Private Yoga

Private Yoga Instruction with Elyse

While yoga classes are an effective way of learning and practicing, there may come a time when a students need can best be served in a one-on-one relationship with a teacher.

In a private yoga session, I devote my undivided attention to your yoga practice, tailoring the session to your individual needs. Private yoga classes can take you further in your practice than a group class can.

There Are Many Reasons For Deciding on a Private Yoga Session Including:

Remain at home or come to my studio for a private class. Small group sessions are also available so that you can split the cost with 1-2 other people.

Corporate Yoga

Yoga in the Montreal Workplace

Did you know that work related stress has cost businesses millions of dollars a year in employee turnover accidents, absentee-ism, diminished productivity and low morale? 

Constant stress at work staring at a computer, making deals, breaking deals, meeting demanding deadlines, and negotiating nagging office politics – pressures like these have been propelling people/companies into yoga classes for years. (But what if your exhausting work schedule makes it tough to get to classes as much as you’d like?)

Corporate yoga brings yoga to your office to energize and keep your employees happy and healthy!

Corporate Yoga programs in Montreal

Corporate yoga is being embraced by many businesses around North America. Companies are getting smarter by offering Yoga Wellness programs to their employees with the goal of transforming tension and fatigue into alertness, stamina, greater productivity and morale. As an employee benefit and preventative health measure, this proven stress reliever is a low cost perk for your employees.

Benefits of Yoga

In the never ending world of business competition, why should any Company consider adopting yoga?

A typical 1 hour session includes simple and easily integrated breathing, gentle warm ups and dynamic stretching postures and restorative relaxation. Employees regularly release stress and tension leaving them calm and refreshed with an increased ability to manage the modern daily challenges of todays fast paced world.

Montreal's Bodyworks Yoga and Wellness Centre's Corporate Services Provide:

Prenatal/Pregnancy Yoga

Yoga, with its emphasis on unity and balance, invites harmony into the body and mind, and supports expectant mothers as they adjust to the constant physical and emotional demands of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Prenatal yoga classes include instruction, emotional support and the community of other mothers to be.

What is Prenatal Yoga?

Yoga is an ideal exercise for all stages of pregnancy. Prenatal yoga classes are taught with an emphasis on increasing body and breath awareness, learning pain management, prenatal bonding, and relaxation techniques to promote the well-being of yourself and your baby.. Gentle, safe movements and stretches are designed to strengthen and open the body , allowing you to meet the challenges and transformations of pregnancy with confidence and calm. Postures are presented with variations appropriate for all stages of pregnancy

The amount of support a woman receives during pregnancy is considered vital for overall health of the mother and baby. Prenatal yoga classes allow women to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment providing a sense of community and friendship.

In a typical Prenatal Yoga class you will learn and develop several useful techniques, including:

What are the benefits of Prenatal Yoga?

Help during pregnancy

Improve strength, flexibility and endurance in all the muscles and surrounding tissues which promotes blood circulation and prepares expectant mothers for the physical demands of labor and childbirth.

Reduce swelling and joint inflammation which are caused by water retention and poor circulation. Yoga promotes circulation and is effective at preventing and reducing swelling around the ankles, feet and hands.

Prevent and alleviate back pain and sciatica by maintaining proper posture. Yoga teaches you how to become aware of proper body alignment. . This can help reduce he degree of pelvic tilt associated with pregnancy and can significantly reduce lower back pain and sciatica. Additionally, there are specific yoga  postures  that stretch the muscles in the hips and hamstrings, which if tight, can place strain on the lower back.

Create optimal health, well-being and confidence. The physical, emotional as well as spiritual components of yoga can help reduce pregnancy related anxiety allowing expectant mothers to experience the miracle of childbirth and empowerment of pregnancy.

Aids in digestion.   As your baby grows, the intestinal tract gets pushed around which may affect your regularity and cause indigestion. Certain yoga postures can help promote regularity and aid in overall digestive flow.

Babies benefit from Yoga!  During yoga, babies receive increased oxygen and endorphins. The movement of yoga postures also gently massages the baby and creates an inner memory of relaxation. Babies will carry this within them for the rest of their lives!

Help during labor

Reduce fear and anxiety.  Fear and anxiety cause the secretion of adrenaline and this causes constriction in the muscles, tiring the body. Yoga helps decrease adrenaline and increases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. In “early labor”, practicing simple relaxing postures can help reduce fear and anxiety. During Labor, women who practice yoga are more likely to feel comfortable  changing positions  which can help with “stalled labor” or plateaus. Certain postures in  particular  like squatting and child’s  pose help tremendously as the baby descends through the birth canal.

