Workshops for Yoga Teachers

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.

Our Workshops for Yoga Teachers delve into specific topics to enhance your teaching skills and personal practice. Each unique workshop is designed to expand your knowledge through yoga practice, meditation, reflection and discussion.  Topics include functional anatomy, hands on assisting, pre and post natal, philosophy, anxiety and depression. Many workshops are eligible for CEUs.

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
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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

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

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

The Power of Touch: Hands-on Assisting for Yoga Teachers

The Power of Touch: Hands-on Assisting for Yoga Teachers

Saturday, May 4, with Tama Soble, 1:00pm-3:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm, Full day/$85, Half day/$45
at the Studio, 14 students maximum

Explore and deepen your understanding of the way in which hands-on assisting enhances the connections between the ground, the breath and the energizing release of the spine. For teachers at all levels of experience.

Image: by Leah Gold

From the Ground Up: How to Teach Beginners

From the Ground Up: How to Teach Beginners

Sunday, June 2, with Monica Voss,
10:00am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm ET, Full day/$90, Half day/$50
on Zoom

Spend time exploring the art of teaching yoga to beginners. Practise imagining the mind of a beginner, learn the how and why of adapting postures and breathing exercises, consider the importance of variety and flexibility in language and description, and explore the integrated principles of grounding, breathing and releasing the spine in order to guide beginning students toward self reflection, self awareness and independence.

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