Yoga Events & Training Workshops


VOICE, TOUCH, INTEGRITY AND EMBODIMENT – THE ART OF TEACHING

A practical, hands on workshop to develop and refine your teaching skills. Face your fears and learn to be a better teacher!

In this module you will learn: Three part verbal cues for teaching asana; Projection, pronunciation and clarity of voice; Effective demonstrations in the yoga classroom; Classroom set up and creating a container of safety; Peer led teaching practice; Teach a one hour yoga class with personal written critique of the experience; Assisting and observing three 889 yoga classes; Developing a personal code of ethics; Practical tips on how to start teaching

889 Yonge Street, Toronto. January 21st, 12:00-6:30pm, January 22nd 12:00-6:30pm, $288+HST

ENHANCEMENTS AND ASSISTS

Touch is the first sense we acquire.

Regain fluency in your first language. Learn how to enhance and assist yoga postures through mindful touch, effective use of props, and simple Ayurvedic massage techniques.

In this module you will learn: Effective use of props including blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters, balls and the wall to support students in key postures; Practical hands on assists and enhancements in essential yoga poses; Marma Points (ayurvedic acupressure massage points); How to assist safely during a led yoga class; The ethics of touch, and how to read subtle feedback from students; Considerations and modifications for working with pre-natal students; Postural analysis and how this impacts movement and range of motion; Common body limitations in students and how to help them with simple yoga therapy techniques

889 Yonge Street, Toronto. January 7th, 12:00-6:30pm,  January 8th, 12:00-6:30pm, $288+HST

 

THE ART OF SEQUENCING– A MOVING MEDITATION
Learn the key components of a Vinyasa flow class, how to sequence effectively and creatively, and how to access that crucial ‘flow’ state.

IN THIS MODULE YOU WILL LEARN:

  • The ritual and key components of a vinyasa flow class
  • Logical sequencing towards a peak posture
  • Effective opening and closing sequences for yoga classes
  • How to safely teach an all levels yoga class with modifications and assists

889 Yonge Street, Toronto. December 3rd12:00-6:30pm and December 4th 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM, $288 +HST

CHAKRA VINYASA MODULE

We are so much more than just muscles, bones and skin.

Learn about our subtle anatomy, the energy body, as discovered thousands of years ago by the ancient yogis. We learn a new language to explain the things that we can’t necessarily see, but can feel in our bodies, and in our hearts. These ideas are brought to life in this dynamic workshop through modern vinyasa practice.

In this module you will learn: The seven Chakras (psycho-spiritual centres) and the Nadis (rivers of energy) in the subtle body; Psychology of the Chakras and understanding ourselves through subtle body maps; Chakra Vinyasa yoga sequences; The Panca Vayus (five winds) and intuitive alignment.; Exploration of various Pranayama (breath practices); Safe inversions for all levels of students; Empowering core work for stability and strength; Bija Mantra for chakra meditation; Artistic expression and creative projects.

889 Yonge Street, Toronto November 19th, 12:00-6:30pm and November 20th, 12:00-6:30pm, $288 +HST

jodi-vegaVEGA – WAKE UP, SHAKE UP – TIFF PRESS EVENT

SHAKE UP YOUR FESTIVAL ROUTINE
Wake up and flip the script on the festival, with yoga and a sweat inducing bootcamp led by Toronto’s top fitness instructors set to the funk-fuelled beats of rising (and shining) Toronto producer, Harrison. Finally, join us as the energetic and “ever-woke” Rich Aucoin brings down the house with a backyard dance party.

This first ever morning festival event, hosted by Lauren Toyota, will have you forgetting about any of the after-parties. Show up in your best workout gear and be prepared to shake up your outfit with some fresh new apparel.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 6:30AM-9:30AM EST Workout starts at 7AM (Rain or Shine)

FUEL YOUR FESTIVAL
After your workout, you’ll love the full plant-based breakfast offered including avocado toast, chia pancakes, freshly pressed juice and a smoothie and juice shooter bar.

Jodi FischteinBackbend & Inversion Exploration with Jodi Fischtein at 889 Yoga
Backbends can feel exhilarating and quite unique from our typical state of being. On a physical level backbends stimulate our central nervous system, boost our immune system, increase mobility in our spinal column, open the hips, and strengthen the legs. Backbends may also enhance our energy levels and expand our breathing capacity. In this workshop we will move through Namaskar sequences that will lengthen our quads, hips and psoas muscles. This work will guide us to the deeper back bending postures. We will begin with the fundamentals of supported back and shoulder openers. All asanas can be explored with blocks, bolsters and straps.All Levels Welcome! Beginner & Intermediate Poses

We will feel invigorated throughout our backbend exploration and neutralize this work back strengthening, seated and supine twists, gentle forward bending and Viparita Karani (Wallflower.) Together we will embrace any psychological or physical obstacles so as to give our central nervous system a chance to develop the full range of strength and opening necessary for a enhanced practice.

