At this time last year we posted a blog about our favourite Veggie Spots in Old Montreal. Just one year later and even more veggie options have opened up in the neighbourhood and we are so excited about it! […]
HAPPY WORLD VEGAN DAY!
Here’s a vegan parmesan cheese recipe that is so easy, so good and so versatile, you’ll find yourself trying to find things to sprinkle this stuff on! […]
Whether it’s on my mat or in my day to day activities, if anything comes up where I feel challenged or uncomfortable, I remind myself that the small steps really will be beneficial in the long run. Until now, this thought is something that has guided my practice […]
I’d like to start off by underlining the fact that when my husband Eric and I decided to plant an organic apple orchard I was in my mid twenties, so in general, there were a lot of things that I didn’t know. But what I have learned in the last 15 years, and continue to learn every day about agriculture and the way conventional, mass market food is grown blows my mind. […]
Here's what some of your favourite Luna teachers had to say about their Wanderlust Tremblant experience this year!
Peut-être vous demandez vous en quoi consiste le cours de Yin + Flo du dimanche matin ? En fait, c’est une pratique accessible à tous qui combine une heure de Yoga Flo 1 avec 30 minutes de Yin Yoga. Vous pouvez me faire confiance, vos dimanches matins n’auront jamais été aussi relaxants, c’est encore mieux qu’une grasse matinée :-)
As I contemplated writing this blog in celebration of Luna Yoga's 15 year anniversary I asked myself, "How can I put into words what Luna Yoga means to me and to so many others?" Just like the practice and experience of Yoga itself, it's difficult to describe and is better to be experienced first hand... But I'll do my best!
I first came to the studio in 2009 I believe, while I was working at lululemon. A co-worker, Marie-Claire, brought me to Luna Yoga, saying I absolutely had to try a Jivamukti class. (Of course my reaction, as I've since experienced many others have was, "Jiva-what?") I immediately fell in love! Though I lived and worked in Pointe-Claire at the time, I would take public transportation all the way to the Old Port (about an hour commute) every Friday just to take Jenn's noon class.
It was on my first yoga retreat with Jenn and Bram that I seriously began contemplating becoming a yoga teacher. I remember speaking to Jenn about it saying, "I think I want to do the Jivamukti training, but I'm not sure if it's because I love Jivamukti, or because I love you!" Jenn encouraged me to practice with Sharon and David, the co-founders of the Jivamukti style, to see if their teachings resonated with me. And of course, they did!
It really is thanks to the support of Jenn, Jason and the studio that I made it to Jivamukti training at all. 7:30am donation classes were added to the schedule on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and the proceeds went to a scholarship to help me pay part of my tuition. Jenn read all my required essays before I submitted them. Before I left for the month-long training she reassured me, "You're in a good place in your life for this right now. You're ready!" Her confidence in my capabilities really bolstered my self-esteem. Since the beginning she has always been there cheering me on, supporting my growth as a teacher and as a person.
I remember getting back from the training and teaching my first trial class at the studio. Bram was in the class, in order to later give Jenn feedback on how I did. (Talk about nerve-racking!) But as anyone who has ever taught at the studio can attest to, the students were all gracious and encouraging. You can really feel them rooting for you and see them smiling at you, seeing you in the best light! The community that Luna Yoga has brought together is truly one where you can feel the love, right as you step in the door.
Since then I've gone on to teach sections of the Luna Yoga Teacher Training, pass the Jivamukti Advanced certification exam, become the studio manager, mentor the Jivamukti training and co-lead my first yoga retreat abroad (something that had been a goal of mine for some time), just to name a few accomplishments that I am proud of! And truly, at the root of all of them, is that Luna love.
If I had to (attempt) to define it it would be:
Luna love ळुन ळोव्
n. Unconditional support from a community of like-minded individuals, whose purpose is to uplift others, encourage them in achieving their goals and celebrate their accomplishments
I am so thankful to Jenn, Jason and the Luna Yoga community, for creating a space that truly feels like a second home to so many. Every day I walk in to the studio I am filled with joy and gratitude. Here's to many, many, many more years of spreading the Luna love!
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"These are the best yoga studios in Canada"
by Kayla Kuefler
From Saturday’s spent at the rink, to traversing mountaintops and canoeing wild rapids (not to mention all the shoveling in between), it’s safe to say that Canadians are a pretty active bunch. Hockey’s a given, but did you know that the country is also brimming with yoga fanatics? Justin Trudeau himself is basically a pro (well, unofficially).
Google Trends reports that the country with the highest number of people searching Yoga around the world is none other than Canada. And surprisingly, within the country, the most yoga-curious bunch comes from the Yukon! British Columbia, Lululemon’s birthplace, came in a close second to the territory.
Canadians practice more yoga on a per capita basis than our southern neighbours and coast-to-coast, there seems to be a new studio or class popping up every other day.
So, in celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21 (which, fun fact: International Yoga Day was officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014), we’ve created a Canada-wide map pinpointing the very best studios to get your namaste on across the country.
From Whitehorse to St. John’s, Haida Gwaii to Saskatoon, this is where Canadians go to find their zen.
Luna Yoga is a bilingual studio in Montreal, Quebec. They offer Jivamukti, Vinyasa and a variety of special classes like Yin + Flo, Metta Flo, and Chakra Flo.
Frances Vicente, the studio’s manager, says that to make the most out of your yoga practice, “put it in your calendar and make it a priority.”
“We often put our personal wellness at the end of our to-do list, so it gets pushed aside. People often say they want to do yoga but they’re too busy. In my experience, most people are always busy; it’s about being able to be present and make time for yoga, to find peace in all the ups and downs of life.”
To view the full article click here.
With only a couple of days left before I get back home from being away, I’m really looking forward to giving the Intro to iRest Yoga Nidra workshop again at Luna Yoga. I studied this form of guided meditation technique because my ultimate goal with my life and my career is to help people heal from their wounds, and I wanted another tool to accomplish that to add to the yoga asana practice, but wanted something that was more accessible than a vinyasa practice, something that anyone could do. And iRest is that.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient Hindu and Buddhist guided meditation modality, a meditation format that allows the practitioner to simply follow along with the instructor’s guidance. iRest takes this format one step further by introducing psychotherapeutic elements to the structure similar to Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT), as well as the process of witnessing sensations, thoughts and emotions without personalizing them or identifying with them. These elements have roots in Hindu teachings as well, which makes them so perfectly appropriate for the meditation context.
iRest Yoga Nidra is basically a 30-35 minute guided meditation that helps with everything from simple relaxing and unwinding, to offering healing tools for those working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, infertility, insomnia, and so much more. By showing practitioners how to effectively work with their thoughts and attention, iRest gives them tools that they can use whenever and wherever, regardless of their circumstances or environment, to get past negative thought and behavioural patterns and live happier, more fulfilling lives.
Join me on Saturday, June 9 from 2-4pm for this transformational workshop where I’ll go into even greater detail on the lineage of iRest and how it’s making a difference in the lives of so many people, and how it can in yours as well! For more details, or to sign up, click here.
Bram Levinson is an author (www.theexaminedlifebook.com, www.ayearinthelight.com), yoga & meditation teacher, blogger and mentor. Based in Montreal, he offers alternative approaches to physical, mental and emotional well-being, promoting healing and spiritual understanding of who we are, why we are here and what this life journey is really all about through group and private classes as well as mentoring sessions, workshops and yoga vacations. He has been on the faculties of multiple conferences, festivals and teacher trainings, and travels throughout the year to bring his teachings to students and teachers around the world.