PUBLIC YOGA CLASSES
PRIVATE YOGA CLASSES
Each PRIVATE YOGA session provides:
Complete focused, one-on-one attention and guidance
A pre-booking session to discuss your specific needs, strengths and/or limitations, and to develop an appropriate practice for you, starting from where you are today
Hands-on corrections and adjustments
Guided meditation and relaxation exercises, if interested
Freedom to ask questions about poses, alignment, philosophy, breath (anything you're interested in!) before, during and after your class
Fees: 60 min private session $90
90 min private session $125
*Available in-home or at a studio. Please call or email to book a session.
THAI MASSAGE & REIKI - please call to arrange an in-home Thai Massage or Reiki session 647-882-9696.
60 min Thai Massage $90
90 min Thai Massage $125
Reiki Energy Healing $70
What is Thai Massage? Learn more here!
THAI MASSAGE at UNION YOGA + WELLNESS (956 Bloor St. W, Toronto)
**Currently only taking bookings on a casual basis if the room is available to match our schedules.
SUP YOGA - Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga from Toronto Island!
YOGA FOR SERVERS
YOGA FOR SERVERS - Is a specialized yoga class designed to help those in the service industry find balance in their lives and to undo stress and tension that can manifest in the body due to physically tasking industry jobs. Book a class for your restaurant staff or gather a group of your industry friends!
Working in the service industry for many years, Amanda realized the damage she was doing to her body and mind over the course of a long, physically active, mentally-tasking serving or bartending shift. The body felt lighter and longer after a yoga class, but would quickly coil back up with tension at work. She now focuses these tailored classes on unwinding, unknotting and opening up the body in an attempt to chip away at the unwanted, built-up stress and tension we manifest in the body from our everyday activities.
Classes can be done at your establishment or in a nearby studio.
TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA
TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA - MONDAYS, FREE class! Gentle Chair Yoga, 11:30 am at St. Stephen's Community Centre, Toronto *Available for private or semi-private lessons guiding a personalized and trauma informed practice.
This style of yoga applies and draws its principals from an evidence based practice founded by David Emerson, Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center in Brookline Massachusetts and Author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy. Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) has recently been statistically proven to significantly decrease symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is now recognized as an adjunct to clinical trauma therapy.
In this class, students are invited into the present moment through placing emphasis on interoception (simply noticing sensations in the body). Using invitational language (never directive), participants make choices in their own bodies based on what they notice and how they feel. The yoga forms and sequences chosen will vary from group to group (or participant to participant), but will most be gentle rather than vigorous. Classes are accessible to all levels and there are no physical assists.
The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, defines TSY as:
“...an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. ... TSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.” — http://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
Most recently, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, has listed the Trauma Center's peer reviewed research paper on TSY as "HIGH-IMPACT". TSY has been proven to significantly decrease PTSD symptom severity, improve the likelihood of loss of PTSD diagnosis, decrease engagement in negative tension reduction activities (e.g., self-injury), and is associated with greater reductions in dissociative and depressive symptoms (Rhodes, et al., 2016).
The full write-up can be reviewed at http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2014.0407?journalCode=acm
Having trained with David Emerson herself, Amanda hopes to bring a trauma sensitive approach to all of her classes and is currently volunteering at St. Stephen's Community Centre in Kensington Market. Amanda does not hold the Trauma Center's complete certification, however she has completed a 40 hour training in TSY with both David Emerson and Jennifer Turner, lead trainer and supervisor of the TCTSY certification program.
If you experience the effects trauma and are interested in practicing yoga in a safe and open setting with a trauma-informed approach, please contact Amanda.
*Stay tuned for future postings on Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes in Toronto!
Citation: Rhodes Alison, Spinazzola Joseph, and van der Kolk Bessel. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2016, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0407.