get outside (don’t forget your scarf and hoodie) and open your eyes, you can’t miss it. the leaves are vibrant as they take their final bow before insulating the cool, damp earth. the air is crisp as the sun is taking some time off from it’s long summer hours of operation, shining on the northern hemisphere. the birds are flying somewhere else and the squirrels are tearing up my lawn frantically collecting whatever it is that they are gathering in order to survive the long, cold winter. my hammock is almost ready to come in and i am ready to plant some garlic bulbs deep into the darkness of the earth in order to reap the benefits of my efforts come summertime next year.
meet us at the unit! drishti has a temporary space to play in and we want to invite all you suburban junkies to a few classes that are more accessible for you. we are launching two dates for now,with the possibility of expanding- to bring us all together for more than just once a week. the building is to be torn down in a few months so take advantage while it lasts! it’s a bit make shift and by no means a glamorous place to get all dolled up after class but still definitely great space. you can be sure to get your glow ala vinyasa flow with lisa for two thursday mornings in oct. and stay tuned for more fabulous offerings @ ‘the unit’!
we were skeptical, we tried it, we love it, we made it our own! feel the burn and shake, shake, shake it up!
a trifecta blend of ballet fundamentals, yoga postures, and pilates core principles, using technically safe methodology from all three practices and creating a workout like no other! challenging and energizing, this incredible FULL BODY physique sculpting class will reveal your strong, lean form in no time! performed primarily at a ballet bar, these exceptionally designed sequences will help to stretch, strengthen and reshape your muscles using a combination of your own body weight, free weights and controlled movements, leaving you feeling supple and sleek! no previous dance experience needed. beginners welcome!
fridays 10:15 am – spynga south mondays 7:30 pm – spynga north
tuesdays 7:30 pm – spynga south wednesdays 1:30 pm – spynga south sundays 4:00 pm – spynga south
oh my! i see some tiny patches of colour on the leaves already…
i love autumn but still cannot wrap my head around why there is an “n” at the end of that word. weird right?
yes, most people are depressed to see the change of season near approaching but have we not learned anything about how we are responding to change yet? think cozy sweaters, fashionable scarves and drinking warm tea on a park bench as the leaves fall to cushion the earth before snowfall. i said it! the “s” word…we’ll save that talk for november’s newsletter.
i don’t know about you but this summer has been full of fun and excitement for me. i’ve been out in ontario’s lakes enough times and have two more trips planed to ensure that i am back in the water before it chills. one of the two will be amongst a very intelligent group of human beings who have decided to join me and fellow drishti yogi’s on our september retreat on six mile lake. if you’ve been sitting on your decision to join in, there are only 2 spots left and i suggest you put all of your excuses aside and get on it! see our retreats page for more details…
adam and i had the pleasure of visiting our next retreat site this weekend and we are super giddy about the whole thing, we can hardly wait! read more here…
adam bolton (my drishti yoga partner) has moved from his country hometown, back into the city!…well, into my house in the city for now. adam and I have been attached at the hip (even when living countries apart…spiritually attached) since the day we met at sheridan college, through our days of shedding blood sweat and tears learning how to be “show ponies”. eons ago, we lived in the city together for many years performing in theatre and growing our passion for movement, health and wellness (when we weren’t wearing wigs and sequence). in fact, our interest in yoga, pilates, holistic, natural foods and medicine came out of necessity as we had our fair share of struggles with injury, stress and illness that came along with living a “show pony” lifestyle. adam and i have always had visions of working closely together to create a business promoting goodness to others in every way that we can. we have been putting our best efforts towards doing just that for some time now however, we have been living very far apart. our drishti website was the start of the two of us truly collaborating our works and seeing that we are growing so fast (thanks to our supporters) we have decided to focus on growing our business together in the city! read a note from adam, embrace his work and see his rapidly growing new toronto schedule!
i am honoured to be joining some of toronto’s best yoga studio’s this season. i have been blessed with new opportunities and welcoming arms by some of the most inspiring leader’s in the toronto yoga scene.
here are some highlights: see the schedule tab on the website for more specific dates, times and class descriptions
i will be replacing Laurie Campbell (the face, heart and spirit of Root’s Yoga Studio) on monday mornings while she is away on maternity leave and Tracey Sogharti (who is also busy becoming a mommy) on thursday evenings AND every last thursday of the month DJ Jeremy Polock will be pulsating with our every breath as he fills the room with mystic rhythms while we flow; this class has a long savasanahhhhh. i have been subbing at roots all summer and i absolutely adore the people, the space and the vibe. i was just recently featured as teacher of the month in the roots newsletter, read the fun article here!
