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NEW for January 2019 at the AWAKEN STUDIO Toronto.

YOGA for MEN

Want a more supple, more flexible and more toned body?

Yoga classes at the Awake Studio Toronto!

Want and mind that is calm, focused and free?

Yoga classes at the Awaken Studio Toronto!

Tired of making New Years resolutions and never following them through?

Yoga classes at the Awaken Studio

Would you like to make a commitment to yourself and be supported in maintaining your commitment?

A Yoga Pass at the Awaken Studio Toronto can help you to make a commitment to yourself and help you support yourself in maintaining this commitment!

Join the ever expanding Yoga for Men community at the Awaken Studio Toronto.

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Take the Yoga for Men CHALLENGE – Here are 3 SPECIAL passes for the NEW YEAR!

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Yoga for Men on Wednesday morning at 7:00 am.

The OFFER:

Purchase a continuous 4 class pass for $50.00 and get the first 2 classes in February FREE. That is 6 classes for $50.00 – just over $8.00 per class.

The CATCH:

  1. You must attend your 4 classes on January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, your FREE classes are February 6 and 13.

2.These passes must be purchased before January 8, 2019.

An EXTRA BONUS:

  1. Those who purchase this pass are eligible for the same offer for the NEXT 6 classes at the same price, February 20th and 27th, March 6th,13th, 20th and 27th.
  2. With the pass all you have to do is show-up for the class, there is no other payment, registration or administration that you need to take care of!

The Wednesday 60 minute morning class is taught by Will. These are a cloths on class that take place in the warm and well equipped Awaken Studio. This morning class is an ideal opportunity to spend an hour a week, finding new techniques and facility to discover skills to: flex, limber and tone your physical body, AND practice practical techniques to: calm, focus and free your mind. This Wednesday morning class will be small and therefore allow and fully support beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners to have a fulfilling, invigorating and inspiring practice.

Our vision, at the Awaken Studio, is to offer peaceful and practical techniques for men to have a fulfilling and refreshing yoga practice. These classes are designed and presented with a male body in mind. The Awaken Studio is one of the only studios in the city that offers specialized classes that are offered only to male bodies.

Click Here to PURCHASE this SPECIAL 4 Class Pass with a SPECIAL offer

Pay only $8.33 per class

Valid for Wednesday Morning classes from January 9 to January 30
PURCHASE THIS PASS and Receive 2 classes for FREE February 6 and 13

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Naked Yoga for Men on Thursday Evening at 8:00 pm.

The OFFER:

Purchase a continuous 4 class pass for $50.00 – this is just $12.50 per class and saves you up to $7.50 on each class.

The CATCH:

  1. You must attend your 4 classes continuously and consecutively. January 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.
  2. These passes are only available for the Thursday evening class.

2.These passes must be purchased before January 9, 2019.

An EXTRA BONUS:

  1. Those who purchase this pass are eligible for the same offer for the NEXT 4 classes at the same price.
  2. With the pass all you have to do is show-up for the class, there is no other payment, registration or administration that you need to take care of!

The Thursday evening, 90 minute class is taught by Will. These are a cloths off Yoga classes, for men only, that take place in the warm and well equipped Awaken Studio. The calm, peaceful and serene atmosphere of the studio is an ideal place bring yourself back into your personal awareness of your body and mind. This evening class is an ideal opportunity to spend an evening a week, finding new ways to discover personal skills to: flex, limber and tone your physical body, AND practice techniques to: calm, focus and free your mind. The added BONUS of practicing while naked is that you might be able to experience a greater sense of acceptance with your body and discover the peace and enjoyment of allowing you body to be in it’s natural state. The Thursday evening classes at the Awaken Studio accommodate: beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners. This is a fairly active class that explores poses and postures that can alleviate the everyday tensions and stresses that can build up in the body.

Our vision, at the Awaken Studio, is to offer peaceful and practical techniques for men to have a fulfilling and refreshing yoga practice. These classes are designed and presented with a male body in mind. The Awaken Studio is one of the only studios in the city that offers specialized classes that are offered only to male bodies, the Naked Yoga classes for Men are even more specialized.

Click Here to PURCHASE this SPECIAL 4 Class Pass with a SPECIAL offer

Pay only $12.50 per class

Valid for Saturday Morning classes from January 12 to February 16
PURCHASE THIS PASS Attend ALL 6 classes and Receive the SAME OFFER for the NEXT 6 classes

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Naked Yoga for Men on Saturday Morning at 10:00 am.

