Offerings

Massage therapy is the holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body, including the muscular, skeletal, digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, and nervous systems. Massage therapists work on your muscles and other soft tissue to help you achieve optimal function of your physical body so that you feel more limber, comfortable and relaxed.

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Relaxation and therapeutic massage

A full body remedy to tight muscles, or targeted application of pressure and muscle manipulation to an specific area requiring special attention.

Sports massage

During your sports massage, we will focus on treating aches, pain and injuries that are centred in and around the major muscle groups and associated with recreational activities.

Prenatal massage

A specialized massage for expectant mothers to find relief and relaxation as your body changes. You will be offered various position options to support your body throughout your massage.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy

This specialized style of massage is performed by your practitioner holding onto bars attached to the ceiling and using their feet to add extra pressure and compression to your body. In addition to releasing trigger points and softening connective tissues. It is slower and more powerful as it is applied with greater force. Ashiatsu barefoot massage is the deepest tissue massage available and has many long lasting benefits, including reduced chronic pain, increased flexibility and less stress. It is so deep that it even accesses the internal organs, but won’t leave you sore the next day!

Nest offers a number of alternative modalities that improve your overall health and wellness. We focus on the whole body by offering treatments from some of the oldest known medical treatments in the world.

Practitioners

Yoga Therapists

Reiki Masters

Soul Coaches

Nest offers personalized yoga therapy to help clients with specific ailments and to improve overall health. Through a holistic approach to determining the root of discomfort (physical, mental and emotional), we will work with you to create a path to wellness that will allow you to take a more active role in your healing and self-care.

What is Yoga Therapy and how does it work:


 

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak. Reiki is an ancient healing modality with roots in Tibet and Japan used to help shift energy in the body. A technique called palm healing or hands-on healing is used by the Reiki practitioner to read, move and heal energy imbalances.

How does Reiki work?

Reiki sessions can be scheduled as an in-person or distant session. In-person, the client lays down fully clothed on a comfortable padded table similar to a massage table.   The Reiki practitioner places their hands on (head or arms) or off the client (above the client) to allow for Reiki energy to flow. This promotes deep relaxation, reduces pain and activates the body’s natural healing ability. Reiki helps to clear energy blocks leaving the client with an overall sense of greater physical, emotional and spiritual well being.

What is distant Reiki?

Distant Reiki sessions are equally relaxing and beneficial. In a distant Reiki session, the client and practitioner are in different locations on the agreed-upon day and time. The client sits or lays down wherever they feel comfortable,  ready to receive the Reiki energy.  The practitioner sits quietly and then sends the intention of Reiki to flow.

What is Soul Coaching?

Soul Coaching is a powerful way to align your inner being with your outer lived experience. Together with your Soul Coach, you will clear away the mental and emotional clutter. It is through this process that you will develop a deeper understanding and awareness of your authentic and spiritual self allowing you to live a more fulfilling, rewarding and purpose-driven life.

 

How does Soul Coaching work?

It is only when you reach into the wellspring of your being that the truth of the soul springs forth.” Through a variety of tools and inquiry, your Soul Coach will teach you how to develop your innate intuition and manage your thinking and emotions so you can transform your health, achieve your goals, improve your relationships, strengthen your faith, manifest financial abundance, be of service to others, live your purpose and thrive during challenging times in life. 

Grab your mat and join us! Nest offers a wide variety of virtual yoga & pilates classes through MindBodyOnline. We believe in the physical, mental and emotional benefits of mindful movement. Coming to your mat is a way to arrive in your body, land in your breath, bring awareness to sensation and be in the work of continually coming back to the present moment. 


We offer something for everyone! Sign up for our introductory special of $49 per month and give all of our classes a try.


