Help us keep gentle yoga free
for cancer patients and survivors!
“I find Gentle yoga to be such a positive, uplifting experience. Sometimes, I feel like a totally different person after yoga class. I may have come there tired, anxious or stressed and after yoga I feel happy and relaxed.”
– Cancer Patient and Survivor
Since 2007, I’ve had the privilege of teaching yoga to cancer patients. Beginning at the Montreal General and The Royal Victoria Hospitals, I volunteered under Cedars CanSupport twice a week, guiding patients through gentle stretches, deep breathing and guided relaxation to soothe their nerves and calm their minds prior to chemotherapy.
The classes were so well received that in 2008, CanSupport and my yoga studio, HappyTree, launched a partnership to offer gentle yoga free of charge for cancer patients and survivors.
In May 2016, CanSupport sadly informed us that due to reorganizational issues associated with their amalgamation into the new McGill University Health Centre, it was no longer part of their mandate to sponsor the classes and our funding would be cut as of June 1st, 2016.
While we were all sad to receive this news, I’ve been touched by the outpouring of support through both written letters and testimonials from my gentle yoga students. Not only have they shared their stories with me personally, they have also been willing to share them publicly on CBC News and CTV News.
“Since I have been regularly attending Gentle yoga classes at HappyTree, I no longer take any pain medications, I sleep well and the mobility of my arm has increased tremendously.”
– Cancer Patient and Survivor
It is with their encouragement that I have launched a GoFundMe campaign to keep the classes going.
“HappyTree is an extraordinary place: I start to relax as soon as I open its doors and walk up the stairs. It is the singularly most positive, supportive and empowering environment I have ever been in.”
– Cancer Patient and Survivor
With your help, we hope to continue offering free gentle yoga to a community of people who really need it – many of whom could not afford it otherwise. Your donation and the simple act of sharing this story with your friends and family will go a long way in helping us to reach our goal.
With sincere and heartfelt appreciation,
Founder & Director, HappyTree Yoga Studio
Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training
with Amanda DeGrace
and Jenny Berthiaume
November 18th-20th, 2016
A Yoga Alliance CEU training that will provide you with the tools and confidence to teach women in the postpartum period (with and without their babies).
The program includes:
•Understanding the ‘fourth trimester’ (mind, body and spirit)
•Asana & pranayama for the fourth trimester and beyond
•Relaxation strategies for new mothers
•Core and pelvic floor health
•Understanding diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunctions and other common post pregnancy conditions
•Cesarean births and birth recoveries
•Postnatal yoga master classes and sequencing
•Building your “tool box” with tons of resources, books, community support and more!
This training will build your experience and comfort in:
•Understanding the ‘fourth trimester’ and changes that occur during postpartum
•Learning how to emotionally support women during the postpartum period and where to find additional resources
•Gaining confidence in teaching yoga classes to mothers with infants ages 6 weeks to actively moving.
•Understanding what yoga postures are most important during the postpartum period and the reasoning behind their importance.
For more information, visit us in studio or online at http://happytreeyoga.com/
This 16-hour training is approved for Yoga Alliance CEU’s and can also be used towards full Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher accreditation with the Little Lotus’s other modules.
Yoga Nidra with Susan Schneir
$120 + tax for the series, $20 + tax for single drop-in
This eight-week series will introduce and welcome you into the practice of iRest® Yoga Nidra.
iRest Yoga Nidra is based on ancient teachings of meditation and has developed into an evidence-based transformative practice that leads to psychological, physical, and spiritual healing and well-being.
Research has found that engaging in deep relaxation while meditating leads to a significant decrease in depression, anxiety, stress, chronic and acute pain, PTSD, and insomnia. Yoga Nidra provides you with tools to help you relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency and improve your interpersonal relationships. Yoga Nidra also nourishes and enhances noble qualities of Yoga such as joy, peacefulness, empathy, forgiveness, patience and loving-kindness toward yourself and others.
Yin Yoga Teacher Training
with Melanie Richards
and guest teachers Carina Raisman and Janine Maila
November 11th-13th and 25th-27th, 2016
We live in a very Yang society: Fast paced, stimulating and goal-oriented. Even the yoga we practice tends to be very Yang in nature, filled with strong, flowing, repetitive movements that heat the body.
Yin yoga honours our profound need for balance with its long-held, relaxed stretches that encourage the release of deep tension from the body while teaching us to trust our Self and go with the flow. As life speeds up, it’s no wonder this quiet, introspective practice is in such high demand.
What you will learn:
What is Yin Yoga?
Finding Balance: The Yin/Yang relationship
The Body: Anatomy and Emotional Themes
Anatomy as it relates to modifying yin asanas
Anatomy of connective tissue
Chinese Meridian Theory
Techniques and Practice
Analysis and practice of 20 Yin Yoga Postures
Chanting and Affirmation
Teaching Methodology and Practicum
Instructing and Sequencing a Yin yoga class
Variations and Modifications for Yin Yoga poses
How to create “The Yin Zone”
Teaching Tips for Clear Language and Communication
Discovering Your Authentic Voice
Early Bird: $545 + tax until November 4th, 2016
$595 + tax after November 4th, 2016
Finally a yoga and mindfulness event for Montréal! Expo Yoga will be held on February 11th & 12th, 2017, at the Palais des congrès de Montreal. Expo Yoga is open to all, from those experiencing the practice for the first time to advanced yoga practitioners. Over this two day event 60 classes, workshops and lectures will be offered and over 150 exhibitors will be present with great advice on everything from healthy foods, fashion and beauty, health care, to yoga studios, retreats and equipment. At the heart of Expo Yoga will be our continuous yoga classes in the Yoga Zone, as well as five other discovery zones to explore: Zen Lounge, Food Lounge, Suspended Yoga Zone, Creative Zone, La Presse + Photobooth.