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.
Christmas at the Yoga Camp Dec 22nd-Jan 1st
Sadhana Week – January 4th to 11th
During this week the Ashram is closed for guests from sunday afternoon after checkout time (15:00). No classes or meals are offered and the accommodations are not available for guests. Ashram reopens the following monday 12th and will continue with the regular schedule. This program is available only for residents.
Learn Yoga in a Weekend with Tejas- January 16th-18th
Jump start your yoga practice and learn all the basic techniques: abdominal breathing and full yogic breath, sun salutations to warm up your body and gain flexibility; basic yoga postures, relaxation and introduction to concentration and meditation. No previous experience required.
Meditation weekend with Chandrika- January 23rd-25th
The meditation weekend offers an introduction to and theory of the different methods of meditation (japa, lakhita, tratak, silent walk). The theory will be given on friday night during satsang and on saturday afternoon at two lectures (12:00 and 14:00). Students will have the opportunity to discuss in detail the different methods and at the end of the workshop will be better equipped to appreciate the philosophy of meditation.
Yoga and Relaxation with Sushila January 30th-February 1st
Fight stress and find serenity through learning yoga and relaxation tools that you can take with you into your daily life. Learn how to use your breath, concentration and the application of the yoga poses to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body.
Bhakti and Kirtan with Chandrika February 6th-8th
Montreal Members Weekend with Sushila February 13th-15th
Moonlight Snow-Shoeing with Kevin O’Rourke February 13th-15th
Discover the Laurentian beauty snowshoeing on the various trails around the Ashram. This weekend is lead by experienced guide, Kevin O’Rourke. He will lead a walk for beginners at 11:30am, teaching you the basics of snowshoeing, followed by a more advanced walk at 13. The second walk will involve more hill climbing. If the skies are clear, we will take an evening walk after dinner and enjoy the star blanket overhead. Snowshoes are provided at no extra cost. Please bring your own if you have them . All levels are welcome.
Sivaratri February 17th
Sivaratri – The Night of Lord Siva. Pujas (devotional ceremonies) are conducted throughout the night offering worship to Lord Siva. Continuous kirtan (chanting) is held throughout the night. This is the day that Siva was married to his consort Parvati. The celebration begins at 20:00pm and finishes at 06:00am, after which we enjoy the prasad of the nights offerings.
Meditation Techniques for Quietening the Mind February 20th-22nd
This workshop will be dedicated to looking at some of the internal techniques that we can use to bring the mind into a more peaceful state. Our minds are ever restless and troubled. By regular practice we can train the mind to remain in a more positive and present state.
Yoga and Skiing with Tejas and Chandrika 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.
South Indian Cooking with Nikhila March 6th-8th
Gaining Self-Knowledge through Astrology with Tejas March 13th-15th
Understanding ourselves is the basis from which we can grow spiritually. Astrology is an excellent tool to facilitate this understanding and to better know ourselves and the reasons behind the way our lives are unfolding. In this workshop we will be looking at how Astrology can help us to do this.
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.
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
Easter Weekend with Ken Whitely and Lama Tenzin April 3rd-5th
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.
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.
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
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.
Spiritual Ecology with Chandrika April 24th-26th
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.
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.
Beginners Course April 28th-May 14th
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
Montreal Members Weekend May 8th-10th
Sweat Lodge with Pierre Corrvione May 8th-10th
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.
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.
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
Beginners Course May 19th-June 4th
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
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.