Effective October 31, 2021, all High Park Nature Centre programming that is offered indoors or with a planned indoor option will require proof of vaccination for all participants aged 18 and over and effective January 1, 2022, all people that are eligible to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 will require proof of vaccination for programming that is offered indoors or with a planned indoor option.
Proof of vaccination will include a digital or paper copy that shows both vaccinations where two are required. A valid government issued photo ID for the same named party will also be required.
Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30pm), November - December
Session dates: Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16
Location: High Park Nature Centre, Forest School
Instructor: Elyse Waugh
Accessibility scale: $20-30/session *
Support scale: $35-45/session *
We would like this yoga experience to be accessible to all participants, acknowledging the inequalities of pay, capitalist privilege, and financial stability as a determinant of access. We are thus offering pricing based on a sliding scale model – the accessibility scale is for individuals that have access needs, and the support scale is for individuals that are able to contribute at a higher level to support accessibility across all our programs.
We will also be offering a discount code at registration for participants that would like to attend multiple sessions. Please use the code honestly and based on your personal financial need.
* Pricing is dependent on the nature experience included in each session. See session details at registration.
We invite you to embrace a unique opportunity to cultivate the mind-body connection and build community in a safe and inclusive space. Join instructor Elyse Waugh for guided sessions of flow and restorative yoga amidst the stunning scenery of High Park. There will also be time for nature hikes and connection activities (sensory walks, sit-spots, nature journaling and sketching) throughout the season.
No previous yoga or nature experience required!
Elyse Waugh (she/they) is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Theatre & Performance Studies), a certified yoga and meditation teacher, and a certified birth, post-partum and abortion doula.
Elyse is also a mover, shaker, thinker, and explorer! They have spent a large part of their twenties letting their inner child play, marvel, and absorb the world around them. Now, they feel most at home when they are teaching, guiding, and holding space for the people around them.
Movement and the body has always been a part of Elyse’s life. They are intrigued at the ways in which our bodies change and adapt to life, and they like exploring the mind-body connection and discovering new ways to feel, see and imagine the body.
Elyse is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and holistic space for all bodies. Their teaching and care is rooted in making students feel comfortable, heard and judgement free. As a yoga teacher and birth worker, they are committed to the principles and practices of anti-oppression, anti-racism, intersectional feminism and affirming LGBTQ2S communities.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and a mask to each session. The Nature Centre has a limited number of mats to lend out. Anyone without a mask will be provided with one from the Nature Centre and will be required to wear it for the duration of the time spent inside the Nature Centre. Please also dress for the weather, as we will be going outdoors for a portion of each session.
Q: Will we be outdoors the entire time?
A: We will be practising yoga outdoors only when we have favourable weather conditions. In the event of poor weather conditions or inclement weather, we will move to the interior of the Nature Centre. It is beautiful and spacious, with large windows (that can be opened to let in fresh air) that overlook the forest. There is ample space to place mats more than 2 meters apart. We will be outdoors for the nature experience portion of each session.
Q: Are there washrooms we can use?
A: Yes. If you need to use the washroom at any point before, during, or after practice, there will be a washroom accessible to you inside the Nature Centre. Participants will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the time spent inside the Nature Centre.
Q: Will I need to pass a health check?
A: Yes. Please aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before class to allow time for this. We will also be asking all participants for a proof of vaccination at their first session.
Q: Will the instructor be doing hands-on adjustments?
A: Hands-on adjustments will be provided this season under the consent of both the instructor and students. All participants will be given consent cards to show their instructor each session. The instructor will maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from all students at all other times, and students are expected to do the same.
Q: Will we be using props?
A: We understand that we are all in unique bodies, and props can help us modify a yoga practice to fit our bodies, rather than the other way around (and we’re all about that)! If you have props that you would like to bring with you from home, we encourage you to do so!
Q: I normally practice indoors in my home or at a yoga studio - is an outdoor practice for me?
A: Practising yoga outdoors is such a joy! If you’ve never tried it before, we invite you to give it a go. The grounding sensation of the Earth beneath you, breathing in the fresh forest air, and listening to birdsong are just a few of the amazing things about an outdoor yoga practice.