The OFFER:

Purchase a continuous 6 class pass for $60.00 – this is just $10.00 per class and saves you up to $10.00 on each class.

The CATCH:

  1. You must attend your 6 classes continuously and consecutively. January 12th, 19th, 26th and February 2nd, 9th and 16th.
  2. These passes are only available for the Thursday evening class.

2.These passes must be purchased before January 11, 2019.

An EXTRA BONUS:

  1. Those who purchase this pass are eligible for the same offer for the NEXT 6 classes at the same price.
  2. With the pass all you have to do is show-up for the class, there is no other payment, registration or administration that you need to take care of!

The Saturday morning, 90 minute class is taught by Kevin. These are a cloths off Yoga classes that take place in the warm and well equipped Awaken Studio. The calm, peaceful and serene atmosphere of the studio is an ideal place bring yourself back into your personal awareness of your body and mind. This morning class is an ideal opportunity to spend a few minutes a week, finding new ways to discover skills to: flex, limber and tone your physical body, AND practice techniques to: calm, focus and free your mind. The added BONUS of practicing while naked is that you might be able to experience a sense of acceptance with your body and discover the peace and enjoyment of allowing your body to be in it’s natural state. The morning Hatha style classes at the Awaken Studio accommodate: beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners. This Saturday morning class is a great place for those who want to sample and explore Yoga as a technique to relieve stress and tension while allowing for the restoration of the body with breath practice techniques. Our vision is to offer men peaceful and practical techniques to have a fulfilling and refreshing yoga practice. These classes are designed and presented with a male body in mind. The Awaken Studio is one of the only studios in the city that offers specialized classes that are offered only to male bodies, the Naked Yoga classes for Men are even more specialized.

Click Here to PURCHASE this SPECIAL 6 Class Pass with a SPECIAL offer

Pay only $10.00 per class

Valid for Saturday Morning classes from January 12 to February 16
PURCHASE THIS PASS Attend ALL 6 classes and Receive the SAME OFFER for the NEXT 6 classes

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Phillip Coupal at the Awaken Studio Toronto

Counselling + Coaching + Bodywork

Sex Coaching + Sacred Intimacy + Erotic Education

Facilitated Groups Exploring Embodied Erotic Experience

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How may I be of Service to you?

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Telephone: 416-557-7312

Email: phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Web: www.phillipcoupal.ca or www.awakenstudiotoronto.com

An EXTRAORDINARY opportunity
A new group gathers at the Awaken Studio – Explore – Connect – Integrate – Empower

Wise Men Sharing – a Wisdom Circle for ALL Men

  • Share Wisdom
  • Share Experience
  • Share Inner Knowing

A Group of Courageous Men Speaking and Witnessing from their Heart. Willing to Share from their Life Learning and Experience

  • Create Connection
  • Relieve Isolation
  • Trust Intuition

Monthly 2nd and 4th Wednesday Afternoon 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Sharing Circle – Speaking from the heart of Life Experience

Wednesday Afternoon events designed to expand information and open participants to new inner awareness, internal integration and community connection.

Talking events will take place in a traditional talking and sharing circle. Communication and sharing utilizes a compassionate and respectful communication technique. All participants are encouraged to participate with any sharing as they wish and have the right to pass.

https://www.phillipcoupal.ca/Wise-Men-Sharing-Community

Attendance is at the participants discretion, drop in attendees are welcome. Regular attendance is encouraged and rewarded. Those who attend regularly are more likely  to reap the full benefit of attending. Fee structures are on a sliding scale. Attendance fees are as follows: Drop in is suggested at $25.00. Those who commit to attending regularly and register on line pay $20.00. As always with the Awaken Studio sharing  circles, those who are unable to pay the suggested fees are welcome to attend and pay what they know is available to them. These fees go directly to supporting the space and continuing the work of building community for men.

As always if you have any questions, concerns or curiosity about this event please let me know via email at phillip@phillipcoupal.ca or you can call me or text me at 416-557-7312. If you call please make certain to leave a message and a telephone number where I cam able to reach you.

All the best and with LOVE

Phillip

A philosopher is a wise man
distinguished for wisdom and sound judgement
while a sage is a wise man
distinguished for wisdom and from experience.
 
