Give Yoga 2011

2011 Charity of Yoga: Events & Donations

I am proud to support and contribute to the following events below. From karma classes to a donation box these are some of the places where the money raised will be going. Small steps for big reasons.

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) launched its Peace of Minds campaign earlier this year, and on March 5, 2011, they host the sixth annual Yogathon for Schizophrenia to benefit the campaign. The Yoga Way will be participating to the SSO for the week of March 1st-6th by offering a FREE (that's right free) KARMA CLASS.

Save the Date: Sat. March 5th at 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Suggested donation of $15-20 for the class. Bring your own mat. Pre-pay or pay when you arrive.

Big Brother and Big Sisters of Toronto: Yoga Classes. During the month of January and February I will be teaching several classes in the GTA for the Go Girls Program. This is a a part of the BB & BS non-profit organization, which will help girls (ages 11-13 years old), with the skills and knowledge of living an active lifestyle, through balanced exercises, breathing and promoting positive self esteem.

Applegrove Community Complex: Serving as a non-profit organization for the Riverdale Community in Toronto. Holding their 5th annual Yoga-thon in 108 sun salutations. Bring a mat, bring a friend and donate what you can! Find out more Applegrove

Assaulated Women's Helpline: Donation Box. For December to mid-February there is a donation box making its home at the school. Leave a $1 or $2 when you come to class. All of the funds will go to maintaining and supporting phone lines in over 150 languages (including for the deaf and blind). What I love about this is that the money supports all the areas that the Ontario government does not provide funding for. Even better is that it is not going to admininstrative costs!

Yoga in Motion 2011. At the school find brouchures for this event to see how you can become part of a very special day. Combine fun with fitness and (bonus, support research for cancer. Did you know...

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women. In 2008, an estimated 22,400 Canadian women and 170 men were diagnosed with breast cancer and over 5,000 did not survive.

Sadly, I have known and know too many people both friends of my family as well as family members of prior students who have died of cancer. A great event...Learn more at Yoga.


The Journey So Far

Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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Heather Morton
is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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