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Planet Yoga


Yoga is the strongest growing spiritual practice in the world. Yoga terms like karma, chakra, reincarnation, and meditation—even the famous “Om” sound—are now part of our vocabulary. Planet Yoga takes us across three continents to discover exciting peoples with unusual and profound quests, all associated with yoga and its vibrant culture. Their experiences help us understand the popularity of this eastern asceticism, one that western culture has adapted and integrated, revealing a thirst for meaning prevalent in this new millenium. With a keen yet joyful eye, the movie takes us at the heart of an internal and external journey, full of contrasts and colours, somewhere between the East and the West.

Samedi le 25 février / Sat. Feb. 25, 2012

2:30 & 6:30 pm: Planet Yoga (Two screenings of Planet Yoga)*ENGLISH VERSION

Carlos Ferrand, Québec, 2011, 1h27, d’après une idée originale de Stéphane Boisjoly, (ENGLISH VERSION), sur une musique originale de Robert Marcel Lepage.


10:00 AM: Sundo Workshop with Lucie Lambert (90 minutes)


4:15 PM: YOGA Workshop with Stéphane Boisjoly (environ 90 min).





Carlos Ferrand a déclaré à propos de son film : « Ce voyage au coeur du yoga est raconté avec un sourire, à l’image de la spiritualité joyeuse qu’on rencontre en Inde. C’est un pari ambitieux. En effet, on prend plus facilement au sérieux les choses qui ont un ton grave que celles qui sont légères et allègres. Mais le sujet impose cette voie. Pas de solennités, ni de discours paternalistes. Ceci dit, on voyage pour aller vers l’inconnu, on voyage pour découvrir. Le mouvement du film se fait vers un questionnement de plus en plus en profondeur sur notre existence. À la fin, le spectateur se retrouve comme dans une position de yoga, en apparence simple, mais difficile à résoudre : À quoi bon cette vie ? Quel est son sens? ».

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Born in Montréal Stéphane Boisjoly is a Canadian from Abenaki First Nation and French ancestry. He started to practice Yoga and Meditation daily in 1969. In 1971 he moved to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Québec to study full time with Swami Vishnu-devananda. One of North America’s most experienced Yoga Acharyas, Stéphane (Sri Venu) started to teach at the Sivananda Headquarters in 1972 and continued his advanced training in our California Ashram and in British Columbia until 1975. Also a graduate of the International Meditation Institute of India his studies take him to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, Auroville in Pondicherry, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh and Kullu-Manali in the Himalayas.

Founder of the Vancouver Sivananda Centre, Sri Venu teaches traditional East Indian Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy and Chanting. With Production Company InformAction and Director Carlos Ferrand he’s just completed Planet Yoga a documentary film on Yoga and the role of Swami Vishnu in bringing it to the West. This feature film released in Film Festivals and Theatres in 2011 and 2012 will be broadcast on Television Networks around the world including CBC/Radio-Canada in 2012 and 2013. Sri Venu also trains Yoga and Advanced Yoga Teachers at Langara College of Vancouver and other fine Yoga Institutions. Long time Radio & Television Broadcaster he has been Regional Director of CBC/Radio-Canada’s French Radio Networks in BC and Yukon from 2003 to 2007. Broadcast Manager for the Olympic Broadcasting Services he occupied this function for the Winter Games in Vancouver and now for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Stéphane is registered (E.R.Y.T. 500) with the Yoga Alliance and Registered Senior Teacher with the Yoga Association of BC. Contact: yoga@mail.com.


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Lucie Lambert is certified Sundo teacher based in Vancouver. She joined the Sundo community in 1988, worked her way through the levels, started instructing in 1994 and became a teacher in 2007. Since then she has taught at all levels and has brought students up from being beginners to having black belts in Sundo practice. Among her other distinctions in the field, she was invited to be a presenter at the International Sundo Conference held in Korea in 2008.



Kouk Sundo was established by ancesters who truly believed in worshiping the law of universe and in receiving "ki" energy into their body and mind, which was handed down by grand master Chungsan. Kouk Sundo also bears origins of our nation and history. Thus, Kouksundo means "way of receiving light ", "universal rotation of light in oneself".

The purpose of Sundo breathing is to consolidate the physical breathing with the mind and to link this process into the unified movement of yin and yang - the dynamic process of opposites from which all life springs. Through this breathing, one can release negative energy from the body and receive healthy energy from the universe, thus purifying the body.

