity and wealth of knowledge that you each bring to the co creation of such a vibrant community!
The recent workshop with Peter Blackaby was wonderful and such a great example of that!
I have felt so fortunate to be able to have the excellent training opportunities that you have offered.
I would like to say how much I appreciate your teaching style, Tama (Soble). It is likely not possible for one teacher’s style to work for everyone, but I must say that I find your style to be gentle and welcoming, with so much valuable information and a knowledge of the area that appears to be very deep. Your approach of providing detailed tools and options and having people find what works for them I find to be very appealing. You offer things to folks without judging them and it makes me feel welcome. It also seemed to be working very well for people of different levels, which I would expect could be a challenge for a teacher.
I feel privileged to have had a teacher with such strong facilitation skills as you have. While I don’t have too much experience with yoga, I have experience in different learning environments, and I don’t think I am over-stating things or being dramatic when I say that you are a gifted teacher. Thank you for your guidance and leadership on this continuing journey.
Monica and Tama are gifted and generous educators. They have a deep understanding and knowledge of yoga practice, human anatomy and hands-on learning. My yoga journey has been profoundly enriched through their thoughtful guidance.
Monica’s gift of yoga is one to be savoured. Her connection to the human body brings not only the practice of yoga, but everyday movement to a whole new level… Monica’s retreats to India and Italy both inspired me and instilled a sense of wonder for continuous exploration. I highly recommend Monica’s teachings no matter what your level of experience. She is a true master…
I enjoyed today’s class very much because of your extensive commentary about the relationship between movement and relaxation. Some of your comments were quite profound and will require further exploration as I continue my practice. I am always thankful that you take the time to express your thought processes and reflections on various aspects of different poses and concepts as it helps to keep things interesting and to provoke further learning, especially as a teacher in training.
It was lovely to be back in the studio again. Just what I needed. I especially loved getting to know my collar bones and their movements – so cool!
You seem to surprise me with a new experience every time I attend. Thank you.
I would like you to know that the past year has been an amazing year full of such wonderful learning experiences and all made possible by everyone on the staff at EMYS and every one of the students. Thank you for creating such an enriched environment. EMYS has set the bar EXTREMELY high.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to each of you for the classes and intensives I attended this summer. As a teacher myself, even though I was on holiday I couldn’t help reflecting on the pedagogy at the Studio, and I wanted to share this observation: you are each so effective at tuning in to your students in your own distinct ways. I experienced such a range of paths into my body, mind and spirit in your classes, yet it is clear you all share that fundamental skill of compassionate, genuine attunement to your students.
Many thanks for all your brought to your teaching – your humour, insight, and student focus.
I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
With respect and gratitude,
Each class is, for me, a beautiful, liberating, even mysterious journey into my body and into stillness, places that I have not been encouraged to explore much in my life. I always leave feeling strong, calm, and empowered. You are doing important healing work for me, and I’m sure many others. I’m very grateful to have discovered yoga, and your particular take on it.
I came because it seemed a good way to expand my physical universe…unwind, stretch my body, and feel better about myself. It makes me feel relaxed and energized at the same time! A combination of moods I previously would not have put together.
Slowly over the last few years my body has seemingly become stronger. The Studio encourages you to trust your body and your senses…and to listen to that small voice inside your head….something I hugely appreciate.
I love the accepting philosophy…the idea that there is no rigid right or wrong…
just something that may be right or wrong for your body at a specific period in time.
I also really appreciate that the focus is on movement….and keeping the body/spine fluid. I like the idea that we can unblock tension and become more at ease. It allows for the possibility of growth and development….physically and mentally.
That’s a wonderful feeling for someone getting older…instead of feeling less capable, or less limber,
I feel more able…and more willing to try new things!!
Mary is a psychotherapist practising in Toronto
As my body is aging and I feel the changes in flexibility and endurance I want to keep stretching and embracing the changes rather than resisting them. Yoga helps me do that! I always feel encouraged and respected by all your teachers and never judged and I really enjoy the community of “sister” travellers.
A few years ago at my annual check-up with my physician I discovered that I had grown a half inch!! She did not seem very curious so I decided to share with her the benefits of yoga as I believe that my “growth” was the result of a regular practice.
I came to Esther Myers Yoga Studio eight or so years ago when I retired because I loved your style of teaching. I appreciated the opportunity to continue to grow in my yoga but in a safe and accepting atmosphere. I love yoga and I love the classes at EMYS. I believe yoga has kept me healthy and peaceful.
In all my years of yoga study, never have I met teachers so competent and supportive as the ones I experienced at your Studio. To this day, in my yoga practice, I use what I learned from Monica and Esther.
In an atmosphere of genuine care, the practice of safe yoga is shared. A true privilege to attend. Definitely a 5 “namaste” (5 star) Studio. With an attitude of gratitude.
I’ve been going to Esther Myers Yoga Studio for over 10 years. I am always impressed by the uniformly high quality of the teaching and the profound respect for the uniqueness of each individual learner that all the teachers demonstrate in their classes.
As I engage in Yoga practice I am lead into a deeper knowledge of how to breathe, how to enter into and be still in the moment. I ‘ve also developed a deep sense of wonder about the gift of the human body. As a breast cancer survivor of 22 years, Yoga has helped me discover and develop the innate potential of my body for health and healing.