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The Studio at Six Degrees!
We grow, we shift, we find our place.
Each of our teachers in every class is hand-picked for their skill, sensitivity and all around wonderfulness. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer.
The mandates for this project include: making health resources accessible to more people, promoting and supporting self-awareness and self-care as preventative medicine, and providing resources for personal and professional development in holistic health and well-being. The Studio at Six Degrees is being intentionally created as a space where:
- yoga is taught in a safety-first, anti-oppression, mind-body-spirit framework;
- teachers have credentials & experience in holistic health care such as TCM, Ayurveda, MBSR, Osteopathy etc, and are values-aligned regarding inclusive community health;
- and students experience increased wellness and inspiration to support unique and balanced life pursuits.
Programming fees are based on a pre-paid sliding-scale or drop-in by-donation (pwyc), thereby encouraging students to attend to their practice as a normal, regular health resource, not a luxury.
Class & course descriptions
Tai Chi 24 with Mary-Anne LaBelle
waiting list for next course is open!
Tai Chi is regarded as a fundamental martial art. A Tai Chi form is a series of interconnected flowing movements that have significant and long lasting benefits. Benefits of Tai Chi include: -develop, relax and calm both mind and body, improve co-ordination and balance, increase flexibility and strength, build confidence, discipline and sound judgement.
Gently waken and energize your body and mind by linking breath to movement, a mild inversion, forward bending and back bending, a bit of strength work.You will feel energized and have mental clarity when you come out from the class.
Beginner Yoga with Sabine Buhlmann
Bring relief to symptoms of TMJ, frozen shoulder, sciatica, back pain, plantar fasciatis and many other areas of pain, strain and overuse. Learn simple and effective techniques for overcoming stiffness, increasing mobility and gaining flexibility in as little time as fifthteen minutes! This class is designed to suit your schedule and needs. Learn a personalized routine using high-grip rubber balls that penetrates through layers of skin, muscle and fascia and massages deeply into your tight, high-tension areas. Julia will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Come by for a 15 minute quick and focused session or spend the entire hour and a half exploring your body's terrains.
The Jivamukti's Spiritual Warrior class is fast paced, invigorating and is certainly an exercise class. The structure is a fixed set sequence instructed in a vinyasa (flowing) style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. Since the asana sequence is always the same, a student will pick it up quite quickly after only a couple of classes.
“Yoga is a perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”
The practice of yoga uses a wide range of tools to enhance wellbeing and to maintain and restore health. This class draws upon asana (posture), pranayama (breath), mudras (hand postures) and meditation/relaxation to explore and express the conscious opening of body and mind. Explore the practices of yoga within a queer and trans positive space.
This is a creative Beginner to Level 1 class. Mats are provided. There are two unisex bathrooms at the studio.
MBSR Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Dianna Last of Mindfulness Everyday
- Tuesdays , 7-10pm next cousre starts october 2013
- email to get on the waiting list now
- Mindfulness Everyday is a non-profit organization and is offering this 8-week course on a sliding scale at Six Degrees only $440 - $250 plus HST
- There is also a materials cost of $40 plus HST (book, workbook, cds)
Mindfulness Everyday is a dedicated team of teachers with formal mindfulness training who are highly experienced in conducting MBSR workshops in Toronto. Mindfulness Everyday offers a number of programs based on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), first developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness is the ancient practice of present moment, non-judgmental awareness of one's life experience.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as an approach to life based on the understanding that: “the present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal”. MBSR programs have helped thousands of people transform their lives. The course is challenging and life-affirming.
Through a series of 8 weekly sessions, participants learn and integrate mind-body techniques, designed to uncover and strengthen resources that are already within them. Several studies have shown that MBSR can lower stress and increase vitality and well-being.
Wednesday 6 - 7:15pm
Yin Yoga is a body meditation. Through the practice of long-held postures targeting the fascia of the hips, hamstrings and lower back, Yin Yoga asks the practitioner to slow down and make space for stillness. Working from the outer body back to the center, this practice explores the relationship between the form of the physical poses and formless states of relaxation, meditation and absorption.
Charlene's classes offer generous amounts of hands-on assists, intelligent and detailed alignment instruction, and thoughtful sequencing, with sprinklings of yoga philosophy and heartful intention. Trained in Jivamukti, Anusara & Yin Yoga.
The first half of this class facilitates movement and muscular release while the second half targets the connective tissues around the joints. Drawing upon ideas from both Hatha Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine, this hybrid class blends together a vigorous Vinyasa practice with the mindful stillness of yin yoga.
Bring your body and mind to balance with a Yin/Yang class.
Chi Gong with Jonhy Tay
Learn the postures and mental techniques that unlock the body’s ability to
harness ‘chi’ (life-energy), a skill inherited from authentic masters.
Chi-gong (energy practice/work) bestows many health benefits by ultimately
renewing every cell in the body. Regular practice of authentic chi-gong
can provide these long-term benefits:
1. Strengthened immunity system
2. Relief from mental and physical stress
3. Renewal of internal organs: heart, kidneys, liver, stomach, spleen, etc.
4. More energy/focus for daily activities
5. Better blood and energy circulation throughout the body
6. Improvements to chronic ailments
The ability to harness ‘chi’ is natural to all human beings and can be
learned by anyone for continued use throughout a lifetime. The techniques
are systematic, non-strenuous, and activates real ‘chi’ that you can
Family Kung Fu with Rick Wong
Saturday 9:30 - 11:00 am, 13 week course, next course starts sept 2013!
Kids, sisters, brothers, parents & grandparents... everyone is welcome to Join Rick's Kung Fu class! Family Kung Fu for self defense and internal health. Based on the idea that kids learn and progress better with their parents working out with them and vice versa. Classes begin with stretch and strength exercises and then progress to martial applications and forms. Movement from Choi Lei Fut, Do Pi and Wu Tai Chi systems. Recommended 8 years and up in a girl friendly class. Rick is an Instructor at the Hong Luck Kung Fu Club, founded in 1961 which is Toronto's oldest continuously operating martial arts club. He also teaches Kung Fu and Lion Dance to students at Alexander Muir Gladstone Public School.