i am also honoured to join one of the strongest yoga communities in the city this fall. led by a truly inspiring teacher, JP Tamblyn Sabo, Ahimsa Yoga Centre has been a home to me since the early years of my practice. already, i have a “do no harm” bumper sticker fastened to my car in light of helping to pass on the true spirit of yoga in JP’s fashion. you can catch me there on monday evenings at 5:30pm and friday mornings at 10am.
subbing for Sari at Spynga has been nothing but enjoyable for me this summer. teaching out on the back deck, under the trees with the sounds of nature, the cool breeze, hot sun and sometimes loud lawnmowers, squirrels and raccoons is nothing but F.U.N! i have just been asked to stay on for this class until the new year. Sari will return for one saturday a month come september and you can be sure that i will be on my mat taking class with you for those saturdays as well. welcome back sari! i will also now be at spynga south on tuesday mornings teaching a vinyasa flow and there are some very exciting new classes and projects coming up for me in store at spynga beginning in october.
to everyone at stratusphere: i am sad to announce that i am no longer teaching on the regular schedule as of september. the support, dedication and relationships that I have with the people who practice at stratusphere has really shaped me, my teaching and my future. i hope that you will all keep in touch, follow me on my journey and that i will see you either in my other classes or on a future retreat sometime soon.
last but not least i am thrilled that Bombardier’s employees are so enthusiastic about their corporate yoga classes with me that they have decided to have me there more, doubling my schedule in order to get those florescent light dwellers out of their seats and onto the mat. i will now be teaching 7 classes a week at Bombardier during lunch breaks.
are you (or someone you know) dealing lower back pain?
i have been invited to teach a six week workshop at Breathe Yoga Studio geared to offer some valuable tools to get your back in check. this is a six-week workshop beginning september 19th at 6:15pm. see more details here.
adam is also teaching a six week workshop at Breathe as well. yoga for stiff men is, well…exactly that. this program will take you from stiffness to new found flexibility, greater strength and stamina in your physical training and overall wellness. beginnings september 19th at 7:30pm. see more details here.
Stretch the Soul at eagle’s nest golf club
on sunday september 30th i will once again be taking part in the second annual Stretch the Soul Yoga-thon for CAMH. there is no better way to get yourself on your mat for four hours, sweating for charity. I will be teaching with 3 incredible teachers and staying for delicious lunch and fun events that are scheduled to follow. for more information and to register, click here
lots of news this month. stay tuned for more excitement come october as adam and i build drishti into a full spectrum of fun and enjoyable ways to keep you shinning brightly!
peace, love and yoga.
I am so happy to have the warm sun on my skin while I’m practicing, gardening, napping in my hammock and riding around Toronto on my 70’s bicycle. So yum!
Summer highlights so far for me include: a new love affair I have with paddle boards, gardening in my new backyard (total rookie), cottage trips and dance parties with my best friend who is getting married this weekend (!!!), watching my niece’s first dance recital and my nephew (who’s only one) playing soccer like a pro star AND the summer retreat Lily Eslahjou and I hosted in Muskoka on Lake Medora. The best part is that there is still so much more to look forward to!
This summer’s retreat was so intimate, nourishing and relaxing I am doing it all over again! If you missed it last time, be sure to hop on board for take two of a weekend with me at a cottage that is sure to maximize your chill out levels. This time around I am inviting guest teacher (long time friend, brother, drishti yogi…) Adam Bolton who will offer his magical hands for Thai-Yoga Massage sessions, his depth of knowledge in restorative classes and angelic voice for a devotional chanting circle. We will also be graced with Chantal’s cooking once again which could not have been more bountiful and delicious! There’s a dock, a small beach, canoes, paddle boats, yoga, a hot tub, a fire pit and hammocks! What else do you need? Be sure to check out our drishti page dedicated to retreats for more info, photos and details on how to reserve your spot.
I also have some new classes added to my schedule this month that I would love for you to come and check out. I am honoured to join the team at Roots Yoga and will be teaching there in place of two beautiful teachers and spirits (Laurie Campell and Tracey Sogharti) who are off to be mamma’s for the first time! You can catch a class with me at Roots on Thursday evenings at 5:45pm that is a mix of flow and delicious restorative postures that will make you melt all your tensions away. Every last Thursday of the month Yoga DJ Jeremy Pollock will be there to fill the room with transcendental grooves, enhancing our experience together. You can also catch me there for an advanced Vinyasa sweat fest on August 27 & 29 at 9:30am. It’s a beautiful space and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this community.
I have also been invited to teach a FREE CLASS at Lululemon’s Cumberland store in Yorkville on August 22nd at 8:00pm. Would love to see you there!
I will be away from August 9-15th. I know there will be awesome subs taking care of y’all.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for September news! Keep happy, healthy and hip.