Meet a Yoga Teacher: Kristina!

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Everyone, meet Kristina!

Kristina has been teaching a Vinyasa Flow class with extra core work on Saturdays for a while, and last month added a HOT Deep Stretch Flow class on Wednesdays. A more gentle vinyasa flow class with the benefit of a heated room, her Deep Stretch class focuses on developing and improving posture, balance and flexibility.

YL How did you discover yoga?

I took my first yoga class in 2004 after my mom, who started practicing yoga while battling breast cancer, suggested it to help me relieve the stress and pressure I was feeling from university. I fell in love with it and have been practicing ever since.

YL What excites you about your own practice?

I truly look forward to stepping on my mat everyday – whether it is for 5 minutes or 2 hours, I try to make time each day to deepen my own practice. Although I am a teacher, I will always be a student! I’m always excited, and sometimes surprised, when I learn something new about myself through yoga. It is such a beautiful spiritual and physical practice. Yoga continues to guide me on my personal journey towards peace and I am grateful for that.

YL How would you describe your classes and your teaching style?

I primarily teach Vinyasa yoga. I would describe my classes as playful and energetic, connecting breath with movement while focusing on alignment, flexibility and most importantly core strength. I incorporate yoga philosophy, anatomy and meditation in each power-building class sequence. I also love to play a variety of music to accompany the flow of each class.

YLWhat inspires you, personally? OR What gets you going every day?

My love for yoga and teaching truly inspires me! I’m inspired by my teachers, students and fellow yogis as I continue to grow and learn from them. My love for my family also gets me going everyday. My husband’s patience, kindness and positive attitude makes me want to be a better person and I am very thankful for that.

YLWhere do you think yoga, as a movement, is heading?

The practice of yoga, in it’s entirety, is constantly evolving and growing as we see new styles of yoga being introduced and new tweaks being made to older practices. Through all this change, and regardless of which style of yoga you take on, I believe the goal remains the same – to look within yourself and take time to nurture your mind, body and soul.


We’re very excited to announce a new class from Shaolin Master Yuan! His Sunday Qi Gong classes have been so well received, that he’s offered to teach a second, more active class.

Starting this Tuesday, January 6th, Yuan will be teaching a Kung Fu Basics class. He will walk you through the basic stances and forms of traditional Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. You will draw on the energy in your entire body to learn to become soft and fast.

This is NOT a sparring class. Students will be learning the motions, principles, and philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Expect to be standing for the entire hour and fifteen minute class. Any clothing appropriate for yoga will be appropriate for Kung Fu. Mats not required!

Kung Fu with Master Yuan!



Don’t miss it.


Restorative Yoga for the Holidays

Feeling overwhelmed by holiday stress? This great article by Dana Meltzer Zepeda from Yoga Journal gives four restorative yoga poses to help melt away those worries! Lock the door to your in-laws basement and give yourself a much deserved 20 minute rest and recharge.

No bolsters at your inlaws? No problem! Improvise  by rolling a blanket up and securing it with a belt.

And, if you’re staying in town, make the time to come down to the studio for one of our many Restorative classes on offer throughout the week. You’ve earned it.

December Newsletter

Happy New Moon in Sagittarius!


We move into the new moon in Sagittarius this Saturday! It’s a time of NEW BEGINNINGS! It’s a time to align with your truths, set your intentions and let them soar! From now until the next full moon we are in a time of generating energy, of drawing things towards us. Think of yourself as a magnet and visualize all the good things you want to come toward you. This can be new goals, new intentions, love, trust, gratitude. Use this time to CREATE and reconnect with the pure creator that you are. Be a visionary, and dream big! Continue to return to your intentions of creating, generating and pulling in through to the next full moon where the cycle of manifestation completes.

You are invited to our annual Holiday Party!!


Saturday December 6, 7:30pm-1:00am
The Yoga Lounge, 103 Church st.
DJ BLACKCAT will be spinning from 10:00pm-12:30am, so be prepared to DANCE!
(He will have his latest House Music CD for sale!)
There will be exotic cocktails, snacks and much merriment!

New Classes!
-7:00-8:00pm Ashtanga with Sarah A
-8:00-9:00pm Vinyasa (a less formal practice than Ashtanga) with Sarah A.
-8:00-9:00pm HOT Vinyasa set to Bollywood Music! with Esmé
-9:00-10:00pm HOT Vinyasa with Esmé
-5:00-6:00pm HOT Ashtanga with Anna Von
-6:00-7:00pm Some Like It HOT Vinyasa  with Anna Von
-5:30-6:45pm Back Care Basics with Susan
-11:00am-12:00pm HOT Yoga- Intensity meets Playfulness with Stephanie B.
-2:00-3:15pm Yoga Now with Ali

Have a look at the recipe for these Raw/Vegan 


BUDOKON: Exciting new workshop, November 29th!

