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Welcome to QSY!

A haven of sunshine and wide open space in downtown Kitchener

Befriending Our Bodies and Minds

Growing Community

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Upcoming courses & events

Building Fires: a Fall Yoga Retreat

with Christopher Bourke and Leslie Stokman

Held at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre from the evening of Friday, Sept 28, to the afternoon of Sunday, Sept 30, 2018.

$365+hst by August 19
$415+hst as of August 20

Gather together for a weekend of yoga practice, restful sleeps, nature walks, and reflection. Explore strength and stability in yourself and solidarity in community. On the heels of the Autumn Equinox, this season of balance and transition is a great opportunity to harvest your inner resources and build yourself up.

Read all the details on our website, or if you're ready to book your spot, click here to register.

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Intro to Yoga

Saturdays, Sept 15 - Oct 27, 10:00-11:15am with Nicole (call us to start in week 2)
Tuesdays, Sept 18 - Oct 30, 6:00-7:15pm with Leslie (call us to start in week 2)
Mondays, Sept 24 - Nov 12, 7:45-9:00pm with Monica
Sundays, Oct 14 - Nov 25, 7:30-8:45pm with Marg

7 weeks for $115

Our pre-registered Intro to Yoga courses are great for brand new beginners, those restarting their practice after a long break, and anyone new to practicing alignment-based yoga. The focus is on standing poses and key principles of alignment to increase strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility.

Brand-new beginners welcome! Click the links above to register.

Trial Membership at QSY! Move, breathe, stretch, and strengthen with us in one of over 20 weekly drop-in yoga classes. 30 days of unlimited yoga for $45.

Trial Membership at QSY

Trial Membership: $45 for 30 days of unlimited drop-in yoga classes PLUS lots of perks:

  • Over 20 drop-in classes to choose from each week for all levels, including both challenging and beginner-friendly options
  • 2 guest passes to bring friends who have never been to our studio
  • $10 off a yoga mat purchase
  • $20 off a 60-minute Massage with our RMTs (new clients only)
  • $40 off your first month of our Monthly-Unlimited Membership or $20 off our Monthly-5 Membership when you sign up during your Trial.

Purchase it here!

Dynamic Aging: a Retreat in the City

with Leena Miller Cressman     September 22, 2018     9:00am – 4:00pm

A fun and mindful day to learn about honing your balance, building strength for bone density, and improving functional movements like getting up and down from the floor, climbing stairs, carrying things, and walking.

The morning session will be focused on techniques and exercises for foot, ankle, and hip strength. Midday, we'll have a simple and healthy catered lunch together. In the afternoon we'll work on hip and shoulder mobility. We'll end the day with a rejuvenating Restorative Yoga practice.

All ages, all fitness levels, and beginners are welcome. Click here to register for $110+hst (including lunch)!

Legacy: the Sacred Journey to Elderhood

with Amanda Ingall

Do you long to join in a deeper conversation about becoming older? Do you sense there is another stage of life that no one is talking about? Do you want to create a life that gets better with age? If you have answered Yes, then Legacy may be exactly what you have been looking for!

Join us for an Information Session about this program on Wednesday Sept 26, 11:00am-11:30am with Amanda. No need to register in advance. Bring your questions and curiosities about the program. 

Legacy weaves together powerful and transformative practices - such as yoga, meditation and group discussions - to help you sift through these changing priorities and discover new ways forward. This 9-month program offers a safe and nurturing environment to explore the joys and challenges from aging into Elderhood. This program begins in October. 

Read all of the details on our website!

Low-Back Relief: a Workshop

with Stephen Filipowicz     October 21, 2018     2:00pm – 4:00pm

Low-back pain can affect any of us, for a wide variety of reasons. Rather than suffering through low-back issues, you can gain tools to mitigate and address the root causes. In this workshop we will look at exercises and simple changes in posture that have proven effective for reducing or eliminating low-back pain.

Learn about:

  • Core muscle support: how to locate, activate, and strengthen these muscles
  • Neutral pelvic position and its benefits
  • Functional movements that can prevent low-back pain
  • Common postural patterns that may cause low-back pain

Click here to register for $30+hst!

yoga for anxiety & despression with Marg Hull, cotton candy coloured sky.

