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.
Join Melanie Richards, Bhaskar Goswami and Lisa Lajoie for a yoga retreat in Marrakech, Morocco!Master Class with Dawn Mauricio - Intention and Presence: A Meditative Exploration!Check out our great line up of winter series at HappyTree Yoga!Registrations are now open for the 2017 200-Hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training!Register Now for module 1 of our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Little Lotus YogaRegistrations Now Open! Join Melanie at Expo Yoga Montréal 2017Join Mel for a special Yin Yoga for Winter workshop at Lyne St Roch's Studio in Magog, Sunday February 27th, 1pm-5pmSupport Our GoFundMe Campaign to Keep Free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients at HappyTreeSPECIAL: 3-month unlimited for new members

HappyTree Yoga Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco
Embrace Life’s Adventure!

With Melanie Richards, Bhaskar Goswawi
& Special Guest Teacher, Lisa Lajoie



March 25th – April 1st, 2017

Do you feel like you could be playing the game of life in a bigger way?
Has the heaviness of your day-to-day gotten in the way of your joyful spirit of discovery?

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A transformational week of deep soul awakening and awesome adventure awaits you!

Early Bird Special Until February 15th, 2017: Register Now!

Double Occupancy room: $1,600 + taxes
Single occupancy room: $2,000 + taxes – SOLD OUT!




Intention and Presence: A Meditative Exploration with Dawn Mauricio


The most telling place where the quality of our practice speaks most clearly is not in the amazing physical feats on the mat or exciting mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Just as the poses of a yoga class are linked together by our breath, so are our actions in life linked together by our intention and presence.

In this workshop, we will explore the larger context of intentions, and highlight how a meditation practice is just that – a practice – for living a life full of meaning, all of the time. Come prepared to explore through a Dharma talk and journalling, and to be guided through several meditations. All levels are welcome.

$60 plus taxes for Dawn’s Master Class or $180 for the series of all four Master Classes. Details coming soon!

Dawn Mauricio:

Dawn is a yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centered approach. She is known for her boundless energy, and smiling personality that are both contagious, and motivating. Teaching since 2006, she has received certifications from Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, True North Insight, Naada Yoga, and Yoga Tune Up®.

Dawn has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, and has completed close to twenty silent residential retreats in Canada, the US, Thailand, and Burma, including a 3-month silent retreat at Insight Meditation Society. Additionally, Dawn has completed several programs of meditation studies from True North Insight (2-year teaching mentorship), and Spirit Rock Meditation Center (18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, 2-year Dedicated Practitioners’ Program).

Read Dawn’s full bio here.

Details coming soon for other workshops in the Master Class Series:

  • Sunday, March 12th, 2017, 10am-12:30pm – Master Class with Barrie Risman
  • Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, 10am-12:30pm – Master Class with Carina Raisman
  • Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 10am-12:30pm – Master Class with Dr. Bali

Meditate with Mel

Thursdays, 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
February 2nd – March 9th, 2017

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Living Yoga
with Bhaskar Goswami

Tuesdays, 7:45 pm – 9:oo pm
January 31st – March 7th, 2017

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iRest Yoga Nidra
with Susan Schneir

Wednesdays, 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
February 8th – March 1st, 2017

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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Module 1

February 24th – 26th, 2017

Register Now!

Early Bird Special of $375 ends January 24th, 2017!


Module 1, February 24th-26th 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.


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.




For more information or to enrol contact Studio Lyne St Roch at: 819.769.0424  or 1.855.769.0424 or by email at:

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