Thursday, September 21, 2017


Today's Classes


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




Retreats & Workshops


Early Bird Yoga - 10 week Autumn Session
Sep 20 to Nov 22, 2017




Candlelight Full Moon Flow & Restorative Yoga with Meditation
Oct 5, 2017




Candlelight Flow Yoga with Live Music
Oct 19, 2017




News


We raised $500 for World Animal Protection Canada
[posted:2017-09-18]




Supporting The Toronto Humane Society.
[posted:2017-09-04]




Autumn 2017 Schedule
[posted:2017-08-18]




Recent Features


CONTEST - Who loves a giveaway?
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2017-06-03]




New Student Special!!! 30 days for $55 (includes HST)
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2016-12-13]




Rebecca is our Yogini of the Month
Yogis/Yoginis of the Month
[posted:2014-11-13]




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 16 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.

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













"One of the reasons I like going to The Big Stretch is because of Joanne herself. I've been to other yoga classes that were intimidating or pretentious, and almost made me give up on yoga. But Joanne makes yoga fun, and encourages you to go at your own pace -- I've been going for 10 years now. And The Big Stretch studio is the perfect setting for a yoga class -- you feel relaxed the second you walk in the door." ~ Vawn Himmelsbach





"Thank you for yet another wonderful yoga class. I really enjoy the atmosphere that you create, your light touch and humour, and your teachings. The whole experience creates more balance and peace in my life - and slowly a more flexible body." ~ Eleanor Allgood





"Thank you for your studio, for your classes and all that you do. I've been blessed to be your student." ~ Jennifer Hart Weed