Personal empowerment and embodied awakening is essential for the health of the individual, our communities and the planet. Based on my own experience of overcoming addiction and trauma and opening more fully to life, it’s become my mission to support others in developing a life-supporting and life-enriching practice of their own.
1-to-1 Yoga Therapy & Instruction
(Montréal or Online)
an individualized approach
I offer 1-to-1 sessions tailored to your individual needs and goals, whether it’s healing lower back pain, deepening your understanding of Classical and Hatha Yoga, reducing stress, overcoming addiction and trauma, unblocking your creative potential, or seeking deeper intimacy in your relationships. Unlike many other therapies or methods, Yoga Therapy works with the whole person, recognizing that mind, body and spirit are all connected and healing is incomplete unless all of these aspects are integrated. When we can then apply the insights gained in our personal work to all our relationships is a sign of deep, integrated healing.
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
— TKV Desikachar
Private sessions are the most effective way to develop a personal yoga or movement practice and it’s only through a personal practice that you’ll experience the depth of transformation that yoga can provide.
In our private sessions we’re able to address your specific needs and goals as well as any personal issues that arise during the course of your practice.
If you don’t live in my area, I’ve found that online sessions done via Skype is incredibly effective, and I’m currently helping friends all over the world to develop their personal practice and in some cases, their teaching skills and methodology (see below).
My practice and teaching uses Patanjali’s Classical Yoga as a philosophical and practical foundation, but is also informed by elements of progressive body-oriented psychotherapy, shamanism and music/sound therapy.
I’m deeply inspired by the teaching of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, who placed the utmost importance on adapting yoga to the individual and pioneered the therapeutic application of yoga via the personal relationship between teacher and student. They were always innovating new approaches to yoga practice, keeping the tradition alive and relevant to modern people with families and regular lives.
Currently I’m studying Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing method of releasing trauma and training in the Hakomi Method, a mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy method pioneered in the late 70s by Ron Kurtz (1934-2011).
What style of yoga do I teach?
I teach a method called Hatha Vinyasa that combines postures, breathwork and mindful awareness in an integrated, efficient and widely adaptable practice. The teachings were brought forth from the ancient Yoga tradition by the legendary Indian scholar and practitioner Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) and further developed by his son TKV Desikachar, who became well-known for his ability to translate his father’s teachings to a modern audience. I was introduced to these teachings through my relationships with Mark Whitwell, Srivatsa Ramaswami and other students of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar.
Contrary to common understanding, “Hatha Yoga” is not a particular style, but refers to all physical practices of Yoga. The symbolic meaning of “Ha-tha” refers to the merging of the sun and moon, which is embodied in the uniting of the vital energies prana and apana, related to the inhalation and exhalation. “Vinyasa” means “to place in a special way” and is a method of Hatha Yoga where breath and body movement become one in a purifying and re-balancing practice.
A typical practice includes asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork to cultivate and direct prana, or life energy), bandhas (energetic locks), dhyana (meditation), relaxation and chanting.
Areas of Focus
Personal Healing, Growth & Self-Discovery
A daily yoga practice that consists of a blend of mind/body practices appropriate to the individual’s age, physical condition and cultural background can be a powerful therapeutic method that will not only alleviate many of the symptoms associated with various mind/body ailments, but will empower the dedicated practitioner to create fundamental change in their mental/emotional state, transform their physical body, and release trauma and persistent mental patterns that are often the root cause of dis-ease in the body/mind.
a regular yoga practice can help with
• Psychedelic Integration
• Weight Control
• Physical Injury
• Respiratory Ailments
Developing a Personal Practice
Your personal practice is a mix of various techniques that serve your individual needs and goals, and honour your age, body type, gender and cultural background. Some practices that we can incorporate into our sessions are:
• Sound (chanting, toning)
• Study (inspirational texts)
• Asana (postures)
• Vinyasa (breath-movement)
• Pranayama (breath)
• Art Therapy
• Heart to Heart Dialogue
Teacher Mentoring & Deepening Your Practice
“I am so grateful to have you as a teacher. For guiding me back onto one path, for guiding me back to myself. For bringing me back to the roots & essence of a tradition.”
— Jennifer, yoga teacher
Whether you are fresh out of a teacher training or have been teaching for a while, I can help you develop your skills and unique voice as a yoga teacher. Through our ongoing relationship I will support you in your growth as a teacher as you clarify key yoga concepts, learn how to properly sequence asanas, deepen your own practice, and become a true Yoga Teacher, in service to your students and community.
If you’re a practitioner who is interested in learning more about the less well-known Hatha Yoga techniques such as the various pranayama-s, mudra-s, bandha-s, and kriya-s, then 1-to-1 individualized, ongoing mentoring is the only way to learn them safely. These techniques are rarely taught these days, but they are the keys to the deep inner exploration and transformation that is possible through a dedicated and long-term Hatha Yoga practice.
Schedule a Session
Initial Session (90 min)
The first session will usually be a little longer so we have time to get to know one another and assess your needs and goals. I'll design a practice consisting of breath, movement and simple meditation and guide you through it, making sure that you know how to practice safely and effectively. Before you leave I'll draw a diagram of your practice so that you can continue to practice at home.
DEVELOPING YOUR PRACTICE (60 min)
In our follow-up sessions we'll check in and see what's working and what's not and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions as they inevitably arise.
Single Session: $60-100 sliding scale / 60min
A single session is a good opportunity to test the waters and see if we’re a good fit or get answers on specific aspects of practice or to have a heart-to-heart counselling session and receive support and reflection on aspects of practice, life or relationship.
*In-person or online via Skype or Zoom.
6-Session Package: $350 / 60min each
The most effective way to establish or develop your practice, scheduled over a 6-8 week period. After our initial session, we’ll meet every 7-10 days to check-in, answer questions, fine tune your practice and stay on track.
*In-person or online via Skype or Zoom.
“Working with Brian via Skype is very effective, easy and, maybe best of all, fun!
Brian is a superb teacher — he is present, caring and clear. He is attentive to my needs and questions, as well as being knowledgeable and inspiring.”
“During a few different sessions, Brian has helped me with an array of concerns, from technical questions about asana, to insights concerning teacher/student relations, to discussion regarding more esoteric aspects of my personal yoga practice. Brian is open to any question I pose, and he is generous with his time, knowledge and experience. I trust and admire Brian, and I look forward to my next Skype meeting with him! I would recommend to anyone with an interest in yoga, to seek Brian out, whether in person or via Skype!”
— Sarah, Idaho