The Studio is open for in-person classes. Enrolment is limited to 12 participants with online advanced bookings only. Registration is required. Sorry, we cannot accept drop-ins or provide refunds or credit.

The wearing of masks while at the Studio is optional (masks will always be available should you require one). If you are unmasked, please maintain your distance from other students.

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, take care of yourself and come back to the Studio when you are recovered.

We will continue to offer a range of online classes, workshops, and Teacher Training  on Zoom. And we hope you use and enjoy our pre-recorded Home Practice audios and videos

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

Donna Oliver

Tai Chi Qi Gong Set Two, Coiling Set

Mondays, November 14 – December 5, with Donna Oliver, 5:00pm-6:00pm, $64/4 classes, $20/class
at the Studio

Consisting of 10 exercises, this set works to improve body alignment, develop power and increase bone density. This practice can be adapted to sitting in a chair.

intentions for today

Self-Care Yoga

Monday, November 28 – Friday, December 2, with Kaori Furue, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

Begin your day with a soothing practice that aims to encourage you to take care of yourself first. We will combine relaxing self-massage with guided meditation and gentle movement that focuses on comfort and support. At the end of each class, there will be an option to draw a card from a deck of intentions as inspiration for the day ahead.

Enso circle by Sandie Collins

Part 3 of our Fall Meditation Series: Exploring the Enso/Zen Circle

Sunday, December 4, with Sandie Collins, 11:00am-12:30pm ET, $30
on Zoom

Derived from Zen Buddhism, the Enso circle symbolizes many things: strength, the circle of life, connection, letting go of expectations, the beauty in imperfection and simply a circle or circle of togetherness.  

We will begin with yoga including circular movements. Focusing on breath and awareness of thought and feeling, we’ll draw or paint and meditate on the process and the product. The very imperfections are what make the Enso so beautiful.

Materials needed :
– pencil, marker, brush any size or a large round brush, if you have one or are willing to invest in one
– paper: cartridge paper, any size newsprint or bond paper (18” x 24” suggested)
– black watercolour or tempera paint or acrylic or ink
– bowl of water, paper towel for clean up
– paper weight or stone to hold paper in place

Check out  The Zen Circles of Kazuaki Tanahashi

Enso/Zen Circle image by Sandie Collins

Winter Barn photo by H Taylor

Kundalini Yoga for Awareness Throughout the Day

Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 9, with Paola di Paolo, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

Kundalini Yoga is a wonderful resource for busy people. The short yoga sets are both clearing and uplifting. Join us for this series of morning classes and see how your day unfolds. 

photo: Winter Barn by H Taylor

Paola di Paolo

Paola di Paolo is certified through Esther Myers Yoga Studio and 3HO.  She teaches Kundalini yoga and Hatha yoga.

Awaken the Shoulder Girdle

Awaken the Shoulder Girdle

Monday, December 12 – Friday, December 16, with Julia Juhas, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

Although the shoulder girdle is brilliantly designed to be extremely mobile, more often than not, it feels the opposite due to the weight of the world we carry on our shoulders. Why not lighten the load? Let’s rediscover shoulder mobility through the exploration of movement of the bones and soft tissue that make up the shoulder girdle and how these movements impact the spine.

I enjoyed ‘Awaken the Shoulder Girdle’ with Julia Juhas. I learned a lot about shoulders and mine have never felt so released and relaxed! The class was a perfect blend of information, instruction, and helpful feedback in a safe and friendly space. ” Jan Fleming

“If, like me, you’re recovering from the fatigue of a respiratory infection, attend (Awaken the Shoulder Girdle) with Julia Juhas. The focus on the shoulder blades, especially, helped open my torso and I have been able to breathe more deeply and come off the mat more energized as a result.” Candace S

Friday Intensive

Friday Intensives

December 16, January 20, February 17, March 10, April 14, 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

Collage by Esteban Vicente

(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

Wednesday, December 28 – Friday, December 30, with Monica Voss
10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm ET, $150/3 days, $60/day, $30/half day, included in unlimited packages, bursaries available
on Zoom

Ring out 2022 with an in-house yoga “retreat”. Lighten body and heart with three full or partial days of stretching, breathing, postures, meditation and relaxation, with some end-of-year visiting . Everyone is welcome!

