Welcome to the Sanctuary

We are so pleased to welcome you to The Sanctuary.  We hold classes most days, for every skill level. Our website is designed to let you know about new programs and special workshops.  It also gives us a chance to pass on interesting information about pilates and yoga and the value these practices can bring to your life.

 Our Fall Schedule Continues until November 30th!

Follow this link to check out our schedule from 

September 4th to November 30th

Join us for our NOVEMBER CHALLENGE!  

Unlimited Yoga OR Pilates for a discounted $100 for the month. 

It takes 21 days to create a habit, so let this be your chance to commit yourself to wellness!


November Workshops

November 10, 2018

Professional Development for Body Control Pilates Teachers

Our semi-annual gathering for Body Control teachers, fresh from London, U.K. we will add more knowledge and depth to the method and repertoire focusing on topics such as: extension of the spine, the neck, spikey balls, classical standing arm weights, spine articulation, fascia release to mention just a few areas of discussion.

Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: 1-4pm
Attendance limited to Body Control Pilates Teachers

November 17, 2018

Yoga & Arthritis

Do you or anyone you know suffer from joint pain?  Join Sass for a comprehensive look at how Yoga therapy, movement, diet and lifestyle can serve to help alleviate this suffering.
This workshop will serve to connect the biomechanics of the body with the understanding of arthritis as a condition and finally how the application of Yoga may serve to alleviate symptoms.

Sass Dempsey (BSc, BPHE, BEd) has a background in kinesiology, science and education. More recently, she is pursuing a two year course with Yoga Therapy Toronto to certify as a Yoga Therapist (YT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Yoga Therapy is the application of Yoga to an individual which is supported by the therapist’s understanding of various conditions  (Arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s etc.) from both an Eastern and Western perspective.  Having completed her YT thesis on Yoga and arthritis, she looks forward to sharing her findings.

Advance registration is required. Please msg, email, or phone/text (705) 888-7729 to reserve your space.

Date: Saturday November 17th
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Investment: $40

Private sessions are the best way to support your individual practice. These sessions are invaluable in terms of informing both the instructor and the participants of the particularities that may impact a practice. Call or email to book your Pilates or Yoga session.

 Thank you Andrej Kopac!

So much thanks to the talented Andrej Kopac (Snukastudio Inc.) for his expertise in photographing our studio.  We are so appreciative of your time and your beautiful work, Andrej!

How You Stand is Very Important!

Something to think about when you are standing around the holiday punch bowl, or waiting in the checkout line, carving the turkey or decorating your house
— how we stand.
Standing affects our posture, general movement and overall wellbeing. When we do standing work in a class, think of the benefits:
— it challenges your balance and proprioception
— we are weightbearing without equipment
— it provides variety and is functional to our day
— it helps improve awareness of our gait (how we walk/run)
— it is helpful for pelvic floor awareness
When standing, think of how your feet, ankle, knees and hips align, keep lengthening the body out of the hips and waist and keep grounded through the balls of the feet and heels.

Stand Tall

Standing tall makes you feel strong, confident and less likely to feel pain, according to new research from Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.sychology aside, correct posture has a direct impact on well-being, according to kinesiologist Craig Kipling, principal ergonomics consultant. “Posture affects nerve stimulation, the circulation of blood, the lymphatic system and has a huge impact on everyday life — standing tall makes you feel confident, changing how others see us but also how we see ourselves.”

And if you need another reason to get out of that chair and get moving:

— As soon as you sit the electrical activity in your legs shuts off
— Calorie burning drops to 1 calorie per minute
— Enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%
— Good cholesterol drops 20%
— sitting 6+ hours per day increases your risk of early death up to 40% EVEN if you exercise
— the recommended 30 minutes of daily activity is not enough …

Get up out of your chair frequently throughout the day and move around!

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