Weekly Classes, Trainings and Retreats with Allison
Summer has arrived! I hope you are getting outside and enjoying the season!
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Metta in and out, Allison Ulan
Weekly Classes :
The Complete Yoga Class on Tuesday Evenings – Level 2 and 3
These classes are for students who want a more in-depth and detailed experience. More intricate postures, breath work and vipassana meditation will be explored. These sessions are perfect for the intermediate and advanced level student.
Tuesdays, July 9th to August 13th ~ 6 – 7:45 pm ~ Mindful Montreal
For all details, click The Complete Yoga Class.
Nature Yoga – Saturday Morning Sessions in various beautiful locations around Montreal
Saturdays – July 6th to August 24th, 2019 – 9 am to 10:15 am – $10 per session
For all the details, click Nature Yoga with Allison.
Mondays at 6 pm – Level 1 – Back Care and Posture Alignment at AYM
Thursdays at 6:15 pm – Yoga for Runners (and other athletes) – Westmount Park
For my complete schedule click, Class/Event Calendar
Summertime and the Living is Easy – Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
at Jouvence, Orford, Quebec
Friday August 30th to Sunday, September 1st, 2019
For more information, click Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat.
Saturday August 10th, 2019 ~ 12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Classical Spree takes the street by presenting with Allison Ulan and YogaTribes. Join a yoga session led by Allison, in front of Place des Arts on Saturday, August 10th at 12:30 pm. For the occasion, selected musicians from the OSM will present a piece designed especially for us yogis! Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water. There will be mats for rent for those who need it. The class is free and it’s first come, first seated! Registration required by booking online. Click the title to register.
Allison Ulan – ERYT-500, YACEP, B.F.A.
Since 1996, Allison Ulan has been teaching Mindful Yoga and Vipassana Meditation. Her approach blends the traditional contemplative practices and alignment based yoga with current research based practices from neurology and physiology. From her over 25 years of practice, she is a teacher of teachers. She spearheaded and founded Ashtanga Yoga Montreal in 2000. Now she directs A Balanced Approach Yoga Teachers’ Training Programs which provide trainings in intelligent Vinyasa Krama Yoga and Vipassana Meditation. Plus, she created Mindful Montreal in 2017. It offers programs in mindfulness around Montreal to nurture awareness, compassion and community sharing.
Her methodology is a systematic approach to yoga as both a physical health practice and a mindfulness meditation system. Her classes are practices of embodiment through precise alignment and breath exercises so each student can access ease, freedom and joy. She specializes in Yoga for Back Care, Yoga to support recovery from injury, Mindfulness-based practices for optimal performance for Artists & Athletes and Vipassana Meditation. Time spent on the practice mat with Allison, as a guide, is time for individual growth and discovery. Her classes offer pathways to know the language of the body and work with the complexities of the mind & heart.
She has been exploring yoga and meditation as a path of learning and healing since 1987. Her approach incorporates three streams of awareness in her teachings – Iyengar/Ashtanga Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and Somatic Movement Therapy. Her main Yoga studies have been in Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga with her yoga teachers Mary Dunn, Richard Freeman, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and Richard Rosen. In meditation, she has studied Vipassana and Tibetan Schools since 1996, partaking in over 30 short and long meditation retreats in North America and India. Her key meditation teachers have been Swami Brahmadeo, Daryl Lynn Ross, Pema Chodron and Joseph Goldstein. From her 20 years as a professional contemporary dancer, she studied the techniques of Body Mind Centring and Release Technique. She utilizes this techniques to help students access freedom in movement.
For seventeen years, she was the director of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal (2000 – 2017). In 2017, she transitioned to offer mindfulness and yoga in educational settings, work environments & under serviced communities. She currently teaches Yoga and Mindfulness for Musicians at McGill University, Yoga for Health and Rehabilitation for adults throughout Montreal, and teaches mindfulness/yoga programs for children in the English Montreal School Board.
Allison Ulan’s integrity as a practitioner and teacher is reflected in the synthesis of her own journey, which has included long periods of study under the guidance of masters in asana, philosophy & meditation from teachers both in the East and the West. Her approach provides the tools and encouragement to yoga students to integrate mindfulness and compassion into every aspect of their teaching and lives.
If you would like Allison to teach a workshop at your centre or be part of your next training program, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison’s journey started because of a severe car accident. In 1986, when returning from work, a drunk driver hit her. The accident left her with a cracked jaw, hip damage and severe chronic pain. Doctors said there was nothing they could do for her. At the time, she was a professional dancer in Ballet North Dance Company. Determined to continue her dance career, she persevered in finding methods to heal, live pain free and continue doing what she loved.
