Sunday, September 26, 2021


Today's Classes


Hatha Yoga on Zoom (All levels) - Pre-registration required.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Retreats & Workshops


News


Re-Opening Guidelines for In-Person at the Studio Classes
[posted:2021-09-25]




Studio Doors Re-Open Monday, September 27th
[posted:2021-09-25]




Autumn Class Schedule Update
[posted:2021-09-06]




Recent Features


FREE LIVESTREAM CLASS
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2021-09-06]




Plough Pose - Halasana
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2021-01-31]




Triangle Pose - Trikonasana
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2021-01-27]




News


Re-Opening Guidelines for In-Person at the Studio Classes
[Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2021, filed under News]

STUDIO DOORS RE-OPEN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH

GUIDELINES


Here are some guidelines to allow us to practice together again. Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation as we create the most welcoming and safe space for us to be together, doing what we love... yoga!


Class Fees.
If you are out of pre-paid yoga classes, we prefer that you kindly purchase via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com before class. If this is not available to you, we are happy to accept your cash, cheque or credit card on-site.


Class Schedule + Bookings.
Class offerings will be limited during this time. Classes will be added to our schedule as demand increases. You can find our new schedule outlined below as well as here:
www.bigstretchyoga.com/classes_weekly.php

Pre-registration is mandatory - send an email request to info@bigstretchyoga.com and we will confirm your booking. No walk-ins or late comers.

Must review and agree to Waiver (see below) before attending class.

Please only book into classes that you know you can attend. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration at least 24 hours in advance via email so your spot can be made available to your fellow yogis. No shows will be charged for the class.

You may book a class up to 5 days in advance and no later than an hour and a half before the scheduled class.


Health + Safety Procedures.
To keep our sweet community safe and happy, we have applied the following health and safety procedures:

All classes will be limited to 6 participants to ensure physical distancing. Please respect physical distancing at ALL times including waiting outside for class and entering the building.

When possible, front doors will be wedged open, no need to touch any handles.

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols.

We are not offering back-to-back classes at this time.

New, lighter schedule will be updated as needed. Please check our on-line schedule here: www.bigstretchyoga.com/classes_weekly.php

Hand sanitizing stations located at the front desk and in the back cloak room.

Teacher will remain at the front during class. There will be no hands-on adjustments.

Changing rooms in the back cloak room are not available at this time. Please come dressed to practice or you can use the washroom for a quick change. Please limit the amount of belongings you bring to class.

Mats and props (straps, blocks, bolsters, blankets etc.) are temporarily unavailable for use. We have a small selection of mats, bags, straps and eye pillows available for purchase.


Proof of Vaccination Required.
In accordance with Ontario Government guidelines, all participants who wish to take classes in person must provide proof of full vaccination and valid ID.

There is a 14-day wait period after your second dose before you are considered fully vaccinated.
We respect your privacy and will not keep your vaccination record on file.


Help each other stay happy and healthy.
Masks are mandatory upon entering and leaving the building. You may only remove your mask when class begins on your mat.

Please arrive ready to take a class and limit the amount of personal belongings brought into the studio.

Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before class and leave immediately after class. Please do not linger.

Please use the hand sanitizer each time you check in at reception and when you exit our space. Soap and water is in the washroom as always.

Please bring your own mat. We have a selection of mats, bags, eye pillows and straps available for purchase.

Please park your mat to the designated taped markings on the floor.


UPON BOOKING A CLASS WITH US, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING WAIVER BEFORE VISITING STUDIO.

I am fully vaccinated.

Before entering the studio, I attest to the following:

I do not have any of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause, new onset of cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, worsening chronic cough, chills, headaches, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, unexplained fatigue.

I have not travelled internationally within the last 14 days.

I have not been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19.

I will practice physical distancing at all times.

I agree to wash my hands with soap or sanitizer each time before entering the practice space.

I will comply with all set procedures put in place by Big Stretch Yoga as well as all municipal, provincial and federal recommended guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or any contagious diseases when attending the studio.
...........


Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.




Studio Doors Re-Open Monday, September 27th
[Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2021, filed under News]

I am pleased to announce that our studio doors will re-open for in-person instruction again on Monday, September 27th. It's hard to believe that it has been a whole year since I've seen you in person! I've really missed you all and can't wait to enjoy practicing yoga together again.

As per our last re-opening in Autumn 2020, we will open with a lighter class schedule for now, and a limited class size of 6 participants with ample physically distanced practice (more than the required two metres). Pre-registration is required. And don't worry, if you are loving our Livestream classes, we will continue to offer them for those that prefer to practice that way.

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CLASS SCHEDULE:
Hatha Yoga - All Levels
Effective Monday, September 27th

MONDAY
10:15 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga - IN-PERSON
6:30 - 7:30 pm, Hatha Yoga - IN-PERSON

TUESDAY
10 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga - LIVESTREAM
6:30 - 7:30 pm, Hatha Yoga - IN-PERSON

WEDNESDAY
10:15 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga - IN-PERSON
6:30 - 7:45 pm, Hatha Yoga - LIVESTREAM

THURSDAY
10 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga - LIVESTREAM

SATURDAY
10:15 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga - IN-PERSON

SUNDAY
9:30 - 10:45 am, Hatha Yoga - LIVESTREAM
11 - 12 pm, Hatha Yoga - IN-PERSON

Web Link: Class Schedule


Autumn Class Schedule Update
[Posted on Monday, September 6, 2021, filed under News]

Livestream Yoga Classes to Continue for the Time Being


Dearest Yoga buddies,

I hope that you are doing well and in good spirits and enjoying this beautiful weather.

Due to the current climate, we will be continuing with our livestream yoga classes for the time being. Until we all have a little more clarity, it seems prudent to maintain the current course for everyone's safety, health and wellness and we will add some in-person classes to the schedule when the time is right.

We are happy to announce that we have added two more classes to our livestream schedule - Monday evenings at 6:30 pm beginning September 13th and Saturday mornings at 10 am beginning September 18th.

Check out our updated Autumn Schedule below,

Sending much love and kindness your way.

Joanne
x om 💕

MONDAY
6:30 - 7:45 pm, Hatha Yoga (All levels)

TUESDAY
10 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga (All levels)

WEDNESDAY
6:30 - 7:45 pm, Hatha Yoga (All levels)

THURSDAY
10 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga (All levels)

SATURDAY
10 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga (All levels)

SUNDAY
10 - 11:15 am, Hatha Yoga (All levels)


New Class Fees
[Posted on Sunday, September 5, 2021, filed under News]

Hello there yoga buddies.

