The Studio is open for in-person classes. Enrolment is limited to 12 participants with online advanced bookings only. Registration is required. Sorry, we cannot accept drop-ins or provide refunds or credit.
The wearing of masks while at the Studio is optional (masks will always be available should you require one). If you are unmasked, please maintain your distance from other students.
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, take care of yourself and come back to the Studio when you are recovered.
We will continue to offer a range of online classes, workshops, and Teacher Training on Zoom. And we hope you use and enjoy our pre-recorded Home Practice audios and videos.
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
Friday, December 2, with Peter Blackaby, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET, $45
Three words that are familiar to most yogis, but what do they mean and why are they important? This class will revisit the meaning of these words to see what power they hold.
Saturday, December 3, with Tama Soble, 1:00pm-3:00pm and 3:30pm-5:30pm, $100
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.
Sunday, December 4, with Sandie Collins, 11:00am-12:30pm ET, $30
Derived from Zen Buddhism, the Enso circle symbolizes many things: strength, the circle of life, connection, letting go of expectations, the beauty in imperfection and simply a circle or circle of togetherness.
We will begin with yoga including circular movements. Focusing on breath and awareness of thought and feeling, we’ll draw or paint and meditate on the process and the product. The very imperfections are what make the Enso so beautiful.
Materials needed :
– pencil, marker, brush any size or a large round brush, if you have one or are willing to invest in one
– paper: cartridge paper, any size newsprint or bond paper (18” x 24” suggested)
– black watercolour or tempera paint or acrylic or ink
– bowl of water, paper towel for clean up
– paper weight or stone to hold paper in place
Check out The Zen Circles of Kazuaki Tanahashi
Enso/Zen Circle image by Sandie Collins
Sunday, December 4, with Mar Jean Olson, 3:30pm-5:00pm, $30
at the Studio
Practise beneficial exercises for strength, flexibility, movement awareness, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Wednesday, December 7, with Monica Voss, 7:00pm ET, RSVP
We meet in Amritsar and spend the first 3 nights (April 12-14) acclimatizing to India and visiting the Golden Temple, spiritual centre of the Sikh religion. On April 15, we transfer to the remote and beautiful Basunti Lodge for 9 nights (April 15-23).
Two daily yoga classes will be offered while at Basunti Lodge. We conclude our adventure with 3 nights (April 24-27) in the Himalayan mountain town of Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj, after which you can stay on, travel elsewhere, return to Amritsar, Delhi or home.
Extend your visit! I’m interested in travelling to Mussoorie after the retreat. Please let me know if you would like to join me, email@example.com.
ALL WELCOME! RSVP
Basunti Lodge photo by David Butterworth
Wednesday, December 28 – Friday, December 30, with Monica Voss
10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm ET, $150/3 days, $60/day, $30/half day, included in unlimited packages, bursaries available
Ring out 2022 with an in-house yoga “retreat”. Lighten body and heart with three full or partial days of stretching, breathing, postures, meditation and relaxation, with some end-of-year visiting . Everyone is welcome!
Collage by Esteban Vicente
Sunday, January 1, 2023, with Kaori Furue, 11:00am-1:00pm ET, $25
Once the hectic, and sometimes stressful, holidays are over, please join us for a leisurely two-hour practice where we will put our feet up both literally and figuratively. This practice seeks to replenish any energy that you may have lost to the busyness of the season. We will slow down and explore supportive postures that are comfortable enough to rest in for a while, as well as some soothing self-massage, tapping, and guided meditation.
Some things to bring to enhance your comfort, if desired:
- Eye pillow
- Belt or strap
- Warm socks
Demystify – Embodying your Nervous System for Grounding, Ease and Balance: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach
Saturday, January 21, with Mariko Tanabe, 1:00pm-3:30pm, $65, sliding scale available
While many of us feel challenged and overwhelmed these days, I am excited to offer this Body-Mind Centering® workshop on the Nervous System. This complex and ingenious system can seem daunting. I wish to demystify it by offering an accessible and embodied approach that supports the nervous system and deepens our sense of its inner workings. This includes how it began through some early embryological development, to how it works in collaboration with our blood, organs, muscles, bones and other tissues through movement, sound, touch and meditations for grounding, balance and ease in our practice and daily lives.
All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary.
Image: Gardens by Anna Torme
Friday, January 27, with Monica Voss, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET, $40
Practising inverted postures at home alone will be easier with a repertoire of preparatory stretches and active breathing techniques. And if inversions are far from your mind, join this session to increase your upper body fluidity and gain confidence weight bearing through your wrists, arms and shoulders. This workshop will include spinal release, breath practice and relaxation.
