Mary Paterson

Author / Yogi / Teacher / Traveler

Website for: Mary Paterson, author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home; yoga/meditation instructor; Buddhist practitioner; adventurer.


Sundays @ 9:00 am ~ 75 minutes ~ Kundalini Yoga
Location ~ Esther Meyers Yoga Studio (390 Dupont Street, in Creeds building Suite 203) 
*Please Note: This class is independent of Esther Myers regular class schedule. 

*Classes cancelled on July 22nd, August 5th, and September 2nd, and 9th

Fee: Single class = $20 + HST, Card of 5 = $90 + HST, Card of 10 = $150 + HST (can be purchased in class or online by request) 
 Mary Paterson ( for  more info. about Sunday morning classes

Thursdays at 7:00 am ~ 60 minutes Kundalini Yoga @ 889 Yoga
Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm ~ Pre-registered 2 hour workshops  on various themes (Info. posted on sidebar under "Yoga and Meditation Classes")

Thursday, August 2nd at 1:00 pm ~ 60 minutes ~ Meditation for people living with cancer and those who care for them (free) @ Wellspring

Private and Corporate yoga/meditation sessions please email for availability and information.

Description of my Kundalini Yoga Class
Known as the "Yoga of Awareness", this energizing class begins with a short opening chant to connect you to the power within, followed by a pranayam (breath control practice) to harmonize your energies. You will then be guided through a dynamic series of moving postures designed to stimulate all your systems, creating a multitude of physical, mental and emotional benefits, followed by a stress-reducing relaxation, and finishing with a mantra meditation to awaken you to the sacred power of your life.
"There is nothing more precious than your relationship with your own consciousness." Yogi Bhajan

Description of my Guided Meditation Class
This peace-inducing class begins with an invocation to the power of your life-force - your breath. You will then be guided through an ancient Buddhist technique that enhances your mind/body connection, and awareness. Throughout, as you meditate, you will be instructed on how to consciously work with your thoughts, emotions and mind. The class finishes with a short healing chant and prayer. The many benefits of this practice include: a reduction in mental stress, slowing of aging, reduction in chronic pain, improved physical and mental health, enhanced feelings of joy, and an expanded sense of love and compassion for the self and all living beings.


"I was fortunate enough to be apart of two of Mary's Meditation Courses (The Moon Magic Meditation Course 2018 and The Potent Power of the Sun Meditation Course 2018). Mary is a very thoughtful teacher with a kind heart and a sincere interest in her student's wellbeing. Her courses are extremely well organized and filled to the brim with meditation tools and tips that will last a lifetime. Mary's teachings include an abundance of insight and mindful education. She excels at creating a safe space for personal growth and introspective development. I would recommend Mary to anyone looking to try meditation for their first time; to anyone who has done some meditation and is looking for a tune-up; or to people who are regular meditators looking for an inspirational group to grow their practice with."
Ryanne Scott

"Thank you deeply, Mary.   The retreat, sharing time together, your guidance and new acquaintance has been life altering for me.  The ripples of impact will continue for some time and I will most certainly continue my spiritual learning and practice.  I am excited to continue in my growth. I have become curious again, in new ways.  I am figuring out what's next to stay true to me!"
~ Anna Duva, Toronto, Canada

"Mary's teaching is full of wonders: open, challenging, and healing, with a place for students from every level and background. Her teaching is built from years of deep experience in kundalini and vinyasa yoga, professional dance, chanting in many traditions, and buddhist meditation. Every student seems to find just what they need; physically, mentally, and spiritually... I am buoyed by new tools and a renewed sense of joy..."
~ Ellen Scordato, New York, New York, USA

"I attended an incredible yoga retreat that Mary led in Costa Rica. She created a deeply nourishing 9 days set in one of the most exquisite places I’ve been to. The days were  perfectly paced, and offered everything I needed - energetic yet mindful yoga classes, soulful meditations, and time to relax as well as play and explore. I felt as though I could truly exhale and was restored in the process. I came away with new friends and inspiration to continue and sustain my daily practices at home. I truly loved every minute of it and would certainly join her again." 
~ Ainslie Cyopik, Vancouver, B.C.

"Being on a yoga retreat with Mary is a life altering experience.  She competently and powerfully guides you through your yoga practice every morning and leads beautiful meditations in the evening.  I  have been on 4 retreats with this wonderful teacher and each time I have been able to work deeper, relax faster and trust that all logistical details are taken care of (and many spiritual ones as well).  Every retreat has had a profoundly positive and long lasting effect on my life, and I continue to build on the work I have done while away enjoying sun, sand and surf yoga, delicious food and great people.  I am an ever-grateful participant.  Thank you Mary!"
~ Alison Robinette, Toronto, Canada