Calendar

In addition to the yoga classes twice daily, and silent meditation and chanting in the morning and evening, the Yoga Camp offers many special programs, courses and other events.

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2015

February

Yoga and Skiing February 27th-March 1st

It’s no secret that yoga is great for skiers as it can improve balance, flexibility, concentration skills and prevent injury. Come enjoy cross country and downhill skiing in the serene Laurentians, supported by healthy food, positive thinking and a daily yoga practice to enhance your experience.

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March

South Indian Cooking March 6th-8th

Learn the art and preparation of traditional, tasty vegetarian South Indian food dishes.

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Spring Juice Fasting with Suzzane Cliche March 20th-22nd

A spring juice and detox weekend is a very good and yogic way of starting the coming season. Juices and vegetable brought are specially made to provide the body the necessary nutrients and help to cleanse the digestive system.

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Yoga for Managing Stress & Psychosomatic Disorders with Dr.Bali March 27th-29th

Dr. Bali PhD is the founder/director of the Yoga Bliss Research Institute, established in 1969. He has been teaching ever since with an emphasizes on stress management as the key to health, not only for the individual but also for humanity as a whole. Stress affects every aspect of life – physical, mental, social and overall wellbeing. It disrupts natural healing processes and wears down the energy and vitality of the human body. Through the calming and renewing practice of yoga, and particularly Dr. Bali’s method of therapeutic yoga, you can reduce the detrimental effect of stress on your wellbeing. Shift to optimal levels of health, happiness, wholeness and find your Bliss! Register



 

April

Easter Weekend with Ken Whitely and Lama Tenzin April 3rd-5th

Join us for as special weekend that will include the teachings of Lama Tenzin on the power of patience and compassion as well as the music of gospel singer and yogi Ken Whiteley.

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Workshop and Satsang with Swami Kailasananda April 7th

Workshop, April 7th – Transformative Power of Sound. 8pm – Satsang: ‘The Power of Service in Modern Society’.
Swami Kailasananda is Yoga Acharya  and director of the Ashram de Yoga Sivananda in France. She teaches with dynamism and inspiration and is author of the book The Sivananda Book of Meditation.

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Subramanya Ayappa Temple Opening April 11th

Teaching Yoga for Seniors Certification With Kumari April 13th-16th

A fit and active senior is able to enjoy independent daily living and a regular yoga practice can help. In this course, yoga teachers will learn how to modify yoga practices to meet the needs of the aging body. Extra attention is given to joint and back care as well as to postural strength and alignment. Various health issues may require further modifications and options such as chair yoga. We will explore ways to introduce breath work, guided relaxation, chanting, sound, and meditation into a yoga class for seniors.  Most importantly, you will learn how to help your students anchor the spiritual teaching of yoga into their lives. This course is open for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. Certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course. Course fee: 250$ + accommodation

Kumari is a Certified Yoga Therapist and a Sivananda yoga teacher with 31 years  teaching experience. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and founding director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated Sivananda yoga centre in Gatineau, QC.

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Yoga Therapy for Back Care: A practical Course for Yoga Teachers with Kumari April 17th-19th

Learn how to adapt traditional Hatha yoga classes to safely accommodate the needs of the growing number of individuals with back issues.  This course is intended for yoga teachers as well as yoga practitioners with back issues. This course is open for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. Certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

Kumari is a Certified Yoga Therapist and a Sivananda yoga teacher with 31 years  teaching experience. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and founding director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated Sivananda yoga centre in Gatineau, QC. Course fee: 150$ + accommodation

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Sacred Sounds Workshop with Alain Beaulieu April 17th-19th

Join us in discovering the healing power of sound. This workshop includes: Mantras chanting with drumming, a vibratory concert with eclectic percussion instruments to create a new energetic equilibrium and guided meditation to raise the vibratory level.

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Spiritual Ecology with Chandrika April 24th-26th

Saturday, April 25th: How to become an ecology crusader on a daily basis. Sunday, April 26th: Spiritual ecology: a way of being in the world.

Chandrika has been a teacher for the Sivananda organisation for more than 20 years. She also has a Bachelor degree in communications and a diploma in environnemental management.

