Manifest Your Dream Life
through a Fluid Practice

with Carina Francioso: fine artist, yoga teacher

Saturday, April 21st, 2-5pm. 
$45 (+HST) 10% off for Annual Unlimited, Autopay and Intro Month members.


During this workshop you will be guided by Carina through a 45 minute unheated yoga class followed by a session of expressing your creativity on canvas!  Being creative is part of who you already are, therefore no artistic background is required. 


Bring your yoga mat, yoga clothes and clothes to paint in. 
Canvas, paint and brushes will be provided.
(Space limited to 40 participants)





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Yoga in Heels! with Changu Changezi

When: Saturday, January 13th, 2-3:30pm


What is it?: It’s yoga for your feet. Come up on your toes, learn about muscle control and challenge your balance as you do some yoga in heels. It will be a Kick-Asana time! (P.S. Men are also welcome!)
There will be a yoga warmup without heels and then you will learn postures wearing heels.


BYOH: Bring your own heels. (It is recommended to bring heels which cover the front part of your feet for better stability and balance in the postures.


Investment: $30 (+HST). 10% off for Annual Unlimited, Intro Month and Autopay Members.

Welcome to Yoga in Heels workshop. This has never been done anywhere around the world. There are dancing in heels workshops and there are "yoga AND heels" workshops where they do some yoga and then have a party and dace in heels but no one has ever heard of a workshop where people can learn how to do yoga postures while they wear their heels. The first impression you might get is that its just for the sake of fun which is right but thats just the result of it not the purpose. Changu would like you to think of this workshop as “Feet Yoga” or yoga for your feet. It is for anyone who would like to be able to wear high heels or anyone who just wants to go deeper into their feet grounding practice. Through some of the asanas and feet movement we will explore the full range of motion of our feet, learn some balancing moves and a stronger connection with our feet, toes and heels.


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Come and learn about pressure points and some tips about how to release mental and physical stress through your feet. There is a lot to offer in this workshop besides the fun fact that you want to bust into some fancy yoga poses in heels and take pictures for your instagram page come and learn conscious walking, how to stretch your toes, strengthen your leg muscles, improve your over all balance whether you walk in high heels or not and more.

A reminder that this workshop is not only for women, men can join too. Even if they would like to join for the warm up part of the workshop to learn the feet asanas and movements.

BYOH - Bring Your Own Heels Please make sure your heels are covered from the front part just because the postures become a lot more easier but we will let you choose your choice of challenge.


About Changu Changezi

Changu is a world traveling Bikram Yoga instructor. He was a dancer before he started practicing yoga. He was flexible but missed strength. He says that Bikram Yoga gave him the strength and endurance that he was missing as a dancer. One day in Toronto when was doing a photoshoot for a friend he spontaneously put on his heels and did some yoga poses in them. It all started from there. Time to time Changu would put on his high heels and just challenge his balance and concentration being on his toes.

The world known American Internet Media company posted an article about "25 Photos That Prove Men Need To Wear Heels More Often" and 2 out of the 25 featured men was Changu. You can google and see the article.

Changu loves the yoga and he loves his heels. He is happy to incorporate the two in a very positive and glamorous way. He designed this workshop and has made sure to make it more about 'feel good' than 'look good' because Changu believes when you feel good you automatically look good.







Foundations of Yoga Workshop

Sat., Oct. 21, 2-4pm with K Kat
Sat., Nov. 4th, 2-4pm with David Tiviluk.


$15 (+HST) if you have an active membership at Midtown, $25 (+HST) if you do not.  (For those with a class card, your class card will also be debited 1 class).  NO PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Just show up 15 minutes early to register.

Foundations of Yoga

This workshop will utilize the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises of the Bikram Yoga series to illustrate the fundamental principles of yoga practice, such as breath, alignment, listening to your body and working with your mind.
It is an highly recommended workshop for both old and new practitioners. You will be immersed in an interactive experience, with lots of time for Q & A, in a casual and supportive environment to have your questions answered and be able to observe the correct and incorrect alignment of the postures.   Enjoy yourself as you have those burning questions answered about your practice.

You may observe or participate as the postures of others or your own are corrected to optimize the benefits you get from your yoga practice.  Expect to experience many "Ah ha" moments as you feel the correct alignment of the postures in your own body, and watch it taking place in the bodies of others.  

The heat will be turned down.  You may bring a snack if you wish and you may wish to dress a little more warmly than normal--eg., a t-shirt for men, leggings for women, but DO dress to stretch.


The End of Suffering

Talks by Bhante Saranapala, The Urban Buddhist Monk

Talk I: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

The Keys to Freedom
Saturday, March 18th, 2-4pm

Talk II: Dependent Origination
The Causal Chain Creating Bondage and Suffering
Saturday, April 15th, 2-4pm

Talk III: Karma and Reincarnation
Sowing Seeds of Happiness
Saturday, May 13th, 2-4pm

Talk IV: Samsara and Nirvana
The Wheel of Suffering and its’ End
Saturday, June24th, 2-4pm

A Special Yin Yoga Class featuring Bhante Saranapala (with David Tiviluk)
June 24th, 2017 after Talk IV 4:30-6pm | $15 (for everyone)

Talk Schedule
 (all talks will follow this format)
1:40-1:59pm Get Settled
3:20-3:40pm—Guided Meditation
3:40-4:00pm—Questions and Answers.

