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.

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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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Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Saturday, February 29 – Sunday, March 1
with Tama Soble and Janice Meilach

Saturday, 2:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm  $275

Spend a weekend exploring how asana, pranayama and meditation practices support the physical body, the nervous and respiratory systems, and the mind in returning to homeostasis. We will practise, write, and engage in discussion in order to reflect on how as teachers we might support those living with the challenges of anxiety and depression. For yoga and meditation teachers, teachers in training and anyone studying and/or working in the mental health arena. CEU’s awarded through Yoga Alliance. *Additional requirement for EMYS YTT, optional for others: attendance at one series of classes of Yoga for Anxiety with Tama Soble – please check the web for dates and times.

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Yoga for Arthritis

Yoga for Arthritis

Friday, March 6, with Della Croteau
1:00pm-3:00pm,  $40

Arthritis is a term used to describe an inflammation of the joints which causes stiffness and pain. Many of us notice more stiffness and restricted movement as we age. Some may have a medical diagnosis of arthritis.

In this workshop, we will discuss what happens to the joints with arthritis, and explore movements that will help prevent and relieve arthritic symptoms in some areas most commonly affected such as the spine, hips, knees, fingers and the base of the thumb. You will have an opportunity to practise grounding, breathing and postures which can be adapted to allow fuller and easier movements of your joints.

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Awakening the Spine

Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29
with Monica Voss and Tama Soble
Saturday, 2:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm, $275

Spend a weekend exploring all aspects of the spine – its anatomy, connection to the breath, energy, movement and texture and the imagery that has traditionally supported it. To tease out our previous knowledge of the spine and assimilate new ideas, we’ll use lecture, asana practice, discussion, partner work, breathing practice, relaxation techniques and meditation.

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Exploring the Psoas

Thursday, April 2, with Tama Soble
6:30pm-9:00pm, $50

The psoas muscle is powerful and intelligent.  It lies deep in the torso connecting spine, pelvis and legs.  Understanding how to release, stretch and strengthen the psoas can help us to integrate and stabilize the entire physical body and free the respiratory system.  We will explore postures and breathing practices to deepen our awareness and understanding of the role of the psoas.

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Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease…NEW!

Friday, May 1, with Shari Stein
1:00pm-3:00pm, $40

Parkinson’s Disease is a complex neurological condition. Join me in exploring how gentle yoga assists in improving quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s by enhancing fluidity of movement and physical and mental balance. Everyone with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease, including people living with Parkinson’s, their family members, healthcare providers, caregivers and yoga teachers is welcome. No previous yoga experience necessary.

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

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

Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3, with Monica Voss
Saturday, 2:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm, $325

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. CEU’s awarded for Yoga Alliance certification.

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

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

Wednesday, May 6, 6:15pm
Presentation begins at 6:30pm. RSVP

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, 416 944-0838, tama@estheryoga.com

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From the Ground Up: How to Teach Beginners

Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 7, with Tama Soble
Saturday, 2:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday, 10:30am-5:00pm, $275

Spend 2 days exploring the art of teaching yoga to beginners. Learn the principles behind adapting postures and breathing practices, the importance of variety and flexibility in language and description, and how to use the integrated principles of grounding, breathing and releasing the spine in order to guide beginning students toward reflective and independent practice.

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Yoga Teachers’ Retreat at Swallow’s Bridge, Alton, Ontario

November 13 – 15, 2020, with Tama Soble 
Shared Room (2- 3/room) $510 (pp)

Join fellow teachers for a weekend of asana, pranayama, and walking meditation. Exchange ideas. Develop and deepen your own practice and teaching. Teachers and teacher trainees of any level of experience are welcome.

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