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Open House April 25th

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp invites you to attend our free Open House, Saturday April 25th. We supply mats and cushions. We also offer a beginners course, every Tuesday and Thursday, from April 28th-May 14th.

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Beginners Course April 28th-May 14th

Beginners course in French from 6:00 to 7:30. 6 classes. Twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday.

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May

A Yogic Path Through Anxiety with Dr.Upasana Krishnadev May 1st-3rd

Harness the power of yoga to better cope with anxiety in daily life. Discover practical tools that will help you work through your fears and worries. Guided by yoga teacher with expertise in psychology, expand your yoga practice to promote mental wellness, all in the rejuvenating, natural setting of the Laurentians. Arrival Friday:Noon Departure Sunday: 6pm

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Montreal Members Weekend May 8th-10th

Special weekend for members, students and families from the Montreal Centre. Please contact montreal@sivananda.org for more information.



 

Sweat Lodge with Pierre Corrvione May 8th-10th

Come and experience an old tradition that our native ancestors would practice. Sweat lodge, often referred to as a ceremonial sauna, is a practice of purification through prayer and songs.

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Teachings from Bhagavad Gita with Swami Narayanananda May 15-28

These workshops will introduce the teachings of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita or Gita, one of the core scriptures of Yoga. The Gita is a conversation between Pandava Prince Arjuna and his teacher Krishna on a variety of philosophical concepts. It upholds the essence and the philosophical tradition of the Upanishads. Swami Narayanananda will be reading from the Bhagavad Gita, taking inspiration from the important verses and connecting them with struggles we face in everyday life. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss in detail some of the teachings to gain a better understanding of Yoga and Vedanta.

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Open House May 16th

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp invites you to attend our free Open House, Saturday May 16th. We supply mats and cushions. We also offer a beginners course, every Tuesday and Thursday, from May 19th-June 4th.

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Bhakti and Kirtan with Lalita Chaitanya May 18th-24th

Learn Yoga’s tools for transforming emotion through devotion. This course explores the practices of Bhakti Yoga, the path of love, and offers the opportunity to experience its power to lift hearts, minds, and spirits. We will discover why Bhakti is the easiest path to God-realization through stories, theory, and practice. In Bhakti Yoga, we learn to approach the Divine through love, and as we grow in love, we begin to see the Divine in all beings and to experience it as our own true nature.
Explore how and why to cultivate devotion – Practice Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) – Learn about mantras and Japa (mantra repetition) – Hear stories from Yoga’s devotional scriptures. “Happiness comes when the individual merges in God.” ~Swami Sivananda

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Beginners Course May 19th-June 4th

Beginners course in French from 6:00 to 7:30. 6 classes. Twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday.

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Raw Food Workshop with Isabella Light May 22nd-24th

Learn the basics of a balance vegetarian nutrition: Discover the basic principles of good nutrition and what is truly healthy for you. Understand how to nourish your body and take care of your digestion properly.  In these workshops you will learn how to combine your meals and navigate easily in the world of the food. Heal yourself with a plant-based diet. Cost: 160$ + accommodation

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From Asana to Samadhi: Yoga for the Three Bodies with Arjuna May 29th-31st

Weekend retreat with Arjuna explores how your yoga practice is working on many levels at the same time. Learn about the yoga theory of the five sheaths of the body as well as the eight steps of raja yoga. A weekend of practice and theory.

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June

Yoga for Cancer Patients with Shanti June 5th-7th

Learn how to make patients more comfortable, synchronized breathwork and the use of props for ultimate comfort and relaxation. Workshops are appropriate for both cancer patients and caretakers. 

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Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers with Ram Vakalanka June 8th-12th

Sanskrit is an eternal, vibrant language of most ancient origins. It is Yoga in language-form. Practice of Sanskrit opens channels for the flow of subtle, vibrational energies thru the mind just as practice of Yoga postures opens channels for the flow of energy thru the body..Learning Sanskrit can be a fun, fulfilling experience and adds richness and authenticity to yogic lifestyle and to your teaching. This course is open to yoga teachers of all traditions.‘Sanskrit for yoga teachers’ covers *Basic spoken sanskrit *Meaning and authentic pronunciation of sanskrit names of yoga poses *Accurate pronunciation of some energizing Mantras and Vedantic terms * Introduction to Sanskrit alphabet. 

