As a strength and mobility specialist, Cecily helps her students rediscover their potential for strong, balanced movement both on and off the mat. She is certified as a Functional Range Movement Specialist (FRCms) and a Functional Range Assessment practitioner. Cecily is known for seamlessly integrating the knowledge gained from her strength and movement coaches into a yoga practice that is informed, accessible and above all feels good!
Kathryn Bruni Young
Kathryn has been teaching for over a decade, and over the last five years she has revolutionized the practices of strength training and postural yoga. Her work is appreciated worldwide and her podcast has become a hub for yoga, strength and rehab professionals to unpack ideas about movement, empowerment, body image and strength. Kathryn's teaching has been influenced by Ido Portal Method, Somatic Experiencing, yoga, and PICP structural balance, among many other modalities. In 2017 she was named one of the Top Fifteen Millennial Yoga Teachers to watch by Yoga Journal.
Madeleine Shen is a certified Axis Syllabus Teacher and is currently studying at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. With a background in contemporary and modern dance performance and Biomedical Engineering, Madeleine brings a passionate, informed and creative approach to teaching movement and anatomy. Madeleine’s infectious enthusiasm for how our unique bodies form, grow and move will delight you and change the way you practice.
Emma Dines has completed over 600 hours of yoga training, has trained over 60 teachers, and has been teaching a wide range of group classes and private yoga since 2010. Emma brings a constantly evolving understanding of the human body to her teaching, and a creative approach to props and sequencing that encourage curiosity and playfulness in her classes.
Leena Miller Cressman
Leena has been teaching yoga since 2008, and has completed over 1,000 hours of training in alignment-based yoga, functional anatomy, Ayurveda, and teaching pedagogy. She has trained over 60 yoga teachers in a blend of functional and dynamic movement, strength building, Restorative Yoga, nuanced alignment, and mindful breath work. One of Leena’s biggest passions is building a rich learning community and mentoring teachers.
Jennifer is a yoga teacher and Buteyko Educator. She began teaching Buteyko breathing to clients to help them with disordered breathing and the resulting conditions, as well as to improve their athletic performance. She passionately teaches yoga teachers about functional breathing and how to evaluate breathing practiced in yoga classes.
Christopher has worked for a decade in the field of mental health and addictions, supporting youth and adults living with complex and developmental trauma.He deepened his yoga practice through teacher training at Queen Street Yoga and continued professional development in therapeutic yoga with Susi Hately, Andrea Soos, Trudy Austin, and Kathryn Bruni Young. Christopher weaves his knowledge of trauma, family systems theory, and dialectical behaviour therapy with movement techniques to help teachers hone their greatest resource - presence with self and others.
Many yoga teachers were taught to instruct their students to “breathe deeply”, “let out a big sigh”, to breathe together as a group, and lead pranayama techniques. These breathing instructions may be doing more harm than good, especially for students with underlying breathing issues such as asthma. This workshop will update your understanding of theanatomy and physiology of the breath, and introduce you to functional breathing through the lens of the Buteyko technique. We will discuss how the breath and the nervous system are interwoven, and how “deep” or “full” breathing can be counterproductive to relaxation. We’ll deconstruct common yoga breathing cues and discuss the overlap and contradiction between functional breathing and pranayama. You will have the chance to practice teaching drills to help you better serve your students and learn game-changing techniques to enhance and conserve your own energy while you teach, and use your breath more effectively as you speak.
Jennifer Snowdon, BUTEYKO EDUCATOR, YOGA INSTRUCTOR, E-RYT 200
Jennifer began practicing yoga in 2003. From the first class the connection between body and breath was what drew her in. After she completed her 200h YTT, and with the movement towards safer and more informed practices, she began studying outside of the yoga realm to learn more about the science of movement and the body. During Jane Clapp’s Movement for Trauma course, she was introduced to Buteyko breathing. The question became clear: if we are going to examine asana through the lens of functional movement, should we not also examine pranayama through the lens of functional breathing?
The Buteyko breathing technique is used to help people with many conditions including but not limited to asthma, allergies, snoring, sleep apnoea, poor sleep, insomnia, anxiety and panic. After taking the Buteyko breathing course, Jennifer became aware of how pranayama and poor breathing cueing in yoga classes could be contributing to these conditions.
In 2017, Jennifer became a Buteyko Educator and began teaching Buteyko breathing to clients to help them with disordered breathing and the resulting conditions, as well as to improve their athletic performance. She passionately teaches yoga teachers about functional breathing and how to evaluate breathing practiced in yoga classes. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Restorative YTT: Nov 24-25, Sat 12-6:00pm & Sun 9:30am-2pm
$500+hst or 460+hst if you register by Sept 20
Given that stress is often cited as the one main causes of disease, many people could greatly benefit from deep relaxation through Restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga can help you reduce stress and improve your physical mobility, mental wellbeing, breath awareness, and quality of sleep.
