Yoga with Oliver J. /Olivia J.

Current offerings:

A Semi-Private Yoga Class Series to Restore + Relax (10 sessions)

This class includes a short/light asana practice to ground and a short pranayama practice. The class will culminate with a 15 - 20 minute Yoga Nidra for you to achieve the ultimate state of relaxation. Walk away feeling restored and renewed. The class is capped at 6 people, which offers you an opportunity to get some specialized attention so you can go deeper into your own practice. This class is perfect for anyone new to Yoga. Committing to all 10 (or most of the sessions) gives opportunity for you to provide feedback and for me to tailor the class to the needs and uniqueness of each individual in the class. Prepare yourself for a grounding and rejuvenating practice!

Fridays 6:45pm - 8:15pm at Toronto Healing Arts Centre (717 Bloor St W., Toronto)

Starts August 2nd, 2019

Dates: August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, September 6th, 13th, 20, 27th, and October 4th.

10 Sessions for $200 - pay in advance for all 10 sessions (Thats $20 per class. Most studios charge up to $36 per class for a small class size.)

Please email to if you would like to sign up.


About Yoga Nidra

“Yoga nidra is an effortless state of being. It is not a just a practice, but a form of awareness; not simply a technique, but a process for entering into certain states of consciousness. Although literally it can mean ‘yogic sleep’ or ‘sleep that is yoga’ or ‘sleep caused by yoga’, in fact it is not a sleep but an awakening.” - Yoga Nidra Network

In this practice you will find the ultimate state of relaxation. Rest your body on props and snuggle yourself up in a blanket as you are led through a guided mediation intended to restore the body, breath, and mind. Yoga Nidra is a practice that invites you to momentarily “fall awake” and experience the bliss of simply existing in the present moment. Shown to have positive effects on sleep quality, anxiety reduction, stress reduction, increased creativity, and trauma healing (see Richard Miller’s iRest treatment for PTSD). Yoga Nidra is also an accessible alternative to those who find sitting in quiet meditation challenging. Sure, there are many Yoga Nidra downloads you can listen to from the comfort of your own home, but there’s something special about being led in-person by a teacher who is tailoring the practice to you and your need/goals.

A little about Oliver

Oliver (they/them) completed their first Yoga Teacher Training course in 2018 at Breathe Yoga + Wellness in Toronto, ON with the intention of going deeper into their personal yoga practice. During that time they began to struggle with Major Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, issues that had previously been under control for many years. Oliver decided to try adding Yoga Therapy as a modality for their personal healing, since the traditional methods of healing had not prevented relapse. Oliver began to work one-on-one with Felicia Pavlovic at Yoga Therapy Toronto, where Oliver became acquainted with the lineage of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya as passed down by his son T.K.V Desikachar. While working one-on-one with Felicia Pavlovic and reading T.K.V Desikachar’s The Heart Of Yoga, Oliver became acquainted with ways which the tools of yoga can be used to heal issues in the body, breath, mind, and spirit. Oliver’s practice shifted dramatically away from the standard functional movement vinyasa-based flow classes that Oliver regularly attended around Toronto, to a home practice that included specialized practices tailored to Oliver’s body, mind, constitution, and goals. These new practices included practices with asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation. Over time, Oliver saw the positive impact these practices had on their mental health and decided to enroll in Yoga Therapy Toronto’s training programs. Oliver completed their 200hr YTT with Yoga Therapy Toronto in May 2019, and is currently training as a Yoga Therapist at Yoga Therapy Toronto. In addition to completed teacher trainings, Oliver has done courses on Yoga Nidra and currently leads a Yoga Nidra practice each week with youth from Stella’s Place in Toronto.

Follow Oliver Jane on Instagram: @olivia_oliver_yoga

About The Lineage

My teachers Felicia and Ante Pavlovic at Yoga Therapy Toronto studied with T.K.V Desikachar and, currently, offer one-on-one Yoga Therapy and training for Yoga Therapists in Toronto, ON.

“Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharyawas regarded as the grandfather of modern yoga. In addition to being a yogi, he was also a well known healer, linguist, musician, researcher, author and expert scholar in the six Indian Schools of Vedic Philosophy. He was a true pioneer in his ability to translate ancient teachings and make them relevant in a modern context. As a teacher his principle was "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." He taught that yoga should always be adapted to the unique needs, circumstances and goals of each individual. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, he demonstrated a deep understanding of yoga relevant for all students. During the one hundred years of his life (1888-1989), he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and today his teachings have become very popular through his many students - notably his son TKV Desikachar, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.” - Yoga Therapy Toronto

“Sir' TKV Desikachar (1938 - 2016), as the son and student of Sri T Krishnamacharya, spent nearly thirty years of his adult life studying (and living) with his father. This long, live-in internship, combined with 45 years of teaching experience, made Sir Desikachar one of the most respected Yoga teachers of modern times. Author of numerous books, including The Heart of Yoga, and Health, Healing and Beyond, Sir Desikachar worked tirelessly to promote the healing power of yoga and was a recognized expert in the therapeutic application of yoga. In 1976, to honor his teacher and father, Sir TKV Desikachar established the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandriam (KYM) and under his guidance it developed into an important teaching and therapy center that taught students and patients from all over the world and India.” - Yoga Therapy Toronto