Retreat to Palapa Ganesh, Sayulita, Mexico

Myths and Metaphors – the stories behind the asanas

February 18 – February 25, 2017

with Mona Keddy

The mythology behind the yoga poses we regularly practice is a rich tapestry of archetypal themes that, when explored, give a deepening understanding of who we are. Come on a journey to the stories behind the asanas on Mona’s weeklong yoga retreat in Mexico. This year, the universal quest for connection, joy and renewal will guide our retreat experience. Throughout the week, we will journey through the Krishna Leela, the specific tales of one of the most popular gods in the yoga tradition, Krishna. We will explore tales of his playful spirit, his wisdom and his deep love and devotion. We will use the symbols, archetypes and mythological themes to understand Krishna and as a result, ourselves.

Our retreat site, Palapa Ganesh, is an oasis of quiet, broken only by the rhythmic sound of the waves brushing the beach. As such, it is the perfect venue for an exploration of the deeper layers of understanding.

Palapa Ganesh is located outside of the hip, lively town of Sayulita, about an hour drive from the airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The retreat site is self-contained with a private beach, a walled off pool, open-air living spaces and a covered yoga platform with views of the ocean. More information about the retreat centre is available here: (EMILY: please use the link from last year’s poster … thanks!).

Included in this retreat package:

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • daily pranayama (breath work)
  • delicious brunches and dinners every day
  • an afternoon off to explore Sayulita
  • a special fare-well dinner
  • and more …..

Cost: $1800 (based on double-occupancy).

To register, contact Mona at Shri Yoga by email or by phone 514.508.7474.

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Fall Retreat in the Eastern Townships: Be Shri!

We’re excited to announce our retreat in the Eastern Townships.

BE SHRI! Weekend Retreat
with Mona Keddy
Centre Tara, Bonsecours, Cantons de l ‘Est, Québec
October 14-16  2016
SHRI: the radiant and luminous quality of spirit that pulses through all of life.
Shri abounds in the pristine beauty and harmony of the natural world. Join Mona Keddy for a weekend dedicated to celebrating Shri. Surrounded by the beauty of Quebec’s countryside in autumn, the retreat schedule is a well-balanced offering of asana sessions, pranayama, meditation. There will be periods of silence and ample time for rest and reflection. Space is limited so reserve your place soon for this unique and powerful weekend.

About Centre Tara

Centre Tara is set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec on 108 acres of land near the village of Bonsecours. Centre Tara offers an inspiring setting for our practices with well-equipped facilities, spectacular mountain vistas and delicious vegetarian meals. It is located next to Mine Crystal – Quebec’s only quartz crystal mine – making it an ideal place for spiritual retreat.

For more information, visit

Sharings from past retreat participants
The weekend was nothing short of perfect.    E. Acuna

I am still vibrating from our extraordinary retreat. I am so grateful that you provided such an atmosphere of acceptance and kindness. We have all been blessed.   E. Robertson

I can’t thank you enough for giving us this gift that keeps on giving. It’s as if a seed has been planted and it’s been continually growing…The support and instruction during the yoga classes was remarkable and reminded me how much I love doing yoga…  D. Horen

To Register

Cost (all taxes included):

$325 dorm-style accommodations

$350 double room

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit card to:

Shri Yoga
101 – 4846 Sherbrooke St. W
Westmount, QC H3Z 1G8
For more information:
Shri Yoga 514.508.7474
or e-mail
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SOYEZ SHRI! Retraite fin de semaine : Yoga et Méditation
avec Mona Keddy
Centre Tara
Bonsecours, Cantons de l ‘Est, Québec
14-16 octobre 2016
SHRI : qualité lumineuse et radieuse de l’esprit qui vibre dans tout ce qui vit.
Shri existe  en abondance dans la beauté et l’harmonie primitives du monde naturel. Venez retrouver Mona Keddy pour passer une fin de semaine dédiée à la célébration de Shri. Vous serez entourés par la beauté de la campagne du Québec au début de l’automne, avec un horaire équilibré, vous offrant des sessions de asana, de pranayama et de méditation. Il y aura des périodes de silence et amplement de temps pour le repos et la réflexion.  L’espace est limité : réservez rapidement pour profiter de cette fin de semaine unique et puissante.
À propos du centre Tara
Le centre Tara est situé dans les Cantons de l’Est, sur 108 acres de terre près du village de Bonsecours. Le centre Tara offre un espace inspirant pour nos pratiques avec des installations de qualité, des vues spectaculaires de la montagne et de délicieux repas végétariens. Il est situé près de la mine Cristal –la seule mine au Québec de ce genre- faisant de ce centre un endroit idéal pour une retraite spirituelle.
Pour plus d’informations, visitez
Témoignages de participants à ces retraites :
La fin de semaine était parfaite. E. Acuna
Je vibre encore des bienfaits de cette retraite extraordinaire. Je suis tellement reconnaissante de l’atmosphère de gentillesse et d’acceptation que vous avez su offrir. Nous avons été tous comblés.  E. Robertson
Je ne peux vous remercier assez de nous offrir ce cadeau  qui dure encore. C’est comme si une graine avait été plantée et continuait à grandir… le soutien et les instructions durant les cours de yoga étaient remarquables et m’ont rappelé à quel point j’adore faire du yoga.
D. Horen
Pour vous enregistrer
Coût (toutes taxes incluses) :
325$ accommodations style dortoir
350$ chambre double
Le règlement peut être fait en argent liquide, par chèque, par carte de crédit ou de débit à :
Shri Yoga
101 – 4846 Sherbrooke O
Westmount, PQ H3Z 1G8
Pour toute information
Shri Yoga 514.508.7474
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Talk & Tea: Satsang Series

