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300-hour Advanced Hatha YTT

Starting September 11th, 2020. Apply now!

BIPOC partial scholarships and mentorships available

HappyTree stands with the Black Lives Matters movement. In an effort to increase BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) leadership and representation in the Montreal yoga community, we are offering partial scholarships for our 300-hour Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, followed by a year of pro bono mentorship with lead teachers, Melanie and Barrie. We are also committed to diversifying our faculty and including more BIPOC content in our curriculum.

Email melanie@happytreeyoga.com to inquire about scholarship opportunities!


Teacher Trainings 2020-2021


300-hr Advanced Hatha YTT

advanced yoga teacher training at happytree yoga in montreal

In September 2020 we’re bringing you the NEXT-LEVEL in yoga teacher training!

Deepen your practice, elevate your skills and evolve your teaching expertise to stand out from the crowd. Benefit from coaching with two of Montreal’s leading yoga teachers: Barrie Risman and Melanie Richards. The richness of what you can give in your own teaching will flourish in this supportive, intimate and welcoming environment. APPLY NOW!

Gentle Yoga Teacher Training

gentle yoga teacher training

Our Western yoga culture of chaturangas, downward dogs and demanding flows excludes a growing segment of the population who would still like to get fit, flexible, calm and healthier through yoga – in a gentler way. These people may also be looking for ways to deal with the common illnesses of our time: cancer, heart disease, anxiety, depression and burnout. Gentle yoga responds to these needs. Learn the tools to help yourself and others through this adapted practice.

October 2nd-4th 2020


Trauma-informed YTT

  • October 16-18, 2020
  • Takes place over one weekend (Friday evening – Sunday evening)
  • Price: $395 + tax

This unique training is for those interested in learning how to teach yoga, and share breath-based resilience practices with individuals facing overwhelming life challenges. Bring different forms of yoga, breathing, and safety-focused mindfulness to people of any age who have gone through trauma, illness, and/or loss.

We live in a very Yang society: Fast paced, stimulating and goal-oriented. Even the yoga we practice tends to be very Yang in nature, filled with strong, flowing, repetitive movements that heat the body. Yin yoga honours our profound need for balance with its long-held, relaxed stretches that encourage the release of deep tension from the body while teaching us to trust our Self and go with the flow. As life speeds up, it’s no wonder this quiet, introspective practice is in such high demand.

Coming November 2020!


Online Programs


The Art and Practice of Kirtan

A six week journey through the inspirational art of Kirtan with Jai Uttal 

Jai Uttal, Grammy nominated sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, has been leading, teaching and performing kirtan and Bhakti Yoga around the world for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

Making Sense of the Chakras

A Down-to-earth, Experiential Journey Through the Chakras with Barrie Risman

Your online practice bundle includes:

  • Introductory video sessions
  • 7 creative and expertly-sequenced asana practice videos – one for each chakra
  • 21 inspirational readings with prompts for contemplative inquiry and facilitated self-reflection
  • 2 audio-guided meditations 

This evergreen course is available right now for only $79 + tax CAD!


Parents and Baby Yoga

With Jenny Bee

A perfect activity for mom (or dad) and baby! Tone up, relax, socialize and deepen your connection with baby. The first half of class is dedicated to stimulating baby through movement, massage, coordination and song. 

Then, moms and dads will benefit from yoga exercises that will help strengthen the core, tone the entire body and rejuvenate the mind. 

A 6-week series on Tuesdays from 10:30- 11:45 am
September 8th to October 13th, 2020
New NDG location: 5440 Chemin Queen Mary #103

$145 + tax for the series

Prenatal Yoga

With Birth Doula, Lauren Enright

Relax, connect, stretch, build strength and bond with an intimate group of other pregnant mamas. Based on a different theme each week, this series will teach you postures, mindfulness and breathing techniques useful for pregnancy, labour and beyond!

An 8-week series on Thursdays from 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm
September 10th to October 29th, 2020
New NDG location: 5440 Chemin Queen Mary #103

$195 + tax for the series


From Mel’s video series

YOGA FOR JUSTICE. Join HappyTree teacher, Nancy Zagbayou, for an all-levels yoga practice to soothe aggrieved hearts. Come explore the notions of justice, peace, breath, and community in a safe space; give voice to the feelings in your heart. May there be peace in our hearts, love in your words, and justice in the world.

Check out more of Mel’s recent VIDEOS!

HappyTree’s Roots

13 years growing our community . . . with teacher trainings, retreats, yoga and mindfulness in two locations for everyone to feel accepted, rested and empowered.



happytree yoga montreal roots

Come and see for yourself…