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Yoga and Biking with Swami Shivabhaktananda June 12th-14th

Cycling enthusiasts who practice yoga can develop flexibility, core strength and balance along with a calm mind. Participate in the daily ashram schedule along with time spent on bikes for an invigorating weekend at the ashram. Bring your own bicycle (mountain) or rent from the ashram.

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Detoxification & Juice Fasting Program with Suzanne Cliche June 14th-21st

Along with all the regular activities of the ashram, this one week detoxification programme will regenerate the body, the mind and the soul. Five days we will fast on fresh juice and vegetable broth and two days we will use for reintroduction to solid food. In this course we will learn about live and raw food, sprouts etc. Also the programme includes herbs for colon cleansing and one massage. Suzanne Cliche has 25 years of experience in juice fasting and detoxification. As director and facilitator, she has been participating in numerous juice fasting and detox programmes in Canada, India and Portugal.

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Sadhana Intensive June 14th-28th

Open to Sivananda-certified teachers, this two-week training course is unique in the West. The programme was devised by Swami Vishnudevananda to encompass the discipline and experiences of his own intensive hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas. Students work towards eight hours of hatha yoga practice per day, which is balanced by the study of scriptures. Successful graduates will receive a certificate from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.

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Creating a Yogic Lifestyle with Surya June 19th-21st

Learn how to adapt the “5 points of Yoga”, as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda and how to apply them in your everyday life.

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Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course June 28th – July 25th

A four-week intensive course covering all aspects of yoga in theory and practice — a profound personal experience in which daily life is fully integrated into the yoga training that gives a firm foundation for teaching as well as strengthening personal practice.

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July

Sivananda Kids Yoga Camp July 4th – 25th

Kids’ Camp combines the beauty and discipline of yoga with the fun of camp. Children will develop a love of nature, learn to respect all religions and begin to experience the inner silence and peace that comes through the practice of yoga and meditation. There is plenty of time for swimming, fun and games, with the goal of fostering the qualities of co-operation, respect and friendship. Special activities outside the Yoga Camp include canoeing, hiking, and vegetarian cookouts. As children come from all over the world, they learn to appreciate and respect people of all cultures and religions.

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Sivananda Teachers Refresher Course July 6th-12th

Join us at the Yoga Camp this summer for six unforgettable days that will bring you back in time to the excitement, the depth, the joy and the tradition of your practice. Program will be led by senior disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. Imagine spending 6 days in the company of fellow teachers from all over the world deepening your knowledge and skills of the classical teachings of Yoga and Vedanta, as well as the timeless, positive messages of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. Being a strong and confident yoga teacher in these times means you never stop learning and exploring in order to give your students the best that traditional classical yoga has to offer.

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Concert with Atmarama Dasa July 10th

Atmarama Dasa, devotional singer and composer of sacred music, has become known for his power to transmit bhakti – spiritual devotion and shakti – divine energy. For the past 25 years he has been residing in India, in the sacred place of Vrindavan, the holy mantra of Lord Krishna.

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Stress Management with Surya July 10th-12th

Surya is a student of Swami Vishnudevananda, having spent much time with him personally. She is an educator and a certified yoga teachers with more than 25 years of experience. Join Surya in learning about Stress Response and how it affects our body and mind. Apply both cognitive and psychophysical techniques to detect the first signs of stress, to recover from its damaging effects and maintain a stress-free state of being.

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How to achieve Spiritual progress through Yoga practice and philosophy with Swami Sitaramananda July 13th-19th

During this week, Swami Sitaramananda  will discuss the application of the classical 4 paths of Yoga in daily life,  leading to a fulfilled life and spiritual progress. This can be applied to all walks of life, whether you are a student, a householder or a  retired person with more or less time dedicated to Yoga practices.  Swami Sitaramananda is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, an acharya (spiritual teacher) of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, and a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She is an experienced teacher of meditation and yoga philosophy and psychology.

