Adaptive and individualized practices :
Restorative yoga is a therapeutic practice that promotes deep relaxation for the body and mind through supportive poses. The approach stems from the Iyengar method and uses accessories and props (blocks, straps, bolsters, chairs, etc.) Restorative yoga encourages the prolonged holding of poses which help restore, fortify and reset the different systems of the body. This practice aims to balance the nervous system, which simultaneously improves breathing, concentration, presence, letting go, stability and patience.
Restorative Yoga and Yin
In this anti-stress course par excellence, we encourage tranquility, simplicity, relaxation and a profound letting go. A marriage between the repertoires of passive restorative yoga and yin yoga, the range of poses offered are devoted entirely to relaxation. The passivity of the muscles in these postures allows a relaxation and a stretching of the muscular and connective tissues, in addition to mobilizing the joints. This approach is an ideal complement to dynamic activities (vinyasa yoga, martial arts, athletic training, etc.), or when rest is necessary, as in during a convalescence. Accessible to everyone.
Tuesdays 7 : 30 pm to 8 : 45 pm
Wednesdays 12 : 15 pm to 1 : 15 pm
Sundays 3 : 15 pm to 4 : 30 pm
Deepening into Restorative Yoga
An advanced restorative yoga class for students familiar with using props, and with the poses and principles of alignment proposed in active postural yoga classes.
In this course, the sequences of poses are designed to develop a sustained attention and body consciousness; they also require a stable muscle commitment and an ability to relax during effort. The main intention of the course is to encourage the relaxation response of the central nervous system, which contributes to overall homeostasis. Designed for the management of stress, anxiety and depressive tendencies, this course also strengthens the immune, digestive and respiratory systems. This practice cultivates interiority, endurance, benevolence and equanimity. These classes requires prior experience of yoga. Expect to sometimes explore standing poses, inversions, yoga wall, chairs, etc.
Mondays 3 : 45 pm to 5 pm
Thursdays 5 : 45 pm to 7 pm
Postural yoga practice helps to improve posture and relax tensions, while developing body awareness, stability, fluidity, strength, endurance, breathing, confidence and concentration.
Postural Yoga Hatha
Formerly called “active restorative,” this course is particularly inspired by the alignment-based methods of yoga. In the course, we explore the notions of alignment essential to a practice that is respectful of each person’s body. We take the time to dissect, feel and integrate the principles of movement appropriate to each family of postures (flexion, extension, torsion, inversion, standing). Emphasis is placed on teaching the postures in a safe and systematic way, to avoid injuries, reduce discomforts and encourage mobility as much as force. Yoga accessories (bolsters, chairs, straps, etc.) are frequently used in this course to assist in the learning process. Accessible to everyone.
Mondays 7 : 30 pm to 8 : 45 pm
Tuesdays 9 am to 10 : 30 am
Tuesdays 5 : 45 pm to 7 pm
Fridays 9 am to 10 : 30 am
Postural Yoga Vinyasa
Vinyasa yoga offers a dynamic approach where yoga postures are progressively linked. Our vinyasa courses combine the precision of alignment, with physical commitment and the joy of movement. In this course, you will be invited to synchronize your breathing and your movements, which will push you to move with attention. You will come out of this course reinvigorated, with a calm and clear mind and spirit. Requires prior experience.
Mondays 9 am to 10 : 30 am
Mondays 5 : 45 pm to 7 pm
Wednesdays 7 : 15 am to 8 : 15 am, Gentle
Wednesdays 7 : 30 pm to 8 : 45 pm
Thursdays 9 am to 10 : 30 am
Fridays 5 : 45 pm to 7 pm, Vinyasa and Restorative
Saturdays 9 am to 10 : 30, Level 2
Sundays 1 : 30 pm to 2 : 15 pm
These courses are designed for anyone managing particular needs; including injury prevention or management, chronic pain or illness. The courses are open to students of all ages and levels. Since these are group classes, it is possible that the practice differs from one student to another, and that changes are proposed to the course outline so that the practice is appropriate and beneficial to all.
If you are hesitant to join a group course, we recommend that you take a private lesson first, or in parallel.
