About The Lotus Centre


Meranda Squires grew up in the Ferryland lighthouse on the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Meditation, dance and creativity were naturally inspired by her surroundings of the open and spacious habitat, and her artistic parents, Gerald and Gail Squires. In 1983, Meranda traveled to India and stayed for seventeen years to pursue an in depth study of meditation, Yoga and Vedant philosophy. She returned in 2000 to establish her spiritual centre. The Lotus Centre and Gerald Squires Fine Art Gallery are located at 52 Prescott Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Meranda is certified as a teacher of Advanced Studies in Yoga Science, Vedant Philosophy and the Theory and Practice of Meditation, a Soma Yoga Instructor from Kullu, HP. India, a certified Thai-yoga bodywork practitioner from Chaing Mai, Thailand, and a certified Enlightenment Master, a Mind Clearer, Couples Mind Clearer and Counselor with Lawrence Noyes Seminars, USA. Her Lotus Centre is a Yoga Alliance certified training school, training 10 to 15 yoga teachers yearly. She offers trainings in personal and professional development such as the Yoga Enlightenment Studies program and the Basics of Mind Clearing. She holds workshops and retreats from Yoga and Meditation to Enlightenment, from Yoga Diet to exploring Past lives. Meranda’s Lotus Centre 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.

Meranda’s life purpose is to create community, raise consciousness and empower others to live their souls’ true freedom.

In The Media:

Sample the Lotus Experience Yoga and the Future of Nature.
Yoga with Meranda by the lake: Make time for your own development.


Yoga Lifestyle Classes

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.



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. Mondays:9;30-11am, 5:30-7pm, Wednesdays 5:30-7pm

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. Tuesdays 5:30-7pm.

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

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Yoga Lifestyle DVDs

If you would like to have the experience of our Yoga classes from the comfort of your own home then why not try out our special DVDs.

Learn more about them here.

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 or Donation

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Monday Dyad Night

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

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Wednesday Meditation

Discover the benefits of meditation – click 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

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Thursday 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…… Study of two verses per class and includes handouts, chanting the sutras, discussion and meditation. Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm $15 drop in.

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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 or Donation

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Lotus Retreats

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

The Benefits of Retreats

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.

Meditation Retreats

December 10 – 20 day Meditation Retreat

December 12-21, 2016:  Holyrood,
(Accommodation included, Vegetarian meal contributions are expected)
$50 one day, $40 each day for up to 7 days, $300 up to 10 days.

December 22-31, 2016:  Lotus Centre, St. John’s

(10 minute walking meditations between sits)
7am Meditation 1
8am Yoga
9am Meditation / breakfast or walk
10am Meditation 2
11am Meditation 3
12noon Meditation 4
1pm Lunch / Meditation or walk
2-4pm 3 dyads on What is occurring in your meditations
4-5pm Yoga
5-6pm Meditation 5
6-7pm supper / walk
7-8pm Meditation 6
8-9pm Lecture / Q& A
9-10pm Meditation 7

Half Day Meditation   

Observe your thoughts and drift away from your day-to-day with an all-inclusive meditation experience.    $40 for half day

8-9am – Yoga Class
9-9:55am – Meditation 1
9:55-10:05 – Walking meditation /snack
10:05-10:55am – Meditation 2
10:55-11:05am – Walking meditation
11:05-12pm – Meditation 3

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Enlightenment Intensive Retreats

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 or Wednesday 12noon
July 21-25 or 21-27, 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 for three days.  Accommodation and vegetarian meals all included. Part barter is possible. See More about Enlightenment Intensives. $500 for five days.

For inquires, to enroll directly, or to send an email transfer, click the enroll button.

Yoga Retreats

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 for a 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.

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Workshops At The Lotus Centre

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

Past Life Workshop

Past Life Workshop

Opening up to the reality that we have many lives. Sometimes the challenges we experience today may have begun in some previous life. This workshop teaches you how to lead another into a past life experience. Learning tips and information about entering a past life, you become prepared to follow your energetic patterning into a past life. Both people experience guiding and receiving a past life experience. We end with each sharing an important point that possibly relates to a present life situation.

This is a sacred experience and it may continue to mature in you for days after the experience. Fun and addictive! You’ll want to keep finding out more about your own past lives and then even your future lives! That’s for future workshops and sharings!

 Sunday Oct 23, 2016  1-5pm – $60

To enroll directly, send an email transfer to m_squires@nf.sympatico.ca.