~ Unknown

Join the Wise Men Sharing Circle at the Awaken Studio

Wise Men Sharing - a Wisdom Circle for ALL Men www.phillipcoupal.ca

Wise Men Sharing – a Wisdom Circle for ALL Men http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Wise Men Sharing

Wednesday Afternoon Talking Circle
March 14, 2018

Share Wisdom
Share Experience
Share Inner Knowing

Join a Group of Courageous Men
Willing to Share from Life Learning

Create Connection
Relieve Isolation
Trust Intuition

 

  • I am looking towards this event with so much hope and love.
  • There is huge potential in exploring the power and wisdom of the elder.<3
  • Wednesday March 14 at the Awaken Studio
  • Pay what you are able option. 🙂

Wednesday Afternoon events designed to expand information and open participants to new inner awareness, internal integration and community connection. 

Talking events will take place in a traditional talking and sharing circle. Communication and sharing utilizes a compassionate and respectful communication technique. All participants are encouraged to participate with any sharing as they wish and have the right to pass.

Visit the website at: https://www.phillipcoupal.ca/Wise-Men-Sharing-Talking-Circle

Wise Men Sharing - a Wisdom Circle for ALL Men www.phillipcoupal.ca

Wise Men Sharing – a Wisdom Circle for ALL Men http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

I am so tired of the voices of hatred, derision and division… All in the name of a gigantic corporate fabrication… All in the name of what is America… All in the name of what is resistance… All in the name of progress…
To be told, “You don’t know anything about persecution!”
The lives of many gay men are filled with visceral and violent experiences of hatred, loathing, shunning, verbal, mental and physical abuse.
To be told that these men know nothing of discrimination, hatred and sexist homophobia is, to me, intolerable.
Shout out! Shout out you message of hatred!
Tell your message to the 6 year old who is shunned because he plays with a different set of toys… Tell that your message to the 12 year old pushed, shoved, shouted at and pushed down to the ground as those around kicked….Tell your message to the 14 year old who was ridiculed, shamed and beaten simply for being different… Tell your message to the 15 year old hijacked and dropped in the woods 10 miles out town… Tell your message to the 16 year old whose cloths were laced with lye and had burns all over his body… Tell your message to the 17 year old who was teased, ridiculed punched, kicked, beaten all because his cloths were different…Tell your message to the 18 year old who was told don’t worry you will get over it… Tell your message to to the 25 year old that he “can not see his lover” in the emergency room, unconscious, lying in a coma in a shrouded deathly hospital bed… Tell your message to the 28 year old that he is not family and that his LOVE is illegal… Tell your message to the 30 year old that those guys who are going to beat you are justified because you live your life out loud and proud, that he has no RIGHT to be GAY and so QUEER…Tell your message to the 35 year old store owner whose windows were egged by those who could only hate… Tell your message to the 40 year old who is told that it is better to be a man than gay… Tell your message to the 45 year old who was told another friend has died, another loved one has been taken… Tell your message to the 50 year old that his voice is irrelevant and no one cares about what he wants for his community… Tell your message to the 55 year old who was able to conquer a life filled with loathing and bring love and tenderness back to his family.
No angry message of hatred can penetrate. No angry message of hatred can derail my life. I have lived far too long and have too much PRIDE for my life and for the accomplishments and successes that I have brought to the world. Your message of hatred and exclusion could never convert me and have me think that I am anything but positive, inclusive and welcoming of all diversity in my life. You unknowingly, paint me with a brush filled with your anger, hatred and loathing. This poisonous brush seems to cover all men, all white men, all gay white men. You and your egregious and righteous anger can never, ever convince me that I am a racist, that I know nothing but privilege, that I am exclusionary and that I am intolerant. You know nothing of my life and you know nothing of what I have been through to get to where I am today.
Out of the pain and hurt that I have felt all of my life, your message of hatred will fall on deaf ears. Your message of hatred, divisiveness and exclusion will fall silent to me. I will go on with my life. You will go on with your rage filled existence. I will continue to give and partake in community, life, happiness, joy and and love. BECAUSE I am GAY!
BECAUSE I have all of these HURTS!
BECAUSE I have lived my life to the fullest and richest that I can possibly have ever dreamt of.
BECAUSE I have given myself every opportunity I could possible take despite the poverty, adversity, hatred and prejudice that I have learned to live with.
BECAUSE I have learned to utilize your hatred to my greatest advantage.
PRIDE 2016 Toronto

PRIDE 2016 Toronto

Someone asked me “What got me interested in doing what I do?” My response took some time as I needed to go through a few layers.

Right down at the bottom was that there was nothing here in Toronto that offered me what I was looking for. A safe place for me to gather with other men, to talk, touch and simply be myself without judgement and without having to become someone that I was not.