Learn to use the tools of breathing and vocalization. When it comes time to ride through the most powerful contractions, Vocal Toning combined with breathing  can be a couple of the most valuable tools for the birthing mother. A neuromuscular connection exists between the throat and pelvis. When the throat tightens out  of  fear or anxiety, this tightness extends all the way down into the pelvis. Vocal Toning teaches you how to keep this  neuromuscular  connection open creating more internal space,  which in turn allows you to ride the contractions, feel in control of your labor and manage your pain effectively.  Here is one mother's experience:

"I had a healthy baby boy on November 21st at 7:45am. He was 11 days overdue and I did everything I could to prevent them from inducing me. Time was ticking, so by the tenth day, I had enough and decided to go to the gym (which I had been going up to the 37th week) and do 20 minutes of stairmaster. Well, a few hours later , the contractions started at midnight. I was mentally preparing for a 24 hour labour and my plan was to have a natural birth thus wanting to stay at home for as long as possible before going to the hospital. On the onset of the contraction, I remembered what you always told us during the pre-natal class, to relax and trust your body will know what to do. I repeated your words in my head several times through the next few hours. I tried to relax by using incent and moving around (going for walks in my hallway) throughout the contractions. I also did the voices and this helped. Three hours into my labour my husband, who was timing my contractions, told me we should go to the hospital. I said, it's too soon but by this time my contractions were 3 minutes apart! By 4:30am, I was admitted at Saint Mary's hospital at 4cm dilated. By 6am, the pain was becoming unbearable and I was using my voice so the whole hospital could hear it. I was considering drugs at this point as I could not do several more hours of this but when the nurse checked, I was already at 9 cm dilated and it was soon time to push. I said to myself at that point, I am in the home stretch and it's going fast. After an hour of pushing, I heard my baby's cry for the first time and discovered it was a boy. My husband and I are overjoyed at how everything went well (and quickly) and as we had planned (natural birth) and I have no doubt the pre-natal yoga class had something to do with it. I did 'let go' of my fears and stress in body throughout the labour, as you had taught us, and I believe this helped the labour move quickly.  You were with me Elyse in spirit throughout this experience, giving me the confidence to trust my body and I am grateful to have been able to benefit from your gift."
 -- Adrienne

Use the muscles of the pelvic floor effectively. Squatting combined with kegel exercises during pregnancy can greatly help with your labor.  If you are used to working with these muscles, you will find it easier to use them quickly and effectively when it comes time to push. Toning the muscles of the pelvic floor also lessens the chances of tearing, and if there is some tearing, healing will be enhanced.

About the Prenatal Yoga teacher. Elyse Tannenbaum (B.A., B.S.W. RYT.) is a certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor who has been teaching since 2003. She has had the privelege of working with several thousand expectant moms and new mothers, and has witnessed the beneficial effects of yoga experienced by women during this time of transition.

Elyse is captivated by all the potential of  the human body particularly in the realm of pregnancy and birth, and continues to deepen her focus as a specialist in pre and postnatal care. She is also a Registered Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Postnatal/Mom and Baby Yoga Teacher, Infant Massage Instructor, and has recently trained as a Doula to assist women during labor and the birth process.

A former social worker, Elyse brings enormous empathy and knowledge to her work with both expectant and new mothers. She has made it her mission to help women see their intrinsic beauty and to honor their bodies at these times of both incredible wonder and equally incredible stress.

Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga

Why Mom and Baby Yoga?

Congratulations on becoming a new parent! Just as pregnancy is a time of transformation, so is the postnatal period.. If you’ve had your baby, you’ll be adjusting to the new role as a mother. How can mothers transition from expecting a child to a balanced life with baby and family while their minds and bodies are affected by hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and physical strain? Postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga is a great way to start!

Mom and Baby yoga is a gentle way to help your body recover from childbirth while bonding and having fun with your baby. It is also an opportunity to connect with other mothers and share the experience and insights of raising a child.

In these baby friendly cases, special attention is placed on rebuilding core strength of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor, as well as relieving tension in the neck, and shoulders caused by/due to lifting, carrying and nursing. No previous yoga experience is required.

What Do the Babies Do?

During the class, you are guided through a series of modified yoga poses, either holding your baby in your arms, leaning against your thighs, atop your belly, or resting by your side on a blanket. The babies also receive /enjoy a gentle baby yoga and massage session, allowing them to stay flexible, sleep easier, in addition/as well as relieving common discomforts such as gas, colic and constipation.

What is The Class Like?

The structure of the class varies each week to accommodate the need of the mothers and children present that day. Some weeks, the moms need lots of shoulder and upper back stretches, while other weeks may focus on strengthening the abdominals, and lower back. Everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace as classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced yoga students.

When babies sleep through the class, this is an opportunity for mothers to give more attention to their own movements and experiences. Parents should not feel pressured to leave the class when babies cry. You are encouraged to meet their needs- feeding, a fresh diaper, or simply holding your little one and letting him know that you are listening. (Part of the experience of Mom and Baby Yoga is to learn to relax around your baby’s normal fussing, therefore all crying is a welcomed opportunity for all moms to practice calmness and focus.)

