The Studio is presently closed due to the unprecedented circumstances we are experiencing globally. Closure will affect all classes, intensives, workshops and Teacher Training. During this time, staying home and physical distancing are necessary for protecting our communities.
We hope you find our new Home Practice Videos useful while you are on “sabbatical” at home. Enjoy them and share them, as you like.
Along with every other small business owner, we are concerned about the impact a long closure will have on the Studio. If you are able, here are a few ways that you can assist:
– Buy a Class Card now to be used when we reopen
– Purchase a gift certificate for a friend or family member applicable to any event (no expiry date)
– Make a donation for the videos or toward the general running of the Studio. (Please note: we are not a registered charity and cannot provide tax receipts.)
Please check this space for updates or send us an email if you have questions. Take good care and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Studio soon.
Themed Classes explore unique topics through yoga, meditation, qi gong, and other creative offerings over a week, a few week period or a single class at our Studio in downtown Toronto. Please register in advance for these themed classes.
Themed Yoga Classes
Mondays, March 2 –April 20, with Donna Oliver
5:00pm-6:00pm, $128/series of 8 classes, $20/class
Incense Qigong is a 15 movement form that is reported to have tremendous health benefits. This form is very rare and superior to the standard forms that are more popular. As the name suggests, some may experience fragrant odours while practising but not always. Our focus will be on correct body movement and health benefits. NB, there is no use of incense in the class.
Tuesdays, March 31 – April 21, with Julia Juhas
8:30am-9:45am, $80/series of 4 classes, $23/class
The Sun is returning! Let’s invigorate the spine 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, every week adding a new element. This series is not about how many rounds we do – rather how we move mindfully from one asana to the next.
Tuesdays, April 7 – June 9, with Della Croteau
4:45pm-6:00pm, $200/series of 10 classes, $23/class
Learn yoga postures to enhance ease and encourage comfortable and fluid movement through all joints of the body, especially those which are stiff and sore. We will concentrate on mobilizing joints where osteoarthritis tends to develop – hips, lower back, knees, fingers and wrists. We will discuss why movement is essential for both healthy and arthritic joints from medical and yoga perspectives. For students of all ages and at any level of practice.
Thursdays, April 16 – May 7, with Monica Voss
6:15pm-7:30pm, $80/series of 4 classes, $23/class
Inversions are grounding, challenging, and releasing. Touching upon headstand, handstand, forearm balance and shoulder stand, we’ll focus on building our inverted postures from the ground up to stabilize, understand and enjoy the experience of being upside down. Bring your questions. Open to all!
Thursdays, April 16 – May 7 , with Monica Voss
7:45pm-9:00pm, $80/series of 4 classes, $23/class
Take time just to breathe. These classes include basic breathing exercises (pranayama) and a variety of breath awareness, relaxation and meditation techniques as well as Q&A and discussion. All are welcome.
April 24, May 29, June 19 with Tama Soble
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.
April 26, May 24, with Jigna Fadia
4:15pm-5:15pm, PWYC, $10 minimum donation
Chanting is an integral part of Indian culture and daily chanting is a common practice used to enhance energy and mental focus. In this series we will explore the meaning of each of 14 chants and how they can support us in our daily lives, encouraging relaxation and vitality in body and mind.
Mondays, May 4-June 29, with Donna Oliver
5:00pm-6:00pm, $128/8 weeks, $20/class
Learn the 10 movement set that cultivates, circulates and regulates Qi in the body’s major vessels and channels to maintain the health of body mind and spirit. This is a Medical Qigong health maintenance routine taught in Chinese hospitals.
Tuesdays, May 19 – June 9, with Julia Juhas
8:15pm-9:30pm, $80/series of 4 classes, $23/class
Practising relaxation, breathing and simple stretches late in the evening can help release tension accumulated over the day or week and result in a peaceful refreshing sleep. Join us for some good nights of yoga.
Thursdays, May 28 – June 18, with Tama Soble
6:15pm-7:30pm, $80/series of 4 classes, pre-registration required
Practise and discuss asana and pranayama techniques that you can use at home or at work to help manage anxiety. Understand the basis for each practice and how it helps re-awaken and re-energize the natural relaxation response moving you toward health and balance.
Thursdays, May 28 – June 18, with Tama Soble
7:45pm–9:00pm, $80/4 week, $23/class
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.
Friday, June 5, with Jigna Fadia
Chanting the Gayatri Mantra clears and focuses the mind. Learning a small portion of a new language stimulates the brain, and the beautiful sound of the words and phrases of this mantra seem to relax the nervous system. In this workshop we will learn about, explore and practise the Gayatri Mantra.
Saturdays, June 13 – 27, with John Campbell
3:00pm-4:30pm, $60/3weeks, $23/class
Yoga nidra is a meditation practice with roots reaching back to the time of the Upanishads. Today, Yoga Nidra is widely used both as a meditation practice and as a therapeutic tool for psychological trauma and distress. Yoga Nidra produces a state of deep relaxation similar to sleep, but in which we remain aware. From this place of stillness, we notice and welcome the comings and goings of different aspects and layers of the self. These aspects/layers (referred to as the “koshas”) include physical sensations in the body, the breath, feelings, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and the sense of the self as separate. Each class in the series will touch on most, if not all, of the koshas; however, there will be an emphasis on a different kosha each week.
Enrol in 2 or more short class series for a 15% discount. Call the Studio to register.