Here are our new class fees which are effective September 1, 2021. Your pre-paid yoga classes can be used for either Livestream or in-person (when available) classes and expire one year after purchase.

One Class: $29
Five Classes: $125
Ten Classes: $225
Twenty Classes: $400

All fees INCLUDE HST.

If you wish to purchase some classes, kindly send an e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com

Take care and *see* you on the mat!


Reopening Survey
[Posted on Monday, July 19, 2021, filed under News]

As the city begins to reopen, we've created a short survey to gauge how you are feeling about returning to in-person yoga practice. To thank you for taking the time to complete our survey, you will be entered into a draw to win 5 complimentary yoga classes. At Big Stretch Yoga our top priority is keeping our community safe and providing a comfortable, stress-free environment for practicing peace together.

As we gather more information, we will announce our reopening date very soon. We are so excited to welcome everyone back to the studio -- we cannot wait to see you back in our beautiful practice space to breathe, stretch and relax with us.

Wishing you all well and sending my love.

Joanne

Click on the Survey link below...


Web Link: Reopening Survey


FREE On-Line Yoga Classes
[Posted on Monday, April 5, 2021, filed under News]

Subscribe to our Big Stretch Yoga YouTube channel to get updates when we post our new "Yoga Snack" videos so that you can breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us from you own home.

If you are enjoying our FREE classes and wish to offer us a monetary gift to help support our sweet studio during the COVID-19 closure you can send your gift via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com. Much gratitude.

Stay safe. Stay home.

x om



Web Link: Our YouTube channel (click here)


New Zoom Class Time - Wednesday evenings
[Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2021, filed under News]

Hello everyone,

We've added one more class to our Live Stream Yoga class schedule:

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:45 pm

This is in addition to:

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10 - 11:15 am.

Pre-registration to info@bigstretchyoga.com is required.

*See* you on the mat!





Zoom Class Schedule + Bookings + Fees
[Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, filed under News]

You can find our new ZOOM schedule on our website here:
www.bigstretchyoga.com/classes_weekly.php

Bookings
Please pre-register by sending us an email request to info@bigstretchyoga.com at least 1.5 hours before the scheduled class and we will confirm your booking. A link to access Zoom will be provided the night before class or we will try to send out 1 hour before your class time if you are a late joiner. Please do not share this link.

Class Fees
You can use your pre-paid yoga classes on file, or if you are out of classes and wish to top up your account, kindly purchase via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com before your booked class.

One Class: $25
Five Classes: $95
Ten Classes: $175
Fees include HST.


Who's Zooming Who?
[Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, filed under News]

Hello and Happy New Year my beautiful yogis,

I hope this post finds you well and that you are staying safe and are in good spirits.

As we enter into this new year, I am pleased to announce that I will now be offering Live Stream Zoom yoga classes, in addition to our FREE YouTube library of classes, which you can enjoy and practice from the comfort of your own home. All that you will need is your yoga mat and a good Wi-Fi connection. I hope that you can enjoy our class offerings so that you can feel healthy, safe, supported and loved as we move into the new year.

Our first live stream class of the new year will be this Thursday, January 7th at 10 am. Check out all the details on Zoom Tips & Tricks, our Zoom schedule and fees (a great opportunity to use up your pre-paid yoga classes) and how to register in our latest e-newsletter.

As we come to the end of this dramatic and challenging year, hopefully you've found some silver linings in it all with some time to reconnect with loves ones, have time for some creativity, a passion project, spend some time in nature, or get some things done around the house.

I truly hope that 2021 shifts us back to a place of togetherness where we can gather, connect and heal.

Wishing you much love and kindness,

Joanne
x om


Product Sale And Holiday Toy & Food Donations
[Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2020, filed under News]

We will be open this weekend!

We are still closed for the time being for yoga classes, however, we will be OPEN this Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd, from 10 am to 2 pm for a big sale -- 25 to 40% off.

Sale items include eye pillows, yoga straps, yoga socks, various styles of yoga mat carrying bags, yoga mats, our signature scents: Breathe 100% natural environmental and body spray, Lavender & Ylang Ylang Body Milk and Rufus' aroma spray for Dogs. We will also have yoga inspired jewellery available at 40% off!

And, as always, in the spirit of Karma Yoga, we will also be accepting non-perishable food donations for The Daily Bread Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for The Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive. This will be our 21st year collecting toys and food for those in need over the holidays.

See you this weekend!

Joanne
x om


ANNOUNCEMENT - Temporary Studio Closure
[Posted on Monday, October 12, 2020, filed under News]

Update: We are still closed until at least January 28th, 2021

Here we go again!

If you haven't heard the news, we will once again be temporarily closing our sweet yoga studio to comply with the Ontario Government's mandated protocols to keep everyone safe, which includes a 28-day closure for all "gyms". Big Stretch Yoga is certainly not a gym, but we are lumped in with this category within the government's guidelines. This closure was effective Saturday, October 10th.

We have been having such a lovely time practicing yoga together these past two months, restoring balance in our lives and carving out a little sense of peace, camaraderie and a return to normalcy.

Stay safe and be well.

Joanne
x om


Studio Doors Re Open Monday August 10th
[Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, filed under News]

Hello my beautiful yogis,

It is hard to believe that we have been closed for as long as we had been open at our new location on Broadview Avenue.

We are re-opening on Monday, August 10th with a lighter class schedule for now, and a limited class size with a physically distanced practice. Pre-registration is required.

Please familiarize yourself with our re-opening guidelines as outlined below.

Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation during this time of change.

I so look forward to welcoming you back to the studio!

Much kindness,

Joanne
x om




Re-Opening Guidelines
[Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, filed under News]

STUDIO DOORS RE-OPEN MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH

GUIDELINES


Here are some guidelines to allow us to practice together again. Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation as we create the most welcoming and safe space for us to be together, doing what we love... yoga!


Class Fees.
If you are out of pre-paid yoga classes, we prefer that you kindly purchase via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com before class. If this is not available to you, we are happy to accept your cash, cheque or credit card on-site.


