Friday, December 15, 2017


Today's Classes


Retreats & Workshops


Comfort and Joy - Holiday Sadhana
Dec 11 to Dec 15, 2017




Flow Yoga Fundraiser for The Toronto Humane Society
Dec 30, 2017




Yoga on New Year's Eve - 8:30 pm or 10:30 pm.
Dec 31 to Jan 1, 2017




News


Holiday Food & Toy Donations
[posted:2017-11-28]




Wednesday, December 6th classes are cancelled
[posted:2017-11-28]




Live wellness. Give wellness.
[posted:2017-11-24]




Recent Features


VIP Shopping Party at Lole!
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2017-10-25]




18th Anniversary Yoga Class Special
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2017-10-11]




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




Accolades & Testimonials


MaryAnn on her first class
[Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you so much, it was a wonderful class. I am looking forward to next time. It had been several years since I did any form of exercise and even longer since i did yoga. I had such a great experience, I really felt comfortable, relaxed, very stretched haha, and it just felt easy to slip
into the rhythm of the class. It's all true what they say, Joanne at Big Stretch is fantastic!!!!"


From Hanne
[Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Dear Joanne,
Thank you for your wonderful yoga classes - you've had me soooo relaxed again today that my brain couldn't form the words to thank you and wish you a cozy weekend!!!
On the way out I overheard two ladies commenting that your class was exactly what they needed - being stretched every which way - and I couldn't agree more!
So next time you find me just grinning at you you'll know why!! Ha ha... Looking so much forward to your next class."
~ Hanne


Kind words form a new student.
[Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thanks Joanne - I really appreciate the follow up and truly enjoyed the three days of classes. I must admit that I never really looked at yoga before, since I never believed that I could get my legs crossed... smiles. Obviously now I realize that is not important anyway!I truly am enjoying the sessions and feel that it is helping with
both my lower back and ankle pain.
See you tomorrow.
Ciao for now!" ~ F.D.


Judy Wyatt
[Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Since my first yoga class, I just knew I had found my perfect, calming studio to practice yoga. Right from the start, when I entered The Big Stretch Yoga Centre, to the final relaxation. It has a very friendly community and has that "Joie De Vivre" atmosphere. The teacher has a soothing, calming voice that takes you to your place away in paradise. I wouldn't dream of practicing yoga anywhere else. There's no other yoga studio that I'd rather stretch, breath and relax in. Om and Namaste." ~ Judy Wyatt


Irina Fortey
[Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I've been with The Big Stretch Yoga Centre for over 5 years! I recommend it to everyone! Joanne's warmth and the space of the studio is always inviting and relaxing. I always leave feeling balanced and refreshed." ~ Irina Fortey


Gillian Ivey
[Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"The Big Stretch has become my favourite studio in the city, with Joanne becoming my favourite teacher in turn. The atmosphere is welcoming and peaceful and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a safe haven to nurture their yoga practice." ~ Gillian Ivey


Sue Lynn Chong
[Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"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


Maria Milanetti
[Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Big Stretch is a great space with a fantastic yoga instructor in Joanne. She is so talented and calming, and she connects with her class in a very peaceful and health affirming way. If you haven't tried it you should seriously consider it. Eleven years ago she convinced me that doing yoga was possible for me, and I haven't looked back!" ~ Maria Milanetti


Lucy on Chakra Yin Yoga and more...
[Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Hi Joanne,
I always leave the Big Stretch studio knowing I've spent time in a very special place.... every time ....every class....no exceptions and for many years.
In a moment of quiet clarity after yesterday's Chakra Yin Yoga workshop I realized that the Big Stretch studio for me is a safe place...a quietly consistent presence navigating seamlessly through many stages of my life - the good times and the not so good times.
How is this possible?
It is just who you are.
Namaste
Peace
Lucy"


Toronto Life Magazine
[Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"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."