What Will Mom and Baby Yoga Do For Me?

Regular practice of postnatal Mom and Baby Yoga can:

- Rebuild core strength of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor
- Enhance strength, endurance, and overall well being
- Ease the emotional hardships by knowing you are not alone
- Make friends with other mothers and babies
- Increase calmness, focus and balance
- Allow a quicker recovery after birth
- Boost energy, lessen fatigue
- When Can I Start?

Staying home for a minimum of 4 weeks is optimum to foster the mother/baby relationship, get breastfeeding off to a good start, and allow your body to recover from pregnancy and birth. 4-6 weeks is a good time to wait before attending class. If you had a C- section, this time should be extended to about 8 weeks, or until you receive the go ahead from your doctor. The age range for babies are newborn to crawling which is around 7-10 months for most babies. You can join a class at anytime as movements are simple and easy to learn.

Schedule and Registration

Go to the Classes page for the schedule and visit the pricing section for rates and information on how to register.

Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga is the oldest system of personal development, encompassing the body, mind, and spirit. Through a combination of yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation, practicing yoga will strengthen and tone muscles, reduce stress, relieve chronic pain and enhance your immune system, creating optimal health, greater understanding, and inner peace. (Health benefits may include improving circulation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, alleviating symptoms of diabetes, arthritis, headaches, back and joint problems, insomnia and depression.) You can enjoy the benefits at any age or level of practice.

For Your Body:
  • Increases flexibility
  • Releases chronic tension
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Improves aerobic activity
  • Boosts energy, lessens fatigue
  • Increases metabolism
For Your Mind:
  • Cultivates concentration
  • Improves memory
  • Quiets restless thoughts
  • Supports clarity and balance
  • Promotes self-awareness
  • Reduces anxiety and anxious eating
For Your Spirit:
  • Encourages self-acceptance
  • Honours inner wisdom
  • Invites deep stillness
  • Brings harmony and joy
  • Promotes peace of mind
  • Connects you to yourself


Yoga Myths

Demystifying Yoga

Some people swear by yoga’s healing and conditioning properties. Others who misunderstand its potential swear when they hear its name mentioned. Many people misunderstand what yoga is all about. Here are some MYTHS about the ancient art to unearth its benefits even for the average person.

MYTH #1: Yoga’s like chocolate: It appeals mainly to women

Although women are usually more willing to try new activities, men are flocking to yoga classes. And they are being challenged. In fact, yoga originated in India where until recently, it was mainly practiced  by men.

MYTH #2: If you’re not in great shape, don’t bother.

So if you’re not strong, you shouldn’t lift weights? Yoga can help you get into shape, and it’s a perfect starting place if you’re new to exercise. Just make sure you find the style and level of yoga that suits your fitness level and goals.

MYTH #3: Only skinny people do yoga.

Yoga is for everybody, no matter how big or small. Yoga can be modified for anybody and any body type. Weight loss through metabolic changes, reduction of anxiety and impulse eating are among yoga’s multitude of benefits.

MYTH #4: You have to be able to turn yourself into a pretzel to do yoga.

That is not what yoga is about. Some extremely advanced poses require unique skills, but those are just a scant few. For the most part, poses require no superhuman skills and can always be modified for your body.

MYTH #5: You need to be a Gumby to do yoga.

Gumbies may have an easier time achieving poses, but remember that yoga will help you gain flexibility. The more you practice yoga, the more flexible you’ll become.

MYTH #6: Yoga is only good for stretching.

Sure, you will stretch your muscles in yoga poses, but you will also gain strength and muscle tone. Other benefits include improved breathing, balance, posture, mental focus, and in some cases, cardiovascular endurance. Yoga has been shown to help health conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain.

MYTH #7: Practicing yoga is like going to church.

Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion. As a result, it won’t interfere with your spiritual beliefs. Nor will you be asked to adopt any religious attitudes. The spirituality of yoga simply revolves around strengthening the bond between your mind, body, and spirit.

MYTH #8: You are going to have to umm or chant stuff in yoga classes.

Don’t worry if you’re not into chanting, neither are most yoga devotees. While some forms of yoga include chanting, yoga is mainly about moving into various postures and challenging your mind and body to reach their fullest potential. Ironically, even if you don’t intend to meditate, you will. Meditation simply means calming the mind. Through yoga, you will calm your mind, dump the endless chatter, and learn to focus.

MYTH #9: Yoga instructors talk in mumbo jumbo.

Walk into a yoga class, and you will probably hear a few foreign words. Postures after all originated in India. But all postures have English translations and instructors often use them. The one word you will hear often is “Namaste” which translates into “the divine in me honors the divine in you.”

MYTH #10: Yoga is for wimps.

Don’t be fooled. Some styles of yoga like Ashtanga or power yoga can be extremely challenging. Even the gentler forms involve an element of challenge. You might actually find yourself weaker than you think, no matter how much you can lift at the gym.