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Do enough yoga & you'll feel like dancing like this all the time!

I dare to you to say that one 20 times in a row: “Yoga-a-go-go! Yoga-a-go-go!” It’s a tongue twister and a half! Tongue-twistasana…

So it must have something to do with the approaching holiday season and its accompanying stresses, but there are a whole whack of yoga events happening this weekend in Montréal and it just seemed wrong to not mention them. Here they are…

Embrace your inner Arjuna! This workshop gets the prize for best title: From Worrier to Warrior. Pretty catchy, eh? Learn how to battle the forces of fear and conquer insecurity and self-doubt with Su Halle, a certified yoga teacher, coach and neurolinguistic programming practitioner.

November 28, 2 – 4pm. Happy Tree Yoga Studio, 4010 Ste. Catherine St. West, Suite 200 (514.846.YOGA).

Learn to meditate! Discover how to develop a meditation practice and bring it into your daily life with the guidance of Sonia Osorio. Through lecture, body awareness exercises, and approaches based in Tibetan Buddhism, explore meditation as a sitting, walking and awakening practice.

November 29, 9am – 12pm. Naada Yoga Montreal, 5540 Casgrain Ave (514-510-3470 to register).

Open “below the water line”! Show some love towards your hips, hamstrings, calves and feet in a uplifting, ecstasy-inducing workshop with Canada’s 8th certified Anusara teacher, Tracey Peever.

November 29, 2 – 5pm. rad’a, 841 Gilford.

Pursue happy hips! Montréal is just one stop on Eoin Finn‘s Pursuit of Happy Hips tour (another contender for the best titled workshop this weekend). He’s bringing his blissed out West Coast style to la belle ville for back-to-back am/pm workshops.

November 29, 9am – 12pm and 2 – 5pm. Centre Luna Yoga, 231 St Paul West, Suite 200.

These hot humid Montréal days make us feel all sweaty and sleazy – who has time for “yoga”? Our feet are too dirty for our yoga mats, so get out your dancing shoes, roller skates and meditation cushion, and do summer properly in La Belle Ville!

Celebrate one love! The Montréal International Jazz Festival is going the way of this blog (ie,  “it’s all jazz, baby”) and this year’s line-up features some excursions into the rasta life. And we all know reggae is about the one love, right? So’s yoga! Heck yeah, Jah. Learn more about the “golden age” of Jamaican music in Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, which will be showing 4 times daily throughout the festival. Otherwise, I will be avoiding downtown Montréal for the next week.

July 4 – 12, Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, Musée d’art contemporain; check website for showtimes & tickets

Root for your hometeam! Wait a second, they’re both hometeams! Cheer on Montréal Roller Derby teams La Racaille (which translates into “The Scum”) and Les Filles du Roi (which translates into “The Girls of the King,” and which has some Quebecois historical significance) as they duke it out on the roller rink. Perhaps you wonder: C’est quoi, “roller derby”? Well, check out this bitchin’ video for the perfect roller derby primer…

July 4, 7:00pm, La Racaille vs Les Filles du Roi, Arena St Louis.

Meditate like a rockstar! The Montréal chapter of Dharma Punx have a new location on the Plateau, which is much more accessible than that obscure yoga studio out in St Henri. Cut off your shirt sleeves and bare your tattoos for this regular meditation session and dharma talk, which meets every Sunday evening at Studio Bliss. The crew is gearing up for a Noah Levine visit in September, stay tuned for more details.

July 5, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Studio Bliss, 3841 St Laurent Blvd.

The weekend has already started, so I’m a little slow on the uptake with this week’s round-up (when you’re unemployed, the weekend starts Thursday evening…). The heat has been suffocating this week, and it’s supposed to rain all weekend so we can expect humid, sweaty dampness. Fight the urge to lay in a bathtub full of cold water and check out some of the yoga-esque activities around town…

Heal thyself! Monika Müller‘s Bio-Cosmic Energy and Self-Healing workshop promises tantric/yogic/shamanic practices to “help develop sensitivity to the body’s energy, including its flow through our hands, and the energy centres of the body.” Awesome – we could all improve our ability to tap into our own self-healing potential.

June 27 – 28, Centre Kinesphêre 1565 Mont Royal East

Rock out! Okay, I know I give Naada Yoga a lot of airtime on this here blog, but that’s because it’s the dream yoga studio that I’ve always wanted to see in my neighbourhood ~ and it’s practically next door to my house! This weekend, the studio will be holding the first in the Naada Live series, with co-owner Jason Sharp, the divine Sam Shalabi and others providing an evening of non-kirtan-but-totally-yogic music.