Yoga

Let go of the day behind, and prepare for the evening ahead with this renewing practice focused on unwinding and restoring.
Ashtanga is a sequence of predictable yoga poses that challenge the practitioner to stay present in the physical experience of the practice using the simple but effective tool of consistent breath work. Likened to a moving meditation, yogis will benefit from gaining tools that allow them to be more receptive and adaptable to life’s ebbs and flows of mood and energy. You will find space for growth, reflection and modification as you experience your practice unfolding over time.
Gentle Yoga is a class for those wishing to take their yoga practice beyond the physical level. Explore the flow of prana (energy) throughout the body as you gently move through classical yoga postures and breathwork. The class will journey from movement to stillness to direct your focus inward and to present moment experience.
In our Hatha Flow class we move mindfully through yoga postures while consciously focusing on the breath. Explore classical yoga postures, mindful movement and breath awareness to experience the deep connection between body and mind. Leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and balanced.
Hatha Flow and Meditation is a perfect class for those wishing to take their yoga practice beyond the physical level. Explore the flow of prana (energy) throughout the body as we move mindfully through yoga postures while consciously focusing on the breath. The class will journey from movement to stillness as you are guided through a calming meditation to direct your focus inward and to present moment experience
Wake up to an energetic morning practice inspired by the postures of Ashtanga Vinyasa Sequence.
Be prepared to lean into your greatness with this invigorating Power Flow. You will be guided into and out of a sequence of poses that will build physical and mental strength, and others that lengthen and stretch. Our Power Flow practice will light your inner fire, allow you to land more fully in your mind and body, remind you of what you’re capable of.
Preet is offering this class with an intention to serve women during their pregnancy journey. During this class we will practice gentle mindful movements with a hint of restorative asana while building a community of women supporting and sharing with women. Whether you are an expecting mom or a new mother, women at all stages of yoga and motherhood are welcome.
Preet is offering this class with an intention to serve women during their pregnancy journey. During this class we will practice gentle mindful movements with a hint of restorative asana while building a community of women supporting and sharing with women. Whether you are an expecting mom or a new mother, women at all stages of yoga and motherhood are welcome.
Prepare for a deeply restorative yin practice that will calm your mind and body in preparation for a restful night of sleep. A combination of breathwork, yin and restorative yoga postures will be sequenced to progressively release tension and relax the muscles.
Yin Yoga is a slower-paced style of yoga in which poses are held for longer periods of time (up to 7 minutes) in order to stimulate the energetic channels of the body. Postures intentionally apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fasciae, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin Yoga invites presence, stillness and an opportunity to settle into a more meditative practice.
Yoga nidra also known as yogic sleep is a state of deep conscious sleep. It is a guided meditation technique where the state of mind is immensely relaxed while still maintaining full consciousness.

The practice of yoga nidra is simple and available to everyone. Ideally done in a lying position or savasana, it is widely touted that 45 minutes of yoga nidra guided meditation feels like 3 hours of regular sleep. Come and find out for yourself!
Classes include gentle movement, breathing practices and guided meditation. The sequences will help bring the body into balance and reduce stress. The practice welcomes use of a chair. Open to students of all levels.

Pilates

In this class, we will work on strengthening and lengthening muscles while fostering more mindful movement. You will feel and see your body get stronger and your mind become more aware of movements as you progress through each class.
Pilates & Yoga Fusion uses controlled movements to improve strength, endurance and flexibility. Combining postures and exercises from the sister modalities of Pilates and Yoga, this is a class designed to strengthen deep abdominal muscles, improve posture, coordination and body awareness. Emphasis is on alignment, breathing and developing core awareness. Moving mindfully and transitioning with intelligent sequencing, we move through a sweet Slow Flow during our practice.
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Karen Steele

Karen is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Ashiatsu Barefoot massage Therapist ® and Foot Reflexologist, and Yoga Therapist She has been involved in healing work and spiritual practices since she was a young teenager. She believes that real transformational change happens over time, at a slow and steady pace. She brings this way of approaching the healing process to her work with clients – that is, with consciousness, sensitivity, awareness and compassion. In addition to the treatment she provides, Karen will often recommend self-care practices as part of an ongoing treatment plan. To provide the best possible client care, referrals to other healthcare professionals may also be given to support the treatment plan. Karen looks forward to the opportunity to working with you as a part of embodying well-being.