Hanne on our new Tuesday morning Flow & Let Go Yoga class.
[Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Dearest Joanne, thank you so very much for your very special Tuesday class!!! I love each and every class you are giving but Tuesday's are extraordinary - I feel so deeply stretched and relaxed - I never want to get up and leave afterwards. Wishing you always warm and sunny days. Cheers!" ~ Hanne


Dianne Perkin on Sweet Sixteen Anniversary
[Posted on Sunday, October 4, 2015, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, Congrats on your milestone anniversary!!! A wonderful achievement. You're terrific!" ~ Dianne Perkin


Kara on New Year's Day Restorative Yoga
[Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thanks so much Joanne for the lovely New Year's Day session. It was so relaxing and set me up for the year." ~ Kara


Dianne P. on Our 15th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone! You are fabulous and your wonderful spirit and energy creates your special yoga studio and fills it with love, compassion and healing energy. My best to you and may the next 15 + years be as wonderful. Hugs and namaste." ~ Dianne P.


Cheryl Sylvester on Our 15th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Congratulations Joanne! Here's to you for gently holding and breathing life every day into your Big Stretch vision, which sustains all of us who practice with you. You are an inspiring yoga teacher, businesswoman, citizen and human being. You'll be humbly embarrassed that I said all of that but it's true! Namaste." ~ Cheryl Sylvester


Irina Fortey on Our 15th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Congratulations Joanne! You have the kindest and warmest heart, the space is truly remarkable and wishing you many more wonderful years!" ~ Irina Fortey


Sarah Reynolds on our 15th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Congratulations Joanne! Big Stretch has been a wonderful, welcoming space for me and my family." ~ Sarah Reynolds


Libbie Oag on Our 15th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Congratulations on a beautiful, soulful business." ~ Libbie Oag


Virginia G. on Our 15th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to all of us - you are the best!" ~ Virginia G.


Irina Fortey on 2014 Yoga Retreat
[Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Hello Master Joanne, thank you for being a lovely retreat leader, it was a wonderful weekend. Feeling rebalanced and rested... which was much needed. The food was divine!" ~ Irina Fortey


Lindy King on 2014 Summer Retreat
[Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you very much for a restful retreat filled with peace, an opportunity to meet people and a chance to enjoy family hospitality in an idyllic setting. Thanks for the healthy, dream filled weekend!" ~ Lindy King


Rachel D.
[Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you so much for such great yogic experiences. Sadhanas, retreat, workshops, so many Thursday nights. You've been a very positive influence in my life for a lot of years. You are the thing I miss most about my old neighbourhood. Thank you for such good memories and for helping me make yoga a part of my life. Namaste." ~ Rachel


Spring Sadhana 2014 - Kim C.
[Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

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


Hanne B. on Earth Hour Yoga Class
[Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Dear Joanne, my daughter and I would like to thank you so very much for your special yoga class - it was absolutely wonderful!!! I loved the circle and your sequence of asanas was both energizing and relaxing - what a special treat!" ~ Hanne B.


Lauren
[Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I've been to a lot of yoga studios, but The Big Stretch is really the only place that I've actually felt that I'm able to relax and let go." ~ Lauren


Peggy W. on Restorative Yoga and Gentle StretchYoga
[Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for helping me keep in touch with my breath!" ~ Peggy W.


Selby
[Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for sharing the peace!" ~ Selby T.


Rachelle C. on Restorative Yoga and Sitar Accompaniment
[Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for the gorgeous yoga and Ram. He was sweet.....and very knowledgeable." ~ Rachelle C.


Natasa and Ann - Summer Retreat 2013
[Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, thank you so much for organizing an AMAZING retreat. We both felt like new people -- re-energized and so calm....love Natasa and Ann." ~ The Hatsios sisters


Irina Fortey on 2013 Yoga Retreat
[Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"You've created a wonderful retreat at Harmony Dawn. I will always remember this beautiful journey of breathing, stretching and relaxing. Thank you for bringing your peaceful spirit." ~ Irina Fortey


Rika L. on 5 Day Summer Sadhana
[Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you so much for our gentle and calming Sadhana. You are a very bright light in my day." ~ Rika L.


