Monday, December 10, 2018


Today's Classes


Gentle / Big Stretch Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Gentle Stretch Yoga
05:45 PM - 07:00 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Big Stretch Yoga
07:15 PM - 08:30 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Retreats & Workshops


Comfort and Joy - Holiday Sadhana
Dec 10 to Dec 14, 2018




Holiday Pooch Parade Fundraiser
Dec 22, 2018




Yoga on New Year's Eve
Dec 31 to Jan 1, 2018




News


Holiday Food & Toy Donations
[posted:2018-12-05]




2019 Untamed Wilderness Calendar
[posted:2018-11-27]




Holiday Pop-Up Market
[posted:2018-11-16]




Recent Features


FREE Lole Meet-Up Class
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2018-09-18]




Downward Dog Days of Summer SALE
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2018-08-14]




NEW STUDENTS - 30 days for $55
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2017-12-30]




Big Stretch Instructors


Joanne Lowe
Director of Stretch & Certified Instructor

Specializing in seamlessly flowing sequences of asana, Joanne Lowe is a certified yoga instructor with more than 25 years experience in the practice and study of various forms and teaching philosophies of yoga. With an infectious love of asana practice, Joanne's warm, non-judgmental approach, gentle touch and soothing voice will guide you through a creative, ever-changing, well-balanced series of postures. She encourages participants to move slowly, deepen their breath and practice with self-awareness and self-acceptance.

Joanne has taught yoga in the Leaside neighbourhood of Toronto since 1997 and has also lead more than 17 yoga retreats at various venues in Ontario.

A karma yogini at heart, Joanne has participated in the Yogathon for Schizophrenia since its inception 11 years ago and has held Earth Hour Yoga Class fundraisers for the World Wildlife Fund for 9 years. She is an animal life awareness advocate and contributes financially to The Toronto Humane Society, Toronto Animal Services, The WSPA and The World Wildlife Fund.

After rescuing Rufus from the shelter, Joanne has enjoyed instructing fundraising yoga classes at The Toronto Humane Society. These fun classes are accompanied by some of the shelter's adoptable pets.

Returning to her roots in the corporate sector, she has developed the Yoga@Work program for corporations, designed to reduce stress, restore perspective and improve physical and mental well-being.

A self-professed yoga squirrel, Joanne continues to collect many little acorns of knowledge and inspiration along her path and bring forth the insights of many teachers into her classes, especially Lex Gillan, Andy Gold and Andy's mountain. She has spent time practicing and studying both formally and informally with some of Toronto's top instructors including Michael Stone, Matthew Remski, Dennison Smith, Esther Myers, Monica Voss, Karen Cove, Anne McGavin, Michael Siddall, Kathryn Beet, Shelly Rowen, Cathy Mines, Bibi Rahim Hahn and many more. Yoga in Toronto - what a fabulous city we live in to practice this living art and science!

When she is not on the mat she is recharging somewhere in nature - a hike in the woods with her dog, by the ocean or lake or digging in the garden.

As a Lole Ambassador, inspired by well-being, Joanne tries to Live Out Loud Everyday!

Joanne is grateful to her greatest gurus, her students.

She looks forward to seeing you soon to breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us.

Qualifications
Certified with the Yoga Network of Canada (formerly FOYT)
Certified with the Yoga Institute of Texas
Certified in first aid and CPR
Insured for on-site and off-site yoga instruction
Trained in pre- and post-natal yoga






Rufus Lovely Rocket
Meditation Guru

Rufus' kind words: "Hello my friends. Try not to get to caught up in the daily drama. For example, when I see a squirrel, I try to witness the squirrel, I watch the squirrel, I breathe in, I breathe out, I notice the squirrel, and then I just watch the squirrel go by, without attachment, judgement or commentary - just an awareness of its being."

Returning to his roots as a Rescue Dog, his Karma Yoga endeavours include raising funds and awareness for the Toronto Humane Society.

Rufus' own gurus are Terry, Red, Sadie, Tanzy, Buddy, The Husky Twins, Toby and C.W.Hawar. When Rufus isn't meditating, he loves to cuddle, fetch and howl every chance he gets.

Sniff, stretch, howl!






Shelly Rowen
Workshop Faculty

A favourite instructor within The Big Stretch community, Shelly Rowen has joined us over the past ten years to facilitate various workshops and specialty classes.

Shelly teaches hatha yoga in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli. She strives to create an atmosphere of exploration and self-discovery in each class, where students can feel comfortable and at ease, no matter what level they are practicing at.

In her classes yoga is practiced mindfully, with attention to breath, grounding and alignment. The approach is therapeutic, with the objective being to restore balance; flexibility, agility and strength to the physical body, fullness and fluidity to the breath, and quiet to the mind.

Shelly has experience teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities. She specializes in teaching yoga to beginners, older individuals, restorative yoga, and yoga to relieve stress and anxiety. She is available to teach both private and group sessions.

RYT700 Esther Myers Studio, 2003













"Your yoga classes are a true blessing and I am always looking forward to the next one. For your last 2 classes I was especially grateful since I was renovating my kitchen and had been painting the kitchen cupboards for days and was feeling muscles I didn't know I had - but not in a good way! The deep stretches in your class were doing wonders to my achy body - thank you so much for that." ~ Hanne B.





"Joanne, thanks again for creating an opportunity to connect with myself." ~ Kim C.





"After attending many studios, The Big Stretch is one of my favourites. It is a very open, spacious and soothing space. It is not super-trendy, it is not in it for the money, it is here for you. I don't get to The Big Stretch as often as I like, but over the past five years I have enjoyed every class I attend. Joanne has a beautiful, gentle style that offers you several levels of challenge for each pose. Joanne is also very flexible and generous with the time allowed to use multi-class passes which is very much appreciated." ~ Sue Lynn Chong