You’re probably working hard, playing hard and under a lot of stress and pressure on a daily basis. You might be uber talented, owner of a top notch flat the Nordelec (or in the process of becoming one) and incredibly aware of healthy living practices allowing you to reach a desirable life balance but…there a limits a normally constituted human being can absorb in terms of stress. A solution: discover yoga.

I’m already hearing you, young nihilistic and anti trends folksters: “Yoga is soooo 2013.” Ok, maybe it’s not that vanguard anymore (but please remember that some of the great Beatles were practicing it in the 70’s). But there’s one thing that never changed with yoga, excluding the tens of thousands of new adepts within the last few years: it feels good. So please bear with me and come discover the 3 top yoga studios in the Southwest and around to open your chakras. I’m telling you, it’s soothing.

5, 1744 William

With an anstonishing view on Lachine Canal and 7000 sq ft space, Breathe Studio offers courses for all, from beginners to professionals. A 200-hour course, spread on 11 months, is offered on weekends for those who want to teach the ancient art of yoga. Moreover, Breathe offers its energy exchange program, where volunteers can have unlimited access to courses in exchange for 4 hours per week of volunteering oriented towards studio maintenance. It’s an invigorating community experience to discover, definitely.

Luna Yoga

231 Saint-Paul West, Suite 200

At Luna Yoga, students are free to discover their own rhythm of progression and their relationship with yoga. Since 2003, founders Jennifer Maagendans and Jason Kent offer Jivamukti and YogaFlo courses. Located in Old Montreal, Luna Yoga also proposes 10-month long yoga teaching class, inspired from Vinyasa yoga. If your practicing Yoga as a dilettante or if you want to become a teacher and make a profession of faith, Luna Yoga is an active, warm and welcoming community that will help you reach balance and self-development.

377 Saint Paul West, Suite 200

Yasmin Yoga is located in magnificent loft where you can explore yourself and discover how to live in harmony with your body. The Studio founder, Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, teaches Yoga since 15 years. It is interesting to note that she holds the Guinness record of the longest yoga marathon, lasting 32 hours. She also produced a DVD series on yoga, recognized as an international reference on the matter. Moreover, the Yoga Basics series is excellent for beginners wanting a smooth introduction.

But it’s also more than a simple studio. It’s a collaborative space for health and well-being entrepreneurs, which offers innovative programs combining art, yoga, Ayurveda and other disciplines. Dinners, music performances and other special events are often held in this 2 200 ft² Old Montreal loft.

There are obviously many other studios, philosophies and other lifestyles associated to the yoga practice. We therefore invite you to make your own experiments and respect the rhythm of your body to appreciate its soothing and energizing benefits.

What’s your yoga practice? Where’s your anti-stress studio in the Southwest and around the Nordelec?


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