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*FREE* Yoga in the Park begins June 7

Wednesdays 12pm in Victoria Park near the clock tower [Joseph & Gaukel].

Yoga in Victoria Park is a partnership between Queen Street Yoga and the City of Kitchener. Join us on Wednesdays over the lunch hour in June, July, and August. These classes are FREE, beginner-friendly, and all-ages. In the event of a thunderstorm, class will be held at the studio (look for announcements on our website and on social media).

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Building a Home Practice with Leena Miller Cressman

Sunday, June 4 / 1:30-4:30pm / $50+hst [register here].

Whether practicing at home is something you've wanted to add to your life but you just don't know where to start, or you have a home practice and you want tools to go deeper, this workshop will be useful and inspiring. You'll leave empowered and equipped to start a home practice that challenges, supports, and nurtures you through thick and thin. The workshop price also includes a copy of Queen Street Yoga's Home Practice Manual. 

The workshop will include discussion on:

  • Setting strong intentions and finding motivation to practice
  • Overcoming obstacles to practicing
  • Setting up physical practice space
  • Tools for practice
  • Sequencing of postures and key principles of alignment
Recommended for those with 2+ months of yoga experience. Not for complete beginners. Register here.

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Goat Yoga! on June 10 and June 24

A Fundraiser at Growing Hope Farm

11:00am-12:30pm Goat Yoga Flow / $30+hst [register for June 10 -- June 24 is sold out]

3:30-4:45pm Goat Yoga for Families / $45+hst per family [register for June 24 -- June 10 is sold out]

Join us for a whimsical yoga class in a farm field with baby goats! Goats are very social and curious and would love to interact with you and your yoga poses. They are great climbers -- you might find a tiny goat clambering up your back in downward facing dog! Get your fill of goat cuddles at this outdoor class. Queen Street Yoga is pairing up with Growing Hope Farm to offer this class at their farm location in central Cambridge. Growing Hope Farm will be donating proceeds from this class to Mennonite Central Committee.

Please note the rain date for the June 10 classes will be June 17 and the rain date for the June 24 classes will be July 8.

Please register in advance; we will not be accepting registrations at the farm.

Location: Growing Hope Farm is located at 246 Sherring Street in Cambridge. 
Parking:  Please park on the street - but NOT directly in front of the white gate.
Farm Produce: Produce and seedlings will be for sale, cash only.
Washroom Facilities: There is a port-a-potty on site.
What to bring: Please bring a water bottle and an OLD yoga mat or beach towel (it may get a bit dirty). Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can look around, get organized, and fill out a waiver form.

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Neck Savvy: Yoga for Computer Users with Amanda Soikie

Sunday, June 18 / 2:00-4:00pm / $30+hst (or pay $50+hst and bring your dad) [register here].

This workshop will offer a deeper understanding of the key alignment principles needed to keep the head, neck and shoulders healthy and supple in the age of technology. We'll explore poses and exercises that can be easily incorporated into your work day to help bring balance back into your body and awareness into your posture. Workshop notes and practice sequences will be provided.

Father's Day Promo: pay $50+hst and bring your dad!

Beginners welcome! This workshop is perfect for those with “stiff” bodies - no flexibility required. Register here.

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Past Events...

 

Building a Resilient Body: 6-wk course with Emma Dines

Tuesdays, May 9 - June 13 / 7:45-9:00pm / $90+hst [register here].

This course will offer gentle movement practices to bring you towards an experience of suppleness and ease in your body. We will practice the simple art of walking, moving between sitting and standing, and making everyday movements more comfortable and enjoyable. This class is ideal for all levels of experience and is especially useful for those seeking to gain balanced flexibility, improve overall posture and well-being, and recover from imbalances due to injuries and overuse. You’ll leave each week with useful and simple practices you can do in a 15-30 minute home practice.

Beginners welcome! No previous yoga or movement experience necessary.

 

Yoga, Running & Snacks: a 6-wk running program

Tuesdays, May 2 - June 6 / 5:30-6:45pm / $95+hst.

A 6-week spring saunter into practical and mindful approaches to running. Sessions will focus on helpful beginner techniques that explore the biomechanics and core concepts of running. You will establish a foundation for finding easeful stride and efficient movement. The learning of running technique will be interlaced with a playful and curious exploration of running as a practice for introspection.

Each class will start with yoga and stretching at Queen Street Yoga, proceed to outdoor running, and finish with tasty snacks and socializing at Legacy Greens.

No previous running experience necessary. This class is for the beginner runner, those curious about a running practice, or previous runners who are looking to reconnect, recultivate, or refine a running practice.