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Sal, who teaches the always awesome HERO FLOW class on Sundays, is offering an introduction workshop in BUDOKON on Saturday, November 29th, at 5:30pm!

Budokon, to quote the Budokon University website, is “best described as a transition based hatha Yoga flow with continuous circular rotation. (This) Yoga style honors its traditional roots of Hatha (posture based) Yoga while bringing a completely unique Martial Arts circular influence.”

Budokon is an exciting and dynamic new style of mindful movement, and we’re very excited to offer this special workshop. Stay after the class and share some tea with the other students and Sal!

When: November 29th. 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: $25.00

Contact The Yoga lounge to register. Shoot Sal an email if you have any questions about Budokon, or what to expect from the workshop!

Meet a Yoga Teacher: Tanya!

Hello everyone! Meet Tanya.


Tanya has been teaching here at the Yoga Lounge since summer 2014. She teaches a challenging HOT Power Flow class at 4:30pm every Sunday. Her class will coordinate movement and breath for a moving meditation. The focus will be on strengthening poses followed by long stretches to ground and centre the mind and body. Expect to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping!


1. How did you discover yoga?

In the mid 90’s as a teenager I discovered an old book my mother had on Hatha Yoga. The book was really exciting as the yoga philosophy and fundamental yoga postures exposed were new and different. With guidance of the book, I developed a personal ritual and self practice then shortly after attended group classes.

2. What excites you about your own practice? 
My practice is about the “my time” dedicated to connecting and embracing with my inner self, my soul, my breath and body. Most importantly I embrace what it does to my mind. For example, the way I feel in a pose and those feelings that arise learning things I thought were not possible is a process more important then the pose itself.
3. How would you describe your classes and your teaching style?
I have experience teaching different styles (hatha, ashtanga, fusion, power, vinyasa, pranayama and meditation) and levels (beginner to intermediate). As a teacher, my joy is in creating an atmosphere where students can enjoy their time on the mat and allow whatever journey they’re on to transpire.
4. What inspires you, personally?  OR What gets you going every day?

I’m inspired by music and chocolates :) I have a tendency to continuously set small and large goals personally, professionally and spiritually. The process of setting goals is a driving force that grounds me to live in the present moment and as a lifestyle helps  me to continuously grow and evolve.

5. Where do you think yoga, as a movement, is heading?

The “physical” practice of yoga became a fad in the mid 2000’s and today I see the “meditative” practice of yoga heading towards becoming a fad. There has been a huge movement recently bringing meditation mainstream.  While there is always pro’s and con’s, the essence and tradition of the purpose of yoga is becoming lost in translation.

Fall One-Day Mini Detox!

It’s official folks. It’s fall. We’re fresh out of a summer of blissful indulgence, and about to dive right into a season of harvest indulgence. This is a perfect time to hit that soft-reset button with a quick, one-day detox!

Check out this link for a few great ideas, thanks to MindBodyGreen.

Pick a day, and clear your schedule as much as you can. Put your phone away! Turn off the computer and the TV.

I love their idea to pair this with a de-cluttering job. I always find taking the time to re-organise part of my home can be a great way to clear the cobwebs out of my head.

Yoga Lounge Fall Newsletter: Bollywood Vinyasa, Pre-Natal, and New Classes!

Hello Yogis!The Equinox has passed, which means it’s officially, formally, 100% fall. We were blessed with one last week of summer-like temperatures, but the leaves don’t lie. Can you feel the shift?

It’s common to feel out of sorts as we move from one season to another. Change is good, it rejuvenates us, brings new life and energy, but it can also leave us feeling unbalanced. And that’s okay!

Pay attention to what your body and heart are telling you, be kind to yourself, and stay committed to your practice. Give yourself some extra time to focus on yourself, and do the self-care that you need to pull yourself back to your centre.

Remember, it’s natural for us to shift from balance to unbalance, back and forth. It’s like in Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, where we pay attention to how our weight moves around our feet. Forward, then back. To, then fro, Never quite settling in one place for long. Those shifting sensations of balance are a part of being alive in a world that is always, always changing.

Thinking of things that are always changing… we have a lot of new classes, and new teachers to announce! (How’s that for a smooth segue?)

We also want to take a moment to say a quick goodbye to Deanna, who is sadly leaving us, but joyfully moving on to new and great things abroad. This is her last week, so come by and see her off on any of her classes on Tuesday or Thursday!