In 1987, she began practicing Iyengar Yoga. Practicing for years with many different teachers, she met two senior yoga teachers pivotal in her healing – Mary Dunn in 1993 and Richard Freeman in 1996. Their teachings gave her the tools to work with pain, release body tension and understand anxiety. They introduced her to the inner meditation practices that allowed her to access health, ease and equanimity.
These experiences spearheaded her life long interest in the mind body connection, mindfulness and neuroscience. Over 30 years, she has attended over 30 trainings in yoga and meditation. She has completed advanced yoga trainings with Richard Freeman from 1996 – 2008 and with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois from 2000 – 2008. She attended short and long program retreats at IMS and graduated from The Spirit Rock Meditation Centre Teacher Training Program in Mindful Yoga and Vipassana Meditation (Woodacre, California) in 2015. In 2018, she completed a yearlong Vipassana meditation training with Daryl Lynn Ross of True North in Montreal.
Her approach blends three streams of awareness practices – Hatha (Ashtanga & Iyengar) Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and Somatic Movement Therapy. Her main Yoga studies have been in Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga with her yoga teachers Mary Dunn, Richard Freeman, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and Richard Rosen. She holds advanced certificates from The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, The Kripalu Centre in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Yoga Workshop in Colorado, The Shree Ma Ayurvedic Centre in Ottawa, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacres, California. In meditation, she has studied extensively in the Vipassana and Tibetan traditions, partaking in over 30 short and long meditation retreats in North America and India with meditation teachers such as the Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, Daryl Lynn Ross, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. From her 20 years as a professional contemporary dancer, she utilizes the techniques of Body Mind Centring and experiential anatomy to help students access freedom in movement. Through scholarship study, she earned a B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School in 1992. She performed professionally from 1988 to 2001 in various contemporary dance companies in North America.
Allison is the founder and leading teacher of Mindful Montreal, a centre to embody the multi-faceted path of vipassana meditation. For seventeen years, she was the director of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal (2000 – 2017). In 2017, she transitioned to guiding mindfulness meditation and yoga programs in educational settings & under serviced communities. She currently teaches Yoga and Mindfulness for Musicians at McGill University, Yoga for Health and Rehabilitation for adults in addiction treatment, Yoga for pain management throughout Montreal and offers classes in yoga studios.
In 2002, Allison Ulan created A Balanced Approach Hatha Yoga Teachers Training programs to provide a comprehensive training that presents the traditional and contemporary approaches of Hatha Yoga infused with the practices of mindfulness. Plus with invited guest faculty, kinesiology, physiology and neurology have been integrated into the programs since 2004.
This program’s goals are to:
- give yoga practitioners and yoga teacher trainees the principles of yoga asana and pranayama which support optimal health and well-being,
- offer thorough training in the ethics and philosophy of Yoga so the teachings are grounded in compassion, experience and application,
- provide curriculum in anatomy and physiology to provide yoga practitioners with sound scientific information on self care and somatic development,
- outline the basics of neurology and how this science aids practicing mindfulness and concentration,
- teach and facilitate the contemplative science of yoga through yoga philosophy, meditation and contemplative forms,
- teach the progressive stages of mindfulness so practitioners/teachers embody the states of karuna (compassion), metta (loving-kindness), mudita (joy), upekkha (serenity), concentration (jnana) and sati (insight) for whole being integration.
- outline, teach and provide participants with sound techniques to work with diverse populations. Train graduates in the Hatha and Ayurvedic Yoga techniques so they are able to design programs to the needs of their future students.
The program has certified over 200 yoga teachers who have become experts in yoga for health, restorative yoga, yoga for athletes and mindfulness instructors.
