What we're about

At Mindful Montreal, we practice the life affirming practices of mindfulness (Vipassana) meditation and Vinyasa Krama yoga. I offer classes in Vinyasa Krama Yoga to help people rediscover health, vitality and groundedness through somatic and ayurvedic practices. Plus, I offer 8 week Mindfulness meditation courses which let participants discover that meditation is the art and science of skillfully working with our awareness. All my classes and workshops provide the tools to work with our bodies and minds with more compassion, intelligence and skill.

A short explanation of Vipassana Meditation - Vipassana meditation is an 2500 year old practice. The historical Buddha taught various methods to cultivate a mind that is balanced, joyful and compassionate. Through these concentration techniques, gratitude and Metta naturally arise. Our capacity grows to respond to our mind/heart with skill and compassion. Then this extends to responding to life with the same skill and sensitivity. In 21st century, mindfulness and neurological research has shown that these practices increase neural connections which supports self regulation and emotional resilience. Because of this, we become more patient, inquisitive, appreciative and realistic with our life's challenges.

I, lead weekly classes, sessions and retreats in which I combine Yoga and Vipassana meditation to support each student's journey of awareness. In each session, we practice sitting meditation, sensing exercises, somatic movement and self awareness games. I have been practicing Yoga and mindfulness (vipassana) meditation since 1988 and teaching since 1996.

Come learn the art of mindfulness and embodied compassion.

About Insight Meditation and Mindfulness Based Yoga:

WHAT IS IT?

Insight meditation is a particular form of meditation that aims to cultivate wisdom and compassion, so that we can live our lives with less stress and distress, and more happiness, ease, and freedom. This type of meditation comes from the Buddhist tradition, though it’s not necessary to be Buddhist to benefit from the practice. Mindfulness Based Yoga using the tools of meditation in somatic exercises to heighten sensory awareness. The basic forms of insight meditation are very compatible with Western psychology, so these days, variations of insight practice are taught in many different settings, including schools, hospitals, prisons, businesses and government departments.

METHODS OF PRACTISING IT

Insight meditation uses a combination of different techniques to develop mindfulness in every aspect of daily life, and also to cultivate specific positive mind-states as a support for freeing ourselves from challenging emotional states and beliefs. Mindfulness can be defined as “… the cultivation of clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness”.

In insight practice, the techniques that we use to develop this kind of awareness start with mindfulness of the breath and the body, then progress to include mindfulness of the mind through relating to thoughts, emotions, moods, and mind-states with interest.

As the practice develops, we grow in our capacity to bring mindfulness to more aspects of our daily lives, so that nothing is left out. However, this takes training and time. We learn how to develop this continuity of mindfulness through regular periods of sitting and walking meditation, in formal and informal techniques, in daily life, in workshops, and on residential retreats. Also included within insight practice are meditation techniques that directly cultivate the positive mind states of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In these practices, we silently recite phrases of well-being towards ourselves and others, so that over time, these positive states become the default setting of our hearts and minds.

SOME OF ITS BENEFITS
There are many benefits to practising insight meditation, which are becoming increasingly well-documented by neuroscientists and other researchers.

These include:
1. reduced levels of physical and psychological stress,

2. better understanding of the mind-body relationship,

3. an enhanced ability to navigate through life’s inevitable challenges,

4. increased kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others,

5. emotional intelligence and resilience,

6. greater mental clarity and increased concentration abilities,

7. and the capacity to access intuitive wisdom.

About Allison Ulan:

Allison has been exploring yoga and meditation as a path of learning and healing since 1987. She has been teaching since 1996. Her approach offers students practices of embodiment to live life with more ease, freedom and joy. Her methodology is a systematic approach that awareness is both a physical health practice and a meditation system. She specializes in Yoga for Back Care and Posture, Yoga to support recovery from injury, Mindfulness based practices for optimal performance for artists & athletes and Vipassana Meditation. Time spent on the meditation cushion with Allison, as a guide, is time for individual growth and discovery. Her classes offer pathways to know the language of the body, work with the complexities of the mind and honour the heart.

