Your Downtown Montreal Yoga Studio


“HappyTree Yoga is located directly across from Atwater metro & Alexis Nihon Plaza in downtown Montreal. Our yoga studio provides over 30 exceptional drop-in classes 7 days a week, on-going workshops and events led by experienced and approachable teachers. We have a variety of yoga styles including Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Gentle Yoga. We offer yoga teacher training programs, meditation series, prenatal yoga and yoga for kids, amongst other workshops and series. We also have a massage studio with holistic treatments such as Ayurveda, Reiki, Reflexology and traditional massage services. Whether you’re just starting, or continuing a committed practice, you’ll feel right at home.
Registrations are now open for the 2017 200-Hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training!Give the gift of wellness this holiday season with massages and holistic health services at HappyTree Yoga!Happy Holidays From Everyone at HappyTree Yoga!Register Now for our 2017 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Little Lotus YogaA reminder that HappyTree Yoga will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day !Support Our GoFundMe Campaign to Keep Free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients at HappyTreeRegistrations Now Open! Join Melanie at Expo Yoga Montréal 2017SPECIAL: 3-month unlimited for new members



Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training modules 1 -3

now open for registration!

Early Bird $375 available one month in prior to start date


Module 1, February 45th-27th 2017 will focus on:

• Effects of pregnancy on the body and the benefits of yoga during pregnancy
• Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy
• Yoga asana during the prenatal period
• The 8 limbs of yoga and how they are applied through the pregnancy journey
• Lesson planning for prenatal yoga classes
• Pranayama for pregnancy
• Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth

This training will build your experience and comfort in:

• Working with women at different stages of pregnancy and/or different levels of yoga experience
• Teaching yoga postures, breath work, relaxation and meditation to women during their pregnancy
• Preparing expectant mothers for labour, delivery and the postpartum period.

For more information, visit us in studio or online at:

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 pre/postnatal modules.




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,

Melanie Richards

Founder & Director, HappyTree Yoga Studio




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.