The graduates who have successfully completed the A Balanced Approach Hatha Yoga certification are:
Diane Barker (2008), Laura Belanger (2017), Daniel Belliveau (2016), Shawn Belliveau (2005), Jean-Marc Bennett (2016), Marielle Bertin, David-Phillippe Blanchette (2006), Angi Bloom (2002), Sylvain Bolduc (2013), Corina Bontas (2014), Nicole Bordeleau (2002), Diana Bourel (2010), Marie-Noelle Bourque (2014), Pierre-Vincent Breuel (2010), Nicole Burke (2016), Jadson Caldeira (2007), Jill Campbell (2013), Sara Campuzano, Nishia Cioffi (2014), Cathy Cozens (2002), Danielle Cumming (2006), Champa Cyr (2013), Michelle Decary (2007), Alejandro De Leon (2014), Sara Deschamps (2009), Victoria Diamond (2010), Carina Di Menna (2014), Jerry Dzindzio (2006), Tony Eng (2016), Elizabeth Emberly (2005), Mackenzie Fleetham (2013), Cynthia Foucher (2002), Martine Gagnon (2012), Julien Gagnon (2007), Cory Garfinkle (2006), Adriana Gariepy (2014), Marielle Gariepy (2013), Nadine Gharios (2013), Jade Goldfarb (2006), Jessica Goldberg (2002), Cristina Gonzalez (2006), Jese Gordon (2013), Joan Gottman (2012), Marilyne Gour (2014), Catherine Green (2010), Emily Groth (2014 and 2018), Charles Gurd (2002), Cindy Gurulian (2002), Van Ha (2008), Caroline Haddad (2014), Louis Hamel (2018), Jennifer Hamilton (2010), Annik Hamel (2006), Suzanne Hatt, Karen Herman (2002), Laura Hernandez (2002), Sheryl Hoo (2004), Ellen Kogut (2018), Laurel Koop (2006), Cindy Lafontaine (2013), Marie-Pascale Laurencelle (2009), Celine Lavoie (2002), Hannah Lee, Lawrence Lefcort (2004), Lisa Lipari (2002), Catherine Lipscombe (2002), Allison Luna (2006), Dalil Maschin0 (2018), Janice MacPhearson (2014), Shauna Mahajan (2009), Katie Markle (2015), Sophie Martin (2011), Meghan Marshall (2009), Romilla Maullo (2013), Galina Matusovskay (2014), Jimmy Medellin (2013), Sarah McFidi-McGuire (2012), Suzanne Miller (2011), Lulu Clarke (2010), Christian Page, Manon Palardy (2011), Manon Paquet (2014), Celine Pereira (2017), Shirley Pierre (2012), Eugene Poku (2002), Becky Priebe (2009/2015), Teresa Rassenti (2018), Natasha Reid (2006), Micheal Ross (2010), Claire Russell (2013), Roger Sanders (2017), Claudine Saleh (2002), Vanessa Salvatore, Sylwia Schwartz (2017), Micheala Shulman (2016), Ellie Smythe (2014), Mado St. Cyr (2002), Geeta Suchak (2013), Karin Sullivan (2018), Maryam Tajik (2013), Pia Tallving (2006), Jennifer Taylor, Leonie Therrien, Tremblay (2018), Kaie Tombak (2013), David Testo (2012), Veronique Thibault (2007), Robbie Tucker (2016), Michelle Wong (2007), Angi Bloom (2002), Aletha Stahl (2008), Vanessa Kiss (2015), Eira Glover (2014), Elyse Stevens (2015), Isabelle Dionne (2017), Natalie Garneau (2017), Damon Greenberg (2017), Julia Norcross (2017), Andrea Wilde (2007), Karen Wood (2005) and Louiselle Young (2014).
2019 to present – Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher for Addiction Treatment, Andy’s House, Lasalle, Quebec
2017 to present – Founder and Lead Teacher of Mindful Montreal, Montreal
2000 to 2017 – Founder and Director of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal, Montreal
1998 to 2000 – Yoga Teacher for Cancer Treatment – Well Spring Toronto
1998 to 2000 – Ashtanga Yoga Teacher at University of Toronto Sports Facility, Toronto, Ontario
1998 to 2000 – Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher at Humber College
1995 to 2000 – Yoga Teacher at The Yoga Studio, Toronto
1995 to 1998 – Yoga Teacher and Fitness Trainer at Eclipse Fitness, Toronto
Louie Ettling – Integral Alignment Workshop in Iyengar Yoga, Planet Yoga, Montréal, Canada
iRest Yoga Nidra – Teachers Training Intensive (Level One) with Molly Birnholme (iRest Yoga Institute, San Rafael, California)
Living the Heart of Wisdom – Yearlong Vipassana Meditation Training with Daryl Lynn Ross – continued – January 2018 to March 2018 (Daryl Lynn Ross is the co-founder and guiding teacher of True North Insight, Montréal, Canada) Montreal, Canada
MSC 10 week program – Mindfulness and Self Compassion with Helle Larson
Living the Heart of Wisdom – Yearlong Vipassana Meditation Training with Daryl Lynn Ross – March 2017 to December 2017 (Daryl Lynn Ross is the co-founder and guiding teacher of True North Insight, Montréal, Canada) Montreal, Canada
Yearlong Mindfulness Yoga and Insight Meditation Training Program and Certification at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center with Anne Cushman, Will Kabat-Zinn, Janice Gates, Phillip Moffitt, Pascale Auclaire and supporting faculty, Wood Acres, California, USA – 200 hours