What to expect:

This class will begin at Queen Street Yoga with 15-20 minutes of indoor movement/warm-up. The group will walk to the park and begin 30-40 minutes of running on 1km loops. The class will finish with 15 minutes of cool-down/yoga and participants can share reflections and learning over snacks at Legacy Greens (just around the corner from QSY at 10 King St E). Snacks are provided as part of the course! Please email us if you have any dietary restrictions.

No previous running experience necessary.

 

Healthy Digestion: Yoga and a Whole Body Approach

with Dr. Laura Tummon Simmons, ND, and Leena Miller Cressman

Sunday, May 7 / 2:00-4:30pm / $35+hst.

The digestive tract is a complex interconnected system which can have major implications for how we feel. Join us for an evidence-based talk with our resident naturopathic doctor about how the gut (its microbiome, nervous system, and hormones) may have impacts on the whole body. We will also discuss the importance of managing some of the common conditions which impact digestion and what they may mean for your overall health (including acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel diseases).

Following the talk, Leena will lead a beginner-friendly yoga sequence and teach techniques to improve digestive motility and overall function.

No prior yoga experience necessary.

 

Dynamic Feet & Foundations workshop with Leena Miller Cressman

Sunday, Apr 30 / 2:00-4:30pm / $35+hst.

Each foot and ankle has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments! One quarter of all bones in the human body are in the feet. Feet are exquisitely designed for weight-bearing and movement, and they are the foundation for whole body alignment and healthy movement patterns. Unfortunately, due lack of movement, many folks have lost healthy mobility in their feet and have related pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and back.

In this workshop you’ll learn corrective exercises and self-massage techniques to restore flexibility and strength. We’ll also discuss how to make well informed choices about footwear, including how and why you might transition to more minimal footwear.

Anyone with feet can benefit from this workshop; no yoga experience necessary.

 

Wen-Do Women's Self Defence: Basic Course with Shailagh Keaney

Saturdays: Apr 29 + May 6 // 1:00-8:00pm.

Have you always wanted to brush up your self-defence skills? Why not try Wen-Do?

In Wen-Do, we learn verbal and physical self-defence techniques. We develop our relationship to our voice, our bodies, and - our most potent weapon of all - our minds. Wen-Do is the longest-running women's self-defence organization in Canada. It is a survivor-centered and empowering educational program, designed to be effective against physically larger and stronger attackers.

This course is open to all women, transwomen included. No yoga or movement experience is necessary.

Shailagh Keaney is a Wen-Do Women's Self Defence instructor and arts-based facilitator, focusing her work on empowerment for youth and women. She teaches English, French, and Spanish, holds a degree in Women's Studies, is the recipient of several academic and non-academic awards, and has been solicited for publication in books and journals, including Whose Streets? (Between the Lines Press) and The Dominion: News from the Grassroots. Shailagh's activism began in 2000, when she herself was a youth living in Sudbury, Ontario.

Shailagh is committed to helping people unleash their power.

 

Yoga Teacher Training Program - Information Session

Tuesday, April 25 / 7:30 - 8:30pm FREE!

Our third 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training is set to begin Septemeber 2017!

Are you are curious about our Teacher Training program? Bring your thoughts, questions and curiosities to the a FREE Information Session at the studio on Tuesday, April 25 from 7:30-8:30pm. You are welcome to come to Emma's 6:00pm Expanding Flow class on that day, free of charge!

This is a free event, no registration required.
If you are planning to attend, please email Emma[at]queenstreetyoga.com so we can track the number of folks we can expect for this session.

 

Powerful Pelvic Health: A Workshop for Pregnancy & Beyond

Sunday, Apr 23 / 3:00-5:00pm / $40+hst.

Join pelvic floor physiotherapist Beth Albert, prenatal yoga instructor Julie Zettel, and Dancing for BirthTM instructor Bronwyn Addico to learn about the importance of pelvic floor health during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. This interactive workshop will include a talk, yoga poses, and dancing movement for pelvic health.

Beginners are welcome!

More about the teachers:

Julie Zettel began her teaching career in 2008 at QSY, where she instructs prenatal yoga. She has completed a pre- & postnatal teacher training in 2006 with Michelle McCormack of 5 Elements Yoga and Pilates. Julie's classes flow gently and promote spiritual, mental, and physical development for you and your growing baby.

Beth Albert Halford is a registered physiotherapist, having achieved her Doctorate in Physical Theraply at Franklin Pierce Unicersity in New Hampsire and her Kinesiology degree from McMaster University. She is the owner of KW Pelvic Health and focuses her practice on pelvic health and orthopedic manual therapy. An avid athlete herself, she strives to help others maintain their active lifestyles while finding solutions to their pelvic health challenges.

Bronwyn Addico is a certified Dancing for Birth instructor, a childbirth educator, and a doula. Bronwyn is enthusiastic about birth and dance in equal measure. She loves using her knowledge to help women to get in touch with their bodies and themselves.

