Yoga Classes in the Pontiac

Beginner Hatha Yoga

Friday mornings from 10 – 11:30AM
Next session TO BE DETERMINED 
For 10 weeks $100 or $12/class drop in
Where: TCRA #777 HWY 366, Ladysmith, Quebec

Register: With Bermalva directly or 819-647-2063

This class is designed for beginners, or those looking for a gentle, yet energizing yoga practice. It incorporates postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama), meditation and relaxation in an balanced format. Each class fits the needs of the students, all levels and abilities welcome. Pillows, props and guidance are available for any health or mobility concern.  Join in! Drop in and try a class!

Yoga + Meditation Class

Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30PM  10 weeks
Next session (Fall 2020): Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov.18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9

For 10 weeks $150 or $15/class.

In person: Space limited to 6 students in person only due to COVID-19 measures –  registration for full session only. First to register by submitting payment and confirming spot by email will have their spot saved.

Online: Unlimited registration by online attendance. Please note this is NOT live online classes – they will be recorded and uploaded same day though! Protocol for online attendance will be provided.

Where: Pontiac Wellness Centre, 305 D-2 Main St. Shawville (across from Valumart grocery store)
Register: or 819-647-8426

Practicing yoga and meditation together within the same class recognizes the need to take care of the fluctuations of the mind and body equally, placing great importance on this aspect for well being. The yoga asanas (poses) provide a link to greater energy, balances metabolism, stress reduction and pain management. Meditation and deep relaxation provides a platform to create and welcome balance and a greater awareness. First 60 mins is yoga, last 30 mins meditation and guided deep relaxation. For all levels and abilities.

I have been interested in some type of exercise or another for the biggest part of my life. During my working years, I had joined many gyms and attended on an on again off again basis. Just didn’t find the right combination for me. Then I read about the benefits of yoga and became intrigued as to what it could do for me. After attending Bermalva’s classes I was hooked! What a wonderful workout for the mind and body . This is what I had been looking for all along. Her classes provide stimulation for the mind and body combined in one class. Each week there are different poses that target different areas of the body which keeps me coming back for more. LB

Individual Yoga and Meditation Training

Receive one-on-one private yoga or meditation instruction and develop a personal yoga routine, suited to you needs and goals. Gain increased knowledge into your own unique way of practicing yoga! Develop a strategy to assist in healing from many health problems and empower yourself by experience.

“I am writing to tell you that your guided meditation to help with my empty nest grief has made an incredible difference! I feel happy again and balanced. I can still picture the beautiful images I saw during the meditation and the daily exercise is such a nice reminder of the meditation. You are a gentle and compassionate gift!” – Barbara T.

These private sessions are uniquely powerful and provide a catalyst to reaching your potential for health and healing. Skype sessions available for those who live outside the area. Class includes a print out of a yoga or meditation routine for you to use at home and follow up sessions can be added.  $90/hr.

More about the classes

Yoga has been an off and on part of my life since my student days in Toronto – when the focus was getting the posture right and holding it – ignoring the pain – but at 18, nothing really hurts… After moving here I did stuff on my own (using the book ‘Light on Yoga’ as a guide). From time to time different people gave classes. What I like now about yoga is it helps keep my balance in check – and tabs on my range of motion. What I really like about Bermalva’s class is the pacing and that every week has different postures. It is also a really good workout – I can ‘feel’ it the next day – in a good way – now the focus is ‘you decide what is right for you’. And I like that you have been describing more about what is going on. And it is a really great group of people that come to class every Friday. Certainly for senior citizens the focus on balance is very important – we are one slip away from losing our mobility – and that would change everything.LS
I have tried many times over the years to integrate some kind of physical exercise routine into my daily life. I prefer individual exercise such as speed walking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing rather than a membership to a gym. Although I always have good intentions, I find it hard to keep up the momentum and stick with it. I suppose, like many people, I believed yoga was not really exercise, until I decided to investigate it. It was following a neck and shoulder injury that a physiotherapist suggested that I try yoga. I saw your classes advertised and decided to give it a shot. It was so very rewarding in so many aspects that I got hooked. Yoga is in fact very much a work out that can, at times, make one put on a good sweat. But beyond that, Yoga has taught me to breathe better and to relax, made me so much more flexible and showed me how to become aware of, and listen to, my body, all the while challenging me to always try to go a little further, at my own speed. Mostly however, it is the calm and the peace within that yoga brings me that helps me face the hustle of everyday life that I find most satisfying. Thank you for your kindness and devotion to your classes. NF