Yoga Workshops for Everyone

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 (14 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.

Esther Myers Yoga Studio offers yoga workshops in Toronto. Each workshop is unique and allows you to focus on a specific theme. Please register in advance.

Toronto Workshops at Esther Myers Yoga Studio

Let's Focus on Bones - Yoga and Osteoporosis

Let’s Focus on Bones – Yoga and Osteoporosis

Friday, February 23, with Shari Stein, 1:00pm-3:00pm, $40
at the Studio

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are conditions in which – during the natural process of aging – bones tend to become more porous and susceptible to fracture. Exciting new research shows that yoga is a very effective tool for preventing and managing these conditions. Participants will be guided through practices that encourage grounding and weight bearing, as well as exercises and poses that facilitate balance, stability, range of movement and awareness. Written handouts, summarizing relevant science, will be provided.

Open House for the Yoga Teacher Training Programme

Open House for the Yoga Teacher Training Programme

Friday, February 23, 1:00pm ET, on Zoom
RSVP to receive the link.

Everyone welcome, please enquire. Long distance learning is possible.
Ongoing intake through April 2024. This will be the last cohort – please consider joining now.

For those interested in becoming a yoga teacher, enhancing a previous training or simply expanding their own practice and knowledge.

We offer a uniquely organic approach to yoga practice and teaching. Our programme combines asana, pranayama and meditation with lecture, discussion, and practicum to create a balanced outlook that will enliven all aspects of your teaching and your approach to the body/mind. You are supported, encouraged, and empowered to question and explore, to find your own path and voice. 

There is a new non-academic option for those not intending to teach.

Meet the faculty and learn the details of this comprehensive training. Bring your questions.
Contact Tama Soble for more information or to make a private phone or Zoom appointment, tama@estheryoga.com

Open Houses for Yoga in Norway, April 28-May 5, 2024

Open Houses for Yoga in Norway, April 28-May 5, 2024

Sunday, February 25, 11:30am, ET, Saturday, March 9, 1:00pm. ET, with Monica Voss, RSVP
on Zoom

Please join me in a new venue – a former meditation retreat centre in the mountains of Hedalen, Norway, 2 hours north of Oslo. I’m very excited to offer this opportunity. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed the mountain vistas and spectacular fjords of the Norwegian countryside. Extend your visit to Oslo with its huge new National Museum, two sculpture gardens, Opera House, new Munch Museum and many other galleries and attractions.

The venue – At our centre near Valdres, there’s the main house where you’ll find the most amazing yoga and meditation space, with views reaching out to the mountains. We’ll also eat here, fantastic world inspired vegetarian cooking, and also this is where we’ll meet up and share communal spaces, not to mention the sauna!

Our accommodation is in 10 Scandi style cabins with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forest. Each cabin has a living room with small kitchen and 2 bedrooms with one single bed plus a bunk in (the rooms are all singles but everyone shares a bathroom with one other person). The buildings, interiors and all the fittings are simple and lovely. The property is spacious with gardens, meadows, a lake, river and surrounded by forest, all close at hand to inspire and relax. Choose to hike, stroll or rest and breathe.

Visit https://huzurvadisi.com/ for descriptions and photos.

ALL WELCOME! RSVP. For more information check our website: https://www.estheryoga.com/events/norway-2/ or contact Monica Voss: monica@estheryoga.com.

Understanding the Lower Back

Understanding the Lower Back

Friday, March 1, with Tama Soble, 1:00pm-3:00pm, $40
at the Studio

A balanced and mobile lower back affects walking, the capacity to stand and sit comfortably, digestion, the resilience of the nervous systems and our overall sense of wellbeing. During this workshop we’ll address the low spine and pelvis, as well as adjacent structures, and incorporate breathing practices that play an essential role in balancing and supporting this keystone area of the body. 

line drawings of spine

Yoga and Anatomy

Sunday, March 3, with Tama Soble, 10:00am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:00pm ET, Full day/$90, Half day/$50
on Zoom

Learn how to adapt yoga poses to the precise needs of your body or those of your students by applying basic anatomical principles. Reconnect with body and breath using gentle practices that acknowledge the relationship between functional anatomy and the unique nature of each body. This workshop is open to students and teachers at all levels of experience.

Image: The vertebral column, Leonardo da Vinci, c.1510-11

Five Element Palm Qi Gong

Five Element Palm Qi Gong

Sunday, March 3, with Donna Oliver, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $40
at the Studio

Five palm positions are used in this set of 5 movements to massage and balance the energy of the 5 major organs, Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidney and Liver. The set improves focus and can be done in a chair but is usually practised standing.

Exploring the Vital Nature of Your Endocrine System

Exploring the Vital Nature of Your Endocrine System

Friday, March 8, with Mariko Tanabe, 1:00pm-3:30pm, ET, $50,
on Zoom

Your endocrine glands are a creative fountain that governs your body’s different systems. Each endocrine gland produces specific hormones that it releases directly into your bloodstream, and has a unique structure, function, energy, and mind state. They are associated with the body’s energy centres from the ancient teachings of the Chakras and are active agents in Chinese Medicine. Through movement, meditation, yoga postures and voice, we will explore the endocrine glands’ dynamic support for balancing your energy, empowering your movement, and unleashing dimensions of your creative expression and voice.

No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome to participate at their own level of experience and comfort.

