Be prepared for Sylvie to DO SOMETHING! to your world. Her knowledge and passion for yoga is extremely evident in her teachings, both on and off the mat. I attended Sylvie’s 2016 Yoga Teacher Training and my life will never be the same. Sylvie’s patient guidance, love of yoga and her students, as well as her desire to build a strong yoga community, not only taught me so much more about yoga than I had anticipated, but also about myself. If you ever get a chance to study with Sylvie, please do not pass up the opportunity… the knowledge and passion she will pass on to you will truly change your life.
Dawna Marriott, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
The privilege to study with Sylvie
I recently spent time at the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas, the first of hopefully many journeys in this beautiful lineage of yogic practice. During my stay I studied and practiced with Saraswati Sylvie Boisclair, a privilege and a gift that I will keep with me throughout my own practice and teaching. I have been in love with yoga for many years and have followed many teachers. Every so often I meet someone who resonates deeply with me and with what I believe; I had this connection with Saraswati. She expresses a fierce love for yoga with an honest sense of humor and a true desire to help others understand the practice. I was so inspired by her energy! I would be thrilled to be half as effective as a teacher as I saw that she is. I can’t wait to study with Saraswati again, for more time. Thank you so much for sharing your love for this practice!
Erica Cerza, Austin TX -November 2013
In Praise of Sylvie Boisclair
I was introduced to a teacher par excellence when I attended a Teacher Renewal Week at Sivananda Yoga Ashram Retreat Centre on Paradise Island in the Bahamas late November 2013. I had next to no knowledge of yoga when I did my Teacher Training at this place of hard work and was approaching my sixtieth birthday, some eight years ago. The way I had navigated through my life was forever altered after this experience.
Sylvie was asked to fill in for the scheduled teachers who had to cancel a day before the course was to begin due to health issues. She assumed this task with grace and professionalism; had I not been informed I would never had known; she said nothing, simply took on the task at hand.
The moment she began to teach it was evident her passion for yoga permeated her being; it was a way of life. Sylvie is a wealth of knowledge in all things related to the Sivananda way of teaching: it’s core spiritual principles , prana yama, (breathing, which is crucial to the practice) and the brilliantly designed asana programme. Her personality is contagious and enhances her teaching skills. She glides across the platform with the grace of the dancer she is, teaching, encouraging, demonstrating, always laced with her animated joie de vivre. She is as true example of what she teaches; she shines. My life has once again been altered after this week of brilliance with Sylvie. Thank you, muchas gracias et merci bien.
Donna M. Larkin
Chance Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
Punta Negra, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Every so often you meet someone who breathes a new kind of energy into your soul and ignites whatever passions you already have and sets them on fire. Sylvie does just that. Her knowledge of yoga runs deep and is incorporated into every aspect of her classes and is further reflected in her choices, actions, and words-- whether during a professional moment or a casual, friendly interaction. Sylvie has clearly internalized the healing benefits of the science of yoga to such a degree that it’s an honor to listen and learn from her. Sitting in one of her classes, I once listened to her speak with great respect and a sense of awe toward connecting with everything her Swami said, and I wondered, does she know how many of her students sit in her very classes thinking the very same thing about her? I have no doubt I’m not alone in celebrating and holding onto what I’ve learned from her, long after the classes are over. Jessica Benoit, Massachusetts, USA
A genuine Hatha Yoga experience
Sylvie is an outstanding Yoga instructor. She has a true understanding of the human body enabling her to see where adjustments will help, the ability to clearly communicate and a nuanced understanding of yoga. What makes her truly exceptional is that her teaching flows from a deep core that is truly yogic. You leave her class with so much more than a fitness experience. This is a genuine hatha yoga experience.
Barbara Leaf Stewart, co-author of Chair Yoga for You
I came to her with a good yoga practice--she made it better. I came to her with injuries--she showed me how to modify my practice (& show myself compassion) and so I healed and became stronger. She's the real deal... Leading by example, showing the way to health, strength, and laughter. She's relatable, funny, and dedicated to her students' development. To know her is to love her. Her teaching methods are authentic and effective. Experienced practitioners find how much farther they can go, and beginners are shown a way of life they may never have dreamed of. I can hardly convey my appreciation for her gifts and guidance. She has convinced me that health is wealth, and I am growing rich with her help. A true friend and teacher. Thank you Sylvie, I'll never forget what you've done for me. Bravo !
Omkar Vitale, Nassau
Feeling a warm welcome for a beginner
As a beginner in yoga practice, I was very comfortable with Sarawasti's teaching. There was no pressure to 'bend over backwards' and absolutely go into the more challenging positions such as the headstand. Though I consider myself fit, as a 62 year old, I felt a warm welcome and was very much at ease in her class.
Nadia Abdelahad, Toronto, Canada
Sylvie's dedication and passion for Yoga changed my life. I was introduced to Yoga thru her founded Yoga Center in Yellowknife. I am now a lifetime yogi who will never see life in the same way. I can breath, relax and be happy, Thank you Sylvie. I am very fortunate to have Sylvie crossed my lifepath. She is a lifelong Yogi who I will always admire. She is dedicated, strong and true, that for me is a great Yoga Teacher. Sylvie is a true Yogi, she believes in it and is dedicated to it. She has introduced yoga to numerous now Yoga teachers in Yellowknife. She is changing peoples lives thru her passion and teachings. Thank you Sylvie!