 

Movement Explorations with Emma Dines

Bending & Spiraling: Saturday, Apr 8 / 3:00-5:00pm / $20+hst

Just like eating a range of foods can help you maintain nutritional health, moving in a variety of ways can help you build and maintain movement health.

This workshop series will explore moving with more comfort and creativity. We will experiment with ways we can walk, jog, roll, crawl, fall, jump, twirl, and get up and down from the floor with greater ease. The focus of this exploration will be on diversifying our movement vocabulary and finding ways to make these movement patterns feel more doable and enjoyable.

No previous yoga or movement experience necessary.

 

Family Yoga with Amanda Soikie (3-part series)

Sundays: Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9 / 1:30-2:45pm / $60+hst per family for the whole series.

For kids 4-10 and their favourite grownups. Grandparents also welcome!

Come and share the joy of yoga with your loved ones! This class is designed to help the whole family connect and be more present with one another in a playful yet meaningful practice. Classes will include yoga postures, partner work, mindful breathing, relaxation, meditation, and some songs and games too!

Amanda Soikie is the mother of three vibrant children and has been a devoted yogini since 2002. She delights in sharing the practice of yoga with children and families, helping them to experience the nourishing and empowering benefits of yoga. Amanda has completed her Levels 1 and 2 of the Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching yoga to children aged 3-14 in the community since 2009.

Beginners welcome!

 

Movement Explorations with Emma Dines

Crawling & Falling: Saturday, Jan 28 / 3:00-5:00pm / $20+hst.

Jumping & Rolling: Saturday, Feb 25 / 3:00-5:00pm / $20+hst.

Just like eating a range of foods can help you maintain nutritional health, moving in a variety of ways can help you build and maintain movement health.

This workshop series will explore moving with more comfort and creativity. We will experiment with ways we can walk, jog, roll, crawl, fall, jump, twirl, and get up and down from the floor with greater ease. The focus of this exploration will be on diversifying our movement vocabulary and finding ways to make these movement patterns feel more doable and enjoyable.

No previous yoga or movement experience necessary.

 

Self-Care for Anxiety & Depression: Yoga and a Whole-Body Approach

Sunday, Feb 26 / 2:00-4:30pm / $35+hst.

Anxiety and depression will impact many people at some point in their life. Self-care and compassion are fundamental to managing and improving mood, but finding new techniques and accessing care can be difficult with so much misinformation in the marketplace.

This workshop will begin with an evidence-based talk by Laura, our resident Naturopathic Doctor, about:

  • How anxiety and depression are diagnosed
  • How different body systems impact anxiety and depression and why investigating and treating the whole body is so important
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes for optimizing mood on a daily basis
  • The evidence or lack thereof behind common natural treatments for depression and anxiety
  • Mindfulness, breathing, and self-care techniques you can establish for managing your emotions in the moment

Following this talk, Marg will lead you through simple yoga postures to help release physical tension and share techniques to help manage mental/emotional patterns.

Beginners are welcome.

This workshop is intended to be a complement to, but not a replacement for, professional mental health support.

 

Restorative Weekend Immersion

February 17-19 / 2017.

Our Restorative Yoga Weekend Immersion will help you deepen your understanding of a wide array of Restorative Yoga postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, physical alignment, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. The Immersion will be comprehensive, transformative, and deeply rejuvenating. It will give you a solid foundation to improve stress management and bring self-care practices into your life.

The weekend immersion is open to anyone; no advanced yoga skills required. For yoga teachers and others wanting to share Restorative Yoga with others, there will be additional day of training and a practicum component following the immersion.

Click here to read more about this weekend workshop.

Valentine's Partner Yoga with Monica & Aimée

Saturday, Feb 11 / 7:30-9:30pm / $50+hst per couple.

A creative way to connect with your sweetie and have double the fun in your yoga practice. We will do light-hearted poses redesigned for two and help each other experience deeper stretch and strength.

The price is per couple. Sign up under one name and bring your sweetie!

No prior yoga experience necessary; beginners welcome!

Hip Care Workshop

Sunday, Jan 15 / 3:00-5:00pm / $30+hst.

Tight hips? Low back strain? Discomfort in your thighs or pelvis? If any of these apply to you, or if you’d simply like to experience more freedom in your practice, this workshop is for you.

Deepen your understanding of the key alignment principles that create and maintain strength and mobility in the hips. Learn how to stabilize the pelvis, hips, and low back by engaging greater muscular and skeletal awareness and look at how to improve posture in your day-to-day life.

2+ months yoga experience recommended. Not suitable for beginners.

 

QSY Holiday Sale

Nov 27 - Dec 24 / Halfmoon pre-orders must be made by Dec 4.

