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

Wudang Qi Gong

Wudang Qi Gong

Mondays, January 6 – February 10, with Donna Oliver
5:00pm-6:00pm, $96/series of 6 classes, $20/class

This lovely set is an old Qigong style from the Wudang Mountains. We will focus on the first 5 moves of the 12 move set, gently stretching and strengthening the tissues and channels for health maintenance, deeper breath, a calm mind and stress reduction. This set can be done sitting or standing.

walking in winter

Yoga for Anxiety Classes

Thursdays, January 23 – February 13, 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.

Friday Intensive

Friday Intensives

February 28, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 19 with Tama Soble
12:30pm-3:00pm, $35/class

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.

sunset over lake

3 Incense Qi Gong…NEW!

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.

Polar bear stretching back leg and hip

Melt Away those Frosty Hips!

Tuesdays, March 3 – 24, with Julia Juhas
8:30am-9:45am, $80/series of 4 classes, $23/class

Are your hips and low back stiff from gripping while walking over icy patches and trekking your way through heaps of snow? Then this Hip Releasing Series might be just what you need. In these classes we will focus on releasing tension in and around the hip joints which can help alleviate low back pain, improve range of motion in the hips and pelvis, and give you more confidence in your winter stride.

Yoga for Shoulders

Move into ‘Shoulder’ Season

Thursdays, March 5 – 26 with Julia Juhas
6:15pm-7:30pm, $80/series of 4 classes, $23/class

Rediscover mobility and freedom in the shoulder, neck and thorax
In the colder months we tend to inadvertently raise the shoulders and squeeze into the upper body to keep ourselves warm. Unfortunately these actions can create tension which restricts blood flow. In this series we’ll explore movements to help increase circulation bringing awareness, release and energy to the shoulder, neck and thorax, and warming us up in the chillier weather.

Good Night Yoga

Good Night Yoga

Thursdays, March 5 – 26, with Julia Juhas
7:45pm-9:00pm, $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.

women singing and moving

Playful Sound and Movement

Saturdays, March 7 – 21, with Shirley Roll
3:00pm-4:15pm, $60/3weeks, $23/class

Based on mindfulness and the work of Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, this class series invites you to explore the fun and freeing world of improvisation, incorporating both voice and movement. Hone your listening skills, your spontaneity and your creativity in supportive and joyous vocal community!  No formal vocal training necessary.

Yoga for Trauma

Yoga for Trauma

Tuesdays, March 10 – 31, with Janice Meilach
8:15pm-9:30pm, $80/series of 4 classes, limited enrolment, pre-registration required

The effects of trauma can leave one feeling disconnected from and/or betrayed by the body.

Healing from trauma involves resetting the nervous system and becoming less reactive to your environment. This series of 4 trauma-sensitive classes will offer choices and emphasize self acceptance. You will learn to gradually reclaim your body through breathing, mindful movement and physical postures that can be practised in the safety of your own home.

bright flower

Everyday Chanting for an Energized Day

Sundays, March 15, 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.

movement in sun salutation

Rise Up! Rise Up!

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. 

dancer pose

Yoga for Healthy Joints

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.

Introduction to Inversions

Introduction to Inversions

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!

pastoral scene - Morandi

Breathing Meditations Class Series

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.

Enrol in 2 or more short class series for a 15% discount. Call the Studio to register.

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