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Yin Yoga & Acupuncture

Date: Nov 4th, 2018
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Investment: Early Bird $80+hst (including $40 acupuncture extended health receipt), $90 after Oct 28th.
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

The theme for this upcoming workshop is ‘Attuning the Body for Autumn.’ In Chinese medicine, the Fall season is associated with the lung organ.  We move from the external expansive nature of summer to the internal, contractive nature of autumn.  The Lung is responsible for distributing Qi through our blood and meridians to nourish our internal organs and tissues, and nourish the skin.

Join us for an afternoon of Yin yoga led by Becky Yin focusing on Lung and Spleen (our digestion system) meridians. During the practice, our registered acupuncturist Laura will apply acupuncture along with meridians to specific points to clear stagnation and rejuvenate the circulation of Qi.

Laura Allison Iler Kaufer

Laura is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO). She is trained in acupuncture, tuina, moxibustion, guasha (myofascial release), cupping and electro-stimulation, and uses these modalities to relieve pain, promote healing and regulate the body.

In 2016, Laura interned at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China completing in-depth studies of neurological and pain conditions, including Bell’s Palsy, neck and back pain, and stroke sequelae. Another area of focus during the internship was treating children for respiratory, digestive and developmental problems.  She also works with Toronto AcuBirthing to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine to support pregnancy and ease the transition from pregnancy to motherhood.

With previous education and work experience in nutrition, Laura is passionate about having a positive relationship with food and leading a balanced lifestyle.

As an avid paddler and member of dragonboat and outrigger teams, she has a keen interest in optimal body conditioning and athletic performance using Chinese medicine as a way to balance, tonify and repair.

Yoga Detour Immersion January – April, 2019

The body isn’t designed to be understood. It’s designed to be experienced.

Yoga Detour will be touching down at Tempo to lead the renowned Detour Method Immersion, spread out over four different weekends between January and April. This training is known for bringing contemporary perspectives in movement research to the world of yoga asana, introducing instructors and students alike to a practice environment that is explorative and non-dogmatic. This opportunity will forever change the way you practice and teach, exposing the bridge between the yoga you already know and the broader world of movement.

“I had just begun changing things up in my yoga classes and integrating natural movement patterns and functional movement exercises. Yoga Detour has now opened the floodgates and empowered me to move forward with this transition. Thanks again Cecily – I can’t wait for the next opportunity to learn from you!”

Yoga Detour is known for seamlessly blending physiology and exercise science with traditional postures. As the creator of this movement education method, Cecily specializes in bridging the gap between yoga asana and the functional requirements of moving well through everyday life.

During this deep dive into the Detour method, you will explore the four main pillars of this approach to practice:

Single Weekend $380+HST, Multiple Weekends (2+): $320+HST, $50 off before Nov 1st, 2018

Weekend One – Isolate, Activate, Integrate: Yoga Detour Foundations
 Jan 26 & 27, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Investment: $330+hst before Nov 1st, 2018, $380 after
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

  • Understanding how the spine is designed to move and function
  • Exploring the “core” as a responsive system of strength and support
  • Introduction to key components of upper and lower body strength and mobility
  • Uncovering the building blocks of sustainable sun salutations

Weekend Two – Integrating Lower Body Strength and Mobility into a Sustainable Asana Practice
 Feb 9 & 10, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Investment: $330+hst before Nov 1st, 2018, $380 after
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

  • Understanding the connection between load, specificity and movement progression  
  • Hamstring health and mobility – exploring the balance of strength and length
  • Exploring hip rotation as a component of optimal human movement
  • Building single leg strength to enhance capacity in global movements such as standing postures and balance poses

Weekend Three – Integrating Upper Body Strength and Mobility into a Sustainable Asana Practice
Date: March 23 & 24, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Investment: $330+hst before Nov 1st, 2018, $380 after
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