The season of gift-giving is approaching. At Queen Street Yoga we are stocking up on all of the yoga props you could ever need for enhancing home practice and self care. We've got plenty of items for yogis and non-yogis in your life.

Email us at info@queenstreetyoga with your Halfmoon orders.
Pre-orders must be made by December 4th to ensure gifts arrive on time.

Read our gift-giving guide here!

 

Revel: a special New Year's Eve practice with Emma Dines

Saturday, Dec 31 / $25+hst.

Basic Level 10:00am-12:00pm / Intermediate Level 2:00-4:00pm.

Basic Level: celebrate the past year and set powerful intentions for the year ahead in this special basic level class. We will embody our intentions as we deepen our experience of familiar poses, experiment with unusual new poses, and play with fun transitions.

Intermediate Level: revel in your practice and in the possibilities of the new year. This playful practice will move at a strong, active pace and is great for those who enjoy our Expanding Flow classes.

 

Candlelit Rest & Renew with Monica Sheridan

*SOLD OUT* Sunday, Jan 1 / 7:15-9:00pm / $20+hst.

An extra long and luxurious restorative yoga class by candlelight to help you transition into the New Year with ease.

Beginners welcome.

 

Transforming Stress: Understanding Stress Hormones and Improving Well-Being with Restorative Yoga

with Laura Tummon Simmons, ND, and Emma Dines

Sunday, Nov 27 / 2:00-4:30pm / $35+hst.

"Stress" is a buzzword we throw around a lot in conversation and is often linked to increased illness and disease. But most of us don’t know what stress really means or how it deeply impacts our body.

This workshop will begin with an evidence-based talk by Laura, our resident Naturopathic Doctor, about:

  • the true definition of “stress” and how perception plays a role
  • the physiology of stress: how stress hormones are produced and interact
  • how stress may impact the body’s systems and conditions
  • strategies for better stress management.

Following this talk, Emma will lead a restorative yoga practice for deep relaxation to help you calm your nervous system and give you tools for decreasing stress.

Beginners welcome.

Shoulder Care workshop with Amanda Soikie

Sunday, Nov 6 / 2:00-4:00pm / $25+hst.

Tight shoulders? Pain in the neck? Old or new shoulder injury? If any of these apply to you, or if you’d simply like to experience more freedom in your practice, this workshop is for you.

You will deepen your understanding of the key alignment principles that create and maintain strong and open shoulders. You'll learn how to stabilize the shoulder girdle by engaging greater muscular and skeletal awareness and look at how to improve your posture in your day-to-day life. As you develop a balance of strength and healthy range of motion in your shoulders, you can reduce pain, deepen your yoga practice, and move through the world with an open, supported heart centre.

2+ months yoga experience recommended.

 

October 5-Class Challenge!

Looking to deepen your connection to a regular yoga practice?
Month of October [Sat Oct 1 - Tues Oct 31]

This challenge is for anyone who has a favourite weekly class or folks who are looking to kickstart a regular yoga practice!

Find a class on our drop-in class schedule that suites your style of movement and challenge yourself for the month of October to attend that class each week. Put a sticker on our in studio challege board for each of your drop-in yoga class visits. Everyone with 5 stickers at the end of October will be entered into a draw to win *ONE FREE MONTH of the Monthly-5 Membership!

If this once-a-week yoga style suites your schedule, the Monthly-5 Membership is for you!
Click here to register for this membership!
*regular membership policies apply
*min 3-month membership commitment

Yoga Tune Up® for the Hips: 3-part series with Tara Kachroo

Sundays, Oct 2, 16, & 23 / 4:00-6:00pm / $85+hst for the whole series.

Empower yourself with self-massage, mobilization, and strengthening techniques to reduce and prevent pain in the lower back, hips, and knees, and improve overall performance. This 3-part workshop will give you useful tools for self-care and pain relief and help you deepen your understanding of proper alignment of the hips and pelvis.

Specialized props and Yoga Tune Up massage balls are provided. Students should wear comfortable, snug clothing.

Tara Kachroo is a certified Yoga Tune Up® and Roll Model instructor with eight years of yoga teaching experience. Her anatomical knowledge, keen eye for alignment, and hands-on assists encourage each student to gain deeper levels of self-knowledge and self-care.

Beginners welcome.

 

FREE Healthy Pregnancy Talk Series - Sept & Oct 2016

with Naturopathic Doctor Laura Tummon Simmons

Join Laura Tummon Simmons, ND, QSY's naturopathic doctor, for a series of informal evidence-based talks centred around some ways to have a healthy, happy, and comfortable pregnancy. Discussions are FREE and will last about 30 minutes starting at 1:00pm (after Prenatal drop-in yoga on Saturdays 11:30am-12:45pm).

Saturday September 17th, 2016, 1pm - Myth Busting Diet and Pregnancy
A look at what nutrients you should be getting for you and your baby, and how to make sure you're getting enough.
 