Wendy S. on 5 Day Summer Sadhana
[Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Oh my that was a lovely way to start the day. Can't wait 'til tomorrow. I have wanted to sign up for one of these for many years...so glad to be doing this now!" ~ Wendy S.


Femke L.
[Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your yoga class. I'm at a stage in my journey where I want to draw the mind inwards in order to examine it and familiarize myself with its nature. The way that you teach and the compassion that you bring into your class is very conducive to this kind of exploration." ~ Femke L.


Trevor after a few weeks of practice
[Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Omg. I almost touched my toes. Awesome!" ~ Trevor D.


Irina Fortey on December 2012 Comfort & Joy Sadhana
[Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Comfort & Joy - an outstanding and refreshing practice for a crazy world! You've outdone yourself by putting together such a wonderful course during such a busy time of year. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself with a morning practice and find peace. I felt fantastic and would highly recommend it to anyone." ~ Irina Fortey


Evelyne K.
[Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Merci!!! Je me sens tellement mieux apres tou yoga." ~ Evelyne K.


Kara C. on New Year's Eve 2012 Yoga class
[Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thanks so much, Joanne. I love attending this class; it always sets me up for the year ahead and puts me in the real spirit of the holidays. You are a gem. Have a wonderful 2013!!!" ~ Kara C.


Pat Z.
[Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Better than tylenol!" ~ Pat Z.


Amanda
[Posted on Saturday, September 8, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for your warm welcome. I am really enjoying the classes. I appreciated at the end of the session today when you told us to thank ourselves for taking time out of our busy days to come and do this. Now that my boys are a bit bigger I've promised myself to take some time for me. I love how your classes are structured. I thoroughly enjoy the relaxation and deep breathing." ~ Amanda


Hanne B.
[Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Your classes are such a wonderful treat and I am so happy to have found you!" ~ Hanne B.


Elisa on Spring Sadhana 2012
[Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you Joanne. Feeling much more like myself. Yoga rocks!" ~ Elisa


Irina F. - Birthday/Earth Day Yoga Class
[Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for being an amazing teacher of breath and spirit! Your studio is inspiring and recharging. Your gift has blessed my life and I am grateful to have you instruct on Earth Day for my birthday yoga class." ~ Irina F.


Elisa
[Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"My body feels much better in every way with regular practice. The sense of mental clarity it bestows always trumps the obvious physical benefits. Carving out these increments of restorative time for myself always yields the quieter, calmer mental space to withstand the hectic pace of these busy years. I hope you realize how much I treasure the yoga classes I get to." ~ Elisa


Tasha Thomas, Shizophrenia Society of Ontario
[Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"On behalf of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, thank you for your ongoing support and dedication. Your contributions are truly appreciated." ~ Tasha Thomas, Development Associate, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario


Heather Foran on Restorative Yoga
[Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you, great Restorative class today Joanne!! What a treat and on such a beautiful day, felt like a vacation. Must do more of this kind of thing, thank you so much for offering it to us!!" ~ Heather Foran


Jesse Bigelow
[Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

" I find that yoga gives me energy and mental stability and is a great way to let go. I love the energy and sense of community in the yoga class. As well, I like the fact that I can take some time for me." ~ Jesse Bigelow


Jennifer B. on yoga in Leaside
[Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I'm new to the Leaside neighbourhood and was looking for a great yoga studio. I'm so happy that I've found The Big Stretch Yoga Centre! I definitely feel at home here not only in Leaside, but in your warm, welcoming and inspiring yoga studio." ~ Jennifer B.


Hanne on Candlelight Restorative Yoga
[Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"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.


Helen Younder
[Posted on Friday, October 7, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Yoga is an integral part of my life keeping me centred, calm, and appreciative of the simple things in life. Healing poses stretch the mind and body, not to mention my posture has improved greatly along with my flexibility, which in turn has helped some medical issues. I'm blessed having Joanne in my life as she shares her gift with me and others." ~ Helen Younder


Lee Zardo on Corporate Yoga Class
[Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"What can I say other than a heartfelt thank you for all you've shared with our people. You are truly an exceptional person and we are all better off having been led by you." ~ Lee Zardo , Manager, ENERJI Centre, Janssen Inc.