Collage by Esteban Vicente

cat sitting on the back of a chair

New Year’s Day Practice 2023: Nothing to do, nowhere to go

Sunday, January 1, 2023, with Kaori Furue, 11:00am-1:00pm ET, $25
on Zoom

Once the hectic, and sometimes stressful, holidays are over, please join us for a leisurely two-hour practice where we will put our feet up both literally and figuratively. This practice seeks to replenish any energy that you may have lost to the busyness of the season. We will slow down and explore supportive postures that are comfortable enough to rest in for a while, as well as some soothing self-massage, tapping, and guided meditation. 

Some things to bring to enhance your comfort, if desired: 

  • Blanket(s) 
  • Cushion(s)/bolster(s) 
  • Eye pillow 
  • Belt or strap 
  • Warm socks 

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

Relaxation Forum

Monday, January 9 – Friday, January 13, 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 increase 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, imagining, listening, and sound.

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

sunset over lake

Incense Qi Gong

Mondays, January 9 – March 6, with Donna Oliver, 5:00pm-6:00pm, $128/8 classes, $20/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, some may experience fragrant odours while practising and the practice 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.

painting my Matthew Wong

Balancing Movement and Stillness

Monday, January 16 – 20, with Tama Soble, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

As human beings we need both movement and stillness to balance body, mind and soul. We will use movement sequences, familiar and new to energize, ease and nurture. After each movement exploration we will rest in stillness and awareness. The temporal balance between these two states is different for each individual. There will be the opportunity to explore our personal relationship between activity and quiet, exuberance and rest, reaching outward and inward throughout the week.
painting by Matthew Wong

sculpture of The Sleeping Woman from prehistoric Malta

Yoga for Insomnia

Wednesdays, January 18 – February 1, with Lauren Anastasi, 7:00pm-8:15pm ET, $60/3 weeks, $23/class on Zoom

Using breath practice, body awareness and yoga we will explore ways to find rest when we are not able to sleep. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) will be referenced in its approach to insomnia. We will explore restorative yoga and yoga nidra as practices that can be done in bed or in preparation for sleep.
Image: The Sleeping Woman from prehistoric Malta (3000 BC)

Lauren Anastasi

Lauren Anastasi has been teaching yoga and meditation for almost 20 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University and has a keen interest in the relationship between mind and body.

winter garden with chairs

The Warmth of Yoga

Monday, January 23 – Friday, January 27, with Della Croteau, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

During these icy stinging-cold early January mornings, we will explore yoga poses and breathing techniques that warm body and soul such as the Breath of Joy.

Strengthening Digestion

Strengthening Digestion

Monday, January 30 – Friday February 3, with Mar Jean Olson, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $80/wk, $23/class, (no class on Tuesday, January 31)
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. 

Paola di Paolo

Hatha Yoga and Sitting Meditation

Monday, February 6 – Friday, February 10, with Paola di Paolo, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

Our practice of yoga enourages us to be aware of the sensations of the body as it is. As we move in and out of yoga postures, we can feel strong and subtle sensations. We remain present to these sensatiions with awareness and non-judgement. Similarly, in meditation practice we sit with present moment awareness of the breath and the body. This series will explore the connection between hatha yoga practice and sitting meditation. Open to students of all levels.

Paola di Paolo is certified through Esther Myers Yoga Studio and 3HO.  She teaches Kundalini yoga and Hatha yoga.

Contemplation by Sarah Hunter

Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra

Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 17, with John Campbell, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

A morning practice – pranayama, guided and silent sitting meditation, finishing with yoga nidra. Start your day here, right here. Energized, grounded, present, free, easy, infinite capacity. Everyone is welcome – both those new to meditation and experienced meditators.
Contemplation image courtesy of Sarah Hunter

Polar bear stretching back leg and hip

Melt Away those Frosty Hips!

Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24, with Julia Juhas
8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

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.

Effortless Practice

Effortless Practice

Saturdays, March 4 – 25, with John Campbell, 11:00am-12:30pm, $80/four, $23/class
at the Studio

Exploring muscles, release, grounding and breath (and noticing the difference) as we move into and in poses, all with a view to effortless practice.

hands of Qi Gong practitioner

Hunyuan Qi Gong

Mondays, March 27 – May 15, with Donna Oliver, 5:00pm-6:00pm, $128/8 classes, $20/class
at the Studio

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.

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