Morning Yoga by the Lake is a magnificent urban yoga retreat that must be experienced this summer. Not only because of how beautiful it is to be on the water at dawn, but because the benefits of five consecutive days of yoga and meditation are HUGE. Each practice builds on the one before creating a transformational experience.
We meet at dawn just outside the Pointe Claire Village (about 25km from Montreal) and stretch out our mats facing the rising sun. We begin with breathing and meditation and gradually make our way through a workshop style ayurvedic yoga sequence. The pace is slow yet steady and postures are examined with a therapeutic approach.
After relaxation, a picnic breakfast complete with muffins, savoury dishes, fruit and hot coffee and tea awaits. There are always vegan and gluten-free options available. And if you need to leave early, no problem! We will pack your breakfast to go!
- 6:00 am Arrival & set up
- 6:10 am Guided breathing & meditation
- 6:40 am Therapeutic Ayurvedic Yoga Workshop
- 8:20 am Relaxation
- 8:30 am Picnic Breakfast
- 9:00 am Departure
- 5 workshop style meditation & therapeutic yoga practices
- 5 breakfasts
- + 30 min online private consultation – book
What you need:
- Enthusiasm and an alarm clock set for 5:00am or 5:30am
- A Yoga Mat
- 1-2 Blankets (preferably tightly woven, as opposed to fluffy)
- 1-2 Yoga Blocks*
- 1 Yoga strap or belt*
- Warm clothes – best to dress in layers, as it is cool when we begin
- Travel mug (for tea or coffee), utensils, and a container or camping dish (bowl or plate)
* Please let us know if you need yoga props.
About your teachers:
Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow is a yoga teacher of more than 20 years and a naturopathic doctor specializing in ayurveda. She is also a writer and activist best known for being the first woman to break a Guinness World Record for the longest Yoga Marathon (32 hours), an initiative that raised over $12,000 in private donations for charity. Loft108 is Yasmin’s Old Montreal studio where she offers ayurvedic consultations, hosts events and leads personal and professional development trainings and workshops. Yasmin is also passionate about fitness, art, travel, nature and 90s hip hop.
Bruce Chase-Dunn is a committed yoga teacher with a background in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga. He also likes teaching wall yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga and guided meditation. He is a graduate of Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow’s 300-hour YTT and has a 300 hour Yoga Therapy certificate as well. Bruce has over 2,500 hours teaching of experience, has taught at more than 5 studios, and does one-on-one yoga and yoga therapy for clients. His specialty in yoga therapy is the alleviation of anxiety and depression through the use of yoga breathing techniques and specific asanas. Bruce has always loved the outdoors, hiking, cycling, and learning more about yoga.