Class Schedule + Bookings.
Class offerings will be limited during this time. Classes will be added to our schedule as demand increases. You can find our new schedule outlined below as well as here:
www.bigstretchyoga.com/classes_weekly.php

Pre-registration is mandatory - send an email request to info@bigstretchyoga.com and we will confirm your booking. No walk-ins or late comers.

Must review and agree to Waiver (see below) before attending class.

Please only book into classes that you know you can attend. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration at least 24 hours in advance via email so your spot can be made available to your fellow yogis. No shows will be charged for the class.

You may book a class up to 5 days in advance and no later than an hour and a half before the scheduled class.

FREE on-line classes are available for those who wish to continue practicing from the comfort of home. Gift donations are appreciated for these classes. You can send your gift via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com. www.youtube.com/bigstretchyogaonline


Health + Safety Procedures.
To keep our sweet community safe and happy, we have applied the following health and safety procedures:

All classes will be limited to 6 participants to ensure physical distancing. Please respect physical distancing at ALL times including waiting outside for class and entering the building.

When possible, front doors will be wedged open, no need to touch any handles.

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols.

We are not offering back-to-back classes at this time.

New, lighter schedule will be updated as needed. Please check our on-line schedule here: www.bigstretchyoga.com/classes_weekly.php

Hand sanitizing stations located at the front desk and in the back cloak room.

Teacher will remain at the front during class. There will be no hands-on adjustments.

Changing rooms in the back cloak room are not available at this time. Please come dressed to practice or you can use the washroom for a quick change. Please limit the amount of belongings you bring to class.

Mats and props (straps, blocks, bolsters, blankets etc.) are temporarily unavailable for use. We have a small selection of mats, bags, straps and eye pillows available for purchase.


Help each other stay happy and healthy.
Masks are mandatory upon entering and leaving the building. You may only remove your mask when class begins on your mat.

Please arrive ready to take a class and limit the amount of personal belongings brought into the studio.

Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before class and leave immediately after class. Please do not linger.

Please use the hand sanitizer each time you check in at reception and when you exit our space. Soap and water is in the washroom as always.

Please bring your own mat. We have a selection of mats, bags, eye pillows and straps available for purchase.

Please park your mat to the designated taped markings on the floor.


UPON BOOKING A CLASS WITH US, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING WAIVER BEFORE VISITING STUDIO.


Before entering the studio, I attest to the following:

I do not have any of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause, new onset of cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, worsening chronic cough, chills, headaches, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell, unexplained fatigue.

I have not travelled internationally within the last 14 days.

I have not been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19.

I will practice physical distancing at all times.

I agree to wash my hands with soap or sanitizer each time before entering the practice space.

I will comply with all set procedures put in place by Big Stretch Yoga as well as all municipal, provincial and federal recommended guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or any contagious diseases when attending the studio.
...........


Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation during this time of change.




YouTube - Free on-line videos
[Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, filed under News]

Subscribe to our Big Stretch Yoga Snacks YouTube channel to get updates when we post our new videos so that you can breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us from you own home.

If you are enjoying our free classes and wish to offer us a monetary gift to help support our sweet studio during the COVID-19 closure you can send your gift via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com. Much gratitude.

Stay safe. Stay home.

x om

Web Link: Our YouTube channel (click here)


FREE On-Line Yoga Classes
[Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, filed under News]

Free On-Line Yoga classes!!!

Hello beautiful yogis!

There's no place like hOMe.

Hopefully you have taken some time over the past week or so to sit down and practice some yoga or at least some deep breathing. Trust yourself, follow your heart (or your hamstrings!) and you might just surprise yourself at how well you can practice on your own. You are your own best teacher. Keep it simple and choosing some of your favourite poses for a few minutes a day really helps.

And, now, to inspire your home practice, we have FREE on-line yoga classes that will keep you breathing, stretching and relaxing in the safety of your own home.

The three short videos or "yoga snacks" can be practiced alone or in succession. The first one called BREATHE is a warm up with breath work, the second session, STRETCH, is a bit more of an energetic practice and the third snack, RELAX, is seated and lying down postures. I hope you enjoy them.

It is with great respect that some of you, like myself, may be self-employed, laid off or in financial instability or uncertainty and that is why these classes are offered for FREE. If you are enjoying the classes and find yourself in a more comfortable and stable position and you wish to offer us a monetary gift, you can kindly send your gift via e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com to show your appreciation.

A special thank you to my friend Irina of Irina Fortey Photography for donating her time and expertise in editing the videos.

Wishing you all wellness and sending my love.

Joanne
x om

Here's the weblink to get you breathing, stretching and relaxing...

Web Link: Big Stretch Yoga - On-line Yoga Snacks


BIG Surprise Coming Soon!
[Posted on Friday, March 27, 2020, filed under News]

I am currently working on a special surprise for my sweet yogis and yoginis.

Stay safe, stay home.

Joanne
x om



Temporary Closure - Due to COVID-19
[Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020, filed under News]

Hello beautiful yogis,

Lovely to be breathing, stretching, laughing and relaxing with you these past 22 years in Leaside, and most recently these past few months with our new friends in Cabbagetown, Riverdale, Leslieville, and East Chinatown.

We will be temporarily closing our yoga studio and hope to open again as soon as we can to enjoy our peaceful practice together.

We will continue to inspire and encourage your yoga practice and healthy living through our Instagram and Facebook pages with tips on yoga, meditation and healthy living through beautiful, fun and joyful image captures and articles.

See you sometime soon, take care of each other, and be well.

Much love, kindness, and gratitude,

Joanne
xx om om


We are Closed on Family Day
[Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, filed under News]

Please note that we will be closed on Monday, February 17th for Family Day. Have a lovely day with friends and family.


New Class Schedule beginning February 1st
[Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020, filed under News]

Hello yoga buddies!

Please note that we are updating our Class Schedule to reflect the parking restrictions in the neighbourhood. All of our 10 am classes will now commence at 10:15 am, which means that the 11:30 am classes on the weekend will now begin at 11:45 am.

These class time changes will be effective as of Saturday, February 1st.

Pick up a copy of the schedule next time you are in, or find it below, under "Download".

See you soon to breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us.

Download: Winter:Spring2020Schedule.pdf


New Students Offer! 30 days of yoga for $70
[Posted on Friday, October 11, 2019, filed under News]

With this exclusive, introductory offer, new clients to our Yoga studio can enjoy 30 consecutive days of unlimited yoga classes for only $70 (includes HST).

