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The Studio at Six Degrees!
We grow, we shift, we find our place.
We are now offering more pre-registration classes, while still having drop-in PWYC classes on the schedule.
We want to bring you quality classes, with mindful teachers at affordable rates. With a combination of PWYC and pre-registered classes we hope to meet the needs of most of you while ensuring teachers and the studio can afford to continue creating this space that is here to support healing & self -care.
Each pre-registered class needs a minimum number of people to run the course, once this minimum is met we will open up the remaining spots for drop-in, sliding scale rates. Making a commitment to the course ensures the class will go on! Your presence helps the community as well as yourself. Six Degrees of connection and community!
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
Monday 12 - 1pm, 4 week course, Jan 7 - 28 OPEN FOR DROP IN!!
Sabine is a yoga teacher, trained and certified through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. She has taught at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Toronto. Sabine works also as a life coach and meditation teacher and is inspired by a desire to help people to have a healthy and strong body, to overcome fear and to find inner peace.
Meridian Exercises with Lamia Gibson OPEN FOR DROP INS!
Monday 5:30 - 6:30 pm, 6 week course, Jan 14 - feb 25
Meridian Exercises is an extension of the Japanese understanding of the Meridian system as discovered by Shizuto Masunaga. Much like a yoga class we open the channels in the order the Qi or Ki moves as we do each pose. We create balance and promote better health by moving our Ki gently through our energy system. Each class will have a focus on one of the 6 paired meridians and together we will move the Ki through our channels each time.
Lamia is a seasoned practitioner of Meridian exercises, a shiatsu therapist & acupuncturist. They believe that awareness of imbalance in our bodies is one of the first steps to preventative health and general well-being. Lamia invites you to join them in this practice to promote relaxation, strengthen your mental & physical body and to generate increased body and energetic awareness. be well, live well.
Tai Chi 24 with Mary-Anne LaBelle
2 days to choose from:
Monday 6:30 - 7:30pm, 8 week course, Jan 7 - Feb 25
Sunday 4:30 - 5:30pm, 8 week course, Jan 13 - Mar 3
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.
Mary-Anne is an instructor of Tai Chi at Six Degrees since oct 2011 Active member Traditional Wushu association of Canada Certified coach level 6 Wushu Student of MAster Hung Ting Sen since 1998 (24/42/88 fist, 32/42 sword, spear, national/traditional push hands) Medallist in competition since 2001
Yin Yoga with Charlene Yeh
Wednesday 6 - 7:15pm, 8 week course, Jan 9 - feb 27 OPEN FOR DROP INS
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.
Gentle Hatha with Sairupa Krishnamurti
Thursday 6 - 7:15pm, 6 week course, Jan 24 - Feb 28
Yoga from an ayurvedic perspective. Looking for a gentle approach to yoga? Join these 6-week seasonal sessions inspired by the relationship between the sibling-philosophies of Yoga and Ayurveda. These classes are great for beginners who enjoy a gentle space to practice, but all levels are welcome to attend. Winter season classes focus on yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and meditation that uplifts the spirit, balance the nervous system, and maintain inner warmth.
Sairupa has been practicing & learning Hatha Yoga for over 12 years, with several inspirational healers in Canada as well as South East Asia (where she lived for parts of her life). She completed a yoga teacher training in 2007 through the school of Integrative Yoga Therapy with yoga teacher/therapist Heather Greaves (Hamilton). A unique aspect to this course, was training in anti-oppression and inclusive teaching approaches. With a deep love for Ayurveda and Yoga, and a passion to make these medicines accessible - you will most often find Sairupa facilitating self-care classes with community-based organizations. SHe is currenbly working towards a long-term goal of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Yin Yoga for Intuition, Mystery and Balance with Julie Gladstone
Thursday 8:00- 9:00pm, 8 week course, Jan 10 - Feb 28 OPEN FOR DROP INS
Exploring our inner landscape using long held poses to cultivate body awareness, intuition, patience, stillness and trust in the mysterious depths of the unknown. In this course we will practice releasing logic to develop confidence and trusting relationship with our intuition and body wisdom. The class will have a therapeutic benefit, helping ease stress, improve flexibility and joint health, improving sleep, calming anxiety and regulating menstruation. Practices include yin yoga, hatha yoga, acupressure points, mindfulness meditation, focusing, relaxation.
Julie is a certified Hatha and Yin Yoga instructor and a licensed TCM Acupuncturist. She welcomes students of all levels and gender orientation.
Family Kung Fu with Rick Wong
Saturday 9:30 - 11:00 am, 13 week course, Jan 12 - Apr 6
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.
Rick studied Wu Tai Chi with Sifu Phillip Mo from 1981 until 1991. He has studied Choi Lei Fut and Dao Pi with Sifu Ian Chow, Sifi Mo Chow and Grandmaster Paul Chan since 1991. He was formerly a founding partner at the Interior Design firm, Cricket Design Company Inc.
MBSR Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Tuesdays Feb 5 - Mar 26 , 7-10pm
- Mindfulness Everyday is a non-profit organization and is offering this 8-week course on a sliding scale at Six Degrees only $250 - $440 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.