Saturday September 24th, 2016, 1pm - Acupuncture and Pregnancy
An overview of what acupuncture can be used for in pregnancy to help keep you comfortable as well as topics like acupuncture for birth preparation and labour induction.
 
Saturday October 1st, 2016, 1pm - Nausea, Vomiting, and Reflux in Pregnancy
Very common complaints during both early and late pregnancy, some common tips and tricks will be discussed to help keep you feeling well.
 
Saturday October 15th, 2016, 1pm - Caring for Yourself after Pregnancy 
Some tips and tricks for making sure you stay comfortable after giving birth.
 

Everyone is welcome. No need to register in advance. Join us for Prenatal drop-in yoga before each talk, 11:30am-12:45pm with Julie.

 

Fertility Care: Preparing for Conception with Naturopathic Medicine and Yoga

with Dr. Laura Tummon Simmons, ND, and Julie Zettel

Sunday, Sept 25 / 2:00-4:00pm / $30+hst per person or $50+hst per pair.

Thinking about getting pregnant or been trying for a little while? Even if you’ve been pregnant before, it can be helpful to start optimizing your body’s environment prior to conception. This workshop, open to women and men, will begin with a talk with Laura, QSY's resident Naturopathic Doctor.

Laura’s evidence-based talk will include helpful information about:

  • How conception really happens in the body.
  • Where are you starting in terms of baseline fertility? (things to track and test)
  • Clearing the way – things you might not realize reduce your chances of conceiving.
  • The importance of stress management in fertility care.
  • Some strategies for optimizing your fertility overall for women and men.
  • When to get more support.

The talk will be followed a short yoga practice guided by QSY's pre- and postnatal yoga instructor, Julie Zettel. This nourishing yoga practice for both women and men will incorporate exercises for pelvic floor alignment for conception and restorative yoga for deep relaxation.

Beginners welcome. Open to women and men.

 

Tensegrity & the Listening Body with Trudy Austin

Saturday, Sept 17 / $45+hst for one session or $80+hst for the whole day.

10:00am-12:30pm Tensegrity Repair Series / 2:00-4:30pm Listening Body: Tensegrity and Yoga

The Tensegrity Repair Series is a set of movements designed to strengthen, tone, re-hydrate, and bring more flexibility and function to the body’s muscle and connective tissue systems. In the morning workshop you will learn how to practice the entire series effectively. In the afternoon, we will apply the subtle qualities of fluid movement, refined body-awareness, and deep listening that we develop in the Tensegrity practice to the way we move through our yoga asanas.

Ease of movement is important to all of us. If your practice is golf, tennis, or simply walking, you will appreciate what this series has to offer.

Trudy Austin is a Vancouver-based yoga teacher, certified with over 800 hours of training in the Vijnana Yoga Tradition. She primarily teaches therapeutic yoga and the Tensegrity Repair Series. She trained and continues to work with Gioia Irwin, Swan, Chris Clancy, and Vipassana Meditation teacher Bruno Mertens.

Beginners and folks with injuries welcome for the morning workshop. 2+ months of regular yoga practice and some previous exposure to Tensegrity is recommended for the afternoon workshop.

Yoga in the Park - until Aug 31

Free, beginner-friendly, and all-ages.

Yoga in Victoria Park is a partnership between Queen Street Yoga and the City of Kitchener.

  • Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50pm, June 1 to Aug 31: meet beside Joseph Street near the clock tower.
  • Sundays, 6:00pm-7:00pm, June 5 to Aug 28: meet at the end of Schneider Avenue, near the playground.

Yoga in the park is free, beginner-friendly, and all-ages.

 

Flying Families AcroYoga with Jen Horsepool

Sunday, July 17 / 2:00-4:00pm / $30+hst per pair (1 adult + 1 kid).

Play like a kid, with your kid!

Are you tired of trying to play Minecraft with your kids? Are they leaving you in the dust at MarioKart? Get up and play differently at this family workshop. No competition, no rules, just fun!

AcroYoga is a partner practice where one person plays the role of flyer and the other provides the base. For this workshop, adults will base their kids, and the kids will have a blast flying in different ways.

No previous acrobatic or yoga experience required. Each kid must bring an adult and kids must be 8 years and up.

 

Handstands! a playshop with Carin Lowerison

Saturday, July 9 / 2:00-4:00pm / $25+hst.

Do you want to try to kicking up into handstand but are not sure where to start? Or are you curious about how to build the strength and balance to move your handstand further away from the wall? This workshop will give you time and space to explore the world of being upside down.

We will look at the foundation for handstands - how to align wrists, forearms, and fingers. We will practice strength-building exercises for the arms, shoulders, and core. We will get clear on how to build endurance and balance over time.

