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 (16 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

Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra

Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra

Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14, 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.


Embryology and the Origins of Body and Movement

Embryology and the Origins of Body and Movement

Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21, with Mariko Tanabe, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

During the first eight weeks of our life, our bodies create their primordial form through the dynamic stages of embryological development. It is a potent period of growth and metamorphosis. Structures arise, disappear, or are transformed to set the foundation for the complex patterns and systems of our mature bodies. These foundational imprints
underlie the formative patterns of our movement, our perceptions and primary relationships.

In each class we will explore these foundational processes through an embodied journey of meditation, movement and touch. Discover new possibilities to support your current body and expression while honouring your genesis and unique physical creation stories.

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

Summer Walking

Summer Walking

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28, with Kaori Furue, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

As the weather warms up, walking outdoors is an excellent way to move the body, strengthen the bones, joints, and muscles, and lift the mood. This series aims to guide you in preparing to walk outside with strengthening exercises to support well-aligned joints for a smooth gait, stretches you can do before and after to recover quickly, balancing to prevent falls, and mindfulness and breathing activities to try when you are out walking. 

Core of the Matter: spine, abdominals, diaphragm

Core of the Matter: spine, abdominals, diaphragm

Tuesday, July 2 – Friday, July 5, with Tama Soble, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $80/week, $23/class *no class July 1
on Zoom

The spine, abdominal wall and diaphragm are all located in the core of the body. We’ll explore each of these central structures independently and in concert, experiencing the stability, enhanced movement and breathing capacity that they offer. 

Friday Intensive

Friday Intensives

July 5, 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

Awaken Those Summer Legs and Feet

Awaken Those Summer Legs and Feet

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12, with Julia Juhas, 8:00am-9:15am, $100/week or $23/day
on Zoom

It’s imperative that the beautiful structures of the legs and feet keep us grounded and stabilized with as little effort as possible.  They also have a great effect on our alignment and overall health. Why not wake them up so we can enjoy our outdoor summer fun with a little more ease? In this series we’ll explore the conversation between the feet, legs, pelvis and spine which will help alleviate low back pain, create more stability, improve range of motion and launch us into warm weather activities.

Image: The Restless Image, Rose Finn-Kelsey, 1975

Swimming Dragon Qi Gong

Swimming Dragon Qi Gong

Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, with Donna Oliver, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, $72/4 classes, $21/class
at the Studio

This Qi Gong exercise set is named for the serpentine movement of the body which resembles a Dragon. A simple practice that keeps the spine and joints flexible, it also massages and strengthens the internal organs and improves balance. We will also learn several Swimming Dragon warm up exercises. The set can be done in a chair but is usually practised standing.

Image: Tim Mossholder

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19, with Linda Nicolson, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $100/week, $23/class
on Zoom

According to ancient Ayurvedic science, there are five elements in nature that are also present in ourselves – earth, fire, water, air and space/ether. Ayurvedic healers say the key to being well is to have these five elements in balance within our bodies. And they connect each element to structures and/or systems within the body. Allow me to share my interest in, and recent reading of, Ayurvedic principles and how they pertain to our yoga practice. We will look at one element each day and focus our asana and pranayama on the implicated body structures and/or systems. 

Eyes, Ears and Feet and Balance

Eyes, Ears and Feet and Balance

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, with Mar Jean Olson, 8:00am-9:15am ET, $80/week, $23/class*no class on Wednesday July 24
on Zoom

Join us for interesting ways to explore our balance. We orient using our eyes, the inner ear, the brain and sensors in our feet. Let’s take time for each of these and determine how they affect balance in yoga postures. Then we’ll carry these insights into daily life.

Image: Hermann Schlencker, 1958

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