Summer Yoga Retreat 2011
[Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, thank you again so much for your many gifts so freely and kindly given, I feel like I had a week of refreshment in only 2 days. All our hosts, and every member of our group brought optimism and forward looking energy, fantastic! Namaste." ~ Susan


Chelsea Lumiere, Donor Relations, WWF-Canada
[Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you AGAIN for your support! Your ongoing fundraising events are helping WWF to reach important conservation goals." ~ Chelsea Lumiere, Donor Relations Coordinator, WWF-Canada

Web Link: WWF-Canada


Kate Morgan
[Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I thoroughly enjoyed my class at The Big Stretch and am looking forward to attending more of your classes as I work them around my schedule. Your space was warm, welcoming and your voice was gentle and soothing. I enjoyed the structure of the class very much. You created an environment that encouraged students to work at whatever level was comfortable for them at that moment and I really appreciate that approach. Thank you again." ~ Kate Morgan


Marlane Oliver
[Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I definitely felt "at home" in the class last week. I slept better, felt stretched in a good way the next day, walked taller and took deeper breaths. All good. Namaste" ~ Marlane Oliver


Cheryl Sylvester on January 2011 Sadhana
[Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"A deep hug of gratitude to you for getting up those cold January mornings and leading us in the Sadhana! I'm very grateful for your teaching and support. After 14 days, I am feeling more open, more flexible, more physically confident and naturally, more centred and balanced. And just a little proud of myself." ~ Cheryl Sylvester


Eleanor Allgood
[Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"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


Arlene Hershfield
[Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Love your sense of humour, and that you always lead us to give back." ~ Arlene Hershfield


Irina Fortey
[Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about starting a yoga practice .... to simply GO FOR IT!!! The experience is wonderful and very rewarding as you become more and more flexible. There is something magical when you can connect with your body in a peaceful way. ~ Irina Fortey


Jennifer Manley
[Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Yoga really makes me feel much better after a stressful day at school. I especially like when there are candles lit up because it makes the room look magical." ~ Jennifer Manley



Expression in Asana & Drawing Workshop, October 2010
[Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, thank you for inviting me!! I loved teaching the workshop and exchanging ideas. I'm glad to hear that people enjoyed looking though the drawings this week. It's so amazing to see what emerges from the unknown." ~ Tania Love, Workshop Instructor


Stefan Lehmann, Victoria, B.C.
[Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for another great yoga class yesterday. Whenever I make the time to come and visit, I'm always rewarded and leave more relaxed, more refreshed and more limber than when I came in." ~ Stefan Lehmann, Victoria, B.C.


Just Jen on Summer 2010 Retreat at Harmony Dawn
[Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for reminding me how important yoga is in my life. These past couple of days have rejuvenated my spirit and I realize I am a happier being because of it. You continue to provide wonderful time and space to practice yoga and i love how you flow the poses while describing what they do for our bodies, minds and spirit. Great to see you again - your studio provided much needed solace a few years ago when I struggled, it helped me get through. Thank you again and hope to see you soon." ~ Just Jen


Margie Hart on Summer 2010 Retreat
[Posted on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you so much for arranging this weekend. For finding the perfect spot, for doing all the logistics so beautifully, and for being there yourself shedding joy and laughter and peacefulness. My mind, body and spirit are extremely grateful. Namaste." ~ Margie Hart, Summer 2010 Retreat


Anne-Marie S.
[Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Just wanted to let you know how fabulous it is to get back to your wonderful Gentle Stretch Yoga Class accompanied by your soft and peaceful voice and helping me get my legs and arms untangled. You were right, I was a little sore the next day but it is a good sore knowing that I am making my body healthier. Thank you." ~ Anne-Marie S.