Bollywood Vinyasa!

We’ve been looking to add something fun and irreverent to our schedule for some time, and we think we’ve found it. Esmé Ward’s new class on Wednesdays at 8:00pm is a solid, energizing Vinyasa class set to some of the distinctive music of Bollywood films!The songs that come from Bollywood films tend to all share the same sort of joie de vivre that we love here at the Yoga Lounge. Come down and try this exultant combination of cheerful music and a high energy, celebratory Vinyasa Flow!

Esmé’s new class is starting this Wednesday, October 1st, at 8:00pm. Keep your eyes on the schedule for a couple of other Bollywood classes coming up soon!



We will be running another Pre-Natal workshop series, Saturdays at 4:30-5:30pm, starting on November 11th.

This special 5 week program requires advance registration, at $80+hst. Send an email to, give us a call, or stop on by to register!

Course description coming soon.

New Classes

With the changing season comes a changing schedule. Here’s the full list of all of the new or updated classes.Sundays
2:00pm Hatha – Jillian.

7:00pm Vinyasa – Sarah Anderson (Starting October 7th!)

8:00pm Vinyasa – Sarah Anderson (Starting October 7th!)



8:00pm HOT Bollywood Vinyasa – Esmé Ward

9:00pm HOT Vinyasa Flow – Esmé Ward



5:00pm – Some Like it HOT Vinyasa Flow – Ana Von
6:00pm – HOT Vinyasa – Ana Von (Starting October 9th!)
7:00pm – HOT Vinyasa – Stefanie Osadchuk


11:00am – HOT Intensity Meets Playfulness – Stefanie Blackmore

3:00pm – HOT Vinyasa – Sarah Anderson (Starting November 8th!)

4:30pm, – Pre-Natal, $80+hst Advance Registration Required (Starting November 8th!)


As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or stories you’d like to share.



Meet a Yoga Teacher: Esmé Ward

We’re thrilled to introduce Esmé Ward today! Esmé will be rocking out late Wednesday evenings in the HOT Studio. Join her for a fun, joyful Vinyasa class set to Bollywood music at 8:00pm, followed by a second Vinyasa class with a more down-tempo soundtrack at 9:00pm. With both of her classes, you can expect steady, energizing movement connected to breath with an emphasis on core. A variety of levels are welcome, from beginner to level 2.











Y.L. How did you discover yoga?

E.W. When I moved to Toronto in my late teens for university, I was completely unsure of myself – what I was doing, where I was going, and what I was feeling. I discovered yoga at my mother’s urging through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Toronto, as she had gone on their Bahamas retreat in her early twenties and had really enjoyed it. She felt that yoga might help me find some purpose, and it definitely became an extremely positive part of my life at the time. Now, it is an even bigger part of my life.

Y.L. What excites you about your own practice?

E.W. I care deeply about my own practice as an instrumental tool for grounding myself and bringing myself back to awareness of the things that feel right in my life. It helps bring me back to me every time I get onto my mat. When I’m practicing, I get a sense of accomplishment and confidence when I realize I can take something a little further. Gaining stability off the wall in a handstand or realizing I can actually do a certain arm balance is exhilarating.

Y.L. How would you describe your classes and your teaching style?

E.W. I would describe my classes as having a constant flow of positive energy and intention, and there’s nothing like having that tangibly reciprocated by a student. When I teach, I am always trying to be aware of the comfort level of the students in front of me, both physically and emotionally. Since everyone has different communicative abilities, it can often be difficult to read where people are at, and I feel like I am constantly honing this skill every time I teach. I like being able to show my students that I can work with their energy no matter what it is, and guide it as positively as possible.

Y.L. What inspires you, personally?  OR What gets you going every day?

E.W. I am inspired by people. Whatever it is that they are putting out there, whether positive or negative, there is always something that can be learned. Truly positive energy inspires me to find my own. Negative energy reminds me of my own beliefs and wisdom, and inspires compassion in me. Reminding myself of how far I’ve come as well as having faith in myself and the future is what gets me going every day.

Y.L. Where do you think yoga, as a movement, is heading?

E.W. With the commercialization of yoga in Western society, there has been a real straying from its original essence. Although the shift from yoga’s roots as a spiritual practice to yoga as big business can be seen as unfortunate, it is making yoga accessible to all sorts of people in places you wouldn’t expect, like offices and churches. Simply the introduction of yoga is a great thing to those who normally would have no real idea about or interest in it. People can decide for themselves once they’ve begun as to where they’d like to take their practice and how much room they have to infuse spirituality, but the practice itself will likely open up their minds and hearts to asking certain questions of themselves that will no doubt be related.