Catherine, Yoga Teacher
Attention and interest in student's progress
What makes a great Yoga Teacher? In my opinion, and after several years of practice as a student, the following key qualities (and virtues) should be found in great Yoga instructor: Relentless enthusiasm and optimism, clear verbal instructions, thorough knowledge of the Asanas (of course), someone who can modify the practice to suit your (physical) needs, attention and interest in the progress of the student; and last, but not least, compassion and devotion (since, after all, Yoga is a spiritual practice for many of us). As an ex-student of Saraswati at the Sivananda Ashram in Bahamas, I believe she possesses all (and many more) of the qualities and virtues mentioned before. She is someone who, for sure, will guide anyone to a successful practice and will make you fall in love with Yoga!
Shambhavi (Romina) Stutman, New York
Availability is key
I am full of gratitude and feel extremely fortunate to have studied under the compassionate care of Sylvie Saraswati Boisclair. I participated in the May 2011 yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas. Saraswati is a gifted, enthusiastic and knowledgeable yoga practitioner. She is an extremely patient and light hearted teacher and most importantly she is a lot of fun! She has a gigantic smile which I saw every moment of my training, she made herself completely available to the class for whatever we needed whether it was extra help with the postures that we were learning or the advancement and fine tuning of more challenging yoga asana, or to just hang out and relax for a minute! Her high energy and positive attitude helped me keep a higher energy and a more positive attitude while processing through some quite challenging, spiritual and physical ‘stuff’ that I needed to process through while I emerged myself into this yoga training. I wish I could practice with her every day!! I look forward to studying with her again someday!!!
Jennifer Malozzi, New Haven, USA
Spirituality with ease
I will never forget the first time I met Sylvie Boisclair. I walked into the studio and my attention was immediately drawn to her beautiful, shining, presence. She looked up, smiled at me, and then shook my hand as though we were old friends. Her eyes seemed to say, “Welcome to yoga. Don’t worry, you’ve been ready for this your whole life.” At that time I had been practicing yoga on-and-off for about six years and, although I always enjoyed my practice, there was an element of spirituality that I was longing for. Sylvie brought this for me. She introduced yoga as a way of life rather than physical exercise. And yet the physical aspect is very present in her classes. She knows how to push her students just the right amount to take them to the next level without straining. This is a gift that I have rarely found in other teachers. The amount of knowledge and dedication Sylvie has to her practice and to her students is phenomenal. When she is teaching a class it is with her whole being and everyone in the class can feel it. Students leave Sylvie’s classes smiling at each other with a shared sense of having experienced something wonderful and sacred. Meeting Sylvie has forever changed my yoga practice and for that I am eternally grateful. Yellowknife is truly blessed to have her teachings.
Jahliele Paquin, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada - December 2013
Saraswati Boisclair is an outstanding teacher. Her instruction is clear and consice. She weaves in yogic philosophy while encouraging you to do your best. Her voice is strong, yet gentle. I totally enjoyed her classes while I was in the Bahamas, if fact, I'd have taken all of her classes, if I could have.
Erin Kelly, Springfileds, Massachussets, USA
Genuine and selfless
Saraswati Sylvie is by far the most inspiring yoga teacher I have had the pleasure of learning and practising with. She genuinely and effortlessly embodies all paths of yoga: selflessness, devotion, practice, and knowledge and wisdom. Saraswati is profoundly experienced, in everything that is evidently yoga-related, and all else that may not, at first glance — appear to be related. She brings a much needed and wonderful sense of humour and humanity to the practice. She is also very understanding, subtle, and simple. Mostly, she is ever so inspiring.
I have practiced yoga for over ten years now, and I feel I have learnt much more through her teaching over just a few years than I have through many more years of study with other practitioners and teachers.
Clément Éric Demers,
Compassionate and caring teacher
I had the pleasure of completing the TTC in the Bahamas under the guidance of Sylvie Boisclair in May 2011. Sylvie is by far one of the most compassionate and caring teachers. She will guide you to your goals by listening and working on your individual strengths. Under the care of Sylvie, I was in Headstand within a day!
Hellen Narayani Kostamis
ON MY JOURNEY.............
What moves us into action? I ask!
What is it that calls us to action?
What is it?! Perhaps yes, words spoken
Perhaps yes, music played
Perhaps yes, dance danced.
Whatever it may be,
Walking barefooted, on the beach....... could be
Talking, singing, dancing......randomly...... could be. With no rhyme nor reason......could be
A chant......OM NAMAH SHIVAYA. A mantra.....OM
Joyful, selfless Yoga; Washing pots and pan......"yeah"
Such memories, gone, passed
Yet not forgotten.......
Of a mother, a father, a friend, a teacher
A child's cry & laughter; Of smiling eyes;
A curt but sweet remark; A firm but gentle touch;
A hug; Maybe even a twinkle.
Energy, yes, energy moves us into Action
a thought, a seed planted and nurtured daily......perhaps daily yes, daily.
So we move, So we become, the beating of our hearts........
SAT CHIT ANANDA
And, so it is that on my 'journey' I came to meet this person; this teacher Who talks the talk
And, who walks the walk No strings attached
Just simply a 'being' intent and content
Who exudes love thru action Through teaching...........
You are quite an exemplary 'teacher', Saraswati/Sylvie
True to your calling.
May I meet many more as you........
Yes, 'less is more'.
I can only hope and thrive to find your peace-ful-ness
Walking lightly in the sand;
Moving effortlessly through space;
Holding perfectly still in a pose......energy moving into action.......no sweat; only intent and soul!
I thank you from the bottom of my heart and the depth of my soul.
(From the June 2012 Workshops I, II, & III/Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas)