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.
Our Moroccan Yoga and Wellness Retreat is filling up! Register now to join Melanie Richards, Bhaskar Goswami and Lisa Lajoie for a week of yoga, meditation and deep soul work!Deepen and expand your practice with Master Classes with some of Montreal's leading yoga teachers; Barrie Risman, Carina Raisman and Dr. Madan Bali! Register for any two to saveJoin Montreal's leading Kundalini yoga teacher, Shabad Saroop Singh Kalsa, for a special four-week series this spring at HappyTree! Registration now openRegistration now open for our Spring 2017 series!Register Now for module 1 of our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Little Lotus YogaDrop-ins still available for Living Yoga, Meditate with Mel and iRest Yoga Nidra!Join Mel for a special Yin Yoga for Winter workshop at Lyne St Roch's Studio in Magog, Sunday February 27th, 1pm-5pm - Sold Out!Support 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
& Master Intuitive, 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!

Register Now!

Double Occupancy room: $1,600 + taxes
Go with a friend and save: $1,500 + taxes
per person in a double room!




Backbends Master Class
with Barrie Risman

$60 plus taxes for Barrie’s Master Class
Register for any two Master Classes for just $100!

This session will include a reflective look at your yoga practice followed by a deep backbending practice. You’ll discover how yoga is working for you in your life right now and clarify your intention for practice. You will also experience the transformative power of heart-centered asana to weave your vision into the fabric of your being where it can begin to manifest!

Passionate yoga educator and seasoned seeker on the path, Barrie has been immersed in the teachings and practices of yoga for more than two decades. Her teaching weaves together technical precision with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy.

Barrie has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 1993 and was a certified Anusara Yoga teacher and teacher-trainer from 2003 – 2012, as well as member of the Anusara Yoga Teacher Certification Committee. She is the creator of The Skilful Yogi, a unique online professional development program for yoga teachers and author of the Skilful Yogi blog. Most recently, she serves as co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, whose mission is to empower underserved populations to share the practices of yoga. Barrie has also lead retreats, teacher trainings and workshops throughout Canada and internationally since 2004 and is currently at work on a book about evolving and deepening yoga practice for students and teachers of all styles of yoga.

Read Barrie’s full bio here:

Want more details on the other sessions in our Master Class Series:

Kundalini Yoga: A Journey into Consciousness
With Shabad Saroop Singh Kalsa

Thursdays, 7:45 – 9:00 pm
March 16th – April 6th, 2017
$75 + tax for the series

Live Clean: An Ayurveda Spring Detox
with Dominic Tambuzzo!

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
March 14th – April 4th, 2017
$60 + tax for the series 

Evolving Your Yoga
with Barrie Risman

Thursdays,7:45 – 8:45 pm
April 13th to May 18th, 2017
$108 + tax for the series 

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.


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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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