Eyes, Ears and Feet = Balance

Eyes, Ears and Feet = Balance

Sunday, March 10, with Mar Jean Olson, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $40
at the Studio

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.

Liberation on the Spot, with Edward Brown

Liberation on the Spot, with Edward Brown

Friday, March 22, with Edward Brown, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET, $45, sliding scale available
on Zoom

‘You’re perfect just the way you are.’   – Suzuki Roshi

Growing up in our culture, we have learned to sit still, be quiet, listen to what we’re told and follow directions. Has it been any different with spiritual practice, meditation or yoga?

Have you heard any of these instructions? ‘If you meditate the way we say, you’ll become more relaxed, aware, and loving.’ Or, ‘You’ll handle things more successfully if you’re not so stressed.’  Or, ‘Learn better ways to manage your mind and life will turn out more to your liking!’  

Buddhist teaching forthrightly points out that ‘you’ are not the problem – things are like this. It’s called the First Noble Truth: Phenomena cannot be controlled or managed. It’s not your fault.

Now what?  If we are not in the Mind Management business of becoming more spiritual, what else is there?

Liberation! And what would that be like? In this workshop, let’s look into opening intuition, acknowledging the inmost request, expanding poetic imagination.

In the context of sitting meditation, chi gong, talks, poetry, Q & A, we’ll be in-formed from within, instead of instructed from outside.

Open House for Yoga in Eastern Algarve, Portugal, October 15-23, 2024

Open House for Yoga in Eastern Algarve, Portugal, October 15-23, 2024

Saturday, March 23, with Monica Voss, 1:00pm, ET, RSVP
on Zoom

Portugal is a very attractive and accessible European destination – it’s a friendly society with a love of beauty, and a wide range of geography, historical sites, art, music and cultural festivities. The weather in October is usually warm and sunny and the food is simple and fresh.

Our retreat will take place in Olhao (pronounced Olneow), a lively fishing town in the eastern Algarve. With its white, white walls against the pure blue sky, Convento is a little bit of Casablanca. It’s magical, a Moorish-style house with airy bedrooms fitted out in local marble set around a courtyard. There are shady indoor terraces, a library, a small pool and two miradouros (lookouts) on the roof.

Ferries, water taxis and a little train are available to take us to the glorious long empty island beaches of Culatra, Armona and Ilha Deserta. We’ll swim in the Atlantic, stroll the seafront, poke around the little streets and thriving markets and visit the historic towns of Faro to the west and Tavira to the east.

* The retreat begins on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:00pm.

Visit www.conventoolhao.com for more information and photos.

ALL WELCOME! RSVP. For more information check our website: https://www.estheryoga.com/events/yoga-in-portugal/ or contact Monica Voss: monica@estheryoga.com.

Awakening the Spine

Awakening the Spine

Sunday, March 24, with Monica Voss,
10:00am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm ET, Full day/$90, Half day/$50
on Zoom

Spend a full day exploring all aspects of the spine – its anatomy, connection to the breath, energy, movement and texture and the imagery that has traditionally supported it. Each segment of the workshop will focus on two neurological movements of the spine and the yoga postures that pertain to and illustrate it, as follows:

Sunday am, Flexion and extension/Backbends and Forward bends
Sunday pm, Spinal rotation and lateral bending/Twists and Side stretching

Image: Plant detail by Sonya Noskowiak

Waiting for Spring: a Day of Yoga

Waiting for Spring: a Day of Yoga

Sunday, April 7, with Monica Voss, 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm ET, $60/full day, $30/half day, included in your unlimited at the Studio, sliding scale available
on Zoom

Together, let’s ready ourselves for spring. We’ll prepare our mind garden with relaxation and visualization, pranayama and meditation; nourish roots with foot and leg stretches; begin to open shoulder and arm branches to the sunlight; and blossom with hopes and plans while freeing the spine. Our energy, like Nature’s yearly miracle, will return!

Teacher trainees, teachers, experienced practitioners, interested beginners – all are welcome. Bring your questions and reflections.

Image: Gardening, Natalia Goncharova, 1908

The quality of steadiness

The quality of steadiness

Friday, April 12, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET, $45
on Zoom

There is a lot of talk about strength these days particularly as we age.  It is true that without enough strength we cannot carry out our tasks. But beyond that, there is the question of how we steady ourselves in life. This is more than brawn, it is about how we become steadfast when we need to be – not to buckle but also not to stiffen. 

This class will look at what we actually need muscle for. We will explore function and, importantly, how we become steady in life.

Image: Dorothea Lange, Man Stepping from Cable Car, 1956

Peter Blackaby

Pete Blackaby is a yoga teacher and osteopath based in Brighton, UK, and the author of the book, Intelligent Yoga. His outlook and approach encompass the complex relationship among things and the way perception influences everything.

Return to Inversions

Return to Inversions

Sunday, April 14, with Monica Voss, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $40
at the Studio

Returning to inverted postures after the pandemic requires time and patience and moral and physical support. It will be easier with a repertoire of preparatory stretches and active breathing techniques. But better still, if we practise in person together. 

Please join this session – even if inversions are beyond your grasp at the moment – to increase upper body fluidity and gain confidence weight bearing through your wrists, arms and shoulders. This workshop will include spinal release, breath practice and relaxation. All are welcome!

Image: Headstand:1912 Scott Antarctic expedition, Herbert Ponting

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