Breathing at the top of the mountain

© Lea B. Bastien

The association of hiking and yoga seemed completely natural and it was this kind of thinking that led Ève Brasseur to launch Excursion Yoga. She had deepened her experience of the practice during a trip to Australia. When she got back, this sportswoman – with a real need to move – fractured her collarbone, depriving herself of her daily sports activities and even of yoga.

During her convalescence, arm in a sling, she geared down to hiking and meditation in nature. It was on an outing on Montagne Verte that she discovered, right beside the trail, a cleared, quiet promontory with a stunning view of Mont Tremblant and its lake. That was the trigger: why not share these feelings and pleasure with others?

In a few days (and nights…), the concept for Excursions Yoga was developed and the website created. She then participated in a month-long professional training course in Guatemala. At the end of July 2020, the first participants joined her at the base of the mountain. The program included an hourlong hike, an hour of yoga at the summit, and the return. There’s also a snack: homemade energy balls and an herbal tea based on flowers, mushrooms and other products of our boreal forest, an exclusive mixture made by Morille Quebec.

For Ève, “outdoor yoga is a magical experience that lets you forget the stress and torments of everyday life. At the summit, the view is energizing, you breathe better in the pure mountain air and you communicate with the four elements: air, earth, fire (represented by the sun) and the water which makes up our bodies.”

On the hike, she shares her knowledge of nature: plants, trees, mushrooms and fungi, butterflies and more. Ève states proudly that hers is “the only company in Québec offering guided hikes with yoga.” Take advantage of the fall colours: departures until the end of October. The per-person fee is reduced to $45 during this period.

excursionyoga.com | 579 488-0050

 

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Daniel Gauvreau

 

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Récréologue et journaliste de formation, tour à tour organisateur, formateur, consultant, chroniqueur et traducteur dans le milieu du plein air, Daniel Gauvreau est passionné d’activité physique en extérieur. De retour d’un périple au Québec et en France, il a choisi les Hautes-Laurentides pour satisfaire son amour de la nature. Semi-retraité, moniteur de ski de fond à SFMT, son expérience profite désormais aux lecteurs de Tremblant Express. Recreation professional and journalist by education, organizer, trainer, consultant, columnist and translator about the outdoors by experience, Daniel Gavreau is passionate about physical activity outside. Following a trip through Québec and France, he chose the Hautes-Laurentides as the place to satisfy his love of nature. Semi-retired and teaching cross-country skiing with SFMT, he now offers his experience to Tremblant Express readers.

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