Category Archives: News

HappyTree is in full bloom!

Dear HappyTree Community, Hello from sunny Marrakech!! I have just had the incredible privilege of hosting HappyTree’s first ever overseas yoga and wellbeing retreat, with Bhaksar Goswami and Lisa Lajoie. My most heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us – it … Continue reading

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What’s New in 2017

Happy New Year!! Holiday cheer at the HappyTree staff party! May 2017 bring exciting changes and new adventures to your life! Sonya is on maternity leave! Our beloved Sonya Beaudoin and Brian Tuck are certainly both embracing new beginnings this … Continue reading

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Help Us Keep Gentle Yoga at HappyTree!

“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.” – … Continue reading

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Summer Newsletter 2016

Dear HappyTree Community, In true Spring style, we had an exciting time of new beginnings and growth last semester, with our first Yoga for Children Teacher Training and bilingual Yin Yoga Teacher Training, as well as our expanded Prenatal Series, … Continue reading

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My Yoga Story: A Girly Yogi by Claudelle Anderson

When I first started teaching yoga a few years back, some of my students began calling me the girly yogi. Why did they give me that particular nickname you might ask? The fact that I love sparkles, wear pink all … Continue reading

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I Have Found My Path: My Yoga Story by Jenny Berthiaume

What is a yoga teacher? When I was 16 and I started practicing yoga, I had my ideas. A yoga teacher is everything zen. A yoga teacher never loses her temper or has relationship difficulties. I can’t speak for everyone, … Continue reading

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From Coma to Chair Pose: My Yoga Story by Brian Tuck

In July 1999, my life changed forever. I was 19. I had been having a sore throat and a terrible cough to the point where I was having trouble breathing. I visited the CLSC (a local government health clinic) and … Continue reading

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HappyTree Yoga Etiquette 101

Leave your expectations at the door. Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early. This gives you enough time to remove your shoes and hang your coat. If it is your first class, give yourself an extra 5 minutes (arrive 15-20 minutes … Continue reading

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Yoga Words: Om

There are few more intimidating things for a first-time yoga student than having to chant OM at the end of class. Some people fear it will go against their religion, others snicker at the ultra Yogi stereotype it embodies and others still … Continue reading

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Yoga Words: Namaste

Every yoga class I teach ends with us all pressing our hands together at the heart in prayer and saying, “Namaste” as we bow our heads to the ground in a sign of honour and respect. When I have new … Continue reading

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Yoga Myth Busters: The Biggest Yoga Lie of All Time

“I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible”. If I had a dollar for every time I heard that line…thinking you need to bend your body into a pretzel to do yoga is one of the biggest yoga misconceptions of … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Guru?

It’s probable that when you hear the word Guru, one of the following stereotypes comes to mind: 1) A wise old bearded Indian man 2) A smarmy, money-grubbing, power-hungry false-Guru Mike Myers portrays a Guru stereotype in The Love Guru … Continue reading

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3 Simple Ways to Live with Intention

1) Think of someone you admire. How would you describe them? Do they have one or two qualities that stand out to you above the rest? Maybe it’s your mother’s compassion, Buddha’s wisdom, Picasso’s creativity or Batman’s courage. I admire … Continue reading

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#MyEvolution: 5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Rock-solid

January 1, 2016   1) Ask yourself why you’re doing it Examine the intentions behind your resolutions. Are you doing it for yourself or for someone else? Are you doing it to gain approval and out of fear of rejection? Or is it for your own personal … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Story of How I Started Yoga

My sister got into yoga. Not surprising, since she was a gymnast and had the flexibility of a contortionist, whereas I could barely touch my toes. My aunt taught yoga. She was the black sheep of the family, living a … Continue reading

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HappyTree’s Prenatal & Baby Yoga Teacher, Jenny, Shares Her Body Image Story

I teach prenatal and postnatal yoga. When I ask the students why they’ve come to class, there are many reasons, but one of the most common is, “I want my pre-pregnancy body back.” Sometimes women are thinking this before they’ve … Continue reading

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HappyTree Student, Trishia, Shares Her Body Image Story

From the ages of 18 to 24, I struggled severely with anorexia. At my lowest weight, my 5”8 frame dwindled down to 89 pounds. This was without a shadow of a doubt the most challenging period in my life. During that … Continue reading

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Week 7: Self Care

Self-care helps us serve others better. It may seem like a contradiction but is makes sense when you think about it: If we’re running on empty, we’re more likely to feel irritable or frustrated when giving to others, no matter … Continue reading

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Week 6: Gratitude

Our thoughts are addictive. Did you know that we have around one hundred thousand of them a day and that eighty to ninety percent of those thoughts are the same ones being repeated over and over again? These thoughts create … Continue reading

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Week 5: Sacred Space

When teaching us about abundance, Nischala Joy Devi – one of my favourite spiritual teachers – declared, “The Universe wants to give you stuff, but there’s no room in your closet!” What do you want to make more room for … Continue reading

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