Shelly Rowen on 10th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Happy 10th Anniversary to you and The Big Stretch. Here's to all of your hard work and creativity that you've put into your studio - not to mention the consistently excellent teaching and quality yoga classes. May you continue to thrive." ~ Shelly Rowen


Margaret King on 10th Anniversary
[Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Congratulations! We are so fortunate that you chose our 'hood to establish The Big Stretch - your haven of calm laced with humour. Here's to another 10 years - then 20...." ~ Margaret King


Monika Stegmann
[Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"You have accomplished a lot and are an amazing role model for living your life. Kudus to you. As I say to all who ask about where I do yoga in describing you, Joanne, 'her voice exudes serenity'. Love ya." ~ Monika Stegmann


Rhonda Hanson MacNeil
[Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I love your class for a million reasons. The flow is natural and makes sense to my body. I love the music, candles and lighting. But most of all - you and your kindness and lovely sense of humour." ~ Rhonda Hanson MacNeil


Diana Bumstead
[Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I enjoyed the retreat. The people were so nice and the yoga, chakra workshop, reflexology, satsang and hand drumming were amazing. Thanks so much for the opportunity." ~ Diana Bumstead


Margaret Jamieson
[Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I wanted to tell you that for several hours after my yoga class last night I felt euphoric. There is no other word for it - a very smooth, happy state of calmness. Thank you!" ~ Margaret Jamieson


Fay Kokolakis, Summer Student Program Coordinator, CNIB - vision health.vision hope.
[Posted on Friday, September 4, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you again for contributing your time and expertise to the College and University Preparation Program by providing the CUPP students with a morning of relaxation. The hour of yoga you provided allowed the students to become familiar with their inner self. The relief felt in the session will help remind students of the importance of taking time to breathe. Your yoga session gave students that had never tried yoga before the great experience. Myself and each student walked away with the knowledge and feeling of being free of tension and stress." ~ Fay Kokolakis, Summer Student Program Coordinator, CNIB - vision health. vision hope.


Sandy Harris
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Your thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed as I rush in and out of your studio. I hope that I am generous enough to express my gratitude each time. This note will serve to reconfirm how much you give to me and how much I appreciate your teaching. With many thanks." ~ Sandy Harris


Katie Northcott
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for three years of yoga in the beautiful space you've created. I appreciate your relaxed, calm nature, and always your sense of humour!" ~ Katie Northcott


Scott Colby
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Slowly I'm reaching for my toes. Thanks for the inspiration!" ~ Scott Colby


Sarah & Stephanie, Weekend to End Breast Cancer
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Many thanks for the 'Peace' yoga t-shirts. We wore them with pride on the second day of our journey during the Weekend to End Breast Cancer." ~ Stephanie and Sarah


Joanne Kurt
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for being such a wonderful instructor. My life is better because of your yoga and that is truly a priceless gift to give." ~ Joanne Kurt


Dee Tung, Winter Sadhana
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for a wonderful winter journey." ~ Dee Tung


Margaret King
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"You and your studio have become part of the fabric of my life - and now, my sister's as well. I hope we will both be able to continue coming for many more years - weekly classes and sadhanas - although you may eventually have to invest in some sort of chair lift! Your constant smile, positive attitude and charm make your classes a special place to be." ~ Margaret King


Lisa Spinks, Evergreen - The Brick Works
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Your energy brings the Brick Works to life and I appreciate your positive vibe along with the fun I have working with you." ~ Lisa Spinks, Evergreen - The Brick Works


Judy McMartin
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for helping me take time to breathe." ~ Judy McMartin


Jennifer Hart Weed
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

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


Precious Gems Project
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for investing in a child's future". ~ Precious Gems Project


Claire Edmonds
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thanks for all that you and yoga have given to me. It is clearest to me in balance postures - the groundedness, the heart lifted, the point of focus, the emptying of the mind." ~ Claire Edmonds


Natasa Hatsios, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"You are an inspiration to us all and a beautiful treat each and every week. Thank you so much for enriching my life each week - you're such a blessing!" ~ Natasa Hatsios, Harlequin Enterprises, Corporate Yoga Program


