Montreal yoga instructor reveals how it changed her life and can help fight pandemic blues

Finding healthy ways to cope with life’s many ups and downs can be difficult, so you just need to find what is right for you. And for yoga teacher and entrepreneur in Montreal Brandon Dawson-Jarvis, it was the practice of mindfulness and yoga that helped him through difficult times.

If you are curious about what yoga can do for you, his business, Grove Campus, is running a completely free 9-day virtual yoga trip that runs from November 18-26, which you can sign up for here.

It starts at 7 p.m. nightly and the Zoom course has a maximum of 100 participants, so make sure you join in time to secure your spot!

During the sessions, you will be able to learn more about the neurosciences of yoga and the benefits that come from its practice.

We asked Brandon a few questions about himself, Grove Campus, and how yoga can benefit while going through tough times like a pandemic.

Responses have been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Can you tell me everything there is to know about Grove Campus?

Let’s start from the moment I realized that I had been extremely toxic to myself and to those around me. I was in jail for the second time after violating parole for a traffic incident that went nowhere. […]

Shame and guilt consumed my mind and body to the point where I had a hard time getting out of bed because I was so depressed. After about a year, my partner suggested that I try yoga. […]

After two lessons, everything changed. My mental health issues subsided and I decided to share the benefits of yoga with anyone who didn’t know them. […]

The two main components to Grove Campus and what I believe sets us apart from others is not necessarily yoga but that our practice does not stop once we get off our mats. What sets us apart is that you support a complete stranger. There is something very powerful behind this.

In an effort to keep our courses based on donations, we have just launched our first product, a cork yoga mat. This mat is made from organic cork and natural rubber, it is eco-friendly, plant-based, non-toxic, recyclable and 10% of the proceeds go to our events and initiatives to support disadvantaged families.

So far, we have been able to support around 600 people with food, toys, school supplies, and drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

How do you think yoga can benefit people during a difficult time like the pandemic?

I think this is the opportunity to slow down and check out how we thought, felt and did. However, this can give rise to the “monkey mind” where our minds have the ability to spill and sometimes seem out of control. I know from experience that it can be very uncomfortable, maybe even painful, but nevertheless it is necessary to recognize what is there.

Yoga can offer the tools to deal with the experiences that we find difficult to face. It can be a beautiful reminder of our resilience and our ability to overcome difficulties and heal.

This pandemic can be a waste of time or an opportunity for self-learning. When else will we have the time to invest in ourselves?

What positive aspects has yoga brought to your life?

The list of positives for me has been recognizing the power of my thoughts and understanding that they have consequences, “good” and “bad”.

Another positive aspect is that yoga has allowed me to move away from the pole of victimization, where I have spent most of my days understanding that I am the creator of my reality and accepting responsibility for what happens. happening in my life.

I’m also able to do some pretty cool things with my body.

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