Set in the heart of the West Island in historical Pointe-Claire Village, Om West is a thriving yoga, massage and wellness centre. An sanctuary for peace, inspiration and personal growth is at the heart of the West Island's social, cultural and spiritual community.
Om West was founded by Gigi Cohen in 1996 under the nameCentre Holistique de Pointe-Claire. We are proud to have hosted teachers such as Darby and Dr. Bali who are today legends of the Montreal Yoga community.
From 2007-2011, Om West was operated by Yasmin F. Gow. During those years, she brilliantly established at the studio a Guinness Record for the longest continuous Yoga Practice. She also undertook the full renovation of the studio, doubling its size and giving it its current form.
Since Jan-1, 2012, Om West is owned and run with devotion byAntoine Tinawi andPamela Gooriawho are teachers with the Art of Living Foundation, one of the most prestigious schools of yoga, and direct disciples of one of India's most renowned spiritual mastersSri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Under their leadership, the number of classes, the number of teachers and the number of members have all doubled and the studio has become one of Montreal's top destinations for learning yoga in all its aspects including more advanced, spiritual, and traditional aspects of yoga such as meditation, breathing techniques, Ayurveda, philosophy and mantras.
The studio has also evolved into a holistic wellness centre where people can receive therapeutic, relaxation, or energetic massages of surprising diversity including very sought out Thai, Japanese, Tibetan and Indian styles. Our team has also grown to include holistic services in Osteopathy, Ayurveda and Acupuncture.
Om West quickly distinguished itself with Yoga Alliance to become a certified yoga school as well as a certified massage school where students can receive training to become registered yoga teachers or registered massage therapists.
For decades, Om West has been known for its community involvement. Currently, the studio is offering numerous free community activities allowing people to meet in a spirit of celebration of diversity, peace and harmony.
Whether you come to Om West, for yoga, for massage, or simply to say hello, you will take part in shaping one of the West Island's most thriving, uplifting and inspiring communities!
Om West firmly believes in being actively involved in shaping the future of our communities.
We are constantly organizing divers community-based activities that you can enjoy with your friends and family. These activities allow us to support important causes or simply to get to know each other and develop a community that has sustainability, integrity and positive growth as its pillars.
These activities are often free or on donation basis and in some cases, the profits are offered to different charitable organizations. Om West proudly sponsored 6 different charitable organizations each year, both local and international.
Organizations sponsored by Om West
- Amcal Family Services
- Care for Children - École Marguerite-Bourgeoys
- Lufa Farms
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
- Marie-Vincent Foundation
- The Art of Living Foundation Canada
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
- West Island Cancer Wellness Center
Work at Om West
Om West is always looking for qualified teachers and therapists who are passionate about what they do to join our team. If you feel you have something positive to offer to our community, don't hesitate tocontact us, we would love to hear from you.
Volunteer at Om West
Karma Yoga is the path of selfless service. It is one of the most fulfilling and life transforming branches of yoga. Antoine and Pamela have practised Karma Yoga full time for years in the form of service and volunteer work prior to becoming the owners of Om West and the experience has been one of the pillars of their spiritual growth. We invite you to experience the power of Karma Yoga by volunteering a bit of time at the studio each week in whatever way you feel fit.
Our yoga studios and therapy/massage rooms are available for rent per hour, per day, per month or per year. Call us for information on rates and options. Our studios are available for one-time workshops and conferences or few ongoing weekly activities. Our therapy rooms are designed to offer a powerful space for healing and inner transformation.