Our Restorative Yoga Weekend Immersion will help you deepen your practice and understanding of a wide array of Restorative Yoga postures, relaxation and meditative techniques, nervous system function, breath physiology, and energetics. The Immersion will be deeply rejuvenating, with lots of opportunities to practice techniques and to restore your body and mind. It will give you a solid foundation to improve stress management and bring self-care practices into your life.
The weekend immersion is open to anyone; no advanced yoga skills required. For yoga teachers and those wanting to share Restorative Yoga with others, there will be additional weekend of training and a practicum component following the immersion. Read more in detail here.
Yoga Detour is known for seamlessly bridging the gap between alternative movement modalities and traditional postures. As the creator of this Teacher Training method, Cecily specializes in an integrative approach to yoga asana that blends science with intuition, and structure with creativity. During this deep dive into the Detour method, she will explore the four main pillars of this approach:
Working from the Centre - spinal mechanics, centration and core stability
Integrating lower body strength and mobility into standing postures
Integrating upper body strength and mobility into backbends and arm balances
Floor Play - finding mobility from the group up
Cecily will demonstrate how to layer these foundational elements of a Detour-style practice to create an approach to movement and teaching that honours the needs of each student while creating a balanced and informed full-body experience.
About Cecily Milne: As a strength and mobility specialist, Cecily helps her students rediscover their potential for strong, balanced movement both on and off the mat. She was an avid Ashtanga practitioner for 10 years and in 2014 she began to study from a broader range of movement enthusiasts. She has since become certified as a Functional Range Movement Specialist (FRCms) and a Functional Range Assessment practitioner. She has studied the SomaTraining system and ELDOA, and most recently has been delving into the realms of pain science. Cecily is known for seamlessly integrating the knowledge gained from her strength and movement coaches into a yoga practice that is informed, accessible and above all feels good!
Yoga practice allows us to expand and integrate body and mind. The poses come from a deep place within and radiate outwards, and allow us to connect. The complex organization of the limbs and spine can be both a biomechanical and a neurological puzzle; when we solve it, we feel whole, strong and expressive. Through conversation, pictures, anatomical models, and movement, you will build your knowledge of healthy joint parameters and whole body movement as it applies to teaching yoga. Madeleine will lead an investigation into the anatomy, and neurology of the limbs in relation to the spine and whole body movement. She will offer concrete scientific facts, mixed with imagery to empower you with a deep understanding of the whole body orchestra.
Madeleine Shen is a certified Axis Syllabus Teacher and is currently studying at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. With a background in contemporary and modern dance performance and Biomedical Engineering, Madeleine brings a passionate, informed and creative approach to teaching movement and anatomy. She has a dream of one day opening a multifaceted health care practice with movement education and artistic exploration. Madeleine’s infectious enthusiasm for how our unique bodies form, grow and move will delight you and change the way you practice.
The Axis Syllabus, first consolidated by Frey Faust, is a collection of anatomical attributes and ways of moving that are basically safe and energy conservative. The Axis Syllabus seeks to provide accessible information on body alignment and movement practices using physics, anatomy and relevant scientific data from various fields, as a guide. In classes led by teachers of the Axis Syllabus, spiral and wave-like movements are often used to create kinetic energy and minimize excess tension. Exercises can prompt internal discoveries that people can transfer into their daily life or any activity with a movement focus.
Are yoga props a mystery to you? Do you wonder how to use them effectively or when they are even helpful? With props, one size does not fit all. This workshop will get you thinking about body proportions, different abilities, and how to instruct a class where there are a variety of needs. Learn how to use props for transitions and flows, to add load and build strength, and to empower your students to feel both supported and challenged in their practice. This workshop will be especially useful for those teachers interested in working with beginners, or folks in bigger bodies.
Emma Dines has completed over 600 hours of yoga training, has trained over 60 teachers, and has been teaching a wide range of group classes and private yoga since 2010. Emma’s passion is making yoga more accessible and do-able for more people. The trainings that have had the most influence on her current teaching style include Yoga for Round Bodies with Tiina Veer, Yoga for Youth with New Leaf Yoga Foundation and a Mindful Strength Immersion with Kathryn Bruni-Young. She has also expanded her knowledge of functional movement and anatomy with her study of the Axis Syllabus. Emma brings a constantly evolving understanding of the human body to her teaching, and a creative approach to props and sequencing that encourage curiosity and playfulness in her classes.
