The winter solstice is a special time of the year. Although it may be darkness and shortest day, Dec. 21 marks the first day of winter and a return to the light as days start to get longer.

Yoga teachers – front row LT to RT: Tara Lazanis, Gisele Seto, Robin Golt, Mary Ann Enthoven, Jasmine Gercke; Back row LT to RT: Sonya Beaudoin, Kreg Weiss, Ondine Guralnick, Barrie Risman, Bruce Chase-Dunn, Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, Marianne Thorborg. (Missing: Alli Fear)

In June, I organized an outdoor community yoga event in honour of the summer solstice at Bota Bota Spa sur l’eau in Old Montreal. It was a huge success so it seemed fitting to plan something for the winter solstice as well. I teamed up with Barrie Risman, co-owner of Shri Yoga in Westmount to host Into the Light / Vers la lumière, community yoga classes on Dec. 21 in support of Dans la rue, an organization that assists homeless youth. Barrie and I hoped this event would not only raise consciousness amongst the attendees, but would also bring light to people experiencing some darkness in their lives.

The event was beautiful. We were thrilled to have had such a great response. We had nearly 75 participants, live musicians Fugère Poirer and Ina Duarte and yoga teachers representing studios around Montreal – Ambaa Yoga, Bikram Yoga TMR, Cielo Studios, Enso Yoga, Gold’s Gym Sattva Lounge, HappyTree Yoga, Kreg Weiss Yoga, Moksha Yoga, Monkey Bar Gym, Robin Golt Yoga, Shri Yoga, Sun & Moon Yoga, Victoria Park, Yoga divinement adapté and Yoga on the Park.
Here’s what was collected for Dans la Rue:

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  • Soup / meals: 54
  • Beans: 7
  • Various veggies: 8
  • Fish/protein: 14
  • Fruit: 8
  • Veg juice: 1
  • Coconut juice: 1

Other food

  • Granola bars: 16
  • Rice/pasta: 5
  • Chocolate bars: 3
  • Cookies: 1 box


  • Shampoo: 11YY-Dec-Into_the_Light-16
  • Body wash: 6
  • Bars of soap: 26
  • Tooth paste: 17
  • Tooth brushes: 26
  • Hand/body cream: 1
  • Deodorant: 21
  • Shaving cream: 2
  • Travel-size toiletries: 6
  • Lip balm: 4
  • Razors: 18
  • Pocket mirror: 1

Clothes +

  • Pairs of socks: 39
  • Gloves: 2
  • Underwear: 3
  • Backsack: 1YY-Dec-Into_the_Light-17
  • Duffel bag: 1

+ six $5 gift cards to Tim Hortons for hot meals

+ $580 in financial donations!

Thank you for these generous donations. And thank you to volunteers Loni, Myrna and Wayne and to sponsors Vega and Lolë.
Photos by: Craig Bannerman Photography


See photos of the event on facebook

How to donate to Dans la Rue

Summer Solstice Yoga

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