Pranayama Workshop with Richard Rosen, Open Sky Yoga Center, Rochester, New York – 28 hours
Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Chuck Miller, United Yoga, Montreal, Canada – 20 hours
Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman – Vipassana Retreat at IMS, Barre Massachusetts, USA
Integrity and Movement of the Spine with Joanna Abbatt, 20 hours, Ashtanga Yoga Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Essential Pranayama Teacher Training with Francois Raoult, 32 hours, Open Sky Yoga Center, Rochester, New York, USA
Vipassana Meditation Retreat – 3 month silent retreat – October 9 to December 11, 2011, Joseph Goldstein and supporting faculty,
IMS, Barre, Massachusetts, USA
Christina Feldman and John Peacock – The Seven Factors of Awakening – Vipassana Meditation Retreat, IMS, Barre, Massachusetts. USA
1996 – 2007 Weekend Trainings and Advanced Certifications with Richard Freeman
Ashtanga Yoga with Richard Freeman – practice, adjustments and philosophy, Kripalu Center, 1996, 1997 and 1998
Yoga Conference with Richard Freeman and other teachers – Kripalu Center, Lennox, Massachusetts, 2000
Yoga International Conference – The Meeting of Traditions – Weeklong Training, Mary Dunn and Richard Freeman, Lake George, New York, USA
Ashtanga Yoga with Richard Freeman, The Centre of Gravity, Toronto, Canada 2005
Advanced Teacher’s Intensive – The Middle Way – The Bhagavad Gita Study and Yoga Asana practice, 85 hours, 2006 – The Yoga Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Advanced Teacher’s Intensive – Procrustean Bed – The Intermediate Series and Philosophy study with Richard Freeman, 60 hours, 2007 – The Yoga Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2005 – 2008
Participated in one Vipassana retreat per year at Shelburne Falls Vipassana Meditation Center, USA
Each retreat – 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat
The Heruka Teachings and Practices with The Dalai Lama – McLeod Gang, Dharamsala, India
The Kalachakra 2004 with The Dalai Lama – Teachings and Practices – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Art of Adjustments – Yoga Techniques and Practices with Hart Lazer, Ashtanga Yoga Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Dancing the Body of Light, Ashtanga Yoga Montréal, Orit Sen Gupta, Montréal, Canada
Yoga Techniques to teach Hatha Yoga with Hart Lazer, Ashtanga Yoga Montréal, Montréal, Canada
10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, Vipassana Meditation Center, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, USA
Yoga Teacher Training Intensive – 200 hours with Hart Lazer, Ashtanga Yoga Montréal, Montréal, Canada
10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, Vipassana Meditation Center, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, USA
Pilgrimage to Mont Kailash for Celebrations and Practices for the Year of The Windhorse – organized by Nomad Expeditions and Norma Levine
Meeting with The Karmapa in Dharamsala, India
2000 – 2008
Ashtanga Yoga – study with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois at the Mysore Institute, Mysore, India
Certified to teach in 2004
10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, Centre de méditation vipassana, Sutton, Quebec
2000 and 2002
Ashtanga Yoga Intensive with David Swenson, 40 hours Kaivalya Centre, Toronto, 2000 and 40 hours Ashtanga Yoga Montréal, Montréal, 2002
Monthlong Teachers Training Program – 200 heures, Kripalu Yoga Institute, Lennox, Massachusetts, USA
1992 – 1995
Study in regular classes with Mary Dunn at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, New York city, USA
Study in regular classes with Sharon Gannon at The Jiva Mukti Yoga Center, New York City, USA
1990 – 1991
Scholarship Study at The Place – London Contemporary Dance School and Company, London, UK
1988 – 1992
BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School of Performing Arts, New York City, USA
1986 – 1987
Iyengar Yoga with Joseph Rempel, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
“Thank you Allison for another great session this Sunday in mindful communication
and awareness. I learned so much today (and in the past two weeks). It is funny how
we go through life without ever asking ourselves the questions that reveal the
building blocks of who we are. I never wondered how the way the family
communication was at home impacted me and how it continues to so much. We are
the fabric woven from the threads of who we feel we are and our experiences.”