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

with Marg Hull

Wednesdays, Oct 3 - Nov 21, 6:00-7:15pm (7 wks for $115)

Using simple yoga postures, breath awareness, meditation, and mindfulness, this course aims to help you deepen your mind/body connection, move through stuck emotions, create new mental patterns, and bring new awareness into your life. You may discover techniques that help increase groundedness, calmness, and emotional well-being.

Beginners welcome. Click the link above to register.

Our classes are intended to be a complement to, but not a replacement for, professional mental health support.

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Handstands: a 4-Week Journey

with Carin Lowerison     October 4, 2018     7:45pm – 9:00pm

Thursdays, Oct 4 - Oct 25, 7:45-9:00pm (4 wks for $65)

Want to try to kicking up into handstand but you're 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 4-week course will help you progressively build upper body strength and skills to playfully explore the world upside down.

Click here to register.

Chakra Meditation

with Amanda Ingall

Mondays, Oct 15 - Nov 26, 6:00-7:00pm (7 wks for $115)

In this 7-week meditation course, Amanda will introduce you to the symbolism, imagery, and inner experience of the seven Chakras. These energetic centres are at the core of your body, and their flow of energy can influence your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Amanda will use a gentle approach, combining meditative awareness with guided imagery, movement, sound, symbolism, and discussion. This course will offer basic meditation skills, which can then be enhanced by the framework and practices of the Chakras.

New and experienced meditators are welcome. Click here to register!

30 day challenge, yoga in boat pose, floating feet. Join in a 30-day challenge of yoga practice self-care and community.

30-Day Challenge

    October 1, 2018

Show up for yourself, show up for community.

From October 1st - 30th, join us in a 30-day challenge of yoga practice, self-care, and community. 

Track your goals with one of our sticker charts and explore different ways to connect with yourself, with movement and your community.

Add your name to our studio sticker chart to track your progress coming to classes at QSY!

The Tensegrity Repair Series

with Monica Sheridan

Thursdays, Oct 11 - Nov 22, 6:00-7:15pm (7 wks for $115)

The Tensegrity Repair Series is a sequence of movements designed to restore balanced tone and healthy range of motion to the muscle and connective tissue matrix of the body. These movements can help you hone your proprioception (your sense of where your body is in space), improve interoception (your internal sensing of your body), and promote deep relaxation.

This class is ideal for all levels of experience and is especially ideal for those seeking a gentle approach to regain mobility and recover from imbalances due to injuries and overuse.

This class is great for beginners or intermediate students. Click here to register.

Body-Positivity is an important aspect of the Queen Street Yoga Community in Kitchener-Waterloo. Participate in a community where all bodies are celebrated.

Body-Positive Yoga

with Emma Dines

Tuesdays, Sept 18 - Oct 30, 6:00-7:15pm (7 wks for $115) - call us to start in week 2!

Join us in a space where all bodies are welcomed, accepted, and celebrated. In a culture where body-shaming and fat-phobia are rampant, Body Positivity is a reclamation of self, an attitude of care, and a practice of courage. Emma teaches from the perspective that all bodies are worthy of love, expression, and taking up space. Enjoy a practice that encourages self-care and will help you build strength inside and out.

This class is great for beginners or intermediate students.

Deep Core Recovery after Childbirth, purple flowers in the background.

Deep Core Recovery after Childbirth

with Kristina Lekin

Tuesdays, Sept 18 - Oct 30, 8:00-9:00pm - sold out!

Whether you’re pregnant, recently gave birth, or have had a baby in the last decade, maintaining and regaining core strength can be a challenge. Functional core recovery is not about having six-pack abs, but being able to move with ease and properly support the spine and internal organs.

In this 7-week pre-registered course you will learn key movements that will strengthen your core from the inside out, leading to a stronger, more stable middle. We’ll discuss Diastasis recti (abdominal separation), pelvic floor issues, and how the muscles and connective tissue can be healed. You will also learn which movements to avoid and how to modify a yoga practice to help heal your core.

Beginners welcome.

