5 Points of Yoga

March 11 - 13, 2016
Yoga is not only on the mat. It is a practice that is incorporated into every aspect of one’s daily life. Yoga brings peace and lasting happiness. It can bring calmness of mind at all times. It is the art of right living and an exact science. It is universal and for all. In this inspiring weekend you will learn about the Five Points of Yoga as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda which form the core teachings of the Sivananda tradition. You will learn how to apply them in daily life and you will find your life enriched and transformed. The points…

Ayurvedic Perspective on Yoga Asanas

May 20 - 22, 2016
The science of Ayurveda, the great medical science of India is closely allied to the science of yoga. In this inspirational workshop you will analyze the Yoga asanas from an Ayurvedic perspective. You will examine which postures work with each of the three basic constitutions (doshas) and explore the energetics of asanas and pranayama for a balanced practice.

Increase Your Energy Levels Through Yoga

July 8 - 10, 2016
Learn about the subtle body and its network of channels and energy centers.  Through guided meditations, visualizations and mantras we will energize our physical as well as our subtle bodies.

Yoga and Biomechanics

July 17 - 23, 2016
This instructive five-day course provides insight into the movements and postures of the body in relation to everyday life. During the training, the yoga classes, based on the Five Points of Yoga of Swami Vishnudevananda, will focus on rebalancing disorders caused by poor posture. The course will explore the importance of proper body alignment and its effect on the mind. The course is open to yoga teachers of all traditions as well as anyone who would like to have a better understanding of the therapeutic and revitalising effect of correct body alignment.

Getting Fit with Yoga

September 18 - 23, 2016
This dynamic course is designed especially to teach you simple yoga postures to develop flexibility and muscle strength, breathing exercises to increase energy levels and relaxation techniques to strengthen the nervous system. The fresh Laurentian air and simple vegetarian diet will act as an added boost to your feeling of wellbeing. No previous yoga experience is needed for this fun-filled and informative weekend.

Advanced Yoga Retreat

September 25 - 30, 2016
Expand  your practice by going deeper into the 12 basic postures of the Sivananda tradition, meditation and vedanta. Here is a wonderful opportunity to advance your hatha yoga practice, to immerse yourself in the practice of meditation and to delve into the teachings of jnana yoga in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashram in the Fall. You will emerge from the weekend stronger and more confident both in your practice and in your daily life.

Living with the Seasons: Yoga and Nature

September 30 - October 2, 2016
The weather and seasons have a powerful effect on our mental and physical well-being. Our modern lifestyles take us away from understanding their influence.  This informative and inspiring weekend will teach you how to adapt your yoga practice, diet and lifestyle to the changing seasons. You will be guided on how to live in rhythm with nature, remaining vital and active all year-round.

Yoga Beyond the Physical Practice

October 14 - 16, 2016
Yoga is not just physical exercise. The conscious practice of the asanas will lead to withdrawal of the mind from sense objects, to concentration and meditation. This transforming weekend program will teach you how to mentally shift your practice to move into a deeper experience beyond the physical poses into inner awareness.

Yoga for Back Care

November 6 - 9, 2016
During the weekend you will learn about basic principles of back care; how to alleviate discomfort; how to stabilize the structure of the back. You will practice how to maintain postural integrity and adapt basic yoga poses. We will also use relaxation techniques and healing visualizations.