“Allison Ulan embodies the qualities we all hope to find in a yoga teacher. The
attributes she embodies are patience, insightfulness and curiosity to name a few.
With a wealth of experience and knowledge at her fingertips, each class has its own
sense of adventure. But these are not the things that make her stand out as a teacher
to me. The level of dedication that Allison brings to her practice and teaching is
inspiring. In fact, I would have to call it devotion. It is amazing to be in the presence
of a person who is devoted to their work.”
Allison embodies the qualities we all hope to find in a yoga teacher. The common
things, patience, insightfulness and curiosity to name a few. With a wealth of
experience and knowledge at her fingertips, each class has its own sense of
adventure. But these are not the things that make her stand out as a teacher to me.
The level of dedication that Allison brings to her practice and teaching is inspiring.
In fact, I would have to call it devotion. It is amazing to be in the presence of a
person who is devoted to their work.
“Allison’s teaching transforms any space into sacred space. Her teaching and
presence allows me to go in, touch what needs attention and come back to the world
refreshed & centered.”
Les cours d’Allison sont rigoureux, intéressants et plaisants. Son approche permet
à chacun d’explorer les postures en respectant son niveau de contrainte physique.
Sa vision « intégrale » et sa culture générale facilitent la compréhension des liens
entre le travail des postures, l’amélioration de la connaissance et le bienêtre. J’ai eu
la chance de rencontrer d’excellents enseignants-tes en 40 ans de karatédo, 15 ans
de danse sociale et 9 ans de yoga. Pour moi, Allison brille parmi celles et ceux auprès
de qui j’ai eu le plaisir d’apprendre. Et je compte bien continuer à jouir de ce
privilège au cours des années à venir, ne serait-ce que pour apprécier encore son
sens de l’humour.
“Time spent on the practice mat with Allison, as a guide, is time for individual growth and discovery. Her classes offer pathways to know the language of the body and work with the complexities of the mind.”
“Her classes simply clarified why we do yoga and how. From her classes, I now know how to deal with stress at school. Plus I know how to access creative space when I need to. Thank you, Allison.”
“Allison, you have a very subtle but effective way of transmitting deep spiritual knowledge in a simple way that speaks directly to the unconscious and soothes the soul. From your spontaneous inspiring stories, your lists of deep meaningful spiritual insights or your inviting and grounded attention when you listen, a person can’t leave your presence without growing a little or a lot. Thanks for sharing your kindness and spiritual gifts with the rest of us one day at a time.“
“Backbends were a big mental challenge for me and in the past, they caused me back pain. In Allison’s class, though, she deconstructs these postures into clear body exercises, essential alignment principles and dynamic awareness that created a step-by-step learning process for me. Her approach allowed me to enjoy backbends and access deeper confidence in my practice. Thank you.”
Allison brings a wealth of information (professional accurate) to each teaching session. She genuinely empowers her students, as she teaches. Her understanding of the body on a medical conventional level and also metaphysical level (ancient philosophies) accents which contributes greatly to the motivation she transfers to students and future teachers. Plus, she teaches her students about their own body, which is a valued tool for the journey each person has in using Yoga for self awareness. Allison exhibits a gentle sincere mindfulness to her explanations and helps the students to acquire their own awareness and mindful understanding of the poses/positions and the core purpose behind the process.
She is also so very refreshing, and honest and unconditional in her everyday talk.
We all have teachers and guides that come into our lives. Allison is a gift.
Awesome, wise teacher. I recommend!
Allison offers in depth teaching. Her approach is respectful of the Yogic tradition with an actualized and brilliant approach to the body and spirit.
“I have been attending Allison’s meditation classes for a couple of years now. Allison’s classes are amazing and I never stop learning with Allison. Allison’s calm presence, insights, stories, teaching method, compassion, friendship, and humour are the reasons why I have always enjoyed her classes (and continue to attend). The classes have helped me recognize and acknowledge my stress. Her teachings have helped me learn to live more in the present and address my worries. I always leave her classes feeling refreshed, energized, and just with greater optimism. I have become more forgiving and compassionate towards myself and others. Allison’s openness in sharing her life stories and daily experiences makes the content more applicable and relatable. She provides us with the necessary tools and support to make our practice at home more achievable. Allison has been offering her support and experience at my workplace, which has made a difference in the work environment. She is my informal mentor, coach, and a great friend. Thank you Allison.”