The Yoga Forest offers classes for all levels, from beginners to advanced students, in different styles of yoga lead by various teachers and their personal approach to the yogic path shaped by their own experience and studies. At The Yoga Forest, we aim to approach yoga philosophy and practice holistically, a path demonstrated in Akhanda Yoga and Sadhana Yoga. Akhanda, meaning whole or indivisible in Sanskrit indicates a holistic approach that embraces the four traditional paths of yoga. Sadhana means spiritual practice and indicates that all yoga practice is considered an inner spiritual journey.
The Yoga Forest incorporates a balance of teaching, discussion and practice of the four traditional paths:
- Jnana Yoga (Vedanta philosophy and the concept of Oneness as the essential reality of the universe)
- Raja/ Ashtanga Yoga (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: mindfulness, meditation, and the eight-fold path)
- Bhakti Yoga (kiirtan chanting, mantra yoga (the use of Vedic mantras for clarity and peace), contemplation of devotional aphorisms and the attitude of surrender)
- Karma Yoga (discernment of right action, and responsive versus reactive action)
Holistic Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga
Our morning classes of Holistic Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga is the yoga of spiritual practice based in Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa traditions. Postures are linked and connected with breath throughout each sequence. At The Yoga Forest, we like to move away from set sequences and encourage our teachers to explore their creativity; throughout the flow of each class incorporating techniques in kriya, asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra and meditation. Within the practice of holistic yoga classes is an emphasis of the balance between checkpoints for body mechanics, and guidelines for inner inquiry.
Restorative / Yin Yoga
Restorative/ Yin yoga is the spiritual practice of based on the concepts and restorative or yin yoga. Compared to Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga, which would be considered a yang practice to stimulate and invigorate us, yin yoga soothes and calms us. Poses are held for between 3-5 minutes and we use bolsters, blocks, straps to support and deepen each pose. Learning to stay in a pose for longer periods of time trains the mind to become calm and endure distraction, both mental and physical. This in turn cultivates physical ease and mental calm. We come out of the practice refreshed and rejuvenated each afternoon.
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul by combining breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand the lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
The Yoga Forest often incorporates Kundalini Yoga practices into our morning meditations, offering techniques in kriya and pranayama before moving into guided or silent meditation.
"Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it's the art to experience Infinity in the finite."
The fundamentals of AcroYoga are presented in a safe and supportive environment with certified AcroYoga Montreal teachers. AcroYoga teaches us to experience the stillness of the moment, in balance with one another. This fun and challenging practice offers a spirit of play, creativity and connection with others. AcroYoga MTL style has an emphasis on reciprocity, creative process and flow. We love to blend acrobatics, yoga postures and restorative therapeutics in our teaching. AcroYoga MTL explores:
- Partner dynamics in yoga to develop sensitivity and awareness of our partner
- Core body stabilization and strength building techniques to cultivate lightness
- The essential 3 – base, flyer and spotting techniques to ensure safety and freedom
- Basic partner flying techniques, counter balances and creative processes
Partner yoga is a medium for building stronger communication and intimacy between human beings in any relationship. Postures and flow sequences are designed to bring communication into a tangible, physical form and help you witness the dynamic of relationships.
The benefit of partner yoga is simple... it fosters unity by bringing people together; it connects a couple, it connects friends, it connects a parent with their child. Regardless of the outcome of the pose, it can’t help but make you smile!