We are excited to offer a limited number of in-person classes and will expand the schedule over the next few months. All registration and payment will be online. Unfortunately, there can be no drop-ins. Please sign up for 1 class maximum each week. Carry your own mat and equipment to and from the Studio, and arrive in your yoga clothes, if possible. Initially, all students and teachers will wear masks as mandated by the City of Toronto. These policies are temporary and we will update you as soon as a change is possible.

We are increasing the number of online classes and will begin to offer workshops, all through Zoom. And we hope that you continue to enjoy our pre-recorded Home Practice videos

Please check this space for updates or send us an email if you have questions. Take good care and 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

Open House for the Yoga Teacher Training Programme, begins October 2020 on Zoom

Open House for the Yoga Teacher Training Programme, begins October 2020 on Zoom

Thursday, September 24, 6:30pm
Presentation on Zoom, RSVP to receive the link.

For those interested in becoming a yoga teacher, enhancing a previous training or simply deepening their own practice and knowledge. There is a new non-academic option for those not intending to teach. Please enquire.

Meet the faculty. Bring your questions. Everyone welcome!
For more information contact: Tama Soble, tama@estheryoga.com

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Yoga for the Eyes on Zoom

Sunday, October 18, with Mar Jean Olson
11:00am-12:15pm, $25

Simple eye exercises for relieving eye strain and improving focus. Techniques for developing new visual habits.

Elephant playing a flute

Developing and Sustaining a Personal Practice on Zoom

Sunday, October 25, with Monica Voss
2:00pm-4:30pm EDT, $50, on Zoom

Practising yoga at home can be a refuge and a way of reconnecting to ourselves. In this workshop we will design themes for home practice, explore sequences of yoga postures, the rationale behind them and our personal responses to them. We will discuss the challenges and the joys of our time alone with yoga. Teachers and interested students of yoga are welcome to attend.

The Prayer for Peace: Shantipad...NEW! on Zoom

The Prayer for Peace: Shantipad…NEW! on Zoom

Sunday, November 8, with Ana Bodnar 
11:00am – 12:15pm EST, $25

Peace in ourselves, the natural world, peace for all  is our hope, is our goal. Shanti Mantras calm the mind of the reciter and environment around him/her. Reciting them is also believed to help remove obstacles for the task being started. This workshop will involve breathwork, guided meditation and a deep exploration of the meaning and practice of the mantra for peace, and how to incorporate it into your life. Knowledge of Sanskrit not required.

Matisse wavy lines on blue background

Energetic Re-Patterning with Qi Gong in-person at the Studio

Sunday, November 8, with Donna Oliver in person, in the Studio
2:00pm-4:00pm, $40

Everyday we all go through routines that form a template of patterns held deep within our subconscious. Compulsions, emotions, cravings and even the way we walk and speak are all examples of patterns we have learned and repeat day in and day out. Many of them are unnecessary and even unhealthy. Break up unhealthy patterns stored in the body using Qigong spontaneous movement, energy scattering and re-patterning techniques you can use daily to make real and lasting changes in your life.

A great tool for the Energy Therapist!

anatomy painted on gown

Yoga and Anatomy on Zoom

Sunday, November 15, with Tama Soble
10:00am-12:30pm EDT, 1:30pm-3:30pm EST, $120

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.

fall painting, Van Gough

A Fall Day of Yoga on Zoom

Sunday, November 22, with Monica Voss
10:30am–3:00pm EST, on Zoom
$60 suggested donation/full day, included in your unlimited at the Studio
morning only, 10:30am-12:30pm EDT; afternoon only, 1:30pm-3:00pm EDT

Take a day to celebrate breath, relaxation, asana and natural movement as fall’s colour descends, the sun shines low and winter begins to whisper. Let’s appreciate this time of transition together, drop inside, reflect and stretch. Everyone welcome.

keyhole stretch

Yoga for Lower Back and Hip Joints on Zoom

Sunday, November 22, with Mar Jean Olson
11:00am-1:00pm EST, $40, on Zoom

In this workshop we will focus on the lower body from the lumbar spine, through the pelvis, to the legs and feet. With stretching and strengthening for stability, we’ll learn about joints, muscles, alignment, and gait.

“A very big thank you to Mar Jean for … Yoga for your Hip Joints… filled with lots of useful information and practice for me both personally and as a teacher.  I felt more in my body afterwards, my hips were moving, my walking lighter… All of this put a smile on my face.” Jeanette Slinger

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Yoga and the Vagus Nerve…NEW! on Zoom

Sunday, November 29, with Shirley Roll
1:00pm-3:00pm EST, $30

The complexity of the human nervous system became more appreciated with the advent of the Polyvagal Theory. The “new” or “mammalian” branch of the vagus nerve distinguishes our nervous system from that of reptiles and, among other things, allows that part of our autonomic, or involuntary, nervous system to be accessed voluntarily. Countless references have been made in books, academic and clinical studies and internet posts over the past few years to the importance of toning the vagus nerve – while science can explain why this is so, many familiar yoga practices demonstrate how that toning can be achieved and maintained. This workshop will explore the role that yoga can play in optimal function of the nervous system.

profusion of black-eyed Susan flowers

The Healing Mantra…NEW! on Zoom

Sunday, December 6, with Ana Bodnar
11:00am – 12:15pm EST, $25

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is considered one of the oldest and most powerful mantras of the Vedic era. It is called the “great” and “magic”: it helps protect from diseases, assists healing the soul and body, and gives energy, power, resistance, and strength. Breathwork, guided meditation and personal exploration for healing self and the world will be included in our practice. We will look at how to incorporate this mantra into our lives. Knowledge of Sanskrit not required. 

Ana Bodnar is a clinical psychologist and has been a teacher of yoga philosophy and meditation for many years, both in the community and at the University of Toronto. She leads kirtan chanting events and released a meditation and chanting CD: Embracing Peace. For more information, see www.anabodnar.com.

Mariko Tanabe

Anatomy for Yoga Teachers, with Mariko Tanabe

A Body-Mind Centering® Approach
February 20 – 21, 2021

Saturday, 2:30pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-8:30pm, EST
Sunday, 10:30am-1:00pm, 2:30pm-5:00pm EST
$325/full weekend, $175/day, $90/session

Body-Mind Centering® (BMCSM) is an experiential study based on anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. BMC utilizes movement, touch, voice, imagery, anatomical illustrations and discussion to explore each body system in ways that can be applied to personal and professional development.

For teachers and students at all levels of experience. CEU’s awarded for Yoga Alliance certification.

Embodying the Skeletal System
Introduction to the Skeletal System: Saturday, February 20, 2:30pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm
Axial and Appendicular Skeleton: Sunday, February 21, 10:30am-1:00pm

Embodying the Muscular System
Sunday, February 21: 2:30pm-5:00pm

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