Dress casually and comfortably. Please abstain from wearing scents.  The studio will be at room temperature.
Chairs will be provided for your seating comfort. You may bring refreshments into the studio.

All talks are by donation. No pre-registration is required.

Bhante Saranapala
Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Bhante Saranapala continued his secular and monastic education in the ancient sacred City of Kandy, the seat of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, joining the Primrose Gardens Branch of the Dharmayatanaya, one the leading Colleges for the Training of Buddhist Monks in Asia where he received his Upasampada or Higher Ordination under the Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thero, the Supreme Patriarch of the Amarapura Sector of Sri Lanka as his preceptor and the Most Venerable Ampitiye Sri Rahula Mahathero as his teacher.
For more about Bhante Saranapala CLICK HERE

Drop what is not Yours!
(a blog post by Bhante Saranapala from March 15, 2017) 

Dear Friends,

We have a habit of hanging on to what is really not ours. As a result of that we tend to suffer deeply. What is not ours? Anything we experience through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body, that is not ours. However, we have a tendency to personalize these experiences as “I, Me, Mine and Myself.” We make a BIG “I” with all that experience. This “I” has a habit of believing in it as permanent, hence this “I” has the tendency to control everything it experiences. When the “I” loses the control of experience, the “I” gets bruised and suffers deeply. This “I” wants the experience to be there for it unchanged. But, the reality is what we think is ours constantly changes. The “I” wants to control the change by simply begging: “Please don’t change. I want you. Without you, I cannot survive.” Despite the begging, when all experiences change, this “I” suffers big. To understand this, we need to meditate. Without meditation, we can’t understand it. What we need to understand is that all experiences we get through the senses are just there for a split second. Then they cease to exist. Although we think they are ours, they are not really ours. Pleasure, displeasure, anger, hatred, stress, anxiety, depression, pain, fear, envy, jealousy, greed: these are not ours. They are simply based on a particular condition. Observe all experiences with the law of cause and effect. If we can see this truth, then we can drop what is not ours and live a happy and peaceful life!

With many blessings !

Bhante Saranapala

The Urban Buddhist Monk

Got Your Back: The Ultimate Practice for your Best Back and Core

with Asia Nelson

Sunday, March 5th, 1:30-3:30

Investment: $60.  $50 for Annual Unlimited and Autopay Members. (You must phone or visit the studio to receive your discount)


Do you know which movements help and which harm your back?
Are you suffering from back pain?
Want to know the best way to build a healthy core that supports your spine?

Movement teacher Asia Nelson draws from her work with world-renowned back expert Dr. Stuart McGill to show you the best routine for maintaining a healthy spine and core, based on Dr. McGill's approach to healing low back injuries.
Come learn how to build and keep your strong centre for life.

BONUS: Workshop attendees will be given online access to Asia and Dr. McGill's 2016 "Got Your Back" workshop at Midtown Yoga KW, full of practical insight on back pain and recovery.

The End of Suffering

Saturday, February 4th 2-4pm

A Talk by Bhante Saranapala
“The Urban Buddhist Monk”
with Q & A and a guided meditation
Saturday, February 4th, 2017.  2-4pm
In the studio, at Midtown Yoga KW (fear not, the heat will be turned down!)
By donation. ALL ARE WELCOME for this enlightening occasion.
(100 % of donations received will be given to the West End Buddhist Monastery in Mississauga for the support of its' operations--their services are offered freely--and the charitable causes it supports.)
Seating will be limited, so please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on.100 % of donations will be given to the West End

Midtown Yoga KW is very happy and excited to have Bhante (which literally means "Venerable Sir", a standard prefix for a Buddhist monk) Saranapala (his ordained name) share his blessings, wisdom and compassion at this talk focusing on "The End of Suffering" within ourselves.

Bhante Saranapala
Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Bhante Saranapala continued his secular and monastic education in the ancient sacred City of Kandy, the seat of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, joining the Primrose Gardens Branch of the Dharmayatanaya, one the leading Colleges for the Training of Buddhist Monks in Asia where he received his Upasampada or Higher Ordination under the Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thero, the Supreme Patriarch of the Amarapura Sector of Sri Lanka as his preceptor and the Most Venerable Ampitiye Sri Rahula Mahathero as his teacher.
For more about Bhante Saranapala CLICK HERE