Image: David Ben-Gurion in headstand
Sunday, January 29, with Ana Bodnar, 11:00am-1:00pm ET, $40
In this workshop, we will review the Yamas and Niyamas as they are outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and then reflect on them using various translations, including a commentary from a women’s, heart-centred perspective. We will discuss how the Yamas and Niyamas continue to be vibrant and relevant in our current times, and how importantly they apply as guidelines for our teaching and our lives.
Sunday, January 29, with Donna Oliver, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, $40
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.
photo by Tim Mossholder
Sunday, February 5, with Monica Voss,
10:00am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm ET, Full day/$80, Half day/$45
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
Sunday, February 5, with Mar Jean Olson, 3:30pm-5:00pm, $30
at the Studio
Learn a variety of simple stretching and strengthening exercises for your fingers, hands, wrists, and forearms. Use this gentle programme anywhere for gradual relief of stiff, sore, inflamed and overworked areas.
Image: Hands of Jenny Burnay by Germaine Krull
Sunday, February 12, with Maria Meindl, 11:00am-1:00pm ET, $40
The Feldenkrais Method is known for being quiet and contemplative, but this is not always the case. Many of the lessons are active, not to mention fun. This workshop will explore two lively Feldenkrais lessons which create a wonderful combination of calm and stimulation in the nervous system. You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to attend! All the lessons can be adapted as needed.
Maria Meindl became fascinated by the simplicity and power of The Feldenkrais Method in the early 1980s.
Sunday, February 26, with Monica Voss, 11:00am-2:00pm ET, $55
Increase your knowledge of pregnancy, labour and delivery. Build your confidence teaching pregnant students at any stage and within any class structure. This training includes lecture, discussion and practice covering an introduction to anatomy, pregnancy / labour / birth and teaching skills including assessing goals, how to adapt poses and breathing exercises, using language appropriately and helpfully and (some) self-assisting. For teachers at all levels of experience.
Please have a mat, cushion or blanket and a small pillow available.
“A lot of my training was useful during labour…breathing for sure but grounding too… to help with all these thoughts… read more
Sunday, February 26, with Donna Oliver, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $40
at the Studio
Bagua movement is an excellent workout for the spine. Improve your focus, flexibility, coordination, stability and balance. This set is practised standing and walking.
Friday, March 3, with Tama Soble, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET, $40
Focusing on the heart, we will explore a rich array of physical and metaphoric inspirations for our yoga practice. The beating heart enables us to reach throughout the entire body as we follow the pathway of blood circulation and distribution of oxygen. The heart offers two definitive rhythms – the drum-like arterial flow and the languid venal return – and both reinforce and enhance our experience. Metaphorically, we are supported by an open, compassionate heart, the wisdom and warmth of the heart.
Image: Orange Heart by Linda Woods
Sunday, March 5, with Mar Jean Olson, 3:30pm-5:00pm ET, $30
at the Studio
Join us in learning simple vision exercises to help increase circulation and flexibility in our eyes. They might be suffering from short-range computer work, even contributing to headaches and sleep disturbances. We will also explore the eye-spine connection.
Saturday, March 25, with John Campbell, 1:00pm-2:30pm, $30
at the Studio
Yoga Nidra is a meditation practice that dates back to the time of the Upanishads. Today, yoga nidra is widely used both as meditation and as a therapeutic tool for PTSD, other psychological trauma and distress. Yoga nidra is experiential and produces a state of deep relaxation, similar to sleep, in which we remain aware. From this place, we experience, notice and welcome the comings and goings of different aspects and layers of the self such as physical sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts and beliefs. In yoga nidra, we are given the opportunity to feel past all these fluctuations and rest in the unchanging, peaceful, welcoming ground of our being.
John Campbell has been practising yoga at Esther Myers Yoga Studio for over 35 years and is a graduate of the EMYS Teacher Training Programme.
Sunday, March 26, 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
Together, let’s ready ourselves for spring. We’ll prepare our mind garden with relaxation and visualization, pranayama and meditation; nourish our roots with foot and leg stretches; begin to open our 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!
Image by Cristina Lucas
Sunday, March 26, with Donna Oliver, 2:30pm-4:30pm, $40
at the Studio
An ancient popular Qigong set to help rectify health disorders. Gentle stretching of the Energetic Meridians will leave you feeling energized and centred. It may be practised sitting in a chair.
Sunday, April 2, with Mar Jean Olson, 3:30pm-5:00pm, $30
at the Studio
Increase the range of motion in your neck, shoulders, arms and upper back with numerous and enjoyable exercises and sequences. Experience an enhanced sense of lightness and freedom.