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Classical Indian Dance concert with Uma Vasudevan and Vasu Govindrajan on Mrdangam- July 17th

An accomplished dancer, Uma Vasudevan hails from a family, in which music and dance have been the focus of life for many generations. Vasu is an accomplished percussionist who has performed worldwide.

More information about Uma Vasudevan and Vasu visit their website www.umavasudevan.com


 

Kaavadi- Chariot Festival July 19th

Kaavadi is a dance performed by devotees in devotion to Lord Subramanya. Join us at the Subramanya/Ayappa Temple for a day of festivities and devotion!



 

Introduction to Meditation with Surya July 24th-26th

Surya is a student of Swami Vishnudevananda, having spent much time with him personally. She is an educator and a certified yoga teachers with more than 25 years of experience. The workshops with Surya will look at the philosophy and psychology of meditation, and learning concentration and meditation techniques in order to attain a peaceful state of mind. She will guide you through various sitting postures for the purpose of meditation, breathing exercises, concentration, visualisation and discuss the main obstacles encountered in the practice of meditation.

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Teen Karma Yoga Programe July 27th-August 1st

This is a work study programme designed to assist young people in participating in ashram life. They will follow the ashram schedule and enjoy the benefits of yoga classes and meditation while participating in karma yoga (volunteer service) under the supervision of senior ashram staff. The ashram schedule is adapted to meet the physiological and psychological needs of this age group. Weekly outings and daily group meetings are incorporated into the programme in order to provide guidance and strengthen group cohesiveness. Participants are expected to participate in all activities and are guided to work in the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. It can be taken as a one week or a two week programme.



 

Family week with Arjuna July 27th- August 1st

Fun and Yoga for the whole family. We offer a schedule of daily family activities including games, theatre, music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities (biking, canoeing, nature walks and more), as well as kids’ yoga classes and meditation (Parental supervision of children is required).

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Week with Swami Atmananda July 27th-August 1st

Swami Atmananda Saraswati is one of the few living direct disciples of Swami Sivananda. Come be in his presence and enjoy the free flow of divinity.



 

Music Concert with Gospel Songwriter Ken Whiteley July 31st

Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children’s music. Kens’ rhythm is sure to get your hands clapping and puts a smile on your face. His tunes are enjoyed by the whole family.



 

Teaching Yoga for Children with Saraswati July 31st – August 2nd

This course aims to teach specific techniques for teaching yoga to children of all ages. Building on traditional yoga postures, you will learn to adapt postures to the needs of children at all developmental stages. Activities, games, and stories will make classes exciting and fun while still adhering to the classical asana sequence taught by Swami Vishnu Devananda. Programmes are tailored to specific age groups without sacrificing the integrity and benefits of the classical yoga teaching. Join us as we learn to inspire a new generation of yogis by rediscovering the child within ourselves! This course is open for yoga teachers. Certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course. Cost: $250 + accommodation

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August

Teen Karma Yoga Programe August 2nd-8th

This is a work study programme designed to assist young people in participating in ashram life. They will follow the ashram schedule and enjoy the benefits of yoga classes and meditation while participating in karma yoga (volunteer service) under the supervision of senior ashram staff. The ashram schedule is adapted to meet the physiological and psychological needs of this age group. Weekly outings and daily group meetings are incorporated into the programme in order to provide guidance and strengthen group cohesiveness. Participants are expected to participate in all activities and are guided to work in the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. It can be taken as a one week or a two week programme.



 

Ayurvedic Massage & Therapy Course with Dr. Vishnu August 2nd – 22nd

Study Traditional Ayurveda from the Heart of South India at the Yoga Camp. Imagine learning the principles of Ayurveda from an elite team of South Indian Ayurvedic medical specialists in the unique environment provided by the ashram for a deep and meaningful educational experience. Join us for this comprehensive, 21 day, 100 hour certification course where students will be introduced to Ayurveda, the Science of Life, an ancient Indian holistic approach to achieving and maintaining good health while participating in the daily ashram schedule. Cost: $1800 + accommodation

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Advanced Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course August 2-29

Built on the foundation of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course, the Advanced Teachers’ Training Course offers inspiration and guidance to students interested in deepening their own personal practice as well as giving advanced techniques to those who want to teach at a higher level.