Kirsten Wood

Kirsten Emma Wood (they/them) is a queer & nonbinary intuitive guide and student of many incredible modalities. Currently sharing through the self-created container ‘Rubedo*Rebirthing Being*Alchemy’ (@rubedoalchemy) to facilitate circles, learning spaces and 1 on 1 offerings. Kirsten is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, tarot teacher & reader, Akashic Records practitioner, Astrologer (traditional horary – astro magic, hellenistic & medical astrology specialization centring intuitive work with the Akashic Records of birth charts/events, astral bodies, solar systems and galaxies), herbalist (astro-herbalism, ceremonial & folk herbalism specialization), Accessible Yoga and trauma sensitive mindfulness guide. Passionate about becoming a helpful ancestor (the work of ancestral healing & spiritual activism) and bringing folks together to honour the gift of listening & learning from one another. In solidarity with marginalized folks they share 2/3 of all monetary proceeds from circles & yoga/meditation offerings they facilitate to go directly to calls for funds from LGBT2SIQQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit, intersex, queer, questioning, plus) BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of colour).

Margot Stokreef

Margot holds an Honours BA in International Relations and English Literature.  She is both a Certified Yoga Instructor (Yoga Alliance) and Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).

Margot started her yoga journey in 1991 in Tokyo Japan where she was given a prenatal practice by a very wise doctor.  Twelve years later she found her way to Breathe Yoga & Wellness Centre, and after several years of practice under the guidance of senior teachers, Margot graduated from the Breathe Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2009.  An avid learner and passionate about all things yoga, Margot has continued her yoga education since and has completed teacher trainings in Yoga for Seniors, PreNatal and Post Natal, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Ayurveda , and Yoga Therapy Program at Yoga Therapy Toronto.

After two and a half years and over 1000 hours of study and practicum, Margot became certified as a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya.  

As a Senior Instructor, today Margot teaches group classes with the principles of yoga therapy and her strong daily practice as her foundation. Pranayama practice and breath-focused vinyasa are the keys to her popular Flow and Restorative style classes .  Margot is also a practicing Yoga Therapist, working one on one with clients. 

Karina Shilykova

Karina is a devoted yoga, pranayama and meditation teacher and therapist in training with over ten years of personal practice. She is committed to bringing joy, presence, breath work and appropriate challenge into yoga classes. Her extensive teaching experience with children and teens, therapeutic, restorative and active flow classes makes her a welcome addition to NEST. Avid to create a safe, healing group class atmosphere where students can drop into their own authentic yoga practice – join one of Karina classes today.  

Liz Coucean

Liz’s goal as a yoga instructor and meditation guide is to safely lead individuals through an enjoyable and accessible practice that will allow students to release tension, increase mobility, and promote peace of mind through the linking of mindful movement and breath. Liz is deeply passionate about promoting more diversity in the yoga community and she continues to work in developing the accessibility and knowledge of yoga and meditation in underserved communities through various outreach initiatives. She has completed mindfulness training with Dr. Shailla Vaidya and completed her 300+ hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Therapy Toronto with Ante & Felicia Pavlovic, under the Sri T. Krishnamacharya lineage

Michele Heuff

Health and wellness has been a passion for Michele’s for many years. She went to her first yoga class to explore another way of staying fit and healthy. After returning from her first retreat 4 years ago feeling relaxed, strong and rejuvenated, she knew she was hooked. Practising yoga has increased her strength and flexibility and helped her find balance, peace, and connection to her inner wisdom. Yoga is and always will be her sanctuary. She recently completed her 200-hour teacher training and looks forward to helping others discover their yoga sanctuary. 

Sara Machin

Sara is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation Guide, Life Coach, Reiki Master, Access Consciousness Practitioner and founder of “Evolutionary Journey”. She is an experienced subtle energies practitioner and natural healer with a holistic approach towards helping others thrive in mind, body and spirit. She is committed to spiritual investigations through the study of subtle energies, new and ancient wisdom. This is combined with her 25 years experience of studies & teaching Yoga, Meditation, Energy Medicine, Mind Body Fitness, Longevity and Holistic Health, where she has been serving both private clients and larger groups, doing private sessions, group clearings & activations, speaking, and teaching classes & workshops. 

