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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

Deep Core Recovery after Childbirth workshop March 3: learn key movements that will strengthen your core from the inside out, leading to a stronger, more stable middle.

Deep Core Recovery after Childbirth workshop

with Kristina Lekin     March 3, 2018     2:00pm – 4:30pm

This workshop costs $35+hst to attend. Click here to register.

Whether you’re pregnant, recently gave birth, or had a baby in the last decade, maintaining and regaining core strength can be a challenge. In this workshop you will learn key movements that will strengthen your core from the inside out, leading to a stronger, more stable middle.

Beginners welcome.

Explore one of yoga's most recognizable and most commonly used poses in this workshop in downtown Kitchener.

Downward Dog in Depth

with Leslie Stokman     February 25, 2018     2:00pm – 4:00pm

This workshop costs $30+hst to attend. Click here to register.

In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to build the strength and awareness necessary to align your joints in down-dog from your hands to your feet and everything in between.

This workshop is open to beginners, those looking for modifications, as well as experienced yoga practitioners ready to take their dog for a long walk.

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 in Waterloo Region.

Intro to Yoga

3 sessions begin in March and April! [click here to register]

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!

intro to mindfulness, a 7-week meditation course open to beginners and experienced sitters looking to deepen or redefine their practice. Image shows yellow maple tree leaves in the sun.

Intro to Mindfulness

with Amanda Ingall

Join with others in the community and learn classic seated mindfulness meditation as well as gentle yoga poses and other mindful movement practices. In this course Amanda will guide you through the basics of meditation from posture through to presence.

Beginner and more experienced meditators are welcome.

Click to register for Mondays, 7:45-9:00pm | Apr 9 - May 28.

Mindful Strength workshop on March 25: learn how we can use strength training on our mats to become more resilient in yoga and in life.

Mindful Strength Workshop

with Kathryn Bruni-Young     March 25, 2018     2:00pm – 4:30pm

This workshop costs $50+hst to attend. Click here to register.

Join special guest instructor Kathryn Bruni-Young to learn how to use strength training on your mat to become more resilient in yoga and in life. Movements like squats and push-ups will be explored through an accessible progression that will not only build a foundation of strength, but teach students how to view these movements from the perspective of adaptation.

This workshop is open to all levels, and it will change the way you think about strength.

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression with Marg Hull aims to help you deepen your mind/body connection.

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression - part 1 & part 2

with Marg Hull

Part 1: using simple yoga postures, breath awareness, meditation, and mindfulness, this course aims to help you deepen your mind/body connection.

Part 2: Delve more deeply into your body/mind/heart connection and reflect on your learning and experience through facilitated sharing circles.

Beginners welcome.

Click to register for part 1: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm | Mar 28 - May 9.
Click to register for part 2: Mondays, 7:45-9:00pm | Mar 19 - May 7.

intro level 2 yoga, a 7-week course to take after the completion of the Intro to Yoga series.

Intro Level 2

A continuation of our Intro to Yoga course for those who enjoy learning progressively from week to week. Deepen your understanding of the principles of alignment and build your repertoire of poses. Build your strength steadily, discover balance, and learn creative transitions between poses.

For students who have previously taken Intro to Yoga or have 2+ months of yoga experience.

Click to register for Saturdays, 10:00-11:15am | Mar 3 - Apr 28. Click to register for Mondays, 7:45-9:00pm | Apr 9 - May 28.

Come practice yoga with your baby in a supportive environment with our Parent & Peanut Yoga course.

Parent & Peanut Yoga

with Julie Zettel

Come practice yoga with your baby in a supportive environment. This is a 7-week, pre-registered course for parents/caretakers and their babies. A great way to get out of the house with your little one and enjoy some gentle exercise to take care of your body and connect with your baby.

Click to register for Tuesdays, 10:00-11:15am | Mar 6 - Apr 17.

Queen Street Yoga is proud to offer the only certified Yoga for Round Bodies course in Waterloo Region.

Yoga for Round Bodies

with Emma Dines

This course will offer clear and thoughtful modifications of poses for students with round bodies, to make more of the poses and sequences of yoga accessible and doable. Great for beginners and intermediate students, this course is aimed at creating a comfortable environment in which to build strength, flexibility, and balance, specifically with the round body in mind.

Beginners welcome.

Click to register for Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm | Mar 6 - Apr 17.

Yoga for Runners & Athletes 7-wk course: whether your goal is to be faster, run or cycle longer, or simply be able to enjoy your sport without pain, yoga is for you.

Yoga for Runners & Athletes

with Kris Lekin

Whether your goal is to be faster, run or cycle longer, or simply be able to enjoy your sport without pain, yoga is for you. Maintain flexibility, re-balance your strength, learn to breathe more efficiently, increase your mental focus, and develop the core strength necessary for injury prevention. This course will give you several 20 minute post-run/post-workout yoga sequences that you can do after or between training sessions.

Beginners welcome.

Click to register for Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm | Apr 5 - May 17.

Strong Mamas Reclaim Your Core: 7-wk course to explore functional movements and strength building to tone your whole body.

Strong Mamas: Reclaim Your Core

with Kristina Lekin

This class is core-focused, yet holistic. We will explore functional movements and strength building to tone your whole body. Classes will also incorporate the use of small weights, targeted stretching, and time to relax. This whole-body approach to strengthening will leave you feeling energized and empowered.

We recommend starting with our Deep Core Recovery course or workshop if you've had abdominal separation or are still working on postpartum healing. Get in touch to see if this course is for you. All genders and non-mamas are also welcome.

Click to registered for Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00pm | Apr 10 - May 22.

Handstands and Arm Balancing 7-wk course: a playful way to strengthen body and mind.

Go Deeper: Handstands & Arm Balances

with Carin Lowerison

Handstands and arm balances can be a playful way to strengthen our bodies and our minds. In this course we will build core and wrist strength, progress into challenging poses in manageable stages, and explore fun variations of inversions and arm balances.

4+ months of previous yoga experience recommended. Not an appropriate course for beginners or for students with major wrist issues or injuries.

Click to register for Sundays, 7:30-9:00pm | Apr 15 - June 3.

Building a Home Practice workshop on April 29: equip yourself to start a home practice that challenges, supports, and nurtures you.

Building a Home Practice

with Emma Dines     April 29, 2018     1:30pm – 4:30pm

This workshop costs $50+hst to attend. Click here to register.

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.

Join us for a discussion on setting intentions, finding motivation, overcoming obstacles, setting up the physical practice space, and sequencing of postures.

Seeds of Intention yoga and nature retreat on May 25 to 27: take time to unplug and reconnect with yourself for a weekend at the beautiful Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre.

Seeds of Intention: a Yoga and Nature Retreat

with Monica Sheridan & Kristina Domsic

May 25-27, 2018, at Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre
$365+hst by April 10
$415+hst as of April 11

Take time to unplug and reconnect with yourself and nature for a weekend at the beautiful Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre. Slow down and cultivate the inner space you need to better meet the challenges of everyday life. Explore a mindful connection to nature through the practices of yoga, meditation, and forest therapy. You’ll leave the retreat with a variety of nourishing self-care practices to bring into your daily life.

Read all the details on the retreat page of our website.

Trial Membership at QSY! Move, breathe, stretch and strengthen with us in one of our several weekly drop-in yoga classes. 30 days of unlimited drop-in yoga for $39.

Trial Membership at QSY

Trial Membership $39 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
  • $10 off a 60-minute Massage with our RMTs (new clients only)
  • $39 off your first month of our Monthly-Unlimited Membership or $19 off our Monthly-5 Membership when you sign up during your Trial.

Purchase here!

Testimonials

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.