Yoga Seven

Special events

Mat Pilates Fundamentals workshop series

Guided by Margo

A series of four in-person workshops

Mondays at 11:00 AM to 12 noon

May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, 2022

Woman doing a core-strengthening exercise

Have you heard about the incredible benefits of mat Pilates but aren’t sure where to start? This four-week workshop series is for you! Have fun exploring the basic concepts and movements of mat Pilates. Exercises will be broken down so you can learn how to approach certain movements and then build with challenging and inspiring modifications.

 

Through the progressive sessions you will build body awareness to improve your alignment and intention, and ultimately increase your strength, flexibility, and endurance.

  • Cost $75 including taxes for all four workshops.
  • Y7 monthly members can use their unlimited memberships or 4- or 8-class passes to attend.
  • Anyone BRAND NEW to Yoga Seven – get a free 2-week trial for yoga classes if you sign up for these workshops!

About mat Pilates

Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise developed in the early 20th century by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Some of the principles that guide the Pilates method include concentration on each movement, use of the abdomen and low back muscles, flowing precise movement patterns, and steady controlled breathing. Pilates focuses more on muscle tone than building muscle and, while it specifically focuses on the core, the exercises coordinate movement and breath to work the smaller and deeper stabilizing muscles of the body just as much as the major muscle groups.  Some of the benefits you can expect from a Pilates practice (especially when complemented with a yoga practice) include:

  • Improved core strength
  • Relief for back pain
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Enhanced body awareness
  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Improved sleep
  • Less stress and more fun in your life!

While Pilates is often practised with the use of machines called Reformers, it is just as effective as a series of mat-based exercises. For mat Pilates, all you need is your own body, a yoga mat, and potentially some yoga blocks and a strap.

Yoga Basics Refresher workshop series

 A 4-week in-person series of 90-minute workshops with Ginty Burns
Wednesdays 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022

Photo of Ginty

For those with only a little yoga experience or those coming back after a break and needing a refresher – a series of four weekly 90-minute workshops to explore basic yoga poses and sequences. Each week will focus on a different selection of poses, providing guidance on proper alignment as well as options for those whose bodies don’t always want to cooperate.  You will receive a handout each week of all the poses covered. Class sizes are kept small to allow for individual attention.

Examples of poses/sequences covered: (subject to change depending on participant needs)

Week 1: Easy Pose, Thunderbolt, Mountain, Forward Fold, Table, Child, Downward/Upward Dog, Plank, Cobra, Savasana
Week 2: Sun Salutation A, Chaturanga, High/Low Lunges, Warrior I and II, Extended Side Angle, Triangle
Week 3: Sun Salutation B, Chair, Chair Twists, Wide Legged & Seated Forward Folds, Lunge Twists, Goddess, Boat, Half Lord of the Fishes, Pigeon
Week 4: Tree, Eagle, Half Moon, Warrior III, Dancer, Camel, Bow, Bridge

Cost: $110 for all four sessions. HST included.

Previous participants said:

 

“Loved the 4 week yoga basics workshop with Ginty!  The small group setting was perfect for exploring and practicing many different poses.  It was great to get individual attention, make adjustments, ask questions, and practice together in a supportive and fun environment!”

“I really enjoyed the Yoga Basics workshop. Ginty’s cheerful & instructive intro to the yoga poses was appreciated. As a novice, I found her suggestions of alternatives to a pose or how to use our yoga blocks to help us achieve the pose was very valuable. The workshop has helped me feel more comfortable in joining a regular class session. Most of all I appreciated Ginty’s enthusiasm & encouragement.” 

“After leaving yoga behind for several years, I decided, at well over 65, it was time to re-visit it.  I was delighted Yoga Seven’s Yoga Basics workshop. In each session, we reviewed at least 12 different yoga postures.  The small group was perfect… an informal and friendly atmosphere that allowed each of us to ask questions and for clarification of some movements.  Ginty was patient, encouraging and understanding of any of us nursing some sensitive areas of our body, and I gained sufficient confidence to try a number of yoga classes and identify my favourites. Ginty went above and beyond by providing handouts of each week’s poses. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is contemplating yoga or to those who have been practising but would like to confirm correct posture, movements, breathing, etc.“

Learn to Fly workshop series

Guided by Tommy

Coming in September

Do you feel intimidated by arm balances and inversions? Or maybe you’ve tried them in a regular yoga class, but found little opportunity to really break through and keep practising them? Whether you’re just starting to explore going upside down or wanting to advance your inversions, this 4-session intermediate workshop series is for you!