*This offer is exclusively for new clients only.
Must be used over 30 consecutive days. One class per day. Non-transferable. Cannot be used for pre-registered workshops and classes.



Our new address: 320 Broadview Avenue, just south of Gerrard on the West Side.
[Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2019, filed under News]

Hi everyone! Just in case you missed the news, our Bayview Avenue location is now closed. We have relocated to:

320 Broadview Avenue
Main Floor
Toronto

We are just south of Bridgepoint Health Centre and Gerrard. Our gorgeous new practice space is on the West side.

See you soon to breathe, stretch and relax with us.


We've Moved!
[Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2019, filed under News]

Find us at our new location at 320 Broadview Avenue, Main Floor, just south of Gerrard.

We will be open for classes Tuesday, October 1st.

See you then to breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us.


Last weekend of classes before we move to new location
[Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019, filed under News]

Hello yoga buddies,

This is our last weekend of classes before we move to our new location at 320 Broadview Avenue, just south of Gerrard.

Final classes on Bayview Avenue:
Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd.

All unexpired pre-paid class passes will be accepted at the new location in October.

Much kindness,

Joanne



BIG NEWS - WE'RE MOVING!!!
[Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, filed under News]

Hello there my beloved Big Stretch Community,

As we approach our 20th Anniversary this Autumn, it is with bittersweet emotions that I must inform you that The Big Stretch Yoga Centre is moving at the end of September.

Over these past 20 years, we have created a beautiful, welcoming space of like-minded practitioners. This is such a precious thing, which continues to grow through our enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the practice.

The Landlord for The Big Stretch Yoga Centre's premises recently notified me that they will not be renewing our lease as they are planning to take over the third floor for themselves and move their own offices here. We will continue our yoga practice together here until the end of September.

I am very excited to announce that our new location will be at 320 Broadview Avenue, Main Floor at Broadview and Gerrard. We are located just above the Toronto Tai Chi & Meditation Centre which is owned by my friend Andy James. For those of you who have joined us on our Big Retreats in Rice Lake, you already know Andy and his wife Nicola, proprietors of the Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre where we have been having yoga retreats for the past 16 years. There is definitely a lot of love and good vibes in the building already and I hope that we can imbue our beautiful new practice space with even more positive energy. The new location is easily accessible by the TTC or a few minutes drive South on Broadview, the Bayview Extension or the Don Valley Parkway from Leaside or East York. If you are following us on Instagram and Facebook I will be inspiring and updating you on our progress, our new neighbours, local businesses and attractions in this fabulous area which some like to call China Town East, Riverside, Riverdale or Leslieville.

I will be working behind the scenes to get us up and running for October 1st and will keep you posted of that endeavour. If you haven't practiced with us for a while, you might wish to enjoy some of your classes before we move. All pre-paid yoga classes will be transferred to our new location in October.

In the meantime, see you on the mat to breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us.

Wishing you love and peace and wellness.

Joanne


20th Anniversary Love Letter Writing Contest
[Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019, filed under News]



You could win 20 FREE Yoga Classes!

We are so excited to announce that this October we will be celebrating our 20th Year Anniversary on Bayview Avenue and 22 years in Leaside.

Have you been practicing with us for 20 years? 2 years? 2 months? It doesn't matter.

Take a moment to send us a hand written love letter about your memories or experience with us. Perhaps you have joined us on our retreats, or workshops, made a new friend at class, moved away and came back again, practiced yoga with your baby, practiced yoga as a cross trainer for one of your athletic endeavours, maybe utilized the practice to overcome an illness or help facilitate some healing or recovery. Did you enjoy our early morning Sadhana practices or join in on one of our many Yogathons for Schizophrenia or many other fundraisers including the CNIB or The Toronto Humane Society? Perhaps you have a favourite class or favourite spot that you like to sit in. Perhaps a sentimental note, or you'd like to share a funny story about one of the classes or one of your yoga buddies. Feel free to write about what ever you'd like and be as creative as you'd like. One catch - the letters must be handwritten, no typed letters or computer generated pieces please. Add photos or drawings or a poem if you'd like.

We would love to display some of these letters as we near our BIG Anniversary.

Don't forget, you could win 20 FREE Yoga classes! Good luck and thank you for all these great years!

Our contest is open until September 22nd, 2019.

With love and gratitude,

Joanne

x om


Spring Pop-up Market, May 4th
[Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, filed under News]

We are pleased to announce our upcoming SPRING POP-UP MARKET, right here at The Big Stretch, and hope that you can join us during this festive time of year. One afternoon only, Saturday, May 4th, 1-5 pm.

Most of what we are offering in our shop is handmade, eco-friendly, sustainable or vintage - vintage jewellery and denim, sustainable jewellery and denim, accessories, art, textiles, hemp infused beauty and wellness products, lovely lathers, etc. Featured artists and vendors include: Ani of Simply Suzette, Maija Zemitis of MaiTribe, Alexis' Vintage Jewlery, Melisa of Boneca Lathers, Diosa Beauty & Wellness, DiBa Dog, and more...

As we get closer to the event, we will be teasing you on our social media pages with a sneak peek at our artists and vendors, their bios, offerings and photos.

Big Stretch Yoga will be offering 10% off all yoga products (mats, props, aromatherapies) and a discount on pre-paid drop-in yoga class packages at the event.

Breathe if you love shopping!

#BigStretchYogaPopup
#ShopLocalToronto


Class Fees Increase February 1, 2019
[Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019, filed under News]

For the first time in over 5 years, we are implementing a few pricing changes to our Class Fees. These changes come into effect on February 1, 2019.

It is always cheaper to buy your drop-in classes in bulk, but please note that pre-paid yoga classes expire one year after purchase. We no longer offer 50 Class Packages.

See you soon on the mat to breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us.

Much kindness,

Joanne


2019 CLASS FEES

Current Fees:

1 class ...............$20
5 classes ............$85
10 classes ..........$155
20 classes ..........$280
50 classes N/A

New Fees Effective February 1st:
1 class ................$25
5 classes .............$95
10 classes ...........$175
20 classes ...........$320
50 classes N/A

All fees include 13% HST.
Seniors (65+) and full-time Students with ID receive 10% off.