  • Simplifying the complicated components of upper body strength
  • Balancing pushing work with pulling work
  • Exploring overhead range of motion as a goal in and of itself
  • Uncovering the key elements of pain-free chatturangas, strong backbends and effortless arm balances

Weekend Four – Floor Play: Exploring Dynamic Movement from the Ground Up
Date: April 27 & 28, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Investment: $330+hst before Nov 1st, 2018, $380 after
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

  • Up, down, over and across: getting comfortable on the floor
  • Understanding the movement prerequisites needed for seated postures to feel accessible
  • Adding coordination and dynamic movement to your yoga practice
  • Exploring the potency of rest and restoration

“Yoga Detour has thrown a wrench in the turbine that was chewing up yogis and spitting them back out injured, angry and confused faster than they could learn the Sutras.”

This program has been designed with modular learning in mind. Register for single weekends, or the entire course. Respond to what appeals to you on a visceral level, compelled by a desire for thorough, comprehensive learning.

“She talked about having built a lexicon of teachings over the years and I want that downloaded into my brain…it’s been a while since I got this excited about yoga.”

Program fees are inclusive of Yoga Detour learning materials and resources. Upon registration, you will be sent a “prep” package, complete with book recommendations and curated articles, podcasts and videos all of which will help get your Detour journey off to a great start.

Handstand Foundations

Date: Saturday Oct 13, 2018
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Investment: $35+hst till Oct 6th, $45 after
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

Want to move like a gymnast? Eager to master a handstand hold, but unsure of where to start?

Join Strongnastics Coach Jenn Lymburner on Saturday, October 13th for a 2-hour handstand foundations workshop! Perfect for athletes of all fitness levels, this workshop will introduce important mobility, strength and technique drills to get you comfortable upside down.

What will be covered?
• Foundational shapes integral to developing a perfect handstand line (hollow and arch)
• Locomotions designed to get your body warm and joints moving, and to create general mind-body
awareness that will translate to inversions
• Bridge and mobility drills to get your shoulders, spine, hips, and wrists prepared for handstands
• How to safely fall: Front rolls, cartwheels and drills to help build confidence on and off the wall
• Headstands
• Handstand balancing drills with options for all levels

Jenn Lymburner

Jenn is a Co-Owner and Coach of Strongnastics, a local fitness business that provides workshops, personal training and remote coaching for adults looking to improve their gymnastics and bodyweight training.

Her experience as an athlete has gotten her to where she is today and has shaped her passion for helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. Jenn was a provincial level gymnast, a Team Canada national level power tumbler, an NCAA cheerleader on scholarship at Hawaii Pacific University, a top 10 Canada East CrossFit Regionals competitor, and a National Canadian Olympic weightlifter. While she no longer competes, she is always looking for new opportunities to challenge herself physically, and continues to use gymnastics-style training to push towards her goals.







Self Care Workshop

Date: Nov 11th, 2018
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Investment: Early Bird $35+hst (including two Tuneup Balls), $45 after Oct 28th.
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

Treat yourself and your body to this 2-hour self-massage workshop. Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball System® is a specifically designed to penetrate through layers of skin and muscle to massage your whole body or specific troubled areas. It has been used as an adjunct offering within many professions including personal training, Pilates, yoga, massage therapy… and much more. You will learn these easy to follow but efficient techniques to release muscular tension, improve posture, increase mobility and enhance performance.

All ages are welcome. No experience required.


Intro to Mysore Ashtanga Practice

Date: Sep 16th, 2018
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Investment: $25+hst
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

Mysore is a city in south India. It is the home of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and his family. Sri Jois has learnt the yoga practice direct from his guru Sri. Krishnamacharya. Following the tradition of Patanjali, the true art and science of yoga, the practice of yoga is taught following the limbs he prescribed known as Ashtanga. The primary or initial one to be taught and learned, and that leads to a tremendous foundation, if done with sincerity, regularity and over enough time, is that of asana.