With each class building on what went before, Tommy will give you all the guidance you’ll need to build a solid foundation. You’ll be able to move past your fears and work towards challenging poses such as crow and handstands with confidence.

Cost: $125 for all four sessions

(discounts applied for those on a monthly membership at Yoga Seven)

Teacher Tommy in Crow Pose

Three workshop-style sessions with Jesse

Saturday August 27, 2022

Take one, two, or ALL THREE sessions!

FREE Yoga Seven cinch bag if you take all three!

SESSION 1
9:30 am to 11:00 am

FUNDAMENTAL FLOW

$20 per person

An easy-to-follow sequence of popular and foundational poses with time allotted to break down poses and explore any anatomical questions you have about your own practice.  

Suitable for all levels.  Join us in the studio or virtually (over Zoom).
Maximum number of in-person attendees – 12

SESSION 2

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

HIPS & HAMSTRINGS II

$20 per person

A deep exploration of the preparation and techniques that make challenging poses such as Hanuman safer and more accessible. (Bring a strap!)

Suitable for all levels.  Join us in the studio or virtually (over Zoom).
Maximum number of in-person attendees – 12

SESSION 3

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

BACK BENDS

$20 per person

Understand the physical and energetic aspects of back-bending postures and how to build towards important poses that supremely complement this work

Suitable for all levels.  Join us in the studio or virtually (over Zoom).
Maximum number of in-person attendees – 12

Photo of teacher Jesse Barlow

About Jesse Barlow

Jesse has had a long relationship with Yoga Seven dating back to 2013.  He’s a gentle wandering soul who’s usually found in Costa Rica or Morocco – or anywhere else where the surfing is great. He’s studied and taught different lineages of yoga for over 10 years in countries such as Canada, Costa Rica, Morocco, India, and Sri Lanka (where he led a 200-hour yoga teacher training session in 2019); and is also experienced in Thai massage and meditation.

He’s back in Canada before embarking on his next adventure, and what better person to offer a fabulous 90-minute session on a summer weekend?   Come! All levels welcome! You won’t regret it!

Cost: only $20 for all attendees

NOTE with the limit of 12 people for the in-person class, this session will fill up quickly. Hurry to book your spot!

Supporting women’s health with essential oils

A FREE education session with Y7 yogi Michelle Watson

Sunday, March 20, 2022      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In this 90-minute session, Michelle will discuss women’s health and how essential oils can provide a healthy and safe alternative to traditional medicine. Topics will include sleep, stress, PMS, menopause and more. You will also learn how to safely and effectively integrate oils into your daily life. While oils will not be sold at the event, you will be given guidelines about how to use those you may already have at home.  There will be opportunity for questions.

In person or live streamed. Registration required.

About Michelle Watson

Phoyo og Michelle

Michelle’s journey with essential oils started from a desire to find natural remedies for a variety of personal ailments. She was drawn to the healing benefits of oils and their ability to create balance within the mind and body. In 2020, Michelle enrolled in a two-year program in a pursuit to become a certified clinical aromatherapist. Throughout the program, her research has focused on women’s health and the role essential oils can play in providing natural alternatives to more traditional pharmaceutical-based interventions.


Michelle is proud to call Port Credit home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her passions include yoga, stand-up paddle boarding and her French bulldog Charlie.


Michelle is not affiliated with doTERRA, Young Living or any other multi-level marketing organization.

Coming up

April 3: Learn to fly with Tommy

A series of four intermediate arm-balance workshops (details below)

April 4: Yoga Basics workshop series with Ginty

(details below)

April 24: Spring tune-up workshop 

With Stephanie DeBou, April 24 (details coming soon)

Watch this space for special events coming soon!