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Living in the Field of the Soul: Yoga as a Science and an Art with Brooke Myers

Saturday April 7 – Sunday April 8

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar interpreted the Bhagavad Gita through the 8 limbs of Yoga; the body being a field, the soul as the farmer of that field.  To every pose he brought both a scientific inquiry and a poetic interpretation.  As practitioners we may choose to study asana, pranayama–all limbs of Yoga–as bodily, even medical treatments.  Or reflecting on creative images, we may contact the inner levels of our being through the practice.

In this workshop we will explore these different ways, seeing where they touch.


  • Saturday from 9:30am – 12:30pm: Standing postures
  • Saturday from 2pm – 5pm: Pranayama – The Art and Science of Breath
  • Sunday from 9:30am – 12:30pm: Yoga practice based on students’ questions and observations


  • Purchased before February 15th (entire workshop – 9 hours): $216 +tx
  • Purchased after February 15th (entire workshop – 9 hours): $252 +tx

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Brooke Myers – 30 Years of Teaching

Brooke Myers has studied yoga since 1973 and taught Iyengar Yoga since 1987. She has trained many times in India with the Iyengar family. Her primary teachers are Geeta Iyengar and the late Mary Dunn.

Brooke’s social conscience informs her teaching. “Yoga should be for everyone,” she says. “We have to make a real effort to go where the need is.” Her outreach efforts have taken her to psychiatric hospitals and a drug rehabilitation center. She co-taught the Institute’s HIV/AIDS class for many years. Brooke has taught special classes for knee and back problems, depression, and menopause.

The spiritual aspect of Iyengar Yoga inspires her teaching style, which is simple, reverent, and aspiring. “To motivate people, you have to first give them the experience. I can’t talk to them about their breath or their inner self. I have to show them that if they learn to come back into their heels and lift their chest, they won’t feel so depressed. I have to find physical ways to show them spiritual and emotional states.”

Brooke’s previous career was in radical experimental dance and theater. Along with political causes, she is active in animal rescue.

“I’m still looking for ways to use yoga to bridge the gulf between all kinds of people,” she says. “It should be possible—one of the meanings of yoga is union.”

Teacher Training

It is with great excitement that we announce the return of the Teachers Training  at AYM in 2018!

200 hours with Julien Gagnon, Jeanne Mudie + guest teachers

 2018-2019 Schedule:

Intensive : From June 21st to June 30th 2018                                                                          Thursday June 21st (6PM à 8PM),  Friday June 22nd to Saturday June 30th 2018 (7:30 AM to 4:30PM)

Week-end : Thursday (5:30PM à 8:30PM), Friday (6:00PM to 8:30PM), Saturday and Sunday (7:30AM to 4:30PM)

  • September 27th to 30th 2018
  • October 19th to 22nd 2018
  • November 29th & 30th and December 1st and 2nd 2018
  • January 24th to 27th 2019
  • February 21st to 24th 2019
  • March 28th to 31st 2019

Price :

  • 2690$ plus taxes before April 15 2018
  • 3100$ plus taxes after April 15th 2018
  • Intensive Only 960$ plus taxes

Information :

Who will teach? Julien Gagnon and Jeanne Mudie  will be teaching the majority of the training, they will be joined by invited guests who will come to teach specific aspects of the training such as anatomy, philosophy and methodology of teaching.


This training aims to consolidate a solid personal practice and develop the basics of a strategic and effective teaching through a bio-mechanical approach, while favoring a global vision of the movement. The training also offers reflections on philosophy, meditation and ethics that nourish our vision of yoga. It is an in-depth teaching of yoga postures, philosophy and pedagogy, and is particularly interested in how this practice is rooted in our contemporary world and adapted to the students of aspiring teachers. Participatory pedagogy will emphasize the integration of subject matter through personal experience, practice, application to specific situations and teaching. Specialized speakers will be invited to share their knowledge by giving us an open window on the latest research and current approaches in the professional world. The 200-hour training is certified by the Yoga Alliance and accredited by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (tax receipts available). However, it is possible to register for each module separately.

Language requirements: The training will be offered in both French and English. Basic bilingualism is recommended.

Who it is for: Practitioners with a serious approach who want to go further in their yoga practice and understand the basics of practical and inspiring teaching. Especially to those who wish to start a career as a yoga teacher. The training is for people who practice yoga on a regular basis and yoga teachers who would like to perfect their knowledge and put it into practice as part of their continuing education. Our pedagogical and content approach is also suitable for health, sport and movement professionals who want to understand how yoga can be integrated into their respective disciplines.

Prerequisites: The most important is the willingness and openness to learn. More specifically, the ability to put time into practice, engage seriously and remain open to questioning his practice and his vision of yoga. It is recommended to have at least 2 years of experience of a diligent practice.

How to register? Please fill out the following questionnaire Application Form We would love to meet you – check out our regular teaching schedules and stop by for a class.


GAGA/People Class for February

Saturday February 17th from 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM with James Viveiros

Cost: $16 plus taxes

Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members.  The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement, and it continues to evolve today.

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with themselves and others.

Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/people and Gaga/dancers.

February 17th  with James : 

Meditation with Pierre-Vincent

Thursdays from 7:30pm – 8:45pm

« Mindfulness is not a tool, it’s a path » – Thich Nhat Hanh

 Every evening will be divided between talks about the teachings, and practice. We will discover some of the main teachings, like the 4 noble truths, the eightfold path and the brahma viharas. We will then get a sense of what they mean through our own experience, practicing in many different ways. Some home-exercises will also be suggested as a way to foster and bring continuity to the practice. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Cost: By donation

Yoga for beginners

Over eight sessions, learn the fundamentals of yoga to help you become more physically fit, mentally calm and energetic. Starting from the ground up, our teachers will guide you through breath work and alignment, as well as the entire Ashtanga Primary Series — the basics that you’ll need in order to take a Level 1 class.

Winter 2018 Sessions:

  1. Thursdays from January 11th to March 1st from 6pm – 7:15pm
  2. Tuesdays from January 16th to March 6th from 6pm – 7:15pm
  3. Sundays from January 21st to March 11th from 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Cost : 100 $ + tax