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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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Beginner-friendly
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Upcoming courses & events

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression with Marg Hull

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression

with Marg Hull

7 weeks for $100+hst
register for Mondays, 7:45-9:00pm, Sept 11 - Oct 30 or
register for Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm, Sept 20 - Nov 1

Using simple yoga postures, breath awareness, meditation, and mindfulness, this course aims to help you deepen your mind/body connection. The act of releasing physical tension and moving your body in new ways can help you move through stuck emotions, create new mental patterns, and bring new awareness into your life.

Stretch & Sit: Mindfulness Practices with Leslie Stokman

Stretch & Sit: Mindfulness Practices

with Leslie Stokman

6 weeks for $90+hst
register for Mondays, 7:45-8:45pm, Sept 13 - Oct 18

An exploratory class offering gentle movement and mindful meditation practice. Each 60-min class will begin with movement and stretches to release tension and bring more awareness of the body. Preparatory movements will be followed by the opportunity for stillness, including both guided and independent meditation, working up to 20 minutes of silent meditation. Practice will conclude with a gentle restorative posture.

Beginners and those with an existing meditation practice are welcome.

Deep Core Recovery After Childbirth with Kristina Lekin

Deep Core Recovery after Childbirth

with Kristina Lekin

7 weeks for $100+hst
register for Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00pm, Sept 12 - Oct 24

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.

Intro to Meditation with Amanda Ingall

Intro to Meditation

with Amanda Ingall

6 weeks for $90+hst
register for Mondays, 7:45-8:45pm, Sept 18 - Oct 30

Join with others in the community and learn classic seated 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. She will include elements such as storytelling and poetry, answer your questions and help you find ways to deepen your experience of meditation.

Beginner and more experienced meditators are welcome.

Intro to Yoga - taught by various teachers

Intro to Yoga

7 weeks for $100+hst
register for one of five course times starting in September and October

Our pre-registered Intro to Yoga courses are great for brand new beginners, those restarting their practice after a long break, and also for 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. Intro classes will build progressively from week to week to empower you to move deeper into your practice in a safe and consistent way. Classes also incorporate breathing techniques and restorative poses to release tension and reduce stress.

Beginners welcome!

Yoga for Round Bodies with Emma Dines

Yoga for Round Bodies

with Emma Dines

7 weeks for $100+hst register for Tuesdays, 7:45-9:00pm, Sept 12 - Oct 24

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. This class is not about weight loss, but about honouring our bodies and creating an environment where all bodies can do all poses. Beginners welcome! 

Please note that our space is not wheelchair accessible as we are on the third floor of our building, with no elevator. Those who have difficulty climbing stairs may not be able to access our space. We apologize for this lack of accessibility.

Go Deeper: Intermediate Yoga with Carin Lowerison. Image of Carin doing a handstand with legs in a wide split.

Go Deeper: Intermediate Yoga

with Carin Lowerison

7 weeks for $100+hst register for Sundays, 7:30-9:00pm, Sept 17 - Nov 5

Ready to deepen your practice, expand your repertoire of postures, and refine your understanding of alignment? This is a great course for you if you feel like you've hit a plateau in drop-in classes and want to cultivate more consistency and delve further into practice. This course will build sequentially from week to week to help you gradually progress. This 7-week course will explore how pinnacle poses are accessed through the same alignment as more basic poses. More importantly, it is a course that will give you the time and space to find nuance and refinement in your entire practice. Come ready to work hard, play, and try new things!

 4+ months yoga practice recommended. Not appropriate for beginners.

Parent & Peanut Yoga with Julie Zettel

Parent & Peanut

with Julie Zettel

6 weeks for $90+hst register for Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am, Sept 19 - Oct 24

A course for parents and babies up to 9 months old! Come practice yoga with your baby in a supportive environment. This is a 6-week, pre-registered course for parents/caretakers and their babies (newborns up to 9 months old; not appropriate once actively crawling). 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. 

Beginners welcome!

Self Care for Anxiety & Depression with Dr. Laura, ND and Marg Hull

Self-Care for Anxiety & Depression

with Dr. Laura Tummon-Simmons, N.D., and Marg Hull     September 17, 2017     2:00pm – 4:30pm

$35+hst
Space is limited so please register early!

This workshop will begin with an evidence-based talk by Naturopathic Doctor Laura 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. She will also discuss dietary and lifestyle changes for optimizing mood on a daily basis and mindfulness, breathing, and self-care techniques you can establish for managing your emotions in the moment

Marg will then lead the class through simple yoga postures to help release physical tension and share techniques to help manage mental/emotional patterns.

Contemplative Doodling with Leslie Stokman. Image of pencil crayons and a hand drawing.

Contemplative Doodling

with Leslie Stokman     October 15, 2017     2:00pm – 4:30pm

$35+hst
Space is limited so please register early.

Join Leslie for an exploration of introspective creativity. Doodling and drawing activities (such as creating your own mandala) will be interspersed with meditative exploration, journaling, and gentle movements. Practice staying present with your body as you draw and reflect. Get absorbed in the process of drawing and practice letting go of the end result.

No art skills required!

Holistic Headache Relief with Amanda Ingall, RMT

Holistic Headache Relief

with Amanda Ingall, RMT

4 weeks for $70+hst register for Mondays, 6:00-7:15pm, Oct 16 - Nov 6

In this 4-week course you will:

  • Learn tension reduction methods of gentle restorative yoga, meditation, and calming breathing practices
  • Understand the general anatomy and causes of tension headaches
  • Explore new ways to manage underlying muscle tension with acupressure, self-massage, and hydrotherapy
  • Discover simple routines to use when you feel a headache coming on

For all levels of ability; beginners welcome.

Core Restore: A Yoga Tune Up Workshop with Tara Kachroo

Core Restore: A Yoga Tune Up Workshop

with Tara Kachroo     November 5, 2017     2:30pm – 4:30pm

2:30-4:30pm: Public Workshop ($35+hst)
4:45-6:15pm: Teacher Training Component ($55+hst for both components)

Recover breath function, increase spinal movement, and awaken your abdominal muscles. Learn to release deeply held tension from the abdominal muscles (including the vital psoas and the respiratory diaphragm) using the Coregeous Yoga Tune Up® Inflated Therapy ball. You will also learn fascial release techniques, strengthening corrective movements, and breath work to awaken the power of your core.

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

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.