The practise of Sundo involves lower abdominal breathing along with special postures. The breathing practice improves and revitalizes the autonomic nervous system and the self healing restorative forces of our body. This helps the body fight diseases naturally from within. Continuous lifetime traing results in genuine health of body and mind. Moreover, Sundo has nothing to do with religion. It does not promote any religious position or faith. Therefore, regardless of religion or faith, anyone can practice and enjoy the benefits of Sundo.


Sundo is a great and convenient exercise that can be performed anywhere and at any time. Since Sundo is intended to relax the body and mind, all of it's movements and breathing exercises are low-impact and less strenuous then other forms of exercise.
Sundo's exercise will increase the body's circulation and oxygen supply. Sundo will increase the body's stamina and boost the immune system to help you recover from fatigue and expel toxic elements from the body more quickly. Sundo can also help the body fight illnesses common to adults such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cirrhosis of the liver. People have also noticed improvement in their skin complexion and that they are able to get a deeper and more restful sleep at night. Perhaps most importantly, Sundo will help you manage stress better and lead to a more relaxed and energized life.

The system

1. Preparatory exercise 15 min - You will learn how to move the body in order to channel the body's energy flow from the extremities to the center and from the center back out to the extremities. This will increase bodily circulation.

2. Abdomen energy practice. 40 min. - Through approximately  different postures, you will learn how to breath from the abdomen. This breathing creates, increases, and strengthens the body's energy.

3. Closing exercises. 20 min. - The body's muscles and nervous system are trained in this phase. You will learn how to distribute the energy accumulated during the previous phase to the rest of the body.


Le SunDo ou Yoga taoïste : l’art du bien-être par l’assouplissement du corps et de l’espriT.

Le SunDo appelé encore Yoga taoïste, Tai Chi de la montagne ou Qi gong coréen est un art interne qui emprunte les chemins de l’assouplissement du corps et de l’esprit, par des séances de stretching, de méditation et de relaxation. Cette pratique est un moyen efficace pour : gérer le stress, gagner en souplesse, renforcer son corps (muscles, tendons, ligaments), réduire les douleurs articulaires, améliorer le système immunitaire, perdre du poids,… et ce uniquement avec la tenue de postures simples dans une ambiance de relaxation et de méditation. Fidèle aux principes du taoïsme et de la complémentarité du Yin et du Yang, le SunDo respecte également les interactions de ce que les asiatiques appellent « Les cinq éléments naturels du monde », à savoir : le bois, le feu, la terre, le métal et l’eau.

Scientifiquement, le SunDo favorise le flux énergétique qui circule sur les méridiens de notre corps. On parle ici des mêmes méridiens qu’utilisent l’acupuncture et le Shiatsu. Par ses techniques de respiration abdominale profonde (le Tantien), le SunDo vous permettra de mieux oxygéner votre corps et vos organes, réduisant ainsi la fatigue, les tensions musculaires et augmentera la force de votre coeur.

Par ses différents tableaux, qui exigent la tenue de positions précises, le SunDo aide à réajuster les problèmes cumulés avec nos mauvaises habitudes et postures ou encore dû au vieillissement du corps, qui tend à raidir. Ces positions permettent de réajuster le dos dans son alignement naturel et rendent à chaque partie du corps la souplesse qui limitait jusque-là notre mobilité.
Par ses techniques de méditation et de relaxation, guidées par un chant des montagnes, l’esprit se libère des pensées inutiles et plus encore : il améliore la concentration, affecte positivement notre créativité, favorise l’équilibre émotionnel et réduit le taux de stress, 1er facteur aggravant dans de nombreuses pathologies.

Sa pratique régulière vous aidera à retrouver un bien-être physique et psychique que vous croyiez perdu. Ce n’est pas tout ! Combiné aux conseils des professionnels du monde médical et de la santé, vous constaterez vite un renforcement de votre système cardio-vasculaire, un système immunitaire plus alerté, une perte de poids, un changement dans votre silhouette, une diminution des douleurs articulaires, musculaires, ligamentaires ou tendineuses, un gain en tonus et peut-être aussi une certaine joie de vivre, tous signes d’une bonne qualité de vie ! Le SunDo s'adresse aux personnes de tout âge, quelque soit leur forme physique actuelle. Alors nul besoin d’avoir peur de ne pas être « à la hauteur » !!!

N’oubliez pas : Une pratique vaut mille discours !

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Mise à jour/ updated le 22 février 2012