Led by Mona Keddy

Wednesdays September 21 to October 26, 12.30pm-1.45pm.  $50.

We are thrilled to announce our new Satsang series focusing on sutras of The Heart of Recognition, the Pratyabhijna Hrdaya.  



Shri Teacher Training September 2016-May 2017

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Shri is pleased to announce the dates for its RYS 200-Hour Teacher Training.

  • September 16-18
  • October 22-23
  • November 18-20
  • December 02-04
  • January 13-15
  • ​January 27-29
  • February 10-12
  • March ​24-26
  • April 27-May 1 (Retreat at Centre Tara)
  • May 12-14

Shri Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training blends excellence in technical instruction with a philosophical foundation that emphasizes a deepening connection to one’s own inner being as the source of awakening and transformation.

We view the path to becoming a yoga teacher as one of self-discovery–a path that will inspire you to go deep into your experience of yoga as a life practice, challenge you toward refined awareness and precision in asana practice and empower you with the skills needed to share the gifts of yoga with others.

Our unique and highly-regarded Yoga Alliance registered program (RYS-200)  is designed to immerse you in your own study and practice of our alignment-based, heart-centered hatha yoga in an atmosphere that sparks insight and understanding. Each student is guided step by step in all areas of effective  yoga teaching.

Curriculum Highlights

•Extensive study of bio-mechanical principles of alignment in 60 postures.

•Historical roots and development of the yoga tradition

•Yoga philosophy with an emphasis on the teachings of non-dual Shaivite Tantra

•Personal practice

•Functional Anatomy



•Reflective contemplation

•Taking the seat of the teacher with confidence and authenticity

•Finding your own unique voice

•Effective verbal instructions for all the basic asanas

•Progressive and purposeful class sequencing

•Skilful observation

•Physical adjustments

•Demonstration techniques

•Restorative Yoga

•Leadership and building community

•The business of yoga

Other elements of our training include personalized, one-on-one feedback and mentoring,  observing classes at Shri, practice teaching and assignments between sessions.


•6 months of yoga practice including regular class attendance.

•Written application – download application form here

Some of what past participants have shared about this training

• “A wonderful, life changing program”

• “One of the most gratifying learning experiences in my life.”

• “Meaningful, rigorous, serious, as well a a wonderful human journey.”

• “The teacher training has had such a positive and profound impact on my life both on and off the mat.”


Early Registration: $3,000+ taxes ($3450) – $500 deposit by August 15, 2016, balance paid in full by September 18, 2016.

Regular Registration: $3300 + Taxes ($3800) – $500 deposit by September 18, 2016, balance in a payment plan to be provided upon application.

Please note that students will also be expected to purchase required texts.

To register

download application form here or contact us


Shri Yoga, 4846 Sherbrooke Street West, 2nd Floor, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G8


Now Available! The Shri Yoga Cookbook

Cooking from the Heart:

Recipes from the Students and Teachers of Shri Yoga

heartOver the years, the students and teachers of Shri Yoga have come together to share wholesome, vegetarian food at our community potluck dinners.These have been joyful occasions to spend time in each other’s good company and celebrate the abundance in our lives.This collection of favorites recipes is a natural outcome of these community gatherings.

Proceeds from our limited-edition cookbook will go to support the Yoga Programme of World Spine Care, a global charity dedicated to offering sustainable, evidence-based and integrated spine care to under-served communities around the world. Reserve your copy now!