Jeanne Armstrong

Jeanne is a dedicated yoga student and teacher who brings compassion, knowledge and love into her yoga classes. Jeanne’s classes focus on moving energy through the breath, connecting the body, the mind, and the spirit in a safe, accessible and nurturing environment. Her gentle classes can provide you with a sense of inner peace and personal strength. Jeanne is honoured to guide students through the practices of mindfulness, breathing and yoga.

Jeanne is an avid learner of yoga and holistic health. She’s been teaching and studying yoga for over a decade.  Jeanne graduated as a Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist with Ante and Felicia Pavlovic at Yoga Therapy Toronto in the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya.  Jeanne has completed additional trainings in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Chair Yoga, Yoga for 50+, Yoga for Older Adults, Mindfulness Meditation, Indian Head Massage, and Reiki 

How to stream your virtual class through MindBodyOnline

You can join us online for one of our movement classes from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet or smartphone. Once you register for your class you will receive an email confirmation 30 minutes prior to the start of class with a link to access the class.  If you register less than 30 minutes before the class, you will receive the link right away. 

 

Click on the link in the email that says “Click here to join”.

 

Turn on your camera and mic to say hello if you wish, and then we’ll get started!

Lindsay Boyd

Lindsay is a passionate yogi who loves the freedom that comes with getting into her body and out of her head. She has a Masters degree in International Social Development and 15 years experience working as a marketing and communications professional in the sustainability field. Her commitment to healthy living is both personal and extends outward to the planet. She is active in her community leading the West Toronto Kids Run for Nature in support of WWF-Canada for the past 5 years for which she won the David Lin Memorial Award for volunteerism in 2019. After leaving her corporate job for more flexibility and to pursue her passion for wellness, Lindsay successfully completed her training in kids yoga, her 200hr yoga teacher training with Power Yoga Canada in 2019 and her Pilates Mat certification through Equinox in 2020. Since then, she has been building her own business sharing her love of and curiosity about movement and mindfulness for all bodies of all ages at all stages.

Rebecca King

Rebecca grew up on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in anatomy and how the body heals itself inspired her to pursue a career in massage therapy.

She has a versatile range of treatment styles from relaxation to sports massage and uses different techniques to ensure each individual gets the care that is right for them.  With a Swedish massage base, she also uses cupping, fascial and muscle release techniques, and has completed the trimesters massage therapy course for pregnancy.  She is dedicated to relieving pain, restoring function and working with individuals to help them take control of their health.

In her spare time, she volunteers at Covenant House Toronto with her German shepherd dog Alfie.

Domenica Foti

Domenica believes that movement can heal and empower. After coming to Pilates to seek relief from chronic back and hip pain, her body began to feel stronger and the pain dramatically decreased and then disappeared. She realized that what her body was learning in Pilates classes could help her throughout her daily life. In 2006 she successfully completed her mat work instructor training at Body Harmonics Pilates, followed by Comprehensive Pilates equipment training in 2009.

Domenica loves teaching so that we can all be our best selves in the bodies we have. She earned a Bachelor of Education at O.I.S.E., loves learning and continues to take additional Pilates, anatomy and movement courses to inform her practice and teaching.

In 2010, while pregnant herself, she completed additional training for pre and post natal Pilates where the focus is always on safe, effective movements so moms and moms-to-be can feel their best.

Preet Shikha

Preet describes herself as a little bit of everything. She is also a yogi, a sound maker, a Reiki practitioner and an artist. Her practice in life and in yoga is a playful exploration of possibilities that happens when she chooses to just show up and be kind to herself.

Preet has completed a 200-hour yoga program in yin, restorative and yoga nidra from India and is expanding her learning to hatha and advanced Reiki.

Her style of teaching weaves playful attitude, laughter, kind words and poetry.

