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.
40th anniversary of Esther Myers Yoga Studio
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.
Events to celebrate 40 years of the Studio
Raffle, March 4 – 29
Please participate in a raffle beginning Monday, March 4 and continuing until Friday, March 29. First prize is a $400 coupon, second prizes $100 coupons, third prizes $40 coupons. All prizes are redeemable for Studio classes, workshops, intensives or a retreat.
887 Performance, March 8
Other events in upcoming months include attending a Canadian Stage performance of 887 by Robert Lepage on Wednesday, May 8, 8:00pm at the Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. E.
“At once mesmerizing and deeply moving, Robert Lepage’s spectacular 887 is one of this country’s greatest solo stage works, created and performed by one of our greatest storytellers. From his childhood in 1960s Quebec City, Lepage charts the social and political moments that shaped both our country and his identity. An unforgettable theatrical experience told with cinematic flair and stunning design, 887 is a must-see Canadian masterpiece.”
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.
Turqwaz performance, June 8
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
A day of workshops with lunch, June 9
Plan to join us for a day of workshops with a light lunch included at the Studio on Sunday, June 9.
Sing It! with Shirley Roll
11:00am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:45pm
Drumming with Rufus Glassco
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Yoga and Dance with Julia Juhas
3:45pm – 5:15pm
An evening of reading and storytelling, September 21
We are planning an evening of reading and storytelling on Saturday, September 21 with authors at the Studio.
Community Meal and Silent Auction, September 22
Please plan to join us at our Community Meal and Silent Auction on Sunday, September 22.
Sincere thanks to students, colleagues, friends, family, and neighbours for your kindness and support over these many decades. We look forward with hope and enthusiasm to our continuing relationship.
Warm regards, Monica and Tama
Please check our website through 2019 for updates of these and other special anniversary events.
Fundraising at the Studio
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.
Special rates for classes
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.
Volunteer teaching by EMYS Yoga Teacher Training students
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.
Organizations supported by the Studio
If you are interested in knowing more about the organizations we have chosen to support, please note the following list.
- sty 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.scottmision
- Touchstone Youth Centre http://tmp.nipost.org/touchstoneyc.org
- The Willow Centre Child & Family Foundation (Toronto) www.thewillowcentre.com/foundation
- World Literacy Canada www.worldlit.ca