Yoga at The Toronto Humane Society
[Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018, filed under News]

Update: Our next fun yoga class with furry adoptable animals will be Thursday, August 23rd.
Stay tuned for registration details.


Together we have raised $1800 at our last two fundraising yoga class events at The Toronto Humane Society.

Thank you for all of your support!


We raised $500 for World Animal Protection Canada
[Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017, filed under News]

Thank you so much!!!

We are pleased to announce that we raised $500.00 at our yoga class fundraiser for World Animal Protection Canada last week.

We are sending love and encouragement to their disaster relief team as they work hard to provide emergency treatment for animals in the path of this devastating disaster and help save the lives of countless injured and starving animals.

Web Link: World Animal Protection Canada


Supporting The Toronto Humane Society.
[Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017, filed under News]

Check out this video of my sweet rescue dog Rufus and doing our karma yoga in support of The Toronto Humane Society as your fundraising choice for this October's Scotia Bank Marathon.

Web Link: Join Toronto Humane Society at The Toronto Marathon


Our BIG September Yoga Retreat At Harmony Dawn
[Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017, filed under News]

Clear your mind, breathe deep, stretch, relax, laugh, refresh.

Occasionally, we need to pause - and step away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. One way to do this is to get away from our daily life and go on retreat. More than just a vacation, a retreat offers us time to rest, heal, reflect, and renew our spirit so that we may emerge renewed, refreshed, and ready to return to our everyday lives with a new perspective.

Our BIG Yoga Retreat, in Rice Lake, Ontario, offers quiet, solitude, and sometimes even silence. During our yoga classes, overlooking Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre's beautiful meadow, our senses can be reawakened to the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. Time to really listen when a bird sings, deeply breathe in the smell of flowers, grass, or earth, and delight in a soft breeze blowing on our cheek. You might even sneak a peak at the fox family, some deer or hear a coyote howl.

Harmony Dawn is an acclaimed, leading-edge Green retreat. It incorporates principles of Feng-shui and Yin-Yang balance, which includes its food -- a major draw for repeat guests.

On our BIG Retreat we have time to discover epiphanies through asanas, take a long, reflective walk through the woods, a refreshing dip in Rice Lake and roast a marshmallow or two.

September 15 - 17 - for more details:
http://bigstretchyoga.com/retreats_retreats.php

Web Link: Photos from past retreats.


Toronto Life Magazine on The Big Stretch Yoga Centre
[Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016, filed under News]

"Clean and serene, this spacious, south-facing studio boasts large windows and gauzy white curtains. The instruction, from director Joanne Lowe, is equally soothing. Drawing on the influence of several philosophies, she developed her own unique approach to teaching. Classes follow vinyasa or flowing style, beginning with pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and ending in savasana (final relaxation). Gentle Stretch classes are suitable for beginners, pregnant women and seniors. Big Stretch classes integrate breathing with classic hatha sitting, standing, bending and twisting postures."


Staying in Touch
[Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, filed under News]

I wanted to take a moment to connect or re-connect, and to say thanks for all that I've learned from you over the years, on and off the mat. There are many options out there for deepening your yoga practice, so thank you for choosing to come to The Big Stretch and allowing me to be part of that journey.

It's been a great year so far. Together, we've raised funds for the Yogathon and collected food and toys for those in need. We cheered on The Big Stretch's house league Leaside hockey team. Babies from the original moms-and-babies yoga classes have grown up and are coming to class on their own. And we've had some success stories along the way: Patrick Chan, who enjoyed classes as a teen, has gone on to become a world figure-skating champion.

In our close-knit yoga community, it's great to see some of you back to class after injuries or rehab, and those turning to yoga to augment therapies for everything from Lyme disease to cancer recovery. Some of you have moved away, or even moved back again, got married (or remarried), had babies or became grandparents. Together on the mat we've shared a lot of laughter and tears.

I value your opinions, thoughts and suggestions, and I'd love to get your feedback on how the current class schedule is working for you and if there is anything new you'd like to see:

* How is the schedule working for you?
* Is there a time slot that would better serve you?
* Have you tried the new Flow & Let Go Yoga class? If so, what are your thoughts?
* Have you ever tried our Restorative Yoga classes?
* What is your favourite class/time here?
* How do you come to class: walk, drive, TTC, bike?
* Do you enjoy participating in Karma Yoga efforts, such as food and toy drives?
* Are you interested in joining an upcoming retreat?
* Did you know that we hold private classes for birthday parties, bridal parties and corporate events?

Drop me a line, or let me know next time you come to class. I'd love to hear from you!

I hope to see you soon to breathe, stretch and relax.

Joanne


Our Hockey Team - Go Yoga, Go Yoga!!!
[Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, filed under News]

Did you know that The Big Stretch has sponsored a hockey team for the Leaside Hockey Association? You can come on out and cheer on the team at the games on Sunday mornings and Monday nights at Leaside Memorial Gardens. Yeahhhh Big Stretch!!!


Our Sweet Sixteen!!!
[Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015, filed under News]

A Big Thank You!

Celebrating 16 Years of Breathing, Stretching, Laughing & Relaxing!

This October The Big Stretch Yoga Centre is celebrating its 16th year on Bayview Avenue and its 18th year in the Leaside neighbourhood. Over the past 16 years, we've created a beautiful, welcoming space of like-minded practitioners. This is such a precious thing, which continues to grow through our enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the practice. Yoga is about intimacy, not only with ourselves - our breath, our bodies, our mind, our heart - but with our family, friends, loved ones and community.

It is our anniversary and we are so excited to celebrate with you so check out our Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Sale from October 1 - 16th only.

Thank you for 16 fabulous years!

With sweet sincerity,

Joanne



Web Link: Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Sale


Yoga Class Fundraiser for Nepal
[Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015, filed under News]

This Friday, May 8th, 6:30 - 7:45 pm
$20. Pre-registration required, space is limited.

Natural and man-made disasters wreak havoc on millions of people and their environment every year. Animals can be the forgotten victims, left behind, hungry and in pain.

With dedicated disaster operations teams based in Asia and Latin America, World Animal Protection Canada is expert in alleviating disaster-related animal suffering.

Helping animals disaster-struck animals not only reduces their distress, it helps whole communities. Many of the world's poorest people are totally reliant on animals for food, transport and their livelihoods; domestic animals provide valued companionship the world over.

Class fees will be donated to World Animal Protection Canada.

Please register in person, via phone or email.


