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Drop-in Courses Workshops

Teacher: Madeleine

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

  • Sat, Oct 13 12pm – 6:30pm (Online registration closed, call 519-741-9642 to register)

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 or practicing 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.

Low-Back Relief: a Workshop ($30)

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

Stephen Filipowicz has been teaching Pilates since 1999. He trained as a dancer in NYC with Erick Hawkins and performed in Canada with David Earle. He taught Dance and Choreography at the University of Waterloo. Stephen was first introduced to Pilates in the mid 70’s. Years later he sought Pilates out for its rehabilitative qualities as he recovered from a knee and back injury. He studied Pilates with Susan Greskevitch and Margot McKinnon in Toronto and Certified through the PhysicalMind Institute. His years of movement training and teaching have honed his skills both as a Teacher and a Teacher Trainer.

QSY Community Brunch-Luck

Celebrate the end of the 30-day challenge by joining in conversation and community together. We'll make coffee and tea, you bring a snack to share.

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.

Teacher: Leena

Restorative Immersion: a Retreat in the City ($245 early bird; $275 regular)

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

$245+hst early bird until Oct 1; $275+hst thereafter

Given that stress is often cited as the one main causes of disease, many people could greatly benefit from deep relaxation through Restorative Yoga. 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 Restorative Yoga 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.

Read all the details on our website.

For yoga teachers and those wanting to share Restorative Yoga with others, there will be additional weekend of training - please contact us to learn more!

Teacher: Leslie

Magically Hip: a Yoga Workshop ($30)

If moving well in life or in your yoga practice feels challenging because of limitations in your hips, or you just want to feel a little freer, this workshop is for you.

Explore a fuller potential of movement in your hips through a variety of classic yoga poses, strengthening moves, mobility exercises, and gentle stretches. Learn how better mobility in your hips may alleviate low-back issues and help you improve posture in your everyday life.

2+ months yoga experience recommended. Not suitable for beginners.

Teacher: Leena

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.

Candlelit Restorative Yoga ($20)

An extra long and luxurious restorative yoga class by candlelight to help you transition into the New Year with ease.

Beginners welcome!

Teacher: Leslie

Revel: New Year's Eve Yoga ($25)

Come celebrate the past year and set powerful intentions for the year ahead in this special all-levels yoga flow class. We will embody our intentions as we deepen our experience of familiar poses, experiment with unusual new poses, and play with fun transitions.

Teacher: Amanda

New Year's Eve Chakra Renewal ($25)

This workshop will progress through the seven chakras, clearing and recharging each chakra through yoga postures and sound. Experience guided meditation to help you feel refreshed for the New Year.

All levels of experience are welcome.

Teacher: Cecily

The Yoga Detour Method: Merging Yoga & Functional Movement ($275)

January 12 to 13 (Sat 12-6:30pm & Sun 10am-4:30pm)

Yoga Detour is known for seamlessly bridging the gap between alternative movement modalities and traditional postures. As the creator of this Teacher Training method, Cecily specializes in an integrative approach to yoga asana that blends science with intuition and structure with creativity. During this deep dive into the Detour method, she will explore the four main pillars of this approach:

  • Working from the Centre: spinal mechanics, centration, and core stability
  • Integrating lower body strength and mobility into standing postures
  • Integrating upper body strength and mobility into backbends and arm balances
  • Floor Play: finding mobility from the group up

Cecily will demonstrate how to layer these foundational elements of a Detour-style practice to create an approach to movement and teaching that honours the needs of each student while creating a balanced and informed full-body experience.

Embodied Anatomy & Dynamic Movement: The Limbs ($195)

March 2 to 3 (Sat 12-6:30pm & Sun 9:30am-2pm)

Yoga practice allows us to expand and integrate body and mind. The poses come from a deep place within and radiate outwards, allowing us to connect. The complex organization of the limbs and spine can be both a biomechanical and a neurological puzzle; when we solve it, we feel whole, strong, and expressive.

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 lead an investigation into the anatomy, and neurology of the limbs in relation to the spine and whole body movement. She will offer concrete scientific facts, mixed with imagery to empower you with a deep understanding of the whole body orchestra.

Teacher: Emma

One Size Does Not Fit All: Props & Proportions ($60)

Are yoga props a mystery to you? Do you wonder how to use them effectively or when they are even helpful? With props, one size does not fit all. This workshop will get you thinking about body proportions, different abilities, and how to instruct a class where there are a variety of needs. Learn how to use props for transitions and flows, to add load and build strength, and to empower your students to feel both supported and challenged in their practice. This workshop will be especially useful for those teachers interested in working with beginners or folks in bigger bodies.

Teacher: Leena

Teachers Gathering ($10 donation)

These gatherings are a chance to share food (there will be a snack potluck) and sit in a circle for a discussion on teaching yoga.

100% of donations will go to New Leaf Yoga.

Trauma-Aware Yoga Teaching ($60)

Trauma is a common experience for many people, and while yoga can be a helpful modality for healing, many poses or instructions have the potential to be triggering or re-traumatizing. In this workshop we will work to understand the neurological basis of trauma and why some commonly taught and well-loved yoga and meditation practices can be triggering for some people. Learn a repertoire of teaching skills to create classes that feel emotionally and physically safer.

Rather than approaching trauma-informed teaching as a set of rules or things to avoid, this workshop will help you gain embodied awareness of how you can be present with and hold space for your students and yourself.

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