Movement Arts Courses
Do Something & Move!
This workshop or class is based on all the different types of movement arts techniques Sylvie Boisclair has studied with great Masters from around the world for over 40 years. You will be guided into an inspired way to move your body infused with yoga, dance, martial arts and more. Let Sylvie guide you into a challenging yet joyous and meditative somatic experiment.
Sivananda Yoga is a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga that stretches and tones the whole body. This style of yoga has not been modified or watered down. The teachings have survived intact and are practiced as originally presented in India by Swami Sivananda in 1936 and brought to the West by Swami Vishnu devananda in the 60s'.
Classical Ballet for Adults
This class is ideal for adults who would like to experience the joy, grace and discipline of classical ballet. With infinite attention to details, technique, repetition and love for the art form, Sylvie will guide you into awakening your dormant ballerina within (men are welcomed).
This series consists of 7 intelligently assembled sections of slow and controlled movements influenced by yoga, martial arts, tai chi and animal locomotion. The purpose of this class is to gain muscular strength, discipline, stamina, as well as joint mobility and most importantly the joy of moving.
Asana Intensive: Arm Balances and Inversions
Learn how to improve and master some of the classical arm balances and inversions within the Sivananda repertoire of postures. This workshop will give you step by step instructions into acquiring strength and focus to feel safe and strong in your inversion practice.
Advanced Asana Practice
Tailored for experienced yoga practitioners, this course offers a special opportunity to fine tune and expand your practice of the more challenging postures. Through systematic and technically sound guidance, learn how to get in and out of physically intricate yoga postures safely. Take your practice to the next level.
Make your practice gentle
During this workshop you will learn a gentler version of some frequently practiced asanas and Sun Salutations. This is ideal if you need to give your body a break from time to time without resorting to the absolute gentleness of a restorative practice. A wonderful way to learn how to adapt and adjust your practice (and your students’ practice) for those days when you need a gentler practice.
Turn your world upside down: The secret to success in your headstand and arm balances practice.
Although for some of us they seem impossible, inversions are a practice like any other. To become proficient at them one has to learn the proper technique and then just practice. During this workshop you will learn the correct step by step way to evolve into a confident inversion practitioner. When inversions are practiced the proper and safe way they provide a great boost of confidence and many other physical benefits that you will learn about during this workshop.
Strengthen your Balancing Postures. Strengthen your mind!
Balancing postures can be a source of great fulfilment once perfected, yet many find them challenging to master as they require refined technique. Individual adjustments, exploration of postures’ anatomy, guided imagery, and positive reinforcement techniques will be used to deepen your sense of accomplishment. In the process you will also develop greater concentration, will power and meditative ability.
Focus on the Locust: learn to enjoy challenging postures
For many practitioners the locust and other challenging postures are associated with hardship, negativity and a sense of failure. This workshop will help override these feelings with a positive approach allowing joy and triumph over hardship to blossom.
Fine-tune your asana Practice
Designed for yoga practitioners seeking to deepen their experience, this workshop offers the unique opportunity to learn how to practice postures correctly and safely and also reach better alignment in them. Each of the most-practiced asanas will be disseminated into its individual components in order to study each piece as a separate and distinct unit. Participants will develop a more precise, confident, and focused asana practice as a result.
‘’Find the Yoga in the Yoga’’ Workshop
You know it is there, but what is beyond the physical aspect of yoga practice? Beyond the asanas? Stop searching and find those answers here within this workshop. Due to our zeal and enchantment with the physical aspect of asana practice, it is easy to overlook the connection to the deeper meditative aspects of Yoga due to attachment to our five physical senses. Through metaphors, pranayama, and the asanas, this workshop will allow you to reconnect with the sacred aspects of the practice and to explore in-depth the fifth limb of the yoga sutras of Patanjali, which is prathyahara (withdrawal of the senses).
Yoga Philosophy Courses
Introduction to ashram life
The purpose of this course is to introduce those who are first time visitors to a Sivananda Ashram to the daily routine, the basic practices and the philosophy of yoga as taught by Swami Sivananda. All this under the guidance of Sylvie, a highly experienced teacher who has been involved with Sivananda ashrams since 2002. Sivananda Yoga was brought to the West by one of Swami Sivananda’s foremost disciples, Swami Vishnudevananda who condensed the teachings into the five points of yoga: proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet and positive thinking and meditation.
Through the study of such teachings, you will gain access to the wisdom of an ancient lineage, and become prepared to visit and experience the transformative power of an ashram.
The 3 Bodies of Yoga
For the Rishis (Sages who gave us Yoga) we have 3 bodies, physical, astral and causal. The regular practice of yoga takes us beyond the physical body and right into the other two bodies. This workshop will provide you with a good understanding of how those three bodies interact and how the practice of yoga can help alleviate feelings of negativity, distress and pain.
Raja Yoga: A pathway to the joy of self-discipline
Patanjali, one of the great sages of India, gave us one of the main sacred text on Yoga: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. During this workshop we will concentrate on the second Pada (chapter) where he gives us the guidelines on how to make our lives more harmonious through self-discipline and knowledge of the Self. Although the Sutras were transcribed many centuries ago, their wisdom is more relevant and applicable than ever.
20 important Spiritual Instructions from Swami Sivananda: Establish a daily spiritual routine.
Learn how to combine yoga with your daily routine and find peace, lasting happiness and tools to bring back calmness amidst the tribulations of life. Through exploration of Swami Sivananda’s 20 spiritual instructions you will acquire a firm foundation for a steady daily spiritual routine which covers every aspect of your potential. Allow yourself to become better equipped to cope with the complex demands of modern life by practicing Yoga beyond the postures (asanas).
Yoga philosophy in a nutshell
This course is ideal if you have been practicing the physical aspect of yoga for a while and would like to become familiar with the underlying philosophy. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a general overview of the sacred texts of yoga by explaining the main components in a comprehensive manner. Through the study of such teachings, you will gain access to the wisdom of an ancient tradition and from then on experience, on a deeper level, the transformative power of the practice.
The 4 paths of yoga: Discover which one fits your temperament
There are many ‘’brands’’ of yoga out there but only four paths. They are, Karma, Bhakti, Raja and Jnana yoga. During this workshop you will study them and learn from which ancient scriptures they originate. Each path corresponds to a different temperament. This is an opportunity to find the path that suits you best.
Physical, mental and energetic benefits of 12 basic postures
According to the classical yoga teachings of Swami Sivananda, there are 12 basic yoga postures. Each one of these postures is meant to work on a specific anatomical part of the physical body as well as the energetic body which contains the chakra and nadi systems. This workshop will allow you to learn about the complete system of yoga and the influence of asana practice on your body and mind.