Peace of Minds Yogathon in Support of The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
[Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, filed under News]

UPDATE: THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your support and those who participated and donated funds to this event. This year, The Big Stretch was the top fundraiser, raising $3600 for the Peace of Minds initiative.
On Saturday, February 28th, I am participating in The Peace of Minds Yogathon for Schizophrenia to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. I will also be teaching at this event.

This is my 10th year participating in this worthwhile fundraiser and I am doing it for my brother Jimmy who has schizophrenia.

You can learn more about my brother Jimmy and make an on-line donation (tax receipts provided via email), by going to my personal fundraising page (web link below). You can also make donations the old-fashioned way in person, right here at The Big Stretch (cash or cheque only - charitable tax receipts provided for donations over $20).

This fundraiser benefits the "Peace of Minds" youth engagement initiative, which helps youth and youth workers identify the signs and symptoms of psychosis; understand the importance of getting help early; and encourages them to fight the stigma associated with schizophrenia by speaking out against myths related to the illness.

Thank you for your support.

Cut and paste this link into your browser to make a donation. Thank you. https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=2700260&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-1


$400 Raised for The Toronto Humane Society
[Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014, filed under News]

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR helping Karma Dogi Rufus raise funds for his buddies back at the shelter. We raised $400 for the Toronto Humane Society!

Congratulations to Batsheva Shainhouse who won our raffle of a Big Stretch Yoga Essentials Prize Package: 10 yoga classes, silk and lavender eye pillow, Lavender Ylang Ylang lotion, Clean and Fresh Mat Spray and a Mala Collective Om Bracelet - Value $270.

Breathe if you love fundraising!


Celebrating 15 Years on Bayview!
[Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, filed under News]

A Big Thank You!

On October 3, 2014, The Big Stretch Yoga Centre is celebrating its 15th year on Bayview Ave. and its 17th year in the Leaside neighbourhood. Over the past 15 years, we've created a beautiful, welcoming space of like-minded practitioners. This is such a precious thing, which continues to grow through our enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the practice. Yoga is about intimacy, not only with ourselves - our breath, our bodies, our mind, our heart - but with our family, friends, loved ones and community. Together, off the mat, we have gathered toys, food and monies to donate to many worthwhile charities, and we have come together to save this building when the City wanted to tear it down to build a parking lot. The Big Stretch Yoga Centre has also sponsored local soccer and hockey teams and provided donations for school fundraisers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you, including my students, friends, family, neighbours, teachers and business associates, for a fabulous 15 years.

Joy, love and laughter to you all.

Joanne


Our BIG September Yoga Retreat At Harmony Dawn
[Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2014, filed under News]

Clear your mind, breathe deep, stretch, relax, laugh, refresh.

Occasionally, we need to pause - and step away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. One way to do this is to get away from our daily life and go on retreat. More than just a vacation, a retreat offers us time to rest, heal, reflect, and renew our spirit so that we may emerge renewed, refreshed, and ready to return to our everyday lives with a new perspective.

Our BIG Yoga Retreat, in Rice Lake, Ontario, offers quiet, solitude, and sometimes even silence. During our yoga classes, overlooking Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre's beautiful meadow, our senses can be reawakened to the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. Time to really listen when a bird sings, deeply breathe in the smell of flowers, grass, or earth, and delight in a soft breeze blowing on our cheek. You might even sneak a peak at the fox family, some deer or hear a coyote howl.

On our BIG Retreat we have time to discover epiphanies through asanas, take a long, reflective walk through the woods, a refreshing dip in Rice Lake and roast a marshmallow or two.

September 15 - 17 - for more details:
http://bigstretchyoga.com/retreats_retreats.php

Web Link: Photos from past retreats.


A Big Thank You from The Big Stretch - SSO Fundraiser
[Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014, filed under News]

A Big Thank You from The Big Stretch for all of your very kind and generous donations this year.

Together we raised $2,756, not to mention some of The Big Stretch Yoga Centre's lovely clientele including Sarah Reynolds and her beautiful daughters Victoria and Charlotte, who together raised $1,420. The lovely Lauren raised a whopping $786 at her very first yogathon and longtime student Daniela and her flexible entourage also attended. Former Karate Master and current Big Stretch Yogi, Jesse Bigelow, emceed the event at The Great Hall in downtown Toronto.

Your support of The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario aids in its mission to help the 130,000 Ontarians living with schizophrenia and psychosis, through programs and services that offer counselling and support.

Thank you everyone!


2014 Yogathon Fundraiser for The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
[Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014, filed under News]

On Saturday, February 22nd, I am participating in The Yogathon for Schizophrenia to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. I will also be teaching at this event.

This is my 9th year participating in this worthwhile fundraiser and I am doing it for my brother Jimmy who has schizophrenia.

You can learn more about my brother Jimmy and make an on-line donation (tax receipts provided via email), by going to my personal fundraising page (web link below) or if you'd like to join the event yourself, check-out the website at www.schizophrenia.on.ca. You can also make donations the old-fashioned way in person, right here at The Big Stretch (cash or cheque only - charitable tax receipts provided for donations over $20).

This fundraiser benefits the "Peace of Minds" youth engagement initiative, which helps youth and youth workers identify the signs and symptoms of psychosis; understand the importance of getting help early; and encourages them to fight the stigma associated with schizophrenia by speaking out against myths related to the illness.

Thanks for your support.

Web Link: Sponsor Joanne here - Donate to the Yogathon for Schizophrenia


New art installation - inspiring photography
[Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, filed under News]

Check out our inspiring new art installation of stunning photography. These yoga and nature images were captured in Crothers Woods in the Don River Valley by top Toronto photographer Irina Fortey of Irina Photography.

A big thanks to longtime friend Sandra Topper of SGT Enterprises, for assisting with lighting, lugging, liquids and laughter - and, for helping me out of the rapids!!!

What a fun time we had capturing these images in 40 degree Celsius weather.

See you soon to breathe, stretch, laugh and relax with us.

Web Link: Irina Photography


Fundraising Endeavours - $300.00 raised for WSPA
[Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013, filed under News]

A Big Thank You from The Big Stretch.

Our Sunday, November 17th afternoon yoga class fundraiser had to compete with Santa Claus and The Argos, however, The Big Stretch's karma yogis and yoginis still came together to breathe, stretch and relax our way to raise $300.00 for WSPA Canada's disaster response team's efforts in the Philippines.

