About The Lotus Centre

Meranda Squires spent 17 years in India before starting the Lotus Centre in 2000 after studying advanced Yoga Science, Vedant Philosophy and the Theory and Practice of Meditation. Meranda offers a truly authentic eastern practice in yoga and meditation offering classes and training courses from beginner meditation all the way up to yoga instructor training.

In The Media:
Check out Meranda’s latest interview with the The YesConnect Business Podcast
Sample the Lotus Experience Yoga and the Future of Nature


Classes At The Lotus Centre

Meranda combines eastern practices in Yoga and Meditation to inspire personal and professional development in a yogi inspired environment. Come for one class or sign-up for a Lotus Centre membership.

Discover the benefits of meditation here.



These sessions start with a 45 minute silent meditation moving into “Truth Speaks” discussions on topics assisting us to live an empowering life, ending with another 15 minute meditation. Wednesdays 7:15-9:30pm. $15 or donation

Discover the benefits of Yoga here.

SOMA YOGA (Level 1) SOMAYOGA is a gentle and conscious form of stretching which integrates somatic exercises, hatha yoga and MacKenzie alignment techniques. It is designed to awaken the intelligence of the body. Soma means ‘living body’ and yoga means ‘awareness’. The techniques are sophisticated yet safe and simple to benefit everyone with much or little body work experience. The practice of somayoga develops the ability to feel and control muscle groups that previously could not be controlled due to sensory motor amnesia. It is effective in improving many types of back, neck or other structural problems due to bad posture and it can improve traumatic stress due to injury. It also has emphasis on opening the hip joints to create more fluidity and movement. The classes include relaxation intervals creating a peaceful state of mind with most of the exercises lying on the floor. There is a short meditation at the end. No yoga experience needed. Loose clothing recommended.

LOTUS FLOW (Level 2 or 3) Linking Hatha postures in a meditative state of flow, raising vibration and meeting your edge through combined sustained holding and a variety of sequences.
Lotus Flow gives strength, flexibility, energy, deepened breath, balance, focus and clarity of mind.
The class begins with tennis balls, an hour of flow and ends with relaxation and meditation. Mats available.

Yoga classes are 1hr 30 minutes in duration. $15 drop in. $70 for 5 class pass. $130 for 10 class pass. $250 for 20 class pass. 

SUNDAY NIGHT CHANT                                                             Experience a musical ‘high’ through singing, drums, guitar, singing bowls, dotar, tambora and more. Follow your bliss and bring your friends! Sundays 7:30-9:30pm. $15 drop in

Find your voice of empowerment with a two person communication technique within a group setting. We clear the mind of current problems or stuck issues. Instruction: Tell me what is occurring for you. Mondays 7:15 – 9:30pm. $15 drop in

We start with a 45 minute silent meditation moving into “Truth Speaks” discussions on topics assisting us to live an empowering life, ending with another 15 minute meditation.
Wednesdays 7:15 – 9:30pm $15 drop in

FRIDAY SPIRITUAL MOVIE NIGHT                                                     Join us for viewing a feature film with meditation, discussion, tea and popcorn. Bring your friends! Fridays once a month. 7-9pm $15

SCIENCE OF YOGA PHILOSOPHY                                                   
The Science of Yoga, India’s revered scripture of Patanjali, from which the 8 limbs of Yoga has been popularized in all Yoga Teacher Trainings……

This great study and practice brings yoga philosophy into life for everyone especially yoga students and teachers! These classes can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience as taught by Meranda Squires, who has lived and studied the scriptures in India for 17 years.

Each session includes handouts, chanting the sutras, discussion and meditation.

Thursdays 7-9pm $15 drop in

All Yoga lifestyle classes are available also for donation if needed.

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Lotus Retreats

Yoga, Meditation, Enlightenment Intensive retreats held in Holyrood in a natural setting.

What is a retreat?

A structured exclusive setting (generally in the country) where basic food and accommodations are cared for by the facility to give the participant the time to reflect, contemplate, recuperate and rest. Often participants are expected to participate in a particular practice or technique led by the facilitator of the retreat.

What’s the value of doing a retreat?

Retreats give a person the opportunity to be transformed in their perspective of life, to emerge with renewed energy, to experience the excitement of new future possibilities resulting from the inner shift in consciousness.

What kind of retreat should I do and how often?

There are retreats in yoga, meditation, relationship work, enlightenment technique, energy healing and more. If you are new at this, try a retreat that gives you a taste of a variety of practices. When you’ve discovered the style of practice that suits you, it is suggested that you do a retreat that focuses on one technique so that you can experience the purity that is inherent in that practice. The most profound experiences to be had on retreats are when you’re ready to surrender into the technique being practiced and you give everything you’ve got, moving through all resistances, to complete the duration of the retreat. It is recommended to do at least one long retreat a year (7 days to a month). If your time and finances allow more, then do another 3 shorter retreats (minimum 3 days long) in the year.