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Prenatal Yoga

with Julie Zettel

Wednesdays,  Sept 12 - Oct 24, 7:30-8:45pm (call us, you can start in week 2!)

7 weeks for $115

Prenatal yoga will leave you feeling strong, relaxed, and more connected to yourself and your baby. Julie’s gift is creating a supportive community to help you prepare your body and mind for birth, and learn to relieve discomfort and build strength with yoga.

Beginners welcome.

Where to park by QSY

2 hours of FREE street parking is available on King Street and on Joseph Street.

Green P surface parking lots
- Monday - Friday: FREE after 5:00pm
- Monday - Saturday: 8:00am-5:00pm $2.25/hr
- Sunday - FREE

Charles & Benton parking garage
- Monday - Saturday: First 2 hours $3.20
- Sunday: FREE

Students of all shapes and sizes practice Warrior 2 in a class at Queen Street Yoga.

Sundays at 6:00pm | $5 Basics

    6:00pm – 7:00pm

Interested in gently easing into yoga? This is the class for you. Bring a friend!

Taught by recent graduates from our 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training program. Bring $5 cash or use your current yoga pass/membership. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Restorative Immersion: a Yoga Retreat in the City

with Leena Miller Cressman and Emma Dines

November 9 to 11, 2018 (Friday evening 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)

Restorative Yoga can help you reduce stress and improve your physical mobility, mental well-being, breath awareness, and quality of sleep. Our Restorative Yoga Weekend Immersion will help you deepen your practice and understanding of a wide array of postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. The Immersion will be deeply rejuvenating, with lots of opportunities to practice techniques and to restore your body and mind. 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. You can read more on our website, or if you're ready to book your spot, click here to register for $245 (early bird price ends Oct 1, regular price thereafter is $275).

Testimonials

I am in love with the studio and vibe of kindness and self-love at QSY. After trying several studios in the region, I know QSY is the right place for me as I am really enjoying being part of the community. My well-being has improved so much with this past month of unlimited yoga.

Kelly J

Taking up yoga has been the best decision I have made for myself. I can't believe how much more movement I have and I know I need to continue in order to have lots more movement. I had a pulled groin muscle and with stretching it correctly it is now fixed for the first time in two years. Unbelievable! I continue to stretch to get even more flexibility. I'm loving it. Thanks to you! You are awesome.

Deb

QSY is a unique and special place that embodies everything I could have hoped for as I embarked on my own personal yoga journey. It is a beautiful space that is warm, inclusive and accepting. From the second I walked into the reception area I knew this was a special place. Whether it be their careful choice of non-gendered language or the bathroom door reminders that all bodies are welcome here, their attention and commitment to social justice, inclusivity and issues of systemic oppression is clear.

T.J.

Your Intro to Yoga course has made a huge impact on my life. I feel that I am learning the best technique, I am sleeping through the night, have very little back pain now, and what I have learned in your classes carries over into my life in many ways, in particular, into my violin teaching. So….my students are benefitting as well. Most of all, I feel more connected to myself, to people around me and to the earth.

Olga K

I just want to thank you SO much for all the energy and passion you put into teaching yoga. I have been doing yoga off and on for the past three years, but this past year was the best. Yoga has made me feel so alive and in-tune with my body and soul. Thanks for creating a rich learning environment!

Rachel

Leena, your ability to inspire and teach should not go unmentioned. What I have learned through you is unmeasurable. I am continually inspired by your energy, your enthusiasm, and your ability to create a comfortable and non-competitive learning environment. Thank you for your guidance and dedication to the practice.

Brian S.

Emma, I just wanted to thank you so much for your approach, your inclusivity, and the difference you made in me. I was very apprehensive about doing yoga (formally) because I was afraid of judgment, of my lack of ability, of a million things. I'm extremely fat-positive, active, and open, but I get stopped up really easily with criticism from others. I got so much from attending your classes at Queen Street Yoga over the summer. Not only was I challenged physically, but when I was/am unable to do something, I always felt encouraged by you in a completely non-judgmental, non-patronizing way. I did not expect to find this kind of safety in doing yoga formally at a studio. You do an amazing job of what you do and I hope your approach never changes.

Katie C.