At Esther Myers Yoga Studio we believe that a deeply reflective yoga practice helps us clarify how we interact with those in our immediate community, across Canada and around the world. We feel that reaching out to others honours Esther Myers’ legacy of integrity, authenticity and giving.
The Studio is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019 with a series of fundraising events the proceeds of which will be donated to the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, our neighbour at 16 Spadina Road.
The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto offers a wide range of programmes and events including indigenous language classes, beading workshops, children’s arts and crafts, weekly big drum socials, martial arts, youth and cultural programming, and the Toronto Native Community History Programme. It has been a social, recreational, spiritual and cultural hub for Aboriginal people living and working in Toronto since 1962.
Please participate in a raffle beginning Monday, March 4 and continuing until Friday, March 29. First prize is a $400 coupon, 2nd prizes $100 coupons, third prizes $40 coupons. All prizes are redeemable for Studio classes, workshops, intensives or a retreat.
Other events in upcoming months include attending a performance of 887 by Robert Lepage on Wednesday, May 8 at Canadian Stage.
The Studio has a limited number of tickets available for this show at $80 or $65, with a percentage going to NCCT. Request your tickets now! Payment by cash, cheque or etransfer.
We are pleased to be holding a musical event featuring Turkwaz in the evening on Saturday, June 8.
“Turkwaz are a revelation – whether they are making you dance or making you long for loves lost, the music is of the highest calibre, played deftly and with spirit and joy. Though the songs are in languages I don’t speak, the artistry of the band members is such that the sense of the lyrics come through. What a performance!” Candace Shaw, Shelter Valley Festival
We will also have a day of workshops with a light lunch included at the Studio on Sunday, June 9.
We are planning a night of reading and storytelling on Saturday, September 21 with authors at the Studio. Please plan to join us at our Community Meal and Silent Auction on Sunday, September 22.
Warm regards, Monica and Tama
Please check our website through 2019 for updates of these special anniversary events.
With the generous support of our Studio community and their families and friends, we have been able to raise tens of thousands of dollars for worthy organizations that function responsibly, funnelling donations directly to those who need it most.
For those within our Studio community we offer a PWYC class every Sunday evening, and reduced rates for classes and workshops for those with financial concerns.
Our Teacher Trainees do volunteer teaching for populations in need as part of their training. Some of the organizations involved with this programme include CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), The Jean Tweed Centre and the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). The relationships that are cultivated through volunteering for these and other local organizations have often continued for years, benefitting both teachers and students.
Each year we hold a fundraiser. All events offer an opportunity to spend a pleasurable couple of hours meeting and chatting with fellow students, practising yoga or a related modality and sharing lunch or tea. 100% of the proceeds from these events is donated to a designated charity.
If you are interested in knowing more about the organizations we have chosen to support, please note the following list.
- Amnesty International www.amnesty.ca
- Burma Buddhist Association of Ontario (Tsunami relief, January 2005)
- Casey House (Toronto) www.caseyhouse.com
- Hospice Toronto www.hospicetoronto.ca
- Habitat for Humanity (international division- Haiti) www.torontohabitat.on.ca
- Native Canadian Centre of Toronto https://ncct.on.ca
- Native Women’s Shelter (Toronto – anonymous for security reasons)
- One City Scholarship Fund One City Scholarship Fund www.onecityfund.com
- Peace Train (South Africa) www.sharonkatz.com
- Ride To Conquer Cancer (Princess Margaret Hospital) www.conquercancer.ca
- Second Harvest www.secondharvest.ca
- Sistering (Toronto) www.sistering.org
- Stephen Lewis Foundation (Africa) www.stephenlewisfoundation.org
- The Humanitarian Coalition (Pakistan) www.thehumanitariancoalition.ca
- The Scott Mission www.scottmission.com
- Touchstone Youth Centre http://touchstoneyc.org
- The Willow Centre Child & Family Foundation (Toronto) www.thewillowcentre.com/foundation
- World Literacy Canada www.worldlit.ca
In 2009, as part of our Studio’s 30th anniversary celebration, we held five fund raising events for Hospice Toronto, a local organization with training programmes designed to support those in palliative care and their families. We were inspired by the tireless work of the volunteers and staff of this small organization. The events that helped us raise $10,000 for Hospice Toronto included: a Day of Yoga, an ongoing raffle, a music concert, an Indian dinner and silent auction, a lecture and lunch, and the annual yard sale. These events were satisfying and successful because time, effort, expertise and goods were all generously donated by our Studio community, family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues. Abundance truly does lead to abundance. Many thanks to all who attended, contributed and volunteered.
Esther Myers Yoga Studio
390 Dupont St.
M5R 1V9, Canada
416 944 0838