The Benefits of Nature

How are we interconnected with Nature?

Nature supports all life. Without nature, we cannot breathe or eat.

How does connecting with nature benefit me spiritually?

Today we are forgetting the power of nature to ground us. Our minds spend hours each day living in virtual experiences such as television, computers, and other communication devices. This leads to a sense of emptiness or disconnectedness because our bodies are no longer touching and acknowledging the realness of the earth that made us. We are body beings; we need to be grounded by playing in the earth. Interacting with the Earth activates our feminine expression while computers and such devices activate our masculine side. We have lost this balance of masculine and feminine. Spending quality time in nature will unite us with our whole being quicker than any technique or practice because it is the Wholeness itself, it is Spirit itself.

Observe your thoughts and drift away from your day-to-day with an all-inclusive meditation experience.

One day Silent Meditation Retreat schedule:  

Saturday November 28, 2015 ,  Saturday Jan 2, Jan 23,  Saturday March 26, Saturday April 16,  Saturday  May 7,  2016. Lotus Centre

(Meditators may choose to opt out of any scheduled program to suit their own needs.) $50

6am                 Arrive
6:15-7:15         Meditation 1
7:30-9am         Yoga Class
9-9:30am         Breakfast
9:30-10:30am  Meditation 2
10:30-11am     Walking meditation
11-12noon       Meditation 3
12-12:30pm     Walking meditation
12:30-1:30pm  Meditation 4
1:30-2pm         Lunch
2—3pm            Walking Meditation or movement
3-4pm              Meditation 5
4-4:30pm         Walking meditation
4:30-5:30pm    Meditation 6
5:30-6:30pm       Yoga
6:30-7pm        Supper
7-8pm              Meditation 7
8-8:30pm         Walking Meditation
8:30-9:30pm    Meditation 8
10pm              Leave

Participants are supported and guided through the many Stages of Enlightenment work using the enlightenment technique cutting through the barriers to Enlightenment.


Thursday 6pm to Monday 12noon
April 21-25, 2016

Give yourself a time to reflect, contemplate, clear the mind, communicate what’s true for you, connect deeply with others, enjoy a vegetarian diet and remove yourself from the stresses of life. And a chance to directly experience the Truth of who you really are!

$350. Accommodation and vegetarian meals all included. Part barter is possible.   See More about Enlightenment Intensives.

Fully engulf yourself into an authentic yogi experience in a breathtaking and serene retreat lodge surrounded by nature and other like-minded participants.


Friday- Sunday May 20-22, 2016
 for 2 1/2 day retreat.
For Yoga students and Teachers. Isolating muscle groups to expose and address misalignments and facial resistances using Hellerwork,Thai Massage, Partner yoga and Somatic adjustments.

Targeted areas are: Pects, traps, deltoids, neck, rhomboids, back extensors, scoliosis, illiopsoas, hamstrings, piriformis, psoas, Quadratus L, knees, walking and more.

Your yoga students could receive quick and efficient releases from you that your yoga class may not be able to address!
$250 accommodation included plus meal contribution.


Workshops At The Lotus Centre

The Lotus Centre offers multiple workshops focused around living the yogi lifestyle.

Past Life Workshop

Understand and learn how to lead another into a past life and experience a past life for yourself.

This is a sacred experience and it may continue to mature in you for days after the experience.

Sunday January 17, 2016    1-5pm


Introduction to Meditation Practice Workshop

Sunday January 17, 2016  9:30am -12 noon

For beginner meditators.

Learn how to sit in the posture best suited for you. Learn a a meditation technique for your future home practice. Silent sitting periods with breaks of walking meditation practice. This workshop is good for new meditators needing a quick insight to the basics of daily meditation practice. 3 hours: $40


Saturday November 7


Warm up with a yoga flow, partner up for giving and receiving therapy on shoulders, neck and upper back, ending with a relaxation and a guided meditation. It’s like going to the Spa for the weekend morning! 3 hours: $40

Yoga Cleansing Diet workshop

Saturday January 9, 2016  1:30-5pm

Learn how to purify the body through juice fasting, yoga diet, parasite cleanse, transitional dieting, food combining, lifestyle food guidelines and more. A group fast will be organized for supportive participation. 1:30-5pm $75

Thai Yoga Massage workshop

Saturday January 15 ,2016    noon-4pm

Come alone or with a partner and learn how to give and receive a Thai yoga massage. Thai Massage integrates yoga stretching, gentle rocking, acupressure of energy lines and rhythmic compressions to create a unique and spiritual massage experience. Loose clothing is recommended.

4 hour workshop $80


Training At The Lotus Centre

If you would like to be trained in living a yogi lifestyle with a yoga teaching career or if you are looking for some professional and personal development The Lotus Centre has something for you.


Lotus Yoga Teacher Training
You can be guided in living a yoga lifestyle and supported in a yoga teaching career on an ongoing basis. $2500 for 12 weekends including two retreats.

Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Course focuses on:

  • Soma yoga: Somatic training, McKenzie body exercises, class format.
  • Hatha yoga: Posture alignment, partner yoga and press points.
  • Kids yoga: Songs, raps, rhythms, games, animal poses, videos, cd’s, school practicums.
  • Other course training:Yoga Philosophy sessions, Yoga Cleansing Diet workshop, Pranayama exercises, Centering practice, yoga class language, chanting and drumming sessions, yoga books and DVD study, Beginners Meditation course, Anatomy and Physiology with trained facilitators, teacher sharing, Therapeutic yoga retreat, Enlightenment retreat.

Course certification includes: Anatomy exam, 2 yoga philosophy exams, yoga diet test, 15 practicum classes, a class critiqued and a yoga project.

Take root in our Lotus Garden. Experience the warm nurturing community that fosters evolution of consciousness while your seed matures into your own unique expression of yoga. See here for testimonials. See here for more information.



Starts January 19, 2016.  Tuesdays once a month.  7-10pm

This  5 month Universal Meditation training will equip you in becoming confident in guiding meditation in groups or in private sessions for personal or professional purposes. $350

This certification course will train you in…

Basics of Universal meditation teaching, 3 types of teachers, Difference between relaxation, visualization and meditation, Meditation Language styles, How to lead for difference audiences, Prayer and Meditation, How to handle challenges in the group setting, Introducing Philosophy, Philosophy of teaching, How to use the breath and voice, and more.

Student teachers must complete 8 practicum sessions teaching meditation to one or more persons for certification.
Students must complete the Lotus Beginners Meditation Course as a prerequisite for Meditaiton Teacher Training.

Five 3 hour sessions for certification.    Lotus Centre Tuesdays 7 – 10pm.

2016: January 26, March 8, April 5, May 3, May 31.   $350.00

This Beginners Meditation course gives the new meditator a good foundation to begin the practice of meditation. Each week we focus on one technique with two weeks to practice.
Week 1: Breath. Week 2: Mantra. Week 3: Vipassana. Week 4: Visualization.
The meditator will choose the technique that resonates best with them for their ongong practice.

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm. $120
March 15, 29 and April 12 and 26, 2016.


The YES program is an advanced spiritual course. It is an opportunity for truth seekers to engage in a real, expansive spiritual study within a supportive community of like-minded individuals.

1. Yoga Philosophy
2. Therapeutic Yoga
3. Mind Clearing
4. Relationship Work
5. Public Speaking

The YES program is designed for these truth seekers to become spiritual masters by further developing their intuitive and practical skills as counselors, teachers, facilitators, guides and healers. See here for more information and testimonials.



Year 1 Basics of Clearing Certification Course.
This course is to prepare the therapist for the basics of Mind Clearing. The new therapist will be able to give basic mind clearing sessions.

The Basics of Clearing Course 
In this training you will gain top tier education on interpersonal communication, the inner workings of the mind, and the nature of the true individual. You will learn proven methods under personal guidance as your experience and confidence grows.

This course gives you:
– 85 hours of class training, 5 privates with Meranda, 15 hours receiving sessions, 15 hours giving sessions.
– Guided experience giving and receiving basic Clearing Sessions.
– Training drills that increase your ability to work with people while staying in real communication.
To learn more about Mind Clearing training, click here.


Private Sessions

Meranda provides private sessions which are matured from her rich in-depth knowledge of eastern practices and living a yoga lifestyle in India and in the west.  You can book and view our sessions here.

Mind Clearing one on one: For clients wanting to clear current problems, relationship issues, stuck conditions, difficult life transitions, traumatic incidents, sudden losses, major changes in lifestyle, making a decision, life purpose, money, trauma, bad karma and more. 1 1/2hrs $70 per session,  5 sessions: $275

Couples Mind Clearing: Clears and trains couples in the art of understanding, finding agreements, solving problems, developing communication skills and learning about male and female psychological functioning while relating. Through couples clearing, you have a potential to fulfill your higher purpose with your loved one. 1 1/2hrs $70 per session, 5 sessions: $275

Private sessions are available daytimes 11am, 1pm, 3pm or some evenings and some weekends. Please contact me through phone 739-4429 or email to set up an appointment.

Gentle rocking, deep yoga stretching, acupressure of energy lines and rhythmic compressions together create a unique therapeutic and relaxing massage experience.

Private sessions are available daytimes 11am, 1pm, 3pm or some evenings and some weekends. Please contact me through phone 739-4429 or email to set up an appointment.

These one-on-one sessions help the new yoga student find relief in body spasms and resistances and to learn a specific routine for personal practice. Sometimes this session can be helpful before starting a group yoga class.

Private sessions are available daytimes 11am, 1pm, 3pm or some evenings and some weekends. Please contact me through phone 739-4429 or email to set up an appointment.


Contact Us

The Lotus Centre
52 Prescott Street
St. John's, NL Canada A1C 3S6
Phone # 709-739-4429