Excellent for students with a current handstand practice and for students new to the art of inversions.

2+ months of regular yoga practice is recommended. Not appropriate for complete beginners or for students with major wrist issues/injuries.

 

 

Bearing Witness to Local First Nations: Learning Day

Saturday, June 4 / 8:45am-3:15pm / $15+hst.

We recently posted the following land acknowledgement at Queen Street Yoga: As a business and as people living in the Kitchener-Waterloo community, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Queen Street Yoga is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. The colonial processes by which we came to live on this land were and are deeply unjust and have caused and continue to cause harm to the original peoples of this land. We at Queen Street Yoga endeavour to be accountable to this reality in ways that go beyond apology or acknowledgement; to build our capacity to listen with an open mind and heart; and to learn about issues that we, as a society, often ignore.

We invite you to join us on a learning and bearing witness day to help us become more aware of local Six Nations history and living culture. Together we will be visiting the Woodland Cultural Centre near Brantford. The Centre was established in October 1972 under the direction of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. On the day trip we will be touring the residential school and listening to a presentation about Six Nations land claims.

We will frame our learning around the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers (which is an organization that Leena has spent time learning with): first, going into a situation with a mindset of not-knowing and letting go of preconceptions; second, bearing witness to the realities of the situation; and third, taking actions that arise from not-knowing and bearing witness.

Our itinerary for the day:
8:45am- Meet at central location in KW for carpool to Brantford
9:00-10:00am- Drive to Woodland Cultural Centre
10:00-10:30am- Opening conversation framing the Three Tenets and Bearing Witness
10:30am-12:30pm- Guided Tours/Talks
12:30-1:00pm- Bring a packed lunch to enjoy together
1:00-2:00pm- Facilitated Sharing/Reflection Circle and Meditation
2:00-3:15pm- Drive back to KW

 

Yoga in the Park - tri-Pride Celebration

Saturday June 4, 10:30am-11:30am - Free!

Free yoga class taught by Christopher Bourke
Sponsored by Queen Street Yoga
Saturday June 4, 10:30am-11:30am
Victoria Park, Meet at the end of Schneider Avenue, near the playground.

This class is free, beginner-friendly, and open to all ages. This class will be a Pride celebration - wear your rainbow colours and bring a yoga mat or towel to practice on.

 

Roll Out Relief: Yoga Tune Up® Shoulder Series // 3-part workshop with Tara Kachroo

Sundays: April 3, 10, and 17 / 4:00-5:30pm / $65+hst.

Headaches? Stiff neck? Tender shoulders? In this 3-part workshop, empower yourself to treat and prevent pain and chronic tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. Yoga Tune Up and self-massage techniques can increase mobility, improve posture, boost performance, and relieve and prevent pain.

Come and discover:

  • a variety of techniques of myofascial self-massage using grippy, pliable rubber balls
  • corrective exercises and strengthening postures
  • specific stretches for the shoulders, neck, and upper back

Specialized props are provided. Students should wear snug fitting clothing. Registration includes all three sessions for $65+hst.

 

Building a Home Practice with Emma Dines

Saturday, Mar 12 / 2:00-5:00pm / $50+hst.

Whether practicing at home is something you've wanted to add to your life but you just don't know where to start, or you have a home practice and you want tools to go deeper, this workshop will be useful and inspiring. You'll leave empowered and equipped to start a home practice that challenges, supports, and nurtures you through thick and thin. The workshop price also includes a copy of Queen Street Yoga's Home Practice Manual. 

The workshop will include discussion on:

  • Setting strong intentions and finding motivation to practice
  • Overcoming obstacles to practicing
  • Setting up physical practice space
  • Tools for practice
  • Sequencing of postures and key principles of alignment

 

Roll Out Relief: Yoga Tune Up® 6-week course with Tara Kachroo

Mondays 7:45pm / Jan 25 - Mar 7 / $110+hst

Each week of this course will focus on a different area of the body, relieving discomfort and pain and increasing functional range of movement in the shoulders, upper and lower back, hips, feet, and knees. Using grippy, pliable rubber balls to knead out the knots in tired tissues, you will enhance your body's ability to map and sense itself -- making connections and corrections in areas that are unaddressed through exercise and yoga.

These techniques can increase mobility, improve posture, boost performance, and relieve and prevent pain. Whether approaching this work as pre-hab or re-hab, you will empower yourself to create sustainable fitness and longevity in your daily life, athletic routines, and even your office job or commute.

 

Resilient Rest with Leena Miller Cressman

Sunday, Jan 24 / 3:00-5:15pm / $30+hst

Stress is not an inherently negative thing, but when it goes unresolved there can be a number of harmful repercussions. This workshop will begin with a brief talk to help you understand the different states and functions of the nervous system and how the body can resolve stress if you give it the space to do so. Then, we’ll spend the majority of the workshop exploring ultra-comfy restorative yoga postures and simple breathing techniques that can effectively reset and shift the patterns of the nervous system for the better.