As a part of the story, I had travelled often to the United States to participate and assist in the events that offered what I was looking for. I wanted more of this and I wanted it with the people who are directly in my life on a day to day basis. I was tired of travelling. I was tired of making myself fit the corporate image that was demanded of me to be a part of these practices, for men coming together to be themselves as they related with other men. In my travels I had learned extensively about “holding space”, “creating a safe and uplifting environment” and ultimately I had learned that one of my strengths was that I could be myself, relaxed and loving as I welcomed men into the spaces and places of my dreams. I could find myself and be myself as I supported the men around me to be themselves.

The beginning of the Awaken Studio took place here in Toronto in March of 2012 as I prepared to offer this space for many events as a part of a very diverse program. The “NEW Beginning” really took place a few months later as I realized that I was totally and profoundly alone and on my own. I realized that my travelling days were behind me and that I simply needed to stand in my own ability to create, innovate and be exactly who I wanted to be. I had to give myself permission to cut the ties and simply be me and go for what I wanted and what I had dreamed of all of my life.

From the beginning, back in 2012 and even before that, for what seems to me to be all of time, I have grown and developed and found myself. I have explored and discovered the strength to stand on my own as I accept help, love and support from those around me. I have learned and found how to transform fear and uncertainty into permission to move forward fearlessly.

As an ongoing practice of my life I express gratitude on a daily basis. Today I find that I am profoundly grateful for the teachers that have brought me to this place. I can even say that I am profoundly grateful for those who have done their best to belittle me, tell me that I am irrelevant, that I will not succeed and that I am misguided for doing this on my own, I am actually able to be thankful to these bullies and miss guided souls.   I am profoundly grateful for the men who I interact with daily for they are the reason that I live. I am profoundly grateful for my husband of over 40 years as he is the reason that I can love the way I do.

The Happy Ending is not nearly so fraught with angst and fear as the New Beginning. The Happy Ending is really an ongoing opening into the world as I become more and more myself, grateful everyday for the world around me and the LOVE and BEAUTY that supports me and nourishes me.

LOVE – LIGHT and Blessings to all.

Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto www.phillipcoupal.ca

Awaken Studio Toronto http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Wondering today about heroes and I looked to Eartha Kitt.

Listening to Eartha Kitt I was struck by an act of generosity bestowed upon me by a man who I admire. This man has lived a life that I can not imagine. There was something that brought me to the life of Eartha Kitt. Reading about her life I realized why she was such an icon to Gay Men in the 60’s and 70’s. She was such a rebel and came from such a strange and tormented beginning.

There are so many elements that I can identify with as read the life and history of this beautiful and passionate woman and I mused and was inspired by the generosity of the man who took me to dinner last night.

Heroes - Acceptance - Rebellion -♥- Awaken Studio Toronto

Heroes – Acceptance – Rebellion -♥- Awaken Studio Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in 1927 in a rural and poverty laden environment Kitt must have wondered what it was like to fit in and as well know the absolute and horrid bluntness of being rejected.

 

The particular element that stood out and had me in tears over my coffee was this quote:

“In a 1992 interview with Dr. Anthony Clare,  Kitt spoke about her gay following, saying:

We’re all rejected people, we know what it is to be refused, we know what it is to be oppressed, depressed, and then, accused, and I am very much cognizant of that feeling. Nothing in the world is more painful than rejection. I am a rejected, oppressed person, and so I understand them, as best as I can, even though I am a heterosexual.”

The part of this quote that rang out to me was of course the opening and my total identification with rejection. I do know what it is like to be refused. I also can identify as the man who took me to dinner last night was a man who had been “accused”, accused of a sexuality that was at that time rejected. I could identify and be very empathic as there have been certainly points in my life where I was “accused: for being gay, a homosexual. The part where I identify more though is is the deep and resounding rejection I often feel from the “culture” establishment that surrounds me and the corporate culture that I totally believe robs each individual of their humanity.

All the more reason to simply be me. All the more reason to take a stand and hold forth for what I believe is the calling of humanity.