Making the world full of light!
A blog post by Bhante Saranapala on January 7, 2017
My dear friends, let us help each other by becoming full of light. Now imagine you and I intentionally become full of light to the world. Imagine you and I choose to become the holders of such a light. Now imagine you are the source of light and I am the source of light. Gently close your eyes and take a deep breath and relax. Now, visualize this: you are light and the whole world is slowing and certainly becoming full of light through yours. I am choosing the way to light. But the real question is: Are you choosing this way to light? If yes, then we can see millions of millions of holders of light around the world. You and I can illuminate the whole world for real. This is a special light that shows the way to love and kindness. This is the light that makes us embrace all sentient beings with love and kindness, the only virtues that can save the humanity, that can let us live in peace and harmony. I am talking about this light because I am concerned about what is happening in the world today. Every person seems to be living a life with lot of fear, anger and hatred. Fear is giving birth to tremendous anger, hate and violence. Like a volcano, people are simmering inside with fear and anger and they are erupting with lava of violence causing a huge disaster and hurting many people. We must understand that fear makes us weak. Fear ruins the life. Now imagine we remove fear from our heart and mind and replace it with light and wisdom! We are going to definitely become happy within. Now imagine we live a life with no fear at all ! Now imagine we walk freely with no fear at all ! We are definitely going to have beautiful world full of light, peace and harmony. If you can visualize this light now, you will indeed see a true heavenly life right in this planet !
With many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

Deepen Your Practice: The Bikram Yoga  Advanced Class with Katie Kitson

Saturday, January 28th 1:30-3:30pm

$25 (+HST)  10% off for Annual Unlimited and Auto pay Members


Join Katie Kitson as she guides us through the 84 asanas (postures) of the Bikram Yoga Advanced Series.  (In truth, there will not be time, nor will most folks have the ability to do all 84 of the postures, but we will try many of them.)  Stretch your limits (literally) and deepen your practice by putting your body into positions you never imagined possible before!

Katie Kitson is a dancer, a Bikram Yoga teacher and was one of the top Bikram Yoga practitioners in Vancouver, often leading senior teachers and studio owner in practicing the advanced series there.   We are excited to have her teach for the first time at Midtown Yoga KW!  (She will also teach the 4pm and 6pm classes on Friday, January 27th).  She repeatedly competed in the "International Yoga Championship" having consistently placed in the top 3 of competitors in Western Canada.  Click below to see her "performance" at the 2009 International Yoga Competition:
Katie Kitson

Prerequisites for taking the class:
No inhibiting injuries, a good familiarity with the Bikram Yoga practice, and a strong ability and willingness to listen to your body, respect your limitations and sit out certain of the exercises where appropriate to prevent injury. Listening to your body and respecting your limitations will counterbalance any lack of flexibility or strength you may have to do some of the asanas.  (If you are uncertain whether you are "ready" for this class, please talk to David. Otherwise, simply consider the above prerequisites.)

While not essential, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO DO A BIKRAM CLASS BEFORE HAND so that you start the class limber: eg., the 8am, 10am, or 12pm class on Saturday.

What is the Bikram Yoga Advanced Class?
The Bikram Yoga Advanced Class is  a series of 84 asanas, 26 of which are done in the Bikram Yoga regular practice.  The heat is turned down during this class, the atmosphere is casual, and you may come and go as you need. It is kind of like a yoga "jam session" where you try the postures being demonstrated and practiced by the guiding instructor, and otherwise try to flow along with the movement of the class.  More difficult postures may be workshopped before moving on. 

The Advanced practice has been used by participants in the International Yoga Competition ("Yoga competition?", I hear you say--that's another conversation...) to deepen their practice and to give them a repertoire of advanced postures to demonstrate in the competition.  It is also used by teachers to deepen their practices, open their bodies, and expose them to a wider range of seldom-practiced asanas.  Occasionally, such as now, it is offered to the general public.

Manifest Your Dream Life: Create your own Dream Painting through a Fluid Practice

A Yoga and painting workshop with Carina Francioso (professional artist and yoga teacher)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 1:30-4:30
$40 (+HST), 10% for Annual Unlimited and Autopay Members.


During this workshop you will be guided by Carina Francioso through a 45 minute yoga class, in a heat-turned down room, followed by a session of expressing your creativity on canvas! Being creative is an essential part of who you already are, therefore NO ARTISTIC BACKGROUND OR PAINTING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. Be prepared to be playful and have fun!

As you move through your yoga practice you will be encouraged to find creative and free flow movements. You will be lead through a series of asanas (postures) that connect to the various Chakras, with a focus on the Svadhisthana Chakra or sacral energy center of the body. This is where your inner creativity will awaken through images, words, feelings, wishes, dreams, goals, desires... Grab a brush and put them to canvas and watch as they manifest into your life!

Things to Ponder:

What would you like to attract for the New Year, or in the next 5 years?
What emotions would you like to feel (happiness, joy, creativity, love, etc.)?
What things would you like to have and enjoy?
What kind of person do you want to become?
Who would you like to attract into your life?

What to Bring:
Yoga mat, your favourite magazines if you'd like to also cut and paste, scissors.
Comfortable clothing you don't mind, perhaps, getting a little paint on.
Food to eat and water to drink: the atmosphere will be casual.
EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE SUPPLIED: paint, canvas, brushes, etc..

This workshop is an artistic way to manifest your dreams and desires. Come with an open mind and heart. Let's create together!