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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)

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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)

danny-paradiseAs the official poster proclaims, Madonna’s yoga teacher – that would be Danny Paradise, yo – is coming to Montreal. I will definitely be at this workshop, and not only because this guy is Madonna’s yoga teacher (he teaches Sting and Donna Karan, too). The official title of this workshop is “Shamanism, Evolution, Total Freedom and Ashtanga Yoga.”

Shamanism and yoga are two of my favourite things (and Madonna is right up there as well). I also love evolution and total freedom, too. And of course I would want the opportunity to study them with a guy who’s last name is “paradise.”

Danny Paradise, May 15 – 17

Lotus Palm, 5244 St Urbain, Montreal QC
514.270.5713

For more info or to register, visit here.

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