June 27, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Naada Yoga 5540 Casgrain

Sounds like ommmm! Homegrown drone rockers Triceratreetops channel the sound of the universe and it’s always awesome. Due to the birth of baby Emmett, it’s been a long time since this trio has been on stage. Finally, yay!

June 28, 9:00-ish (or whenever), le Cagibi 5490 St Laurent Blvd (click here for entertaining restaurant review)

Earth-lighting-summer-solstice_ENWell, it’s the solstice weekend and there are more than a few celebrate-the-longest-day-of-the-year festivities happening around town…

50 years of Sivananda Yoga! Did you know that Montréal may very well be Ground Zero for yoga in North America? The venerable Swami Vishnudevananda, disciple of the even-more venerable Swami Sivananda, landed in Montréal in 1959 and established North America’s first International Yoga Sivananda Vedanta Centre here. It was one of the first yoga centres on the whole continent, and it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary with a whole bunch of devotional activities this weekend.

June 19 – 21, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Montréal, 5178 St. Laurent Blvd.

Flow with grace! The Montréal Anusara community is all abuzz with the arrival of John Friend, who will be offering five days of workshops and intensives. You had to register way in advance for this one, but you’ll be able to  feel the spanda glow around Dawson College from this modern yoga master and his devotees. Montréal is one of only 4 Canadian stops on his 2009 Ultimate Freedom Tour.

June 20 – 24, Dawson College, anusara.com

Outdoor yoga on the canal! It wouldn’t be a solstice weekend (or, any weekend, actually) without a yoga mala somewhere around town. Usher in summer and the beginning of Studio Breathe’s summer Saturday yoga classes. Get an early start with 108 sun salutations, then some “all levels karma yoga” and “karma KBOX” (don’t ask me what that is). Minimum $5 donation for each class, and all proceeds go to the David Suzuki Foundation.

June 20, 9:00 – 10:00 am Yoga Mala; 10:00 – 11:00 am Karma Yoga; 1:00 – 2:00 pm Karma KBOX. Studio Breathe, 1313 Shearer.

Slooooowww down…! Celebrate all things slow on the Journée Internationale de la Lenteur (that’s “international slow day” en anglais, yo). The organizers of this day-long event in Parc Lafontaine claimed to have organized as little as possible, yet there are 2 schedules of festivities: a programme (with surprising detail) and “possibilités.” There will be kundalini yoga, along with tai chi, laughing, chi-gong, subtle body chakra stuff, “méditation délinquante,” and other super chill things.

June 21, Parc Lafontaine (look for the crowd of people gazing at the sky).

Sing in summer! Studio Bliss is hosting an evening of Solstice Kirtan with Nigel Wolf and the Hari Ram Kirtan Experience. Start off the season with some enchanted chanting and dancing.

June 21, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Studio Bliss, 3841 St Laurent Blvd.

As far as straight-up “yoga” goes, it’s going to be a pretty quiet weekend. Or maybe the Montreal yoga community is just planning on hanging out at the Fringe Festival beer tent all weekend – there’s a lot of competition, even for the hardcore yogis, as Montreal’s festival season officially kicks off. It’s good to take a break from the asanas and explore the other aspects of the practice – and life! As we all know, yoga is more than “yoga.”

Marvel at the human form! Contortionist Andréane Leclerc can do things with her body that most people only dream of doing. It’s not yoga, dude, she’s just born that way. But she’s also philosophical about it, describing her improvised contortionism to the Montreal Mirror as “an ‘ongoing research into Being’ —about the joy of connecting with the moment and the relationship between the public and a character on stage.” Check out her wicked dropback and hand balancing video below.

June 13 – 21 at Tangente (840 Cherrier), ESTe: pulsion morte au accouchement libere

Marvel at reality! Israeli artist Michal Rovner’s exhibition, Particles of Reality, bridges art and science to explore connection, separation and what makes us human. It’s hard to explain, but this Hour.ca article breaks it down.

Particles of Reality at DHC/ART (451 St-Jean Street) until Sept 27, 2009.

Embrace your inner shaman! Get out of the city for the weekend and create a medicine wheel to heal yourself, find some direction, or solve all your problems. Explore this ancient shamanic practice and return to the city a whole new person (or at least, the same old person with a little more clarity).

June 13 & 14, Introduction to the Medicine Wheel Workshop with Liddy Flewwelling (undisclosed location in the Eastern Townships).

Nurture shakti energy! Montreal’s first ever Rock Camp for Girls will happen this summer, and some local girl-centric bands will be rocking out to raise funds for the 5-day event. Come out to see Nightwood, Little Scream and Gisele Number One, and finish the night off by shaking your booty to DJ Lynne T (of Lesbians on Ecstasy).

June 13, 9:30pm, Il Motore (179 Jean Talon W)

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