Private Yoga Events & Yoga Training Workshops

IMG_4212Backbend & 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 includes:

  • Locust
  • Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  • Virasana (Hero’s Pose)
  • Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero’s Pose)
  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Poses)
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana (Full Wheel & Variations)

Advanced Backbending Asana will be introduced at the discretion* of the teacher. This may include:

  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose) with variations of dropping back into full wheel or a deeper expression. Being comfortable in Reclining Hero’s Pose* is beneficial. Includes hands on assistance and wall work.
  • Laghu Vajrasana * (Little Thunderbolt)
  • Dropping Back into Full Wheel*. Stages may include fundamental work at the wall and hands on assists.
  • Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana (One Legged King Pigeon)
  • Pincha Mayurasana*
  • Scorpion*

*Advanced Backbending Asana is for students with a consistent vinyasa practice.

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.

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 Season 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



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.






Jodi Fischtein

Jodi 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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