Therapeutic Yoga – for the back
This course is for people with, or seeking to prevent, back pain. Depending on the needs of students present, emphasis may be placed on muscle relaxation; joint decompression and traction; stretching or reinforcing the torso. By respecting the capabilities of the participants in attendance, this course presents concepts of posture and alignment, in addition to promoting free and easy breathing. The course helps to reduce stress, and promotes better posture and well-being on a daily basis. Accessible to everyone.
Tuesdays 3 : 45 pm to 5 pm
Saturdays 10 : 45 am to noon
This course is open to anyone who is dealing with an injury, illness or precise need (such as chronic tensions, fatigue, or insomnia). If you feel the need for a tailored course, come prepared to explore a personalized practice, often in smaller groups. According to the needs of participants, we propose a combination of active, moving or restorative postures.
Since the capacity of the central nervous system to relax is essential for health, we reserve time for this purpose at the beginning and / or end of each course. Accessible to everyone.
Thursdays 12 :15 pm to 1 : 15 pm
Yoga for Women
This practice is for all women who care about the general health of their menstrual cycle, reproductive system and life transitions. In this course, the poses are particularly beneficial for toning the pelvic floor and reproductive organs; mitigating excess stress; soothing tendencies towards anxiety; and promoting a better hormonal, emotional and mental balance.
You will learn how to adapt your yoga practice to the reality of your body, week after week. This approach promotes a healthy menstrual cycle, fertility, a comfortable pregnancy and an easing into menopause. Accessible to all.
Wednesdays 5:45 pm to 7 pm
Feldenkrais is a mind-body approach. Its connects our sensory, motor and cognitive capacities through movement.
Although movement is an essential ingredient of Feldenkrais, the technique is not in the service of fitness. Instead of a focus on immediate results and performance, which is all too common today, Feldenkrais proposes we take the time to experience a meditative experience in our body. During classes, we constantly seek higher states of attention. Through their voice, the teacher guides the participants through a series of actions that participants integrate in their own way, becoming aware of their habits and discovering new ways of moving.
A regular practice of Feldenkrais improves posture, balance, mobility and coordination. It reduces the likelihood of injury and constitutes a powerful tool for improving artistic or sporting gestures, as well as better pain and stress management. Accessible to everyone.
Mondays 12 : 15 pm to 1 : 15 pm
Wednesdays 3 : 45 pm to 5 pm
Thursdays 7 : 30 pm to 8 : 45
This course is designed to enhance well-being using the healing power of sound. Each class begins with a long period guided sound meditation using tibetan bowls and various instruments. You will be guided to listen to sound in an open and meditative manner, and layer by layer, the body is invited to soften and to relax. Gradually, consciousness settles and you enter a deeper a state of presence and calm. From there, we engage gentle movement stretches and vocal toning, using the voice in a manner that finds itself somewhere between playful and reverent, between “free-style” and mantra recitation.
Our own voices have the capacity to bring profound healing into our lives. We, literally, can change our “vibes” with toning and humming. We stimulate the parasympathetic aspect of the nervous system and calm anxieties, lessen depression, improve our breathing capacity, oxygenate the blood, stimulate digestion and steady our heart rates. Through sound that is balanced with silence, we connect with our innate vibratory nature.
Sundays 5 pm to 6 pm.
In the tradition of the Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Weekly meetings include a period of guided seated meditation, a period of walking meditation, a short lecture of a text written by Thich Nhat Hanh followed by group sharing.
Based on teachings by the Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, our practice cultivates the art of living in mindfulness. Mindfulness is the continuous practice of entering profoundly into life in every moment of everyday life. Being mindful is being fully alive, present to what we are doing, present for those around us. Living in mindfulness allows to relieve suffering and to develop happiness and peace within ourselves, in our families and in the world.
The practice takes place in a simple and friendly atmosphere. A voluntary contribution is requested in order to help paying for the rental of the space.
Please, be here before the beginning of the evening, 30 minutes early if this is your first time with the group.
Wake Up Montreal, every other Saturday 7 pm
Sangha de l’Est, every Sunday 7 pm