Books can be purchased in person at the studio or online by contacting us.

Requested Donation: $20

The Skilful Yogi Mentoring Program for Yoga Teachers

with Barrie Risman

2016 Dates:

Session One: February 1-27

Session Two: March 7-April 1

Session Three: May 16-June 12

“I couldn’t imagine that I would benefit so much from an online course.”  ~ Mariane Thorberg

“Everything from cost, to online format, content was amazing.”  ~ Katherine Giard

“An incredibly enlightening and uplifting experience.”   ~ Cary Lawrence

    • Are you a yoga teacher  who is ready to take your practice and teaching to a deeper level of skill and understanding?
    • Do you want to refine your teaching skills and advance your practice without committing to a costly and time-consuming training program?
    • Are you a recent graduate of a 200-hour training program with questions based on your real-life teaching experience?

    The Skilful Yogi is an online mentoring program for yoga teachers of all BR-86 copy smallertraditions and styles to engage with your personal practice, explore the teachings of yoga and refine your teaching skills as part of stimulating and supportive learning community.

    Our program format is accessible and convenient. You can work with the materials provided at your own pace and when it works for you. The program content is engaging and rich, providing a unique opportunity for your professional development as a yoga teacher.

    Read more about why I created this program here.

    Our Winter 2016 program is offered in three 4-week sessions that can be taken individually or as a complete 12-week program.

    SESSION ONE: Engage with your Personal Practice

    February 1-27

    Explore alignment-based technique to unfold the intelligence of the body through optimal alignment and action in asana. Be supported to take your personal practice to the next level. Session includes:

    • Practice programs for backbend, inversions and restorative postures.
    • 3 practice sequences in 60 and 90-minute versions including written and recorded sequences.
    • Additional mini-sequences for more specialized work in poses.

    SESSION TWO: Deepen Your Understanding of Tantric Wisdom

    March 7-April 1

    Embark on a process of guided inquiry into the sublime teachings of the yoga tradition through study, discussion and personal contemplation. Explore how the teachings hold true for you and how to share them with students. Session includes:

    • Weekly discussion on key teachings of non-dual Tantra.
    • Readings and contemplation questions for reflection.
    • Online forum for asking questions, exploring key learnings and sharing insights.

    SESSION THREE: Refine Your Teaching Skills 

    May 16-June 12

    Make your teaching even more impactful and inspiring. Learn keys to effective and creative class planning as well as sequencing strategies for your classes and workshops. Session also includes:

    • Weekly discussion on teaching skills based on the group’s needs, but sure to include integrating yoga philosophy into teaching, effective instructions and more.
    • Teaching self-assessment and action plan.
    • Individual support for working toward your goals.

    All 4-week sessions include:

    • Weekly live calls with Barrie. All calls are recorded and promptly uploaded onto our webpage so live participation is not required.
    • Weekly handouts and support materials
    • Online Forum for Q&A
    • Course materials and a study guide at the completion of the session for ongoing study.
    • In-person gatherings in locations with a local host.
    • Access to all course materials for one year.
    • Maximum of 25 participants.

    What Yoga Teachers are Saying About this Program

    This is a great program that two of us teachers at Sun&Moon are participating in this fall, and it is such an enriching and expanding experience! Barrie is not only an amazing teacher but her material is beautifully structured and detailed, addressing both our bigger community of teachers (of various backgrounds) and our individual needs for our personal journeys.

    I really loved how you so generously shared so much with all of us and I can feel the love through the attention to detail and giving us personal advice. It’s greatly appreciated! THANK YOU for a unique program! Your organization and mastery of the course and the material is very inspiring! ~ Mariane Thorberg

    Your insights, the exercises and the experiences and insights of all who shared in this session, felt like I jumped out of a kiddie pool and dove into an ocean of wealth, beauty and promise. ~ Joanna Mathioudakis

    I appreciate that you invest so much of your guidance and knowledge to others! Thank you! I feel privileged to have been part of this.  ~ Katherine Giard

    I want to thank you for all you did to make the mentoring program such a gratifying, edifying, inspiring experience. It went far beyond my expectations and has given me a fantastic template for furthering study on my own. I was extremely impressed by the professionalism, the attention to detail, the format, the content, but most of all, by your generosity in being willing to attend to all the individual needs of the participants.~ Cindy Durack

    I feel encouraged and motivated to believe and trust in my ability to share my passion for Yoga…Even after just 3 weeks I have a sense that my practice has deepened and that my perspective has changed.~ Maud Hansen