The WSPA team is on the ground in the Philippines, responding to this urgent situation.

Much thanks and kindness,

Joanne


The Big Stretch is 14 years old!!!
[Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013, filed under News]

The Big Stretch is celebrating is 14th year on Bayview Avenue and its 16th year in the Leaside neighbour this week and we are truly thankful for that.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you; my students, friends, family, neighbours, teachers, business associates and four-legged friends, for a fabulous 14 years.

Joy, love and laughter to you all,

Joanne


Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Daily Bread Food Bank
[Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013, filed under News]

UPDATE Thanks everyone for another successful food drive. The food has been dropped off at our local fire station on McRae Drive.
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Once again, in the spirit of karma yoga, The Big Stretch is having its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank. We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items (most needed items: baby formula and food, beans and lentils, canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish and meat, cans of soup or hearty stew, dried pasta and tomato sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, rice; canned, powdered or Tetra Pak cartons of milk) until Sunday, October 13th.

Bring along a can of food to class this week and help fight hunger.

What are you thankful for???

Joanne


A Big Stretch for Earthships Malawi - Yoga Class Fundraiser Friday, September 20th
[Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, filed under News]

Come stretch for Earthships Malawi to empower people and promote sustainability!

Friday September 20th, 6:00 - 7:45 pm.
$20. Please rsvp.

Update: Thank you for your support - we raised $240 for Alex Topper's trip to Malawi to build an off-the-grid Community Centre Earthship. Alex is a true Karma Yogi!

For more details click the link below:

Web Link: Earthships Malawi Fundraiser details


2013 Yogathon for The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
[Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, filed under News]

UPDATE: Wow, together we raised $3,545.00 this year and were the top fundraiser!!! Thanks for your kind support.

On Saturday, February 23rd, I am participating in The Yogathon for Schizophrenia to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. I will also be teaching at this event.

This is my 8th year participating in this worthwhile fundraiser and I am doing it for my brother Jimmy who has schizophrenia. He is pictured with me here when we were very young (my very first Lion's pose!!!).

You can learn more about my brother Jimmy and make an on-line donation (tax receipts provided via email), by going to my personal fundraising page (web link below) or if you'd like to join the event yourself, check-out the website at www.yogathon.ca. You can also make donations the old-fashioned way in person, right here at The Big Stretch (cash or cheque only - charitable tax receipts provided for donations over $20).

This fundraiser benefits the "Peace of Minds" youth engagement initiative, which helps youth and youth workers identify the signs and symptoms of psychosis; understand the importance of getting help early; and encourages them to fight the stigma associated with schizophrenia by speaking out against myths related to the illness.

Thanks for your support.

Web Link: Sponsor Joanne here - Donate to the Yogathon for Schizophrenia


The Big Stretch adopts a tree!!!
[Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, filed under News]

The Big Stretch Yoga Centre has adopted a tree in front of 1560 Bayview Avenue as part of the Bayview Buckets initiative in affiliation with LEAF.

Street trees make our neighbourhood green and beautiful so The Big Stretch Yoga Centre is doing our part by watering the tree in front of our business.

Just three buckets of water a week will save street trees.

The tree represents the circle of life. It evokes deep grounding and faith and symbolizes wisdom, protection, beauty, strength and continuous growth.

UPDATE: August 22nd - After being landscaped only a day and half ago, our hard work which included weeding, adding rocks, pebbles, birch, acorns, woven willow and mulch; our landscaping has been stolen/vandalized and during the day time!!!!. Anyhow, we will continue to water the tree (it's a little bit of a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree at the moment) but will not re-landscape. Hopefully the remaining mulch will keep it moist and keep down the weeds. Thanks so much Judy for helping me with this project!!!

LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. Since 1996, LEAF has actively engaged residents in urban forest stewardship through planting, education and training.

Web Link: LEAF


Buyer Beware - Star Auctions
[Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012, filed under News]

Please note that The Big Stretch Yoga Centre will not accept Gift Certificates purchased from Star Auctions (part of the Toronto Star).


WWF fundraising success - $520 raised!
[Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, filed under News]

On Saturday, March 31st, yogis and yoginis gathered at The Big Stretch Yoga Centre, in honour of Earth Hour, to turn out the lights, to practice peace together and to raise $520 for the WWF.

Earth Hour's goal is to raise awareness about climate change and symbolize that, working together the people of the world can make a difference in the fight against climate change.

Thanks everyone for joining me for an omtastic yoga class in the dark!

I photographed the polar bear shown at right when I visited Churchill, Manitoba last year.


Yogathon for SSO - $3,586.00 raised!!!!
[Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2012, filed under News]

The 2012 Peace of Minds Yogathon held on Saturday, February 25th was a tremendous success!

The Big Stretch Yoga Centre was the top fundraiser for the 7th year in a row and together we raised $3,586.00 with more donations still coming in.

The event raised approximately $36,000 overall with funds still coming in.

Thank you to my friends, family and yoga students for your kind and generous support.

A special shout out to The Big Stretch Yoga Centre's students Jesse Bigelow who raised $1,185.00 and Sarah Reynolds who raised $608.00!!!! Well done!

And, A Big Stretch, big thank you to Gulden Kilic for donating her time, spirit and expertise to teach at The Big Stretch Yoga Centre during my absence and volunteering to do so on behalf of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. Now that is Karma Yoga at its finest. Namaste sweet Gulden.



Web Link: Sponsor Joanne here - Donate to the Yogathon for Schizophrenia


2013 Yogathon for Schizophrenia
[Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2012, filed under News]

On Saturday, February 23rd, I am participating in The Yogathon for Schizophrenia to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. I will also be teaching at this event.

This is my 8th year participating in this worthwhile fundraiser and I am doing it for my brother Jimmy who has schizophrenia. He is pictured with me here when we were very young (my very first Lion's pose!!!).

You can learn more about my brother Jimmy and make an on-line donation (tax receipts provided via email), by going to my personal fundraising page (web link below) or if you'd like to join the event yourself, check-out the website at www.yogathon.ca. You can also make donations the old-fashioned way in person, right here at The Big Stretch (cash or cheque only - charitable tax receipts provided for donations over $20).

This fundraiser benefits the "Peace of Minds" youth engagement initiative, which helps youth and youth workers identify the signs and symptoms of psychosis; understand the importance of getting help early; and encourages them to fight the stigma associated with schizophrenia by speaking out against myths related to the illness.