Trauma is a common experience for many people, and while yoga can be a helpful modality for healing, many poses or instructions have the potential to be triggering or re-traumatizing. In this workshop we will work to understand the neurological basis of trauma and why some commonly taught and well-loved yoga and meditation practices can be triggering for some people. Learn a repertoire of teaching skills to create classes that feel emotionally and physically safer. Rather than approaching trauma-informed teaching as a set of rules or things to avoid, this workshop will help you gain embodied awareness of how you can be present with and hold space for your students and yourself.
Christopher Bourke and Emma Dines bring a combined background of yoga teaching, innovative trauma-informed facilitation, and solid experience integrating both with a wide range of populations. Christopher comes from a background of social work and has 10 years of experience working with youth and adults living with acute, complex and/or developmental trauma. Emma has completed over 600 hours of yoga training, has trained over 60 teachers, and has been teaching a wide range of group classes and private yoga since 2010.
This workshop will be a great introduction to the practice of Mindful Strength, and how strength work can be a healing practice. Kathryn will give a talk, and lead the group through a Mindful Strength practice that will warm everyone up to the key concepts of strength and mobility.
Saturday & Sunday - Two-Day Workshop
Over the two days of this workshop, you will get your body moving in new ways, from upper body strength, to lower body, breathing, yoga poses, functional movements and much more. Kathryn will weave together lots of movement with talks on the key principles of Mindful Strength and the art and science of strength training. Topics covered will include: strength and aging, joint preparation, tissue adaptation, mobility, biomechanics, recovery and mindfulness. Students will be encouraged to bring up any questions or goals they have for the weekend. Sequencing, programming, and class structure will also be outlined, to give students an idea of how to practice Mindful Strength on their own and how to share it with others.
Open to all levels! This workshop is perfect for teachers and practitioners of all disciplines who are seeking new inspiration that will change the way you look at movement and yoga practice.
Kathryn Bruni-Young has been teaching for eleven years and her current approach comes after years of training in yoga, strength training, Ido Portal Method, Somatic Experiencing, sensitivity, pilates, and mindfulness. Kathryn aims to make strength training empowering and accessible for all bodies. She has specific experience working with athletes, and seniors, and she is confident that she can make the practice of Mindful Strength work for just about anyone. She teaches workshops all over the world and is the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast. Learn more about her approach here.
Leena and Emma are consummate teachers! Together, they create a learning environment that is inclusive, inspiring, collaborative and fun.
QSY is at the cutting edge of what's happening in the world of mindful and functional movement. My eyes are opened! Recent learning has inspired me to incorporate much more strength-based intention into my own practice and into the classes I teach. Increased strength clearly reduces pain and tension, and deepens a sense of stability and potential.
I have been teaching yoga for 9 years and completed QSY's teacher training in 2016-17. The Teacher Training Program at QSY met and exceeded my expectations. My personal experience of receiving feedback on my teaching from Leena (Studio Director), was very insightful. Leena is a true professional, and she has a deep understanding of the nuances of leading a yoga class. I was very impressed at the detail she was able to see in my teaching, and then walk through it with me, offering new possibilities, in a way that still made me feel valued. I came away from that experience with not only some clearly defined things to work on in my teaching but also a broader framework for thinking about teaching in general.
Leena and Emma care deeply about the experience of their students.I sensed this throughout in their attention to every nuance, be it the thought put into the whats, whys and hows of their offerings to their considered responses to my explorations and queries.As promised, I had all the time and space I needed to fully practice and allow the many gems of restorative yoga to resonate in body and mind.I am happy for their influence on my journey to softening and more easeful living.
I know what it's like to learn at QSY, and I can readily and easily recommend their teacher's immersion program. I believe strongly in co-director Leena and Emma's vision, pedagogy, and their ability to bring in purposefully chosen experts. The work these two have done together to manage the studio and co-facilitate three 200hr teacher trainings has made them so skilled at holding space, nurturing community and guiding both individual and group learning with a lot of support and care. Over many years as a part of the QSY community as a student, volunteer and teacher, I've witnessed their leadership to consistently be reflective, open and resilient. I trust their wisdom and their curiosity to keep on bringing the best of what the modern yoga world has to offer to KW students and teachers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Refund Policy for Retreats, Long Workshops, or Intensives
These policies apply to retreats, workshops, or intensives which are 5 hours or longer and/or valued at $120 or higher (before taxes). Contact us by email so we can confirm what you are eligible for. Fees will be returned as follows:
With notice of 21 days or longer: 75% refund of the total value paid or due OR 90% studio credit.
With notice of 20 days to 7 days in advance: 50% refund OR 75% studio credit.
With notice of 7 days to 72 hours in advance: 25% refund OR 50% studio credit.
No credit will be given for no-shows or for less than 72 hours' notice.
Contact us in advance to make arrangements to have a friend take your spot, and we may be able to adjust which type of refund you are eligible for.
Except for extenuating circumstances, no refunds of any kind will be granted if notice is given once the retreat, long workshop, or intensive has begun.