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Introduction to Meditation Practice

Introduction to Meditation Practice Workshop

Sunday March 20, 2016 9am -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

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Partner Yoga Morning


To be Announced


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

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Yoga Cleansing Diet

Yoga Cleansing Diet workshop

Tuesday  July 5, 2016    7-10pm

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.  $75

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Thai Yoga Massage Workshop

Thai Yoga Massage workshop

To Be Announced

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

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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.

Yoga Teacher Training

The Lotus Centre is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified school.

The Lotus Centre is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified school.


Lotus Yoga Teacher Training
You can be guided in living a yoga lifestyle and supported in a yoga teaching career on an ongoing basis. This is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification training. 

$2500 for 11 weekends including two retreats. $250 deposit on Introductory evening. Each weekend training: $200. Somatic Assist Retreat: $250, Enlightenment Retreat: $350

Introduction to Lotus YTT evening: Sept 17, Saturday 6-8pm, 2016

Dates for Yoga Teacher Training 2016-2017 (tentative)

2016: 1. Sept 23-25 (or Sept 30-Oct 2) 2. Oct 14-16, 3. Nov 11-13 (or Nov 18-20) 4. Dec 9-11

Retreat 1: Either Nov 24-28: Enlightenment Intensive Retreat

2017: 5. Jan 6-8  6. Jan 27-29  7. Mar 3-5  8. Mar 31 – Apr 2   9. May 19-21

Retreat 1: Or Apr 13-17: Enlightenment Intensive Retreat

Retreat 2: May 5-7: Somatic Assist and Release Yoga retreat

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

Other course training: Yoga Philosophy sessions, Yoga Cleansing Diet workshop, Pranayama exercises, Centering, yoga class language, chanting and drumming sessions, yoga books, Beginners Meditation course, Anatomy and Physiology with trained facilitators, teacher sharing, Partner Assist and Release yoga retreat, Enlightenment Intensive retreat.

Course certification includes: Anatomy exam, Yoga philosophy exam, 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.

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Meditation Teacher Training


Starts January 17, 2017. Tuesdays once a month. 7:15-10pm

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 Meditation Teacher Training.

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

2017: Jan 17, Mar 14, Apr.11, May 2, May 23. $350.00

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Beginners Meditation Course

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
September 20, Ocotober 4, 18, November 1.

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Yoga Enlightenment Studies Program


The Yoga Enlightenment Studies (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.

Introduction evening to YES: Sept 2, 7-8:30pm, 2016 4 weekends: Oct 7-9, Oct 28-30, Nov 11-13, Dec 2-4, 2016

1. Yoga Philosophy Fridays: 6-9pm $35
2. Therapeutic Yoga Saturdays: 9:30-12noon:$35
3. Mind Clearing Saturdays: 1-5pm $50
4. Relationship Work Sundays: 9:30- 2pm $50
5. Public Speaking Sunday: 2:30-4:30pm $20

Full weekend: $175

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.

For inquires and to enroll with email transfer, click the Enroll Now button.

Mind Clearing Training


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.

2017: January 20-22, March 17-19, April 28-30, May 26-28, June 9-11. $2000.

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.

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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

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 daytime at 11am, 1pm, 3pm or some evenings and some weekends. Please contact me through phone 739-4429 or email to set up an appointment.

For inquires, to enroll directly, or to send an email transfer, click the enroll button.

Thai Yoga Massage Treatment

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.

For inquires, to enroll directly, or to send an email transfer, click the enroll button.

Somatic Yoga

Private Somatic Yoga

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.

$40 one hour

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Body Mind Spirit Personalized

Lotus Body Mind Spirit Personalized Programs

Are you experiencing stress? Do you need direction in your life? Are you having trouble experiencing your full potential?

Book your FREE 30 minute body, mind, spirit consultation with the Lotus Centre. Let us help you design a personalized lifestyle that will guide you.

Programs can include any combination of…. Cleanses, Yoga, Mind clearing, Meditation, Communication exercises, Yoga philosophy

Designed Packages can include: Private sessions, group classes, workshops, retreats, personal practices and recommended references to complementary professionals in the community.

To begin your journey, download these forms: Lotus Body Mind Spirit questionnaire, Ayurvedic Dosha type.

Fill out and return to info@thelotuscentre.ca.

We will assess your situation and arrange your private consultation at the earliest convenience to us both.


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