Dawn
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for instructing the intro yoga class at our BBQ. Our friends had a fabulous time and the sequence that you lead gave everyone an excellent taste of yoga. Ross and I especially appreciated that you took the time to answer questions following the session. It added a special touch." ~ Dawn


Margaret King
[Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for your kind remembrance of my 70th birthday. Also for my two favourite poses yesterday. You and your programs will hopefully enable me to age in a fit, flexible manner." ~ Margaret King


Lorraine Clemes
[Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I've been doing body work of different types over the last decade or so and understand and respect the process and LOVE how you've expressed it. I'm looking forward to incorporating this into my life and appreciate the respectful, gentle offering of your gifts.  Namaste." ~ Lorraine Clemes


Dianne
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I'm a terrible sleeper, but last night I had the best night's sleep ever. Normally I wake up a few times and always at 4:30 a.m. Needless to say, I never feel rested when I finally get out of bed. This morning I woke up at 7:15 a.m. and felt energized. I look forward to my next class. Thanks again." ~ Dianne


Lee Zardo, Janssen Ortho
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Congratulations Joanne. You have done an outstanding job and it's been great to have you here for our employees." ~ Lee Zardo, Janssen Ortho


Margaret King
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"You are CLOSED on Family Day! Oh sadness, I thought we were your family." ~ Margaret King


Yoga Tambiraja
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne has the enviable knack of making yoga gentle and fun for everyone. Having practiced various styles of yoga, her experiences and expertise have allowed her to develop a unique approach to the instruction of hatha and raja yoga. Joanne lives by her motto of breathe, stretch and relax!" ~ Yogi Tambiraja


Vawn Himmelsbach
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"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


Kerri McCutcheon
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I attended midnight yoga on New Year's Eve and wanted to thank you for such a beautiful, peaceful way to glide into the New Year!" ~ Kerri McCutcheon


Aileen Hill
[Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you so much for opening your studio and donating your time to the Precious Gems Project fundraiser. Your kindness touches me every time I am in your presence." ~ Aileen Hill


Della Croteau
[Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"My butt is sore. My knees are weak. My hips are hurting. My energy is renewed. My spirit is soaring! Thank you for a wonderful retreat weekend." ~ Della Croteau


Richard Burrows
[Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I did want you to know how enjoyable and challenging each lesson is for me. Rarely have I seen anyone as observant as you. Bent, twisted and stretched." ~ Richard Burrows


Daneal Charney
[Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"As usual your zany and go-with-the-flow style creates an edible experience for all." ~ Daneal Charney


Big Stretch Reviewed in Toronto Life....
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"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. Sports classes combine sports stretches with disciplines as diverse as hatha yoga, martial arts and Pilates." ~ Toronto Life Magazine.

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Cuddily Carol
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you Joanne for another fabulous and life changing weekend! I always leave these retreats renewed and inspired." ~ Cuddily Carol


Denise Vince
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Harmony Dawn Retreat is very spiritual and full of love and happiness. I loved my visit and getting to know all here. Thank you for the great food and home." ~ Denise Vince (Newmarket)


Arlene Roth
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you for opening a beautiful new window for me. I appreciate your prep for our retreat weekend and the easy flow of the days." ~ Arlene Roth


Marilyn
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, this has been a great yoga retreat weekend. I enjoyed myself way more than I thought I would. You have a lovely, calming voice and disposition - I loved stretching so much! It was a fun group too. Look forward to coming to The Big Stretch when I am in Toronto." ~ Marilyn


L'il Jo
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Hey Big Jo! Just a word of thanks for yet another amazing yoga retreat weekend! I am so grateful that you have become part of my life. Namaste." ~ L'il Jo


Sasha Furlani
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I really enjoyed your class, and found your instruction to be effective and inspiring. It was my first ever yoga class and it has sowed the seed for me to continue with it. Thanks for having me in your class and inspiring me to continue with yoga. I look forward to the variety of physical and spiritual benefits it will bring me." ~ Sasha Furlani


Gordie Kita
[Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"My downward-facing dog wags serious tail." ~ Gordie Kita