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Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certification Course with Dr. Sonal Bhatt – August 5th-14th

This course is designed to provide profound understanding of Ayurvedic foundational principles both theoretically and practically to develop one’s own healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, the course helps students to design balanced Ayurvedic health programs with the use of tools ascertain in Ayurveda like suitable daily routine, seasonal ritual, Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic home remedies, herbs, herbal teas, vital points (marmas), and much more.

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BharataNatyam dance concert with Suba Parmar- August 12th

Suba Parmar originally from Chennai, India is a New Jersey based choreographer and dancer.  Suba has studied the vintage Pandanallur / Tanjore style of BharataNatyam (Classical dance of South India) known for its repertory grace and tradition at its finest.

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Yoga, Food & the Planet with Wayne Roberts & Lori Stahlbrand August 14th-16th

Come learn from an award winning Canadian food policy analyst & writer and a food systems and sustainability expert about how you can begin to eat and live in ways that benefit the Earth. Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer. In 2002, he received the Canadian Environment Award for his contributions to sustainable living. Now Magazine named Roberts one of Toronto’s leading visionaries of the past 20 years. He has written seven books , including Get a Life, a manual on green economics, and Real Food For a Change, which promotes a food system based on the four ingredients of health, joy, justice and nature. Lori Sathlbrand is a professors of Food Matters at a New College, University of Toront. She is a speaker, writer and consultant with expertise in food systems and sustainability .

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Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking Certification Course with Dr Sonal Bhatt- August 16th-24th

This seven-day intensive course is designed to give the student a sound understanding of the Ayurvedic nutrition and food combinations that empower health and digestion. Students will learn how to plan well balanced, nutritious vegetarian meals made from grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, dairy products, fat, spices and herbs, based on Ayurvedic principles.

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Ayurveda for People Who Don’t Cook with Amadea Morningstar August 21st-23rd

This weekend Amadea Morningstar will talk about Ayurvedic nutrition, self-care and easy ways to survive without cooking. She will also do hands on marma teachings. Amadea Morningstar is the founder of the Ayurveda Polarity and Yoga Therapy Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.AyurvedaPolarityYoga.com). She has written The Ayurvedic Guide to Polarity Therapy , Ayurvedic Cookbook , Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners and other works. She has 30 years of experience in Ayurvedic self care education. A Registered Polarity Practitioner, she integrates the Marma Therapy of Ayurveda into her hands on work and teaching. She has a BS in nutrition and an MA in counseling. Her RYT- 200 is in the Integral yoga lineage.

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Raw Food Intensive with Lisa Villary August 29th – September 4th

Spend a week exploring raw food preparation, participants will have the pleasure of practicing in yoga classes, as well as participating in raw food instruction. In this intensive hands-on workshop, participants will explore all aspects of raw food. Some raw food preparation techniques include soaking, sprouting, fermentation, dehydration, blending, creating nut milks, and nut “cheeses,” raw substitutes for traditional meals, raw desserts, and much more. Participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of tools such as a spiralizer, mandoline, vitamix, dehydrator, and a food processor. Participants will also practice essential planning involved in raw food meals. Students will receive a raw food instruction booklet. Cost 400$ + accommodation

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How to Teach Yoga for Pregnancy with Sarada August 30th – September 1st

This course will teach you how to adapt a yoga practice to each stage of pregnancy, to ensure a safe and enriching practice for mother and baby. You will learn about benefits of yoga in pregnancy and how to modify asanas for the changing body. We will introduce special poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques that will help to prepare women for a smooth delivery. We will explore how meditation and relaxation practices can help parents to welcome their new children. Throughout the course, we will emphasize how to build a safe and supportive environment in the classroom and support students emotionally through their pregnancy journey. This course is open for yoga teachers. Certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course. Cost 250$ + accommodation

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