Daria Spokoinaia

Devoted practitioner and forever a student, Daria was hooked on moving well after her first yoga class in 2008. Motivated to help others through their journey, since becoming a movement teacher, Daria enjoys assisting others in bridging what they learned on the mat, off the mat.

 

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. There is a connection between our thoughts and our physical being. A healthy and harmonious body-mind connection can help in achieving goals, overcoming obstacles and create a happier person – Daria loves her job!

 

Daria has been teaching and learning various disciplines of Yoga, Pilates, is a Reiki practitioner, an avid Face Yogi and sitar enthusiast. She works with a variety of clients, ranging from corporate settings to intimate one-on-one sessions, to weekly classes. 

Suz Lill

Suz is certified in multiple styles of yoga (ashtanga/vinyasa, yin, restorative, iRest trauma sensitive yoga nidra). From this multi-faceted perspective, and the foundation of non-dual shaiva tantra philosophy, she teaches with intention to facilitate your optimal well-being. Her journey as a yoga teacher and practitioner is ongoing and spans over two decades of dedicated exploration.

Services are currently offered in a variety of virtual settings: website, studios, private, group, workshop, day retreats. You will find offerings where Suz is a solo practitioner, or in co-creative collaboration with others. Her teaching is driven by an endless fascination with nature.

Retired from the medical field, her approach is informed by an extensive career as teacher, examiner and integrative manual medicine practitioner (both neurofunctional acupuncture and registered massage therapy). Suz describes her life view, personally and as a teacher, is to support ways we can experience optimal embodied harmony and wellness embedded in daily life. Join her in this multidimensional discovery. 

Shehla Khan

As a teacher of yoga,  Shehla believes in the simplicity and the discipline of this great tradition. Having completed several yoga teacher trainings, as well as being a yoga therapist, she blends different styles of yoga and incorporates many tools. Most of all,  she works diligently on bringing unadulterated teachings of yoga to people around her. Shehla has come to the realization that yoga truly is a lifelong journey — full of healing and love.

Shehla’s teachings are strongly influenced by all her teachers and honour the person in front of her, as well as honouring the environment around her. She strives to follow Ayurvedic principles by teaching according to seasons, weather changes and time of day, and of course the people in front of her.

Shehla has been teaching in the city of Toronto for almost 10 years. She is also a faculty member of George Brown College for their classical yoga teacher training certificate program.

Yoga is a part of Shehla along with her two boys and husband. You can spot her on Toronto’s downtown streets cycling around and enjoying our city’s colours, cuisine and culture. She enjoys running a few miles a week, sleeping, watching Ted talks and crime shows. She also enjoys getting some real “face time” with friends and family and cooking her versions of east Indian food!

Pam Kokott

Pam found her way to a yoga mat for the first time in 2009. She fondly remembers how she felt on the mat then and continues to find inner peace and personal strength each time she practices.  She ranks Mandukasana (Frog) as one of her personal favourite poses! Massage ranks high on Pam’s list of ways to improve her overall health and well-being.  

 

Pam brings her background in Organizational Behaviour along with her many years of experience in the corporate world to assist Nest attain its short- and long-term business goals.

 

In addition to working with Nest, Pam spends her time sculpting, writing, knitting and reading and mentoring people around the globe to help them achieve their health and wellness objectives. She is happy to report that her new pedal-assist bike helps her navigate the hills of Kelowna, British where she and her husband have recently relocated from Toronto.

ROBIN SORYS

Robin has more than 30-years of experience as a Senior Human Resources professional within the retail environment, including Sears Canada.  Utilizing her experience and knowledge in establishing strategic plans and directing growth priorities, she assisted in opening Vivid Health Toronto and successfully ran that clinic for 6 years.

 

Robin is an energetic and hands-on leader who assists the Nest team in realizing their personal goals and objectives with an eye to the organization’s mission and vision to help Nest achieve a competitive advantage in the industry.

 

She is a lifetime resident of High Park in Toronto and has been volunteering in that neighbourhood for over 20 years.  For her years of community service, Robin was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.