About ZEN&CO.

Mission | Background | Philosophy

Mission

ZEN&CO. hopes to actively improve the wellness of employees and executives who are under a lot of stress, as they often are in the corporate sector. The company comes to your workplace to teach simple, natural techniques with lasting results to cope with and reduce stress. Using yoga-inspired relaxation techniques, ZEN&CO. helps participants learn to practise on their own and take responsibility for achieving a satisfactory mental and physical balance.

Background

Julie Banville

As the founder of ZEN&CO., Julie Banville knows the reality of daily life in business, where stress goes hand in hand with performance. Her experience in the corporate sector resulted in both physical and mental suffering. Fortunately, she discovered the life-changing power of wellness techniques, taught by her company today.

Julie, who has a degree in marketing and management, relies on simple and effective tools that produce concrete, measurable results. The techniques taught by ZEN&CO. can certainly improve a team of employees' health, as well as bring a greater sense of calm to the workplace.

Philosophy

  • Overall health = Healthy body, alertness, emotional intelligence (intuition)
  • Knowledge = Power to change
  • Live in the present = Key to being positive

It is acknowledged that to achieve a balanced body, mind and emotions, you have to first look at your overall health. It is therefore important to know how you are put together, if you are to succeed.

Stress is one of the scourges of society and costs a lot. It is thought that about 90 percent of medical consultations are related to stress. More than 50 percent of people in the workplace claim to suffer from high levels of stress. To avoid overworking, you have to learn how to manage and reduce stress. To do this, your mind must be calm. It is also essential if you want to take control of your life on a personal and professional level. ZEN&CO. believes that serenity can be achieved by practising its suggested yoga techniques

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Team

ZEN&CO. is a team of experienced teachers who is happy to come to your offices and offer a weekly "serenity break" to employees and executives.

If you would like to join our team, please send us your CV.

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Why ZEN&CO.?

  • ZEN&CO. has offered wellness classes in the workplace since 2004.
  • Our team of wellness experts have been trained to meet the specific needs of businesses.
  • Our teachers are qualified and recognized in their fields.
  • We offer turnkey programs.
  • We assess participants' satisfaction and the effects of the techniques taught on their overall health.
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Testimonials

  • I really enjoyed the class - a real break in the day.
  • Since taking yoga classes, I no longer have back problems.
  • I feel a lot more relaxed and I've noticed a real improvement in my quality of life and in the way I deal with stress.
  • The breathing exercises have helped me a lot in my everyday life (during stressful periods and helping me to get to sleep).
  • Yoga is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. My whole way of being has changed.
  • After the class, I feel more self-confident and better equipped to face my workload.
  • A very enriching experience. It's helped me on a personal level and in my relationship with colleagues. I find it easier to relax.
  • I never thought I'd like yoga so much, but since I started, I feel less stressed and I always look forward to Tuesday's class.
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Inspirations and References

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Media Coverage

Magazine Travail et Santé Articles by ZEN&CIE in Travail et Santé magazine (in French) Report with Josée Lavigueur at \Report with Josée Lavigueur at "Salut Bonjour" on TVA (in French) Premières en affairesBimonthly articles on Premières en affaires website (4 of 12) (in French) Groupe entreprises en santéTip of the Month from Groupe entreprises en santé - June 2012 (PDF) (in French) Le Bel ÂgeArticle in Le Bel Âge magazine
May 2012 (PDF) (in French)
Magazine de l'Îles-des-SoeursArticle in Magazine de l'Îles-des-Soeurs
April 2012 (PDF) (in French)
Le messager de LasalleArticle in Le messager LaSalle magazine
May 2011 (PDF) (in French)
VitaArticle in Vita magazine
Feb-March 2011 (PDF) (in French)
L'Émeraude PlusArticle in L'Eméraude Plus
December 2010 (PDF) (in French)
ChâtelaineArticle in Châtelaine magazine
September 2010 (PDF) (in French)
Les VersantsArticle in Les Versants magazine
May 2007 (PDF) (In French)
JouerReport on Radio-Canada's
"Ma vie en main" TV show (in French)



When asked "What surprises you most about humanity?" the Dalai Lama replied,
"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health."

Julie Banville
Julie Banville

Julie experienced the benefits of yoga and meditation when, after completing Management Studies at UQAM and helping run the family business, her life became too hectic. Her schedule made it impossible to take time out. After working briefly in Toronto, she started looking for techniques to cope with her everyday stress and anxiety.

It was at this point that Julie discovered yoga which changed her life completely. She has taught yoga and meditation since the summer of 2006 and also practises reiki. She now focuses on teaching these different techniques in the workplace. As a result of her personal and professional experience and awareness of the specific needs of business people, Julie is deeply convinced that her teaching can give her clients the tools to find peace and serenity.