Upcoming events (5)

Online - December sessions - The Complete Yoga Class for back care with Allison

Participate in a complete yoga practice for back care health so you can live centred, aligned and pain free. These classes are for students who want in-depth and detailed lessons to embody the reliable and effective postural techniques of Vinyasa Krama Yoga. These classes will address your needs to release tension, effectively deal with lower back conditions and therapeutically strengthen your body. The first part of the class is yoga postures and somatic exercises to balance the body’s strength, flexibility and agility. The last part of class will be breath work and meditation to therapeutically release stress in the body and develop a resilient nervous system. These sessions are perfect for anyone who wants to understand their body from the inside out and live pain free. Everyone is welcome. December Session 2020: 3 week session from December 1 to December 15 – 6:30 to 8 pm Fees: $12 student drop -in rate, $18 per session regular drop-in rate, or $36 plus taxes = $41.40 You are required to register 24 hours in advance by writing to me at [masked]. Payment is required in advance via an e-transfer. You will receive a confirmation email of registration and receipt of payment. On the day of the session, I will send you the secure encrypted link 15 minutes before the start of the session. Thank you and I look forward to our sessions online together, Allison

Online Sessions - Sunrise Yoga & Vipassana Meditation with Allison

For December, these early morning yoga and meditation sessions continue. Both traditions advise practicing at the start of your day to set your intentions. These sessions are your opportunity to discover how it can focus you to be engaged and prepare you to be ready for anything. Every Monday and Wednesday morning til December 21st, I am offering these online sessions. We will gather to practice, strengthen, align, explore emotional resilience through meditation. Each 60 minute session will start with a centring and then segue into Soma Yoga (my specialty). Our focus this month will be the Four Noble Truths. Each practice will distill the practises of self-compassion, concentration and Metta (loving-kindness) meditation to understand these essential teachings of the Buddha. To participate, pre-registration and payment are required by writing to me at [masked]. You will be added to my zoom list. 10 minutes before each session, you will be sent a safe and secure Zoom link to participate. Fees are $10 plus taxes = $11.50 per session or $50 plus taxes = $57.49 for all 6 sessions. Fees are paid to me via an e-transfer to me at [masked]. Thank you for practicing, caring and sharing, We gather online to grow together. In Metta, Allison

Online - Soma Vinyasa Yoga Class to Align and Revitalize - Multi-Level

Enjoy a class that blends the best of yoga, somatic movement and mindfulness so you experience a complete class. Enjoy being guided with care, mindfully motivated and skillfully aligned. Leave class centred and revitalized. During the Coronavirus shutdowns, all my classes are offered online. To register, write to me at [masked]. I will add you to my Zoom list. 15 minutes before each class, you will receive a safe and secure Zoom link to participate. December Sessions 2020: Saturday mornings - 3 week session starting December 5th to December 19th, 2020 Fee: drop in rate $12 to $15 plus taxes or $36 plus taxes = $41.40 for 3 weeks. Payments are required in advance through an e-transfer to [masked] Contact me at [masked] to register. If you want to know about my classes and approach, please visit my website at www.allisonulan.com. Thank you and in Metta (kind awareness), Allison Ulan

Online Sessions - Sunrise Yoga & Vipassana Meditation with Allison

For December, these early morning yoga and meditation sessions continue. Both traditions advise practicing at the start of your day to set your intentions. These sessions are your opportunity to discover how it can focus you to be engaged and prepare you to be ready for anything. Every Monday and Wednesday morning til December 21st, I am offering these online sessions. We will gather to practice, strengthen, align, explore emotional resilience through meditation. Each 60 minute session will start with a centring and then segue into Soma Yoga (my specialty). Our focus this month will be the Four Noble Truths. Each practice will distill the practises of self-compassion, concentration and Metta (loving-kindness) meditation to understand these essential teachings of the Buddha. To participate, pre-registration and payment are required by writing to me at [masked]. You will be added to my zoom list. 10 minutes before each session, you will be sent a safe and secure Zoom link to participate. Fees are $10 plus taxes = $11.50 per session or $50 plus taxes = $57.49 for all 6 sessions. Fees are paid to me via an e-transfer to me at [masked]. Thank you for practicing, caring and sharing, We gather online to grow together. In Metta, Allison

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