As a child and teenager Michelle was an avid participant in many local and community dance programs and she was also a lifeguard and swim instructor. She later became involved in martial arts and trail running but it was yoga that really brought together her love of movement with her desire for a more mindful practice. Michelle is a certified Strala Yoga guide and she considers her practice to be a moving meditation; she is constantly flowing in and out of poses and places her emphasis on the feeling in her body rather than the “look” of the poses. Yoga has been a key tool in helping Michelle through her struggles with depression and body dysmorphia. She hopes that in sharing her practice with others she can break the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses and help others to find peace in their minds and bodies.
Manon Lacroix has dedicated herself to a regular practice since discovering yoga in 2004. Now a certified Yin and Hatha yoga instructor, she also teaches restorative, corporate and chair yoga for seniors. She encourages participants to go at their own pace, do what they can, and most of all listen to their own body and breath. She is especially interested in how yoga can be deeply therapeutic to improve one’s physical and mental wellbeing. Her classes are sure to leave you feeling extremely calm, relaxed and focused.
Marianne is certified in Hatha Yoga and is passionate about the transformations of the body and the mind, and the connection to the self that a yoga practice can bring. She truly believes that yoga can benefit people of all ages and physical conditions as it helps to develop a calmer state of being and a more confident state of mind. Marianne is inspired by many different styles of yoga and she leads classes that integrate dynamic flows, meditation and visualization all with the intention of creating an inner journey towards healing and empowerment.
Josiane’s love of movement began with her studies of dance at Collège Sainte-Anne in Lachine. She later developed a curiosity for other forms of movement that also incorporated a more spiritual and introspective practice, which lead her to her friendly neighborhood yoga studio – Viveka Yoga! Josiane’s yoga practice developed quickly and made a big impact in her life. A few months later, she completed her certification in Sivananda Yoga and vowed to share her amazing, life changing practice with as many people as possible. Josiane’s classes combine moments of relaxation with energizing movements and are always grounded with a sense of love and gratitude for all participants.
Since she was very young Jade had an interest and curiosity of the body and how it functions. Training in Contemporary dance and then moving to Montreal, Jade found the importance of yoga in her life. Instead of simply using yoga as an accessory to aid her dance; yoga became her life. Through her Hatha&Yin yoga trainings and studies under Melanie Richards, Albert Bissada and later Carina Raisman she learnt more and more about spirituality, health and how to both live a life and teach from a heart centered approach. Jade currently teaches from under the vast umbrella that is Hatha yoga, with a strong training and command of Yin yoga. Jade also continues to perform dance regularly which is still informed by her self-work and teachings of Yoga.
Dave Sullivan’s focus is on helping people increase their mental and physical health and wellbeing through yoga and meditation. Dave’s teachings have been greatly influenced by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, and his experience with Vipassana meditation. He is a graduate of the HappyTree Yoga 200-hour Hatha training program, and Dr. Bali’s 200-hour Therapeutic Yoga training program.
Emily discovered her passion for yoga and well-being more than 15 years ago. Her trips around the world allowed her to practice in England, New York, Thailand and all over the world. She has a good understanding and appreciation for regular practice and what benefits it can provide. Emily is always smiling and loves to see life with a positive angle. Her career in Marketing, Communication and more recently sales management have taught her how important it is to find ways of feeling good. She strives to share her passion with others to help them feel good. Her two kids Edoardo, 5 years old and Matteo 8 months old have shown her that life must be lived to the fullest. We often call her Super-Mom! Please join her for the mommy-baby class or pre-natal yoga. She will definitely take care of you and your little ones.
Jaime started practicing yoga regularly, about 3 years ago. She began with the practice of Acroyoga, which appealed to her fitness-loving side! Since then, she has fallen in love with all aspects of all kinds of yoga. She completed her 250-HR teacher training at Luna Yoga in Montreal in February 2017, and has a long list of trainings to complete in the near future! Yoga quickly moved from a fun past time to Plan A in Jaime’s life and she hopes to share this love and excitement with all who take part in her classes!
Tracy is a 200hr registered yoga teacher who completed her training in the traditional Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga and has taught many different classes including Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal yoga, Kid’s yoga, Chair yoga for seniors and students with limited mobility, and Hot Yoga Flow. She has recently returned from leading a yoga retreat on the beaches of sunny St. Martin. She studies wellness, ayurveda and meditation, which she integrates in her life and in her classes. Yoga has been a part of Tracy’s life for over ten years and her teaching style is open-hearted and authentic, with a compassion-centered philosophy that encourages students to marry breath with movement and allow the breath to guide their practice. Tracy loves to share the yoga lifestyle with others and help them discover ways to deepen their practice by nurturing their body, mind and breath: you’ll step off your mat feeling calm, refreshed and balanced.