    I love how you teach, Barrie. You are so generous with your wisdom and yet you know just how much we need at this moment in time. Susan MacPhee

    The Skilful Yogi Mentoring Course is the best kept secret in the yoga world .~ Cary Lawrence

    I felt I learned a lot – particularly around a way of working with philosophy in teaching that felt much more approachable, authentic and grounded in lived experience for me.~ Sara Lamb

    You cover an amazing amount of material in the meetings, and quite a wide spectrum between philosophy, teaching/class planning tips, and specifics about poses. I’m really grateful for all of it, it’s very helpful to me.~ Tracy Murdoch

    You will grow in way you do not expect. The skill set of the teaching is exceptional.  Well worth the investment. Gerard MacPhee

    Course Requirements

    • Successful completion of a 200-hour teacher training or equivalent
    • Reliable internet access for participating in calls, accessing recordings, video and written course materials.
    • Active Facebook account

    To Register

    Cost: $140 CDN per session; $360 for the complete 12-week program (all taxes included)

    Payment Options:  Debit or credit card, cheque, cash, e-transfer or Paypal. Please note there is a $10 surcharge for Paypal registrations.

    Payment plans are available, contact Barrie for more information.

    For all other registrations, to ask a question or reserve your spot, contact Barrie or call Shri Yoga at 514-508-7474.

    Skilful Yogi Mentoring Program

    Shri Yoga Institute for Therapeutic Yoga

    Therapeutic Yoga Classes

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:45pm

    Hear longtime yoga student Paul Maclean’s experience of Therapeutic Yoga at Shri:

    What is Therapeutic Yoga?

    Therapeutic yoga applies the technology and wisdom of yoga to empower individuals with specific concerns to ShriB-328move toward healing. It is designed as a complimentary and holistic system that fosters an integrated sense of wellbeing while addressing particular conditions and issues. Yoga is a tried and true path of optimal health that takes a holistic view of the individual.

    Therapeutic yoga addresses the whole person, including the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one’s self. It recognizes that health is promoted by creating an internal environment of balance and harmony on all these levels. As harmony is reestablished, health and wellbeing are improved. Therapeutic yoga can be effective in addressing:

    • Back pain
    • Injury rehabilitation and prevention
    • Sports injuries
    • Digestive disorders
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Stress management
    • Arthritis
    • OsteoporosisShriMona-160
    • Women’s health issues

    Therapeutic yoga is emerging as a highly effective modality for healing. In many cases, it can be used in conjunction with conventional medical approaches and other healing modalities with great success.

    Therapeutic Yoga at Shri

    Shri Yoga’s approach to therapeutic yoga is rooted in our alignment-based, heart-centered method of hatha yoga. We apply the technology of optimal alignment to modify poses, using props as needed, to address the needs and conditions of each student. Our institute offerings:

    • Therapeutic yoga classes
    • Yoga for Fertility (6-week session offered twice per year, check our for the next session)
    • Private sessions

    We provide insurance receipts. Contact us to schedule your free consultation to determine if therapeutic yoga is right for you.5wXlE-vT3xfSJULaklLlNfc8WRJgHtLqfpaM_2_1sso,6oLKpQu4yydV66pKyOfu0FMSpV0o8j68cQI-FLIozt4 Therapeutic students might also benefit from some of our regular Shri Yoga offerings including Exquisite Stillness Restorative Yoga classes and Meditation Courses. Contact us for recommendations.

    Our 8-week program starts off with an initial assessment, during which we create an individualized program foreach person that may include yoga poses, breathing techniques and/or meditation as appropriate for the specific needs of the person. The sequence is based on presenting issues, health history, yoga background and overall fitness level. Following the assessment, you will attend our therapeutics class for 8 weeks where you practice your sequence under the guidance of a team of experienced teachers. The teachers will assist you in performing the sequence and adapt on the spot as needed. At the end of the 8 week period, another  consultation will be held to re-assess your condition and provide additional support as needed.

    Our Therapeutic Yoga class package is an 8-week program that includes:

    • Phone consultation
    • 30-minute initial assessment
    • Personalized yoga sequence
    • Therapeutic classes with our skilled and experienced teachers
    • 30-minute evaluation at the end of the 8-weeks

    Cost for 8-week session: $250, all taxes included.

    • Classes are ongoing, you may join at any time.
    • Shri Yoga class cards cannot be used for the Therapeutics class.
    • Pre-registration is required.

    Volunteer Exchange Program

    Are you interested in offering your skills and time in exchange for classes at Shri? We have positions open in data entry and marketing. Download the Volunteer Exchange Program Application here: Volunteer Application