This workshop may be particularly useful for those who experience trouble sleeping, have tension headaches, feel perpetually frazzled or always busy, or anyone wanting to reduce the feeling of overwhelm and exhaustion from stress in the body and mind.

No prior yoga experience is necessary.

 

Roll Out Relief: Yoga Tune Up® WORKSHOP with Tara Kachroo

Sunday, Jan 10 / 4:00-6:00pm / $30+hst

This workshop will introduce you to the theory and techniques of myofascial self-massage. Using grippy, pliable rubber balls to knead out the knots in tired tissues, you will enhance your body's ability to map and sense itself -- making connections and corrections in areas that are unaddressed through exercise and yoga.

These techniques can increase mobility, improve posture, boost performance, and relieve and prevent pain. Whether approaching this work as pre-hab or re-hab, you will empower yourself to create sustainable fitness and longevity in your daily life, athletic routines, and even your office job or commute.

 

Queen Street Yoga Celebrates 10 Years Of Community

Sat Oct 3 // 2:00-8:00pm

This October is the studio's 10th anniversary! Join us to celebrate this grand occasion on Saturday, October 3rd, from 2:00 to 8:00pm. Enjoy free yoga classes, cupcakes, crafts, door prizes, and live music!

2:00-3:00 Family Yoga with Julie Zettel & Amanda Soikie

3:30-4:30 Michael Jackson Yoga with Emma Dines

5:00-6:00 Mindful Movement & Meditation with Meaghan Johnson (former QSY Director who founded the studio)

6:30-7:30 Slow Flow with Live Music with Leena Miller Cressman accompanied by Alysha Brilla

Our community celebrates more than just yoga. You can participate in an awesome community craft project. No artistic skills required! And between 3pm and 7pm, QSY's registered acupuncturist Nir Saar will be giving FREE community acupuncture treatments.

We are so grateful to our friends and fellow downtown Kitchener small businesses who graciously donated items and gift cards to our stash of door prizes! Hats off to House of Angels SpaLiving Fresh Flower Studio and SchoolThe Yeti CaféBlack Arrow CyclesCafé PyrusFull Circle FoodsMore Than Half ClothingTHEMUSEUM and StylFrugal Clothing Consignment Boutique.

 

Meridians on the Mat: Acupuncture and Restorative Yoga

Sunday, Sept 27 / 2:00-4:30pm / $50+hst.

Join Amanda and Nir as they lead you through a series of gentle, restorative postures coupled with and complemented by acupuncture.

Registered acupuncturist Nir Saar will begin the class with a brief explanation of how acupuncture treatments can rebalance the flow of energy through the body and calm the central nervous system. Amanda will help you settle into gentle and supported restorative postures that allow you to relax and receive a rebalancing acupuncture treatment.

This healing practice will help to reduce tension and stress in the body, calm the nervous system, and boost the immune system.

No previous yoga experience necessary.

 

Free Yoga In the Community Garden

Sun Aug 30 at 6:00pm

Join us for a free yoga class taught in the community garden at Gzowski Park! This class is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. Please contact Jill Byers.

 

Peace In, Peace Out: Breathwork with Marg Hull

Sun, Aug 9, 2-4pm, $25+hst.

Explore the connections of your breath, voice, body and mind. Drawing on her experiences as a singer, voice coach, and yoga teacher, Marg will share centering and empowering breathing tools. The workshop will explore pranayamas (breath techniques) and gentle postures from the yoga tradition, capacity-building breaths from vocal technique, as well as chanting and toning as tools for consciousness-raising and connecting with others.

Marg Hull regularly teaches the Sunrise Classes at Queen Street Yoga. She is excited to share tools and techniques that have served her over many years as a singer and voice coach, and helped her find resilience in dealing with life’s stresses and connect to a deeper sense of peace.

 

Basic First Aid and CPR-C Training

Saturday June 6, 1-6pm OR Saturday June 20, 1-6pm

$50+hst.

All Training Includes:

  • Personalized instruction with an experienced LSS certified trainer and examiner
  • Interactive teaching strategies and relevant first aid scenarios using props for enhanced realism
  • Use of state-of-the-art mannequins to teach successful CPR techniques
  • Access to on-going training with ON-SITE's continuous education resources

Basic First Aid & CPR-C Course focuses on:

  • Intro to First Aid and ABC Priorities
  • Heat Emergencies
  • Heart Attack & Angina
  • Asthma
  • Fainting (Unconscious Breathing Victim)
  • Shock
  • External Bleeding
  • Infant, Child & Adult CPR (CPR-C)
  • Victim and Scene Management
  • Scenario Practice

 

Pop-Up Acro Yoga with Jen & Mike
Sunday, June 21, 2:00-4:00pm *Use your regular drop-in pass*

Acro Yoga Flight Club is back for another afternoon of fun, freedom, and flying with Jen and Mike on Sunday, June 21. This is not a formal class, more of a play space to try things out. If you are new to acro you are welcome to come and try some basic flying poses with others. Not suitable for people with significant injuries or physical limitations. *Use your regular drop-in pass or unlimited pass.*

 

Voicing Your Practice with Sarah Pearson & Emma Dines

Saturday June 13, 1:30-4pm, $30+hst.

Original Photo "Talented Mockingbird" by Steven N. Severinghaus

Our own voices can be valuable tools for increasing our body awareness and learning about ourselves. This workshop will explore the use of the voice as a tool for self-inquiry. Vocalizing - singing, laughing, making funny sounds - can be as playful and illuminating as asana practice. Through combining asana with gentle vocal exercises, as well as personal and group reflections, participants should come out with a new understanding of how their voices can inform their yoga practice, as well as their relationship with themselves. No prior singing experience or vocal training is necessary.

Sarah Pearson is a music therapist working mainly in oncology, palliative care, and private practice in KW. She regularly uses vocal exercises alongside psychotherapy techniques to support her clients on their journey towards wholeness and self-knowing. She is a professional musician, singer-songwriter, trained singer, and part-time faculty in Wilfrid Laurier University's music therapy program.

Emma Dines is a lead teacher and the studio manager at Queen Street Yoga. Emma’s classes are active, playful, and encouraging of students to practise in a way that makes deep sense for them. She is thrilled to combine her experience as an actor/performer with yoga teaching in this collaborative “vocal yoga” workshop with Sarah.

 

Pop-Up Level 2 with Aimee Morrison

Friday June 5, 7-8:30pm, drop-in pass

Pop-up Level 2 is a class for people who want to geek out, go deeper, and develop skills in being more awake to the experience of their body. In this class we will move into more complex postures (which may include backbends, hand-balancing, forward bends, and twists). For those who have practiced for at least 6 months and are comfortable in Expanding Flow classes -- not suitable for beginners. No pre-registration required; use your drop-in pass or unlimited pass.

 

Vinyasa Revealed with Kris Lekin

Saturday May 30, 2-4pm, $25+hst.

When we flow through a vinyasa, we connect our transitions to the breath, strengthen the core, reset the spine, and practise moving with grace. However, the sequence (downward facing dog – plank – chaturanga – cobra or upward facing dog) can be tricky and even unsafe if you don’t practise with careful alignment. In this workshop, Kris will reveal and demystify this essential sequence of postures and help you understand how to stay aligned through the transitions.

Practitioners of any ability can fall in love with the vinyasa by learning suitable modifications, as well as how to avoid injuries and unnecessary tension, especially in the shoulders and neck. Be prepared to get a little geeky and learn more about your anatomy! At least 2+ months previous yoga experience and basic familiarity with the vinyasa recommended.

 

Yoga for a Healthy Spine with Jesse Enright
Saturday, April 25

$40+hst Individual Sessions // $75+hst Full Day

Join Jesse Enright, the most funny and entertaining anatomy nerd and yoga therapist you’ll ever meet, for a day of learning and therapeutic yoga practice for the spine. These workshops will give you a better understanding of healthy alignment for your spine, hips, shoulders and neck using lots of visuals and experiential exercises. You’ll leave with knowledge, experiences, and tools to help you feel more at ease in your body, and prevent or potentially heal from injuries and chronic pain. Take individual sessions or the full day. All levels welcome, including folks with injuries.

10am-12:30pm- Yoga Therapeutics for the Lower Back and Pelvis (all levels, injuries welcome)

2:30-5pm- Yoga Therapeutics for Upper Back, Shoulders and Neck (all levels, injuries welcome)

 

Yoga and the Five Elements: an Ayurvedic View

with Matthew Remski and Leena Miller
Sunday, January 20, 1:00-4:00pm

$55+hst
10% off students and monthly members (when you sign up at the studio).

Yoga has a rich language for remembering our interdependence with each other and the planet. The five elements describe weather, bodily structure, movement patterns, emotional timbres, and ways of relating to each other. Their poetry forms the basis of the Naturopathic medicine of Yoga: Ayurveda. In this rich presentation, we'll look at the elements as the building blocks of experience, and the medicine chest of life.

This workshop will weave together theory and practice. Matthew Remski, Ayurvedic therapist and writer from Toronto, will lead an introductory discussion on how earth, water, fire, air and space relate in your body and your life. Following this introduction, Leena Miller will lead a restorative yoga practice designed to help you discover and embody the elements. Beginners are welcome.

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