Julie set up her own company, "ZEN&CO.", whose mission is to bring wellness techniques to the workplace, making it possible for clients to recharge their batteries without having to go anywhere. She has clearly found her way in life, bringing the worlds of wellness and business together. Julie's challenge every day is to live in the present, the most beautiful present that she could create for herself and share with others!

Jennifer Young, Montreal
Jennifer Young, Montreal

Jennifer Young is a Hatha Yoga teacher certified by Yoga Alliance, Yogatherapist, trained by Carina Raisman and founder of her company Yoga Life based in Montreal. She is also a registered Naturotherapist with L’association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec’.

She has been practicing Yoga since 2002 and it has become a lifestyle for her, a way of appreciating everything she encounters in her life as an opportunity for learning.

Jennifer has a teaching style that is very therapeutic in nature, and she takes the person as a whole into consideration. She has implemented Yogatherapy at Kinatex West Island, a sports physio clinic in Montreal, where she works in collaboration with physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, acupuncturists and many more. She is dedicated to making health and happiness accessible to all!

Claire Armange, Montreal
Claire Armange, Montreal

Artist and author, Claire's research on self-knowledge has led her to naturally be introduced to yoga. Formed by Hervé Blondon - Swami Premananda Saraswati – from the Satyam School of Hatha Yoga in Montreal, she became a professor and discovers, giving her first class, that what she aspires to teach her students is the same as she wishes to generate on others with her artistic work: A Return to the Self-awareness leads to knowledge and Self-acceptance. Claire then left her job as a publisher and an editor to devote herself to yoga and her artistic creation. She exposes and publishes her first book in Quebec, France, Switzerland and Belgium and collaborates on the translation of a play Off-Broadway, played in Montreal in 2008.
Having worked in business, Claire knows the realities of the working world, the need to be constantly creative in a very short time, competitiveness and the stress which stems from it. She sees yoga, art and writing as tools with which she hopes to guide others towards a better understanding of themselves, made of balance, joy and stability, searching of their own inner serenity.
"Every day by making choices we create our own lives. With art and yoga, I try to awaken or develop the creative part that exists in each of us. "Claire received the spiritual name Mati (discernment, spiritual thought).

Laura Candido, Montreal
Laura Candido, Montreal

Yoga came to Laura in a time in her life when balance was clearly lacking. Always enjoying and exceling in physical activity she enjoyed the physical benefits right away. The emotional and mental benefits, however, are what made her realize that this was more than just an activity; it became a way of life.

The healing power of yoga ignited a love for the study of human anatomy and eventually to the study of yoga therapy, with Carina Raisman.

Laura’s teaching philosophy is about continuously trying to find balance in ones body and mind through the physical practice as well as through the breath and meditation.
Weather it’s giving workshops to help athletes reduce injury or helping someone learn how to manage their stress, Laura is committed to sharing her love of yoga with as many people as possible.

Carina Raisman, Montreal
Carina Raisman, Montreal

Carina Raisman has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years and teaching for 8 years. As soon as her first session, she realizes the benefits that brings the practice of yoga and then seeks to develop and deepen her understanding and her practice.
She then pursues courses in several styles, including Ashtanga, Satyananda and Anusara. She also takes dance classes, massage and Chinese medicine to refine her body awareness. Carina studied Microbiology-Immunology and in France, she studied at the Faculty of Pharmacy, which includes, among others, courses on homeopathy, phytotherapy and therapeutic plants.
Carina has combined all these teachings in order to create the "Yogatherapy", a science that combines the benefits of Yoga (physical, psychological and physiological) and offers a custom self-healing approach.

Geneviève Adams, Montreal
Geneviève Adams, Montreal

Geneviève lives by the notion that life is a journey of discovery. She is on a holistic healing path using the daily practice of yoga as a limitless opportunity to evolve consciously. She pursued a yoga teacher training program in India where she lived in a traditional Ashram. She holds a powerful intention of sharing the healing and transformative powers of this five thousand year old Eastern Wisdom tradition to benefit the Western world.

While sharing her love of yoga she guides her students to help awaken a sense of expansion, harmony and aliveness within. In University, Geneviève studied Health Sciences and she now enjoys studying Quantum Physics, Spirituality, Yoga, Philosophy, and theories of Human Potential and Consciousness as a way of developing a greater understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection. With a deep desire to contribute to others’ lives, Geneviève wishes to guide you on your mat and in life, through your experience to attain an optimal well-being. She is also a life coach and available to support you in any situation you may be facing. She believes that Love is the center and the core of everything, and Self is the place where all must begin. She is open and compassionate which creates a fun and nurturing atmosphere for yogis and yoginis of all levels and horizons.

