At the age of five, Ariane Paradis began gymnastics classes to improve her balance ... and 25 years later she is the living proof that perseverance and determination can accomplish miracles. In 2008, she completed her training in contemporary dance at UQÀM. In January 2010, she was certified pilates floor instructor by Ann McMillan Pilates. Since the project IN LIMBO, an initiative of Lynda Gaudreault in April 2010, she immersed herself in the world of Marie-Joëlle Hadd, Andrée-Anne Ratthé, Caroline Dussault, Jade Marquis and Caroline St-Laurent. Always fascinated by the intelligence of the human body in motion, she will graduate in 2015 of Naada Yoga 500 hours teacher training and of a Masters in somatic at l’UQÀM.
Passionate about discoveries and adventure, I have always sought to push my personal boundaries. I first focussed on physical boundaries, but my discovery of yoga in 2011 led me to take