Thanks for your support.

Web Link: Sponsor Joanne here - Donate to the Yogathon for Schizophrenia


Tania Love's Art and Lighting Installation
[Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011, filed under News]

Drop in and check out our new lighting and art installation by Tania Love, pictured at right.

"The stretches of sand and horizon of the lake and sky offered an entirely new palette and mood. Looking to reflect the water and element and patterns I saw in the sand, I adapted the Japanese tradition of "suminagashi". It is is often used as a method of marbling paper, but is essentially a drawing made of sumi ink floating on water. Sumi ink is made of ash and soot mixed with a vegetable binder. I liked the idea of working with the combined elements of water and fire, through its ash residue." ~ Tania Love

Check out more photos of the installation in our Gallery section of the website.

Web Link: Tania Love


Two fundraisers - Japan and WWF - over $1,100.00 raised.
[Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011, filed under News]

Wow, thanks for your support and participation. Together we raised over $1,100.00 at our specialty yoga classes benefiting Japan and the World Wildlife Fund.

On Wednesday, March 23rd, participants gathered for a gentle yoga class instructed by Joanne Lowe with live music and vocals by Debbie Danbrook. Giselle of the Barber's Daughter also joined in by donating proceeds from the sale of her beautiful, inspired jewelery.

On Saturday, March 26th, our class was held in the dark, by candlelight, in support of Earth Hour. The event encourages awareness of climate change and about energy - how we produce it and how we use it. Class fees were donated to the World Wildlife Fund of Canada.

Thanks to all those who participated or who were unable to participate but donated anyway - karma yoga at its finest!


2011 Yogathon for Schizophrenia - $4500.00 raised!!!
[Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011, filed under News]

Wow, thanks, together we raised $4,500.00 for this fundraiser!!! You can still donate to this worthwile cause by clicking on the link below.

On Saturday, March 5th, I am participating in The Yogathon for Schizophrenia to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.

This is my 6th year participating in this worthwhile fundraiser and I do it for my brother Jimmy who has schizophrenia. He is pictured with me here when we were very young (my very first Lion's pose).

You can learn more about my brother Jimmy and make an on-line donation (tax receipts provided via email) by going to my personal fundraising page (web link below) or if you'd like to join the event yourself, check-out the website www.yogathon.ca. You can also make donations in person, right here at The Big Stretch.

This fundraiser benefits the "Peace of Minds" youth engagement initiative, which helps youth and youth workers identify the signs and symptoms of psychosis; understand the importance of getting help early; and encourages them to fight the stigma associated with schizophrenia by speaking out against myths related to the illness.

Thanks for your support.

Web Link: Sponsor Joanne - Donate to the Yogathon for Schizophrenia


Pre-paid Class Expiry
[Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010, filed under News]

"Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory." ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

A gentle reminder dear yogis and yoginis about your pre-paid yoga classes - 5 and10 pre-paid classes expire one year from date of purchase. 20 and 50 pre-paid classes expire two years from date of purchase. Do continue your yoga practice and your investment in yourself. According to Swami Lex, there are two rules of yoga - Begin and Continue.

See you soon to breathe, stretch and relax with us.


$400.00 raised for Pakistan - Fundraiser
[Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, filed under News]

Don't let hope get washed away...

On Tuesday, August 24th, we raised $400.00 at our Candlelight Yoga Class benefiting Pakistan. A BIG thanks to all who participated in the fundraiser.



$575 raised for the CNIB!
[Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010, filed under News]

"The best and most beautiful things in the world, cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart." ~ Helen Keller

The Great Canadian Yoga Stretch for the CNIB was a health and wellness fundraiser held at the end of May. It was all about getting active, raising money and making a difference in the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

Over the last 10 years I have been fortunate enough to volunteer at the CNIB teaching yoga classes to blind or partially sighted children, teens, and adults. It has been challenging, fun and highly rewarding.

Web Link: Click here to sponsor me.


10th Anniversary - Director's Message
[Posted on Sunday, May 9, 2010, filed under News]

A Big Thanks: The Big Stretch Yoga Centre is celebrating its 10th year on Bayview Ave. and its 12th year in the Leaside neighbourhood. Over the past 10 years, we've created a beautiful, welcoming space of like-minded practitioners. This is such a precious thing, which continues to grow through our enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the practice. Yoga is about intimacy, not only with ourselves - our breath, our bodies, our mind, our heart - but with our family, friends, loved ones and community. Together, off the mat, we have gathered toys, food and monies to donate to many worthwhile charities, and we have come together to save this building when the City wanted to tear it down to build a parking lot.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank so many of you, including my students, friends, family, neighbours, teachers and business associates, for a fabulous 10 years.

Joy, love and laughter to you all.

Joanne


Earth Hour - $450 raised for the WWF
[Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, filed under News]

Friends of The Big Stretch gathered on March 27th for a candlelight yoga class during Earth Hour to raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund. Together we raised $450 as well as awareness for our environment.


Yogathon For Schizophrenia - raised $4055.00!!!
[Posted on Friday, March 12, 2010, filed under News]

A Big Thank You to friends, family and students of Joanne and The Big Stretch Yoga Centre for your kind and generous donations. Together we raised $4,055.00 and are the top fundraiser for 5 years straight.

Supporters of the SSO -- yoga enthusiasts and novices alike -- came together for this karmic event to raise funds and awareness to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by schizophrenia on Saturday, March 6 at The Berkeley Church.

This year's funds will help support SSO's Early Intervention Program which seeks to raise awareness of psychotic disorders. This will lead to early diagnosis and treatment and enhance the chances of recovery among young people.



Web Link: Sponsor me here


A Big Stretch For Haiti - $850 Raised!!!!!
[Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010, filed under News]

Wow, thanks, together we raised $850.00!!!!

We invite you to participate in a Fundraiser benefiting the recovery, relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Come share yourself and your energy - mind, body, and soul - as we support Haiti and send our love, light and prayers to all her people with a lovely yoga class by candlelight - all levels welcome.

The world is responding to the disaster in Haiti, and people around the world are coming together to help in any way they can. When we join together, amazing things can happen.

100% of your class fee will be donated to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

$20 advance registration required to reserve your spot for this candlelight yoga class on Friday, January 29th from 6 - 7:30 pm.