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Basics & Beyond: Progress Your Practice (7 wks for $115)

  • Thu, Jan 9 – Feb 20 6pm – 7:15pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Basics & Beyond: Progress Your Practice (7 wks for $115)

A continuation of our Intro to Yoga course and our Basics classes for those who enjoy learning progressively from week to week. Build your repertoire of poses and deepen your understanding of the principles of alignment and pose sequencing. The class will also include tips and resources, like simple 15-minute sequences, for starting to practice yoga on your own.

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

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Meditation for Busy Minds (7 wks for $115)

  • Mon, Jan 13 – Mar 2 7:45pm – 8:45pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Meditation for Busy Minds (7 wks for $115)

Ease into the practices of meditation and learn ways to calm and centre yourself, even in the midst of busy, stressful life.

Going from a busy, stressful day to a calm, meditative state isn't possible for many of us. Learn a variety of techniques to help you ease into meditation and gradually calm and centre your mind. This course will include gentle movement and stretching, meditations using sound and music, and other approaches to help to prepare your body and mind to experience the benefits of meditation.

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are vast and include: increased happiness and decreased stress, increased vitality in cardiac and immune systems, improved concentration and focus, and emotional development. Meditation is a way for you to cultivate the qualities of heart and mind that will allow you to become more present to your life by developing a more accepting attitude to your ongoing experience.

Beginner and more experienced meditators are welcome.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Yoga for Trauma Recovery (7 wks for $115)

  • Mon, Jan 13 – Mar 2 7:45pm – 8:45pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Yoga for Trauma Recovery (7 wks for $115)

With Nicole Brown Faulknor, Registered Psychotherapist (Q). This unique class is for anyone who is on a path to recovering from physical or emotional trauma. The class aims to give participants tools understand how trauma affects the body, to let go of embodied trauma (trauma stored in the body) through movement. Trauma may seem like a loaded word, but it is something that affects many of us through major losses, accidents, violence, or other major life stresses.

Yoga for Trauma Recovery consists of very gentle movements, simple postures, and breath awareness. These elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build a trauma survivor’s sense of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one's body. The class focuses on internal sensing and reclaiming choice in your body, and is less about form or technique. Absolutely everything in the class is optional, and the practice is beginner-friendly.

Yoga for Trauma Recovery at Queen Street Yoga is a group movement class. While this yoga class is taught by a Registered Psychotherapist, it is not group therapy and classes do not include group discussion. As an adjunctive therapy, it is not intended as a replacement for working with a qualified therapist. Participants are encouraged to seek adjunctive treatment with a therapist to support the process of healing as needed.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Nicole's yoga teaching draws on the methodology of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). More about TCTSY at traumasensitiveyoga.com. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The TCTSY program is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States. In addition to yoga, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience.

Nicole Brown Faulknor, creator of Wounds 2 Wings, is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), a yoga teacher, and a Child and Youth Counsellor. She is a member of both the Colleges of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario and the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. Nicole has over 18 years of professional experience working with marginalized, vulnerable, and oppressed communities, individuals, families, and children. Her approaches as a yoga teacher and a psychotherapist recognize the intimate relationship between the physical body and the psychological well-being of a person. This approach holds the view that the body is a resource for self-discovery and psychological healing. Learn more about Nicole at wounds2wings.com.

Sound Healing: Meditation & Restorative Yoga (7 wks for $115)

  • Tue, Jan 14 – Feb 25 7:45pm – 9pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Sound Healing: Meditation & Restorative Yoga (7 wks for $115)

This sweet and soothing class will combine guided meditation and comfortable restorative yoga poses with the deep healing potential of singing bowls. Sound healing is a non-invasive modality which can be used in tandem with other therapies to support the healing of many ailments such as depression, anxiety, body pain, and trauma. The singing bowls can help lull you into a deeper brain wave state where the body-mind-spirit can come into balance.

Natasha's approach to mindfulness involves claiming space within. By using breath awareness, felt senses, and the cleansing frequencies of crystal singing bowls, Natasha will guide you on a journey throughout your inner landscapes. With a focused attention on breath and feeling, we can reclaim space within ourselves and practice choosing our tone and speed at which we respond to ourselves and others.

Beginners welcome; no experience with meditation or yoga necessary.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Prenatal Yoga (7 wks for $115)

  • Wed, Jan 15 – Feb 26 7:30pm – 8:45pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Prenatal Yoga (7 wks for $115)

Prenatal yoga will leave you feeling strong, relaxed, and more connected to yourself and your baby. Be supported by a community as you learn ways to prepare your body and mind for birth. Through breathing techniques and active and resting yoga poses, you will feel more empowered and comfortable in your pregnant body.

Beginners welcome.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Yoga for Anxiety & Depression (7 wks for $115)

  • Thu, Jan 16 – Feb 27 7:45pm – 9pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Yoga for Anxiety & Depression (7 wks for $115)

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.

Each week the class will gradually build upon a set of basic yoga postures, appropriate for all levels and abilities. Through the postures, breathing, and meditative exercises, you’ll learn more about your body’s responses to stress. You may discover techniques that help manage mental/emotional patterns and increase groundedness, calmness, and emotional well-being.

Beginners welcome. Bring a notebook and something to write with!

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

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Learn TRE: Tension/Trauma Release Exercise (4 wks for $95)

In this four-week course, you will learn the technique of TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercise) and get to know your body’s very own tremor mechanism. TRE can help reduce stress and body tension, creating more ease and resilience in our physical, mental, and emotional lives.

The tremors induced by TRE are innate and are called neurogenic tremors, indicating that they stem from and involve your nervous system. Other mammals tremor naturally after stressful or traumatic events, and while it’s more common for young children and birthing mothers to spontaneously shake, many adults have forgotten about or suppressed this intrinsic ability. The technique of TRE is a reliable and safe way to reconnect with ourselves through the tremor mechanism.

The course will focus on developing these self-induced and therapeutic tremors, but also on self-regulation: knowing how much is enough and how to slow things down while remaining present to your experience. Each session will be 90 minutes, which includes time for checking in, reflecting and journaling, learning the exercises, and of course, tremoring.

You can read a little more about TRE in Leslie’s blog post here.

Note: TRE is contraindicated (not appropriate) for you if you are currently pregnant or have had abdominal surgery in the last 3 months

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Intro to Yoga (7 wks for $115)

  • Mon, Jan 13 – Mar 2 7:45pm – 9pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Intro to Yoga (7 wks for $115)
  • Tue, Jan 14 – Feb 25 6pm – 7:15pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register) Intro to Yoga (7 wks for $115)
  • Wed, Jan 22 – Mar 4 6pm – 7:15pm Intro to Yoga (7 wks for $115)
  • Sat, Feb 1 – Mar 14 10am – 11:15am Intro to Yoga (7 wks 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. Intro to Yoga 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.

Brand-new beginners welcome!

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Deep Core Recovery after Childbirth (7 wks for $115)

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.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Deep Relaxation: Stretching & Restorative Yoga (7 wks for $115)

Explore the relationship between movement and stillness in this beginner-friendly course. Each session will begin with accessible, feel-good stretches and yoga postures to help you relax and wind down. Then, we'll use cushiony props (like blankets and bolsters) to support longer-held restorative poses, enabling you to rest deeply. You'll leave feeling soft, rested, and nurtured.

No prior yoga experience necessary.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Stretch & Sit: Mindfulness Practices (7 wks for $115)

This is 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.

Sliding scale pricing is available for this (or any) course to make it more accessible for people with low income. Please email info@queenstreetyoga.com to inquire.

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