Patrick Vesin, Montreal

Patrick Vesin holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He is a trainer in stress management and relaxation techniques and he is also a lecturer.
Since 1979, he has been required to intervene in different settings: Government of Quebec, hospitals, school boards, universities (Sherbrooke, Montreal), YMCA, credit union organizations and private enterprises. His extensive experience as an organization manager at the provincial level also allows him to understand the issues related to the workplace.
Accredited trainer by the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT) (Emploi Québec). Registration number: 0055020

Angela Chiarella, Montreal
Angela Chiarella, Montreal

Angela has been practicing yoga in a variety of traditions since 1998. She completed prenatal yoga teacher training with Janice Clarfield in 2006. Then, she completed her first 200 hours Hatha yoga teacher training in 2007, inspired by the Kripalu tradition with Kelly McGrath and Melanie Chévarie at the Joy of Yoga Studio in Montreal. In 2009 Angela completed a 150 hours advanced yoga teacher training with Hart Lazer and Lyne St Roche and in 2010, she completed her level 1 and 2 of restorative teacher training, with Michael Bridge Dickson.

While studying yoga, Angela came across Buddhism and completed her first ten day Vipassana meditation retreat in 2001 at the Goenka Center in Massachusetts. She continues to attend regular retreats at various retreat centers in Canada and the U.S. In 2008, Angela completed a year long meditation facilitator training program with Noah Levine (author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream).

Angela is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in the school of social work at McGill University while enjoying teaching yoga.

Violaine Morinville, Montreal
Violaine Morinville, Montreal

Violaine Morinville has a Master Degree in dance from UQAM (specialized in Qi Gong and Somatics). She is a choreographer, teacher and reporter.

Her specialty teaching beside dance, theater and improvisation is stretching, dynamic relaxation, Qi Gong, creative or somatic movement and energetic meditation. She is also a Reiki Master.

Marie-Claire Dumont, Joliette
Marie-Claire Dumont, Joliette

Marie-Claire is a founding director of the Centre Terre et Ciel.
Speech Language Pathologist trained in France and yoga teacher, she studied and practiced yoga for over 25 years. She is a student of François Lorin.
Her professional training grown from France, where she graduated from C.E.R.Y. (Centre d'études et de rencontres pour yoga), through India, staying at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras where she studied with T.K.V. Desikachar and Quebec, where she has taught and pursue her personal development.
Since 1991, she intervenes in Québec:
- Professor at the Canadian Centre of Yoga;
- Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière, child psychiatry,;
- Jacques Viger Hospital, Montreal;
- Maison de la famille: cible famille Brandon;
- University of Montreal (CEPSUM);
- Private Clients.
Curious and traveller, she believes in our creative power and the importance to awaken us to our deeper forces. Her approach is rooted in a quest for wholeness, peace, joy and love, combining the ancient tradition and contemporary research.
Marie-Claire Dumont founded the school in 2002 where she teaches and trains teachers.

Laurence Boudreault, Quebec
Laurence Boudreault, Quebec

Laurence Boudreault is a professor of hatha-yoga and a graduate of l'École de yoga Tous Azimuts, managed by Danie Doyon Sarasvati. She has been practicing yoga since the age of 20 and regularly attends training courses to deepen her practice.
Her teaching of yoga aims to give back tools that bring wellness, in order to attend a healthier body and mind, in respect of the uniqueness of each.

Marjolaine Leblanc, Quebec
Marjolaine Leblanc, Quebec

Marjolaine Leblanc has studied Yoga at the Vedanta Sivananda international school of Yoga at Reith in Austria. She has been teaching yoga since 2007 in the Quebec region.

She has a bachelor’s degree in social communication. She’s interested in people and in their role of social transformation.

Yoga is part of her life and she finds her inspiration through life’s beauty and through people she meets. Open minded and heartfelt woman, she’s been given the spiritual name Madhavi, “The one who’s as sweet as honey”.

I bow to the Universe that will always surprise me!

Nathalie Keiller, Vancouver
Nathalie Keiller, Vancouver

For over 15 years, Nathalie has been a Hatha yoga practitioner. She took her first Teacher Training in 1999 and started teaching that same year. R.Y.T. 500 by Yoga Aliance, she deepens her studies with different yoga styles - Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Yin Yoga. She started meditating in 1991 and is teaching Deep Meditation since 2005.

Hatha Yoga increases vitality, strength, balance, and flexibility. It also brings physical alignment and mental well-being. Meditation helps releasing tensions in the nervous system and allows the mind to experience its infinite possibilities. Spreading the experience of inner peace is Nathalie’s reason for teaching.

Jacinthe Ayotte, Montreal (Professional coach)

Jacinthe is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation. With more than 10 years of experience in business development in small, medium and large companies, she is now helping others find their own work-life balance.

As a professional coach, she can help you:

• Reach personal goals quickly and effectively
• Further develop your reflection
• Promote harmony and balance in your personal, social and professional life
• Improve time management
• Achieve work-family balance
• Find and keep your motivation
• Manage stress

Jacinthe is trained to listen and observe, and she adapts her approach to the needs of each client with the ultimate goal of helping them find their own solutions to achieve success.

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