Price: $50 per person, $45 for 889 Members

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June 21, 2015 is theomto Summer Solstice

Om T.O. is an outdoor celebration of the longest day of the year. Yogis from across the GTA can attend throughout the day to take any or all of 8 specially themed 40 minute yoga classes taught by the most popular and dynamic instructors from the top yoga studios in the city, while DJ Medicineman weaves a sonic landscape of global beats. www.omto.ca

11:10 AM to 11:50 AM June 21, 2015 at The Distillery 889 YOGA Instructor: Jodi Fischtein, 889 Elevation Flow class

“Well we all shine on! Like the moon and the stars and the sun!” ~John Lennon

Shine on with us on this auspicious day, the Summer Solstice. Come outside and into collective energy at the Distillery District. Align with the potency of the sun through a dynamic vinyasa flow with 889 Yoga Teacher, Jodi Fischtein. As the sun seeks its highest point in the sky on this prosperous day, we too shall reach towards the virility and strength generated under this midsummer day sun.

 

IMG_2967Marrakech Yoga Retreat at the Four Seasons Resort, April 26 – May 2, 2015

Joie de vivre! Join us for a yoga jaunt in the imperial city of Marrakech. We will travel along a vibrant path of fluid yoga and exploration. Untethered. With spirits high we dive into the heart of the medina for a sensory experience, then retreat back intosubtlety, the private enclosure at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. I have taken steps to insure you feel completely at home while at the Four Seasons Marrakech. This is a flawless oasis just outside of the bustling Medina. The Resort sits adjacent to the Menara Gardens with majestic views of the Atlas Mountains. Let this holiday be what it needs to be, without judgement.

You have the option to join us for morning meditation at the start of each day followed by Vinyasa flow yoga. As we are all seekers of reassuring solidity, we will also explore our Chakra system. We will seek to engage the flow of subtle energies expressed as our Chakra Vinyasa. The seven chakras are useful way to sense consciousness in our bodies.These chakras are part of our subtle body, not the physical body. Chakras can be envisioned as the meeting points of the subtle energy channels in which our life force (prana, chi) moves. Vinyasa flow yoga offers the practitioner a seamless transition of asanas (poses) in a sequence that can offer steady progression in strength and flexibility. Vinyasa is deeply integrated with mindful pranayama (control of the breath, felt as vital energy in your body). At dusk we come together for a relaxing Yin & Yang restorative practice. Yin & Yang yoga will provide shapes designed to lengthen our bodies, complemented with slower pace and restorative poses as needed. Classes will be held by the pool, rooftop or indoors, as needed. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced.

Yes! I want to go to Marrakech. Retreat registration located here

 

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Explore Arm Balances & Inversions, Phase 1 with Jodi Fischtein

Saturday April 11, 2015 From: 2:30 PM4:30 PM

Let’s explore the fundamentals of inversions and arm balances in a calm and safe space. To warm up, we begin with a 20 minute vinyasa flow that will lengthen our hamstrings and open our hips. We will explore poses that recruit our bandhas (energy locks) for core abdominals and pelvic floor strengthening. Onwards to basic inversions and arm balances. We are seeking proper alignment with patience. If you are on your way to Kakasana (Crow) or deeper expressions such as Bakasana (Crane) we will also offer tips for connecting vinyasas or transitions. We are all at different stages so we will embrace those poses that feel good with use of blocks, straps and bolsters.
We may include exploration into inversions/arm balances such as:
– Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)
– Kakasana (Crow) with optional transitions to Chaturunga (Low Plank)
– Bakasana (Crane)
– Tripod Headstand into Bakasana
– Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow with a deep twist)
– Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose)
This 2 hour workshop is open to all levels, yet students should have a thorough understanding of yoga flow fundamentals. Smiling remains an advanced technique. An open dialogue is encouraged during this workshop.

Price: $45 per person | $40 for 889 Members.

If you would like to attend this workshop please register here.

Schedule

FOR REGULAR SCHEDULED CLASSES PLEASE SEE THE SCHEDULE BELOW. FOR PERSONAL, PRIVATE AND CORPORATE YOGA PLEASE EMAIL ME.

Jodi Fischtein

Jodi Fischtein is a certified yoga instructor in Toronto.She has been practicing yoga since 2000. She began to consider teaching training in 2007, and then began the slow journey to share what she has come to love. She received fundamental training (250 hrs) in Vinyasa and Hatha at The Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto in 2007-08 followed by PreNatal Yoga training. In 2010, she began her second training in Venice Beach, California to study the core modules of Prana Flow. She remains deeply grateful to studying with the founder of Prana Flow, Shiva Rea. In understanding Prana Flow methods, one can express the sequencing as kramas (stages) that lead to one’s full expression in asana. That year Jodi went to Kerala, India with Shiva Rea to understand local Ayurvedic customs, as well as Kalarippayattu, an ancient South Indian martial art tradition. As Jodi nears the completion of 500 hours in Prana Flow Yoga, she continues to serve both her personal practice and her students.

In March 2014 Jodi immersed herself in the Mysore tradition for Primary Series at Purple Valley Yoga in Goa, India under the guidance of Petri Räisänen. This discipline also had an effect on her strength and agility. Today she humbly practices Ashtanga 4-5 times per week.

Jodi also believes deeply in the cumulative benefits of Yin yoga. She began studying the concepts of TCM and Yin yoga with Tracy Soghrati in Toronto in 2011 and she has completed Phase 1 of Thai Yoga massage as she feels it brings a healing touch for hands-on adjustments for students in her Yin and Vinyasa classes.

Jodi received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing at New York University and she is currently completing certification in Applied Specialization in Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto.

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