Category Archives: Workshops

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.

Schedule

  • 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

Cost 

  • 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.”

LYB MindfulMarch Events: Community Classes & Meditation Challenge

In partnership with LoveYourBrain, AYM will participate & host a few events during the month of March: a month dedicated to the awareness of TBIs and the benefits of yoga and meditation for those affected and their caregivers.

Join AYM by participating in the following events:

  1. Community courses, every Friday during the month of March, from 4 pm to 5 pmAll proceeds will all go to LYB for their #MindfulMarch campaign and help subsidize course fees for those benefitting from the program.Price: Voluntary donations

https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1287662

  1. LYB’s 30-day Meditation ChallengeFor more information, see http://www.loveyourbrain.com/meditation-challengePrice: donations of at least $28

LYB Fundraiser: Film Screening of “The Crash Reel”

Tuesday February 20th from 6pm – 9pm

As some of you may already know, AYM was chosen to be the first studio in Quebec to be affiliated with LoveYourBrain, a non profit organization created to support people with TBI and their caregivers.

We began our first program in October 2017, and we’ve had a waiting list ever since. We understand the need and the importance of the work that’s done during these 6-week workshops, and so to celebrate Mindful March and help raise funds and awareness for LYB, we’ll be sharing with the community why we do what we do.

So join us for the first of our fundraising events (more details on the others coming soon!)

Cost: Voluntary donation

https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1287662

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KkFZ-QC53Q
For more information on LYB: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/

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