Ian Henderson
[Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I credit your yoga classes for helping me achieve better results in my running and duathlon races. After one year at The Big Stretch, I am much more aware of my breathing and have increased my flexibility. Both have contributed to faster race times." ~ Ian Henderson


Kate Arthur
[Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"You have no idea how much I appreciate your response to social justice issues. I am so proud of your efforts at community building when confronted with suffering and support for people who are left behind. Namaste." ~ Kate Arthur


Paula Ethier
[Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Love, love, love the yoga - as much as the food. You take so much time and thought into everything you prepare for us. You have the ability to get me off my a## and outside where I should be. Keep on Joanne, you are the best of the best!" ~ Paula Ethier


Ascent Magazine
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"More than just a way to alleviate the symptoms of stress, Joanne is teaching a way to improve work habits and employee satisfaction. She knows the language and the nature of office stress, but most of all she knows how to relax." ~ Ascent Magazine


Lori Tymchyk
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you so much for a wonderful Big Retreat. Donna, Joyce, Sheila and I enjoyed our time in the lovely loft and found the weekend to be fun, relaxing and inspirational. Harmony Dawn is a special place and you made the experience exceptional." ~ Lori Tymchyk


Millie Kwan
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, thank you for a wonderful weekend. I am refreshed in mind, body and spirit. This is my first retreat ever and certainly will not be the last. Harmony Dawn is beautiful and the food is amazing. I look forward to future retreats." ~ Millie Kwan


Dianne Perkins
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne, thanks for leading us through a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend retreat! As always, you created a warm, fun and interesting environment and introduced me to new ideas and approaches to life. My body, mind and spirit thank you! Namaste" ~ Dianne Perkins


Brenda Junkin
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Another fabulous retreat! I'm always amazed as each one is more enjoyable than the last." ~ Brenda Junkin


Nikki Zinman
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Om... thanks to Joanne for making this such a fabulous weekend. The positive energy you evade is contagious - I feel relaxed, rejuvenated and re-energized. Looking forward to taking this 'positive energy' back to Toronto." ~ Nikki Zinman


Yvonne Oral
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Thank you Joanne for being the medium through which we were joined together on this wonderful weekend. Your love and care of others is beautiful to see and even lovelier to feel." ~ Yvonne Oral


Betty Holmes
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"As a person who holds fast, this has been a great chance to let go. Thanks for a wonderful experience and a direction for further changes and development." ~ Betty Holmes


Shelly Rowen
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Trees, meadow, wind, fire, moon, yoga! Great food. This place rocks! Namaste." ~ Shelly Rowen


Toronto Life
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Gauzy white curtains covering large open windows form an undulating wall on the south side of this spacious studio. Students are drawn here by the serenity of the space, as well as the soothing encouragement of director Joanne Lowe." ~ Toronto Life Magazine


Ascent Magazine
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Joanne has drawn upon influences from several different teaching philosophies and styles to develop her own unique approach to the instruction of hatha and raja yoga. Her philosophy is that yoga is for everyone, everywhere, whether they be male, female, young, old, in the office, at home or in the yoga studio." ~ Ascent Magazine


North Toronto Post
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"Stretching Success to Another Year in Leaside." ~ North Toronto Post


Sweetspot.ca
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"The fabulous Big Stretch Yoga Centre... blessed, sweet relaxation." ~ Sweetspot.ca


Toronto Life
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"One of Toronto's best places to do yoga." ~ Toronto Fashion Magazine


Rose Roberts
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"I want to tell you how much I admire and appreciate the beauty and respect you bring to the classes you teach - undoubtedly an extension of how you live your life." ~ Rose Roberts


Andrew Irwin
[Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009, filed under Accolades & Testimonials]

"As a yoga rookie, I am totally amazed at how much better (physically and mentally) I feel since taking your classes. No more back, leg or neck pain! The breathing techniques have helped me relax. The classes are fun, the teachers are great - not to mention scheduled at times that can accommodate everyone. I recommend your classes to everyone." ~ Andrew Irwin