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.
HappyTree is headed to Morocco! A week of yoga, meditation and deep soul work begins!Join our April Challenge by committing to 30 yoga classes in 30 days! On April 8th join us for a night of KirtanStarting April 13th for 6 weeks - Evolving Your Yoga series!April 2nd Master Class - The Anatomy of Yoga: Breathing into Alignment with Carina RaismanYoga for Children Teacher Training - May 5th - 7thSupport 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



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



Experience the power of Yoga!

Join us for a night of Kirtan, the yoga of sound and devotion, with Bhavan2 Saturday April 8th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm!

Deepen your practice with senior teacher, Barrie Risman, in her 6-week Evolving Your Yoga series, starting April 13th, 2017 – Registration now open!

Evolving Your Yoga
with Barrie Risman

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

Join us for the next class in our Master Class series, Anatomy of Yoga: Breathing into Alignment with Carina Raisman, on Sunday April 2nd, from 10 am – 12:30 pmAnatomy of Yoga: Breathing into Alignment

with Carina Raisman

Sunday, April 2nd, 10am-12:30 pm

Breathing is the key to good overall health. Beyond the physical, mental and emotional aspects, the breath controls all the other systems in the body (digestive, immune, hormonal, cardiovascular and nervous) by making internal communication possible.

In this workshops a combination of anatomical theory and yoga practice will help outline the key alignment principles of Hatha Yoga. Focusing on the structure, function, and interrelationship between yoga postures, the practice of yoga, and the anatomical support of the breath in correcting posture.  By understanding anatomy you will support your yoga practice and practicing yoga will support your anatomy.

Students will learn;
-the anatomy of the breath in different breathing techniques and different postures;
-how the breath affects the posture and how the posture affects the breath;
-how the breath and the posture affect the nervous system for stress management;
-the relationship between the breath and the spine, out central channel, in anatomy, physiology, and in energy terms.

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

Register Now for Yoga for Children Teacher Training with Amanda DeGrace of Little Lotus Yoga and Jenny Berthiaume!

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.

Early Bird Special of $375 ends April 4th, 2017!

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