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Outdoor Strength & Yoga (6 wks for $95)

If you've ever felt intimidated by strength training, this fun outdoor class will leave you feeling strong, empowered, and informed. Kris will blend mindfulness, strength, mobility, and simple yoga in this inclusive outdoor class. After a brief warmup, we will do a low-impact circuit on the outdoor equipment, followed by some skill training that will help you improve your upper body strength. We will finish off with gentle stretching to cool down and leave feeling centered.

While this course is open to everyone, those with serious limitations or injuries should contact us to determine if it's the right fit. Kris is currently working on her Postnatal Fitness Specialist Certification and has been teaching postpartum core recovery classes for years. New mamas who have been cleared for physical activity are welcome!

This course meets at Bluevale Collegiate in their public outdoor fitness area. You'll be emailed directions of where to meet up the day prior to the course.

Please note that this class will be outdoors rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move and sweat in (light layers are recommended) and comfortable athletic or running shoes. The class will be cancelled only in the case of a thunderstorm - if we decide to cancel the class due to thunderstorm we will email you by 3pm on the day of; we will post the cancellation on queenstreetyoga.com; and a make-up class will be held one week after the course ends.

Body-Positive Yoga (6 wks for $95)

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.

Intro Level 2 (6 wks for $95)

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. Classes also incorporate breathing techniques and restorative poses to release tension and reduce stress.

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

Sunset Movement & Meditation (6 wks for $95)

This course will be a unique opportunity to explore guided mindfulness meditation and movement in community. Sessions may include restorative poses, breathing exercises, walking meditation, movement explorations, and seated meditation.

This class is appropriate for those who are new to meditation and also those who are looking for inspiration to deepen an existing practice. Beginners welcome.

Intro to Yoga (6 wks for $95)

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 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.Intro to Yoga classes are 75 minutes long.

From Good to Great: Steps to Refine Your Teaching ($60)

You know the areas you want to improve as a yoga teacher, but how do you take steps to get there? How do you integrate new information, teach something new, or step outside your comfort zone? In this workshop we will set tangible goals and discuss self-coaching strategies for you to track your progress over time and begin to thrive as a teacher. You will learn how to create teaching exercises for yourself to grow in the direction you’re interested in, whether you want to teach technically, soulfully, inclusively, or playfully. This workshop will set the stage for your dynamic growth as a teacher, helping you to offer classes that continually re-inspire you and your students. Useful for both new & experienced teachers.

Emma Dines & Leena Miller Cressman have been collaborating for over a decade, and have trained and mentored over 60 yoga teachers together.

Embodied Anatomy & Dynamic Movement: The Spine ($120)

Yoga moves us from head to toe, so let's get to know the supple spine that lives in between. The spine is a structure, a pillar, a support. The spine is an engine, a motor, a driving force. The spine is expressive, subtle, and deep. Dive into the anatomy of the spine, its function in the body, what can go wrong, and how we can maintain spinal health.

Through conversation, pictures, anatomical models, and movement, you will build your knowledge of healthy joint parameters and whole body movement as it applies to teaching yoga. Madeleine will also analyze and review important yoga poses through the lens of spinal mechanics, giving an opportunity to deepen your relationship to poses that are part of your practice and teaching.

Rethinking the Breath: Functional Breathing & Buteyko ($60)

Many yoga teachers were taught to instruct their students to breathe deeply, let out a big sigh, to breathe together as a group, and lead pranayama techniques. These breathing instructions may be doing more harm than good, especially for students with underlying breathing issues such as asthma. This workshop will update your understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the breath and introduce you to functional breathing through the lens of the Buteyko technique.

We will discuss how the breath and the nervous system are interwoven, and how "deep" or "full" breathing can be counterproductive to relaxation. We'll deconstruct common yoga breathing cues and discuss the overlap and contradiction between functional breathing and pranayama. You will have the chance to practice teaching drills to help you better serve your students and learn game-changing techniques to enhance and conserve your own energy while you teach, and use your breath more effectively as you speak.

Restorative Immersion & Restorative YTT ($500)

This listing is for BOTH the Restorative Immersion on Nov 9 to 11 (Fri 7-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm) AS WELL AS the Restorative YTT on Nov 24 to 25 (Sat 12-6pm & Sun 9:30am-2pm).

Deepen your understanding of a wide array of Restorative Yoga postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, physical alignment, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. This will provide you a wide scope of tools to use in your practice. Our holistic approach along with lots of individualized guidance and attention will help you deepen your understanding of the key postures, how to sequence them for the greatest effect, and how to use restorative yoga to assist with common challenges such as insomnia, headaches, anxiety, back pain, and menstrual difficulties.

After immersing in the practice of Restorative Yoga on Nov 9 to 11, an additional weekend of training on Nov 24 to 25 will prepare yoga teachers, bodyworkers, and therapists to share this wonderful practice with students and/or clients.

Drop-in Courses Workshops