Yoga Workshops for Everyone

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

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Sing It!

Friday, October 18, with Shirley Roll
1:00pm-2:30pm, $30

Hone your listening skills, your spontaneity and your creativity in supportive and joyous vocal community! No vocal training necessary.

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Chair Yoga

Friday, October 25, with Shari Stein
1:00pm–3:00pm, $40

Chair Yoga is a viable and refreshing alternative to yoga on the mat. We will ground, breathe and lengthen our spines as we would in any yoga session, and creatively adapt the poses for a wide range of students, from residents of assisted living facilities, to those in business suits enjoying yoga during the lunch hour. This workshop is suitable for yoga students and teachers who wish to expand their repertoire to include Chair Yoga. Guided meditation and breathing practices are included.

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An Introduction to Zen Shiatsu

Friday, November 1, with Dondrub Wangchuk
1:30am-4:00pm, $50

In this introductory workshop, participants will be taught a basic self-shiatsu routine which can be used to bring more awareness to their body and to relieve tension. In the second part of the workshop emphasis will be placed on the practical, hands-on nature of Zen Shiatsu. Participants will have a chance to work with each other to learn a basic back routine. The class will begin with warm up exercises, a 5 minute guided meditation, basic Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and qi gong exercises to help circulate the chi as well as increase sensitivity.

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Ligaments and Fascia: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach…NEW!

Sunday, November 3, with Mariko Tanabe
10:30am–5:00pm, $65/morning only, $120/full day

Through movement, touch and meditation, discover the clarity, support and freedom that awareness and release of ligaments and fascia can bring to your movement and physical presence.
This workshop is open to bodyworkers, people with movement practices, and to all who have an interest in exploring self and the body. No previous experience is required.

Debbie Danbrook playing the Shakuhachi Flute

Yoga with Shakuhachi Flute

Thursday, November 7, with Tama Soble and Debbie Danbrook
6:30pm-8:00pm, $35

Dive deep into your yoga practice supported by the meditative sounds of the shakuhachi flute, an instrument with surprising depth, volume and range. Feel how sound supports, inspires and brings new insight as you ground, breathe and release at the end of your day. We will absorb sound and make sound together as we move.

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Yoga and Anatomy

Sunday, November 10, with Tama Soble
10:30am-5:00pm, $165

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 functional anatomy and the unique nature of each body. This workshop is open to students and teachers at all levels of experience.

Getting up and getting down

Getting Up and Getting Down

Friday, November 15, with Ruth Ann Penny
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

How can we get up safely and efficiently from bed, from a fall, from a chair, from the car and find our way back down again? This session explores every-day rising and descending movements and, using the tools that yoga offers us, provides ways to build confidence as we approach common challenges.
This is a workshop for all levels and ages.

Winter Qi Gong

Winter Qi Gong

Sunday, November 17, with Donna Oliver
2:00pm-4:00pm, $40

Fall and Winter weather can wear hard on Lungs and Kidneys. Practising simple to learn movements that co-ordinate with natural breathing while focusing the mind on body awareness will help to strengthen these two important organs.

•strengthen Lungs and immune system = fewer colds
•improved circulation
•strengthen Kidneys and lower back = relieves backache, kidney and bladder problems

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Yoga to Support Breast Health

Friday, November 22, with Tama Soble
12:30pm–3:00pm, $50

Breast health is essential for women of all ages and stages of life. It is of particular importance for those at high risk of or recovering from breast cancer. Learn how asana and pranayama practices enhance lymphatic circulation, muscular release and the breaking up of scar tissue to support breast health and the full function of the shoulder girdle. For students and teachers at all levels.

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Yoga for Fingers, Hands, Wrists and Arms

Sunday, November 24, with Mar Jean Olson
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

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.

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Yoga for the Eyes

Sunday, November 24, with Mar Jean Olson
3:30pm-5:00pm, $30,

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

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Happy Feet!…NEW

Sunday, December 1, with Anne-Sophie Brieger and Camille McKay
11:00am-1:00pm, $60

Explore through yoga and reflexology how to take care of the body part that takes you from point A to point B.

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Chinese Shamanic Qi Gong

Sunday, December 1, with Donna Oliver
2:00pm-4:00pm, $40

Essence, Energy and Spirit are considered the Three Treasures and they are stored in the Three Dantiens. A powerful healing exercise, Shamanic Shaking, Sounding and Meditation will clear patterns of disease and allow us to activate and release the healing medicine within each Dantien. This practice requires standing and sitting on a cushion or chair.

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Developing and Sustaining a Personal Practice

Sunday, December 8, with Monica Voss
2:15pm–5:00pm, $60

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.

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Exploring Sound

Friday, December 13, with Monica Voss
1:00pm – 3:00pm, $40

Making sounds, whether deliberate or spontaneous, is a strategy the body/brain/mind uses to release stress and restore energy. In this workshop, we will practise a variety of structured and non-structured sound-making to rediscover the voice as a tool for relaxation, empowerment and self-expression.
This workshop is open to everyone.

Almost New Years Intensive

(Almost) New Year’s Intensive

Friday, December 27 – Sunday, December 29, with Monica Voss
10:30am-1:00pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm, $285, $195/2 days, $108/day

Ring out 2019 with an in-town yoga “retreat”. Lighten body and heart with three full days of asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Everyone welcome!

FULL DAYS (Almost) New Year’s Intensive
HALF DAYS (Almost) New Year’s Intensive
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Introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas

Sunday, February 2, with Ana Bodnar
2:15pm–5:00pm, $60

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 engaging in our current times, and how they apply to our teaching and our lives.

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