For those new to Mysore-Style Ashtanga and Ashtanga Yoga, this workshop teaches the foundations of postural and internal aspects of Mysore-Style Ashtanga to get you off to a strong beginning of an Ashtanga practice.

This course is great for those who feel intimidated by Ashtanga, or who would just like some extra structure and attention to get a solid practice going. Attendance is limited to make sure everyone gets individual attention, so please preregister early.

Melanie Schorr

Melanie has been practicing Yoga for over 16 years and teaching group and private classes for over a decade. Her practice started in her hometown of Toronto after a bad car accident left her in extremely bad condition. Since then, she has had numerous other accidents, injuries and surgeries, using yoga as a tool for physiotherapy.

All of Melanie’s formal training was done under the highly respected Yogi Vijay Amar in Dharamsala, India. Her training was an intense one-on-one course consisting of not only the actual doing and teaching of Yoga, but also of human anatomy and the effects of Yoga on the body. She then opened up her own Yoga centre in Thailand, and in addition, taught private and group classes at a few luxury resorts. After 10 years in Thailand, she returned to Toronto.

Because of her teachings in India, Melanie’s own teaching style follows that of her teacher and is therefore quite traditional. It focuses on helping to move energy throughout the body; aiding the body to function properly internally. She also follows the Indian philosophy behind Yoga and believes that Yoga truly is the coming together of the body, mind and soul. She regularly returns to India to train more and advance her own practice.

Candlelit Reiki Restorative & Sound Healing

Date: Sunday Sep 23rd, 2018
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Investment: $40+hst
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

Join Vanessa Finiello for an evening of Candlelit Reiki Restorative & Sound Healing.

The intention of this workshop is to provide you with a safe space to feel deeply and release emotions that are held within the body. By holding Restorative postures the body begins to open up and heals itself through deep relaxation.

As we move through the class Vanessa will be infusing Reiki energy healing to realign the body’s energy channels, release emotional and physical tension stored in the body and alleviate physical pains and ailments.

Each posture is supported with the use of blocks, bolsters, blankets and eye pillows to support you in the pose. During savasana Vanessa will take you on a sound healing journey using various instruments, drum medicine and vocalization.

Reiki is natural and can be used by everyone. With long-term use this sensationally uplifting process aids in spiritual awakening, trauma & karma clearing, eliminates habitual negative reactions and alleviates stress, anxiety and depression and increases creative energy & peace of mind.

This peaceful practice will be accompanied with a smudging ceremony, candles, calming music, and essential oils.

Vanessa Finiello

Vanessa began practising yoga in 2011 and instantly felt connected to its teaching as it offered a bridge to her spiritual awakening and passion. She completed yoga teacher training in 2014 with Yoga Therapy Toronto receiving over 350 hours and has a background in Reiki Therapy, completing Level 1, 2 and Master’s Degree in Reiki as well as Psychotherapy. She teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga, and incorporates Reiki Energy Therapy into classes to create a space for deep healing and transformation.

Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage

Date: Friday Oct 19th, 2018
Time: 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Investment: $50+hst early bird.  $60+ hst after Oct 12th
Limited Space, Pre-registration Required @ the studio or ONLINE

At this 2 hour workshop, you will practice earthy restorative poses and receive Thai Massage from Nicole Lau and Becky Yin, both are Registered Yoga Instructors and Certified Thai Massage Practitioners.  You’ll leave feeling refreshed and recharged.

In Restorative Yoga, the body is fully supported with props to facilitate deeper opening. The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in the restorative class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system.  The subdued quality of restorative yoga often helps you draw attention inward and away from external events and situations of the world, helps you feel safe and nurtured.

The goal of Thai Massage is to help physically align the energies within the body.  It incorporates basic movement, stretching and compression techniques.
No experience required to take this workshop, just be dressed in comfortable clothing that you can move in. Bring a yoga mat if you have one.