TOUJOUR GAI From the Broadway Show “Shinbone Alley” (1957) (Joe Darion / George Kleinsinger) Eartha Kitt (Broadway Production) – 1957 Tammy Grimes (TV Production) – 1960 Carol Channing (Animated Film Production) – 1971

TOUJOUR GAI From the Broadway Show "Shinbone Alley" (1957) (Joe Darion / George Kleinsinger) Eartha Kitt (Broadway Production) - 1957 Tammy Grimes (TV Production) - 1960 Carol Channing (Animated Film Production) - 1971 
My youth I shall never forget 
But there's nothing I really regret 
The years I have poured down the drain 
Have sparkled like gold in champagne 

It's cheerio my dearrio 
Prance and pirouette 
It's cheerio my dearrio 
There's a life in me yet 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
I sing all my troubles away 

I don't care to cry with a king 
But with any old beggar I'll sing 
I'll dance in the sun or the shade 
To any old tune that is played 
I'll sing 'neath a bleary-eyed moon 
A rowdy and rollicking tune 
But no time for sleeping have I 
I'll sleep long enough when I die 

It's cheerio my dearrio 
Prance and pirouette 
It's cheerio my dearrio 
There's a life in me yet 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
I'll sing away my troubles 
They'll vanish like bubbles 
I'll sing all my troubles away 
Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai 
(Toujour gai, toujour gai, toujour gai) 

(Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - April 2005)

Starting a morning practice of LOVE.

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This morning as I woke up and got ready for the day I noticed that something was a little off. I was in a hurry, I was anxious, I was distracted.

I realized that over the past while I had dropped a practice. I had stopped doing something that I had very much enjoyed doing.

I began again. I simply looked closer at the day and with each thought of the day looked to how I could bring more LOVE to that part of my day.

How could I BE more LOVE?

How could I bring more LOVE?

How could I deliver more LOVE?

How could I create more LOVE?

When I got to the idea that I am simply a creature of LOVE I was able to relax, slow down, and concentrate more.

Looking forward to bringing back my morning practice of looking at LOVE.

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When you arise
in the morning,
think of what a precious
privilege it is to be alive
to breathe, to think,
to enjoy, to love.
~Marcus Aurelius

Bringing more LOVE to the world www.phillipcoupal.ca

Bringing more LOVE to the world http://www.phillipcoupal.ca

Love

1.

a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2.

a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3.

sexual passion or desire.
4.

a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
5.

used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like: Would you like to see a movie, love?

Hope

1.

the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
2.

a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning.
3.

grounds for this feeling in a particular instance: There is little or no hope of his recovery.
4.

a person or thing in which expectations are centered: The medicine was her last hope.
5.

something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.

 

Life

1.

the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolismreproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
2.

the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, especially metabolism, growth, reproduction,and adaptation to environment.
3.

the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual: to risk one’s life; a short life and amerry one.
4.

a corresponding state, existence, or principle of existence conceived of as belonging to the soul:eternal life.
5.

the general or universal condition of human existence: Too bad, but life is like that.

 

Wish

1.

to want; desire; long for : I wish to travel. I wish that itwere morning.
2.

to desire, a person or thing, t): to wish the problem settled.
3.

to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for: to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.
4.

to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking: to wish someone a good morning.
5.

to request or charge: I wish him to come.
The great JOY of living needs Hope and LOVE and Wishing

Sparkle Plenty

Awaken Studio a safe and loving environment for QUEER expression

Radiance OUTSIDE and Sparkling Fire INSIDE

Let your light shine Join the Queer Heart Talking Circle Second Sunday of the Month 1:00 pm

QUEER HEART TALKING CIRCLE at the Awaken Studio

Information – Questions – Curiousity phillip@phillipcoupal.ca

Sparkle - Awaken Studio a safe and loving environment for QUEER expression www.awakenstudiotoronto.com

Sparkle – Awaken Studio a safe and loving environment for QUEER expression http://www.awakenstudiotoronto.com

Something happens when a group of men get together and touch one another. This creates, for me, an opening to the Magic.

When men get together and touch one another and dwell, if only for a few minutes, in their pleasure and desire, magic can happen. It seems as if for a micro-secod the universe opens up.

This something is like magik to me. I feel so blessed and blissed to be a part able to offer and manifest these groups where men come together and get real. The get in the now of their body and they let themselves feel the power and connection that is within themselves to be a part of their desire.

Something happens when a group of men get together and true to tehemselves and real with others.

This is something like magik to me. I leave these groups with a sense of reassurance and feel so very grounded in my love of humanity. Each time I leave one of these events I feel like living my life more fully and more joyfully. It helps that I just completed a group, cleaned up the studio and made my way home. I am left with a sense of openness and delight. LOVE

The next event is on January 26th at the Awaken Studio. Men 4 Men Sensual Touch with Tantric Exploration