Themed Yoga Classes

We’ll offer a range of classes, workshops, and Teacher Training and special events on Zoom in 2024 as well as teaching live in the Studio (14 participants). Practising online and in person is meaningful in different ways and we hope you’ll enjoy either or both. Thank you for your continuing support in these uncertain times. And we hope you use and enjoy our pre-recorded Home Practice audios and videos.

The Studio is open for in-person classes with online advanced bookings and payment in advance only.  The preferred payment method is by e-transfer to info@estheryoga.com. Sorry, we cannot accept drop-insCredit is available with 24 hours cancellation ONLY.

Please check this space for updates or send us an email if you have questions. Take good care – we look forward to welcoming you back to the Studio.

Themed Classes explore unique topics through yoga, meditation, qi gong, and other creative offerings over a single class, a week or a few weeks on Zoom or at our Studio in downtown Toronto.

Themed Yoga Classes Online and In Person

Crane Qi Gong

Crane Qi Gong

Mondays, January 8 – March 4, with Donna Oliver, 5:00pm-6:00pm, $144/8 classes, $21/class, no class February 19
at the Studio

Crane movements are predominantly beneficial for the heart and lungs, but the spine gets a good workout as well. Balance is challenged and improved with practice. The sports are challenging and fun. Crane movements develop grace under pressure and is reported to alleviate depression. It is recommended to be done standing.

Freeing the Sides

Freeing the Sides

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23, with Tama Soble, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

Side stretching and bending frees the spine, the ribcage and the breath, enhancing comfort and ease in the body. We will practise this often neglected movement pattern and take time to reflect on the experience.

Relaxation Forum

Relaxation Forum

Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 1, with Monica Voss, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

The benefits of relaxation are multitudinous, including lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, understanding and easing stress and distress, positively influencing our attitude to pain, increasing awareness of and respect for the body, building bone density, and facilitating healing. We know a lot about relaxation, yet both process and effects have not been fully studied.

Let’s study our experience of rest, release and unwinding. Join me this winter week and we’ll test various techniques, such as breathing, grounding, position and movement, body scans, sense awareness and sound.

Image: Siesta of the Lottery Vendor, Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain by Inge Morath

Rise Up! Rise Up!

Rise Up! Rise Up!

Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8, with Julia Juhas, 8:00am-9:15am ET,  $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

It’s that time of year to Rise Up, awaken and renew the energy core within us, the spine. Let’s invigorate this glorious structure as we gently explore and weave together the breath with the movements within Sun Salutation. We’ll take our time basking in the different asanas that create this vitalizing sequence. This series is not about how many rounds we do – rather how we move mindfully from one asana to the next.

Julia’s class was brilliant. Her creativity to do Sun Salutation even lying down, her thoughtfulness and care and energy are inspiring. I always know I will feel safe and have fun experimenting with all the movements from simple to the most complicated. Delightful!
Sandie Collins

Incense Qi Gong

Incense Qi Gong

Mondays, March 11 – April 1, with Donna Oliver, 5:00pm-6:00pm, $72/4 classes, $21/class
at the Studio

Incense Qigong is made up of 15 movements and is reported to have tremendous health benefits. This form is very rare and one that I much prefer to the standard forms that are more popular. As the name suggests, you may experience fragrant odours while practising and the set may enhance your sense of smell. Our focus will be on correct body movement and health benefits.

*NB, there is no use of incense in the class.

Strengthening Digestion

Strengthening Digestion

Monday, March 11 – Friday March 15, with Mar Jean Olson, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $80/wk, $23/class, *no class Tuesday March 12
on Zoom

Join us in learning natural and easy ways to improve and strengthen our digestion. Each day we will focus on one aspect of this important process as well as review and build the following day. 

Friday Intensive

Friday Intensives

March 15, April 26, May 17, June 7, with Tama Soble, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET, $30/class, included in unlimited passes
on Zoom

Enjoy the pleasure of deepening your practice by taking time at the end of the week to unwind and revitalize. For students and teachers at every level.

“I really enjoyed your Friday Intensive yesterday. I look forward to your monthly classes and love the way you lead up to the theme, gradually encouraging us to open our rib cage as yesterday. I always leave inspired and encouraged in my ability to move into poses with more ease and comfort.” SM

Feet First

Feet First

Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22, with Tama Soble, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

We rely on our feet to ground us physically and mentally and move us through our lives. Yet often they are neglected and ignored leading to misalignment, discomfort and instability throughout the entire body.  Using asana, movement and massage, we can recover the potential power, flexibility, and resilience in our feet that we had in childhood and still hold in our physical memories. We’ll explore foot release and its impact on our skeletal and soft tissue structures, our breathing and our peace of mind. Let’s spend a week putting our feet first and see where it leads.

Deepening Cellular Consciousness

Deepening Cellular Consciousness

Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5, with Mariko Tanabe, 8:00am-9:15am ET,  $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

Explore the dynamic microcosm of your cells. All living beings are made of cells that have their own intelligence, ability to communicate, breathe, move, digest, heal and reproduce. They are the fundamental unity of life that we have in common with all life in the natural world, and the foundation of our primordial essence. 

Through movement, meditation, breath, anatomy and dialogue, experience the essential and fundamental support they provide for your breath, movement, presence, and grounding.

All are welcome to participate at their own level of experience and comfort.

Photo by Tabitha Turner

“Mariko

Mariko Tanabe is a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and the director of the licensed BMCsm training program in Montreal.

Exploring the Wave

Exploring the Wave

Monday, April 8 – Friday, April 12, with Monica Voss, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

We embody a variety of internal rhythms – the heart beat, the digestion, lymphatic flow, etc – and dropping our focus inside will help us locate, understand and enhance wave-like spinal pulsation, one of our body’s most elusive rhythms. Active, repetitive movements and sequences also create internal awareness. In this series, we’ll rest, breathe, roll, bounce and shake, circle and wiggle, buzz and ‘OM’, all in serious fun, all as means of experiencing the rhythmic elongation of the spine.

Image: Snow Shadows, Tom Thomson, 1916

Hippy, hippy shake

Hippy, hippy shake

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, with Della Croteau, 8:00am-9:15am, ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

In the spring, we look forward to more activity and healthy hips are key to our mobility and ease of movement. We will practise and explore hip openers as well as yoga postures which relieve tension in the lower back and legs. Whether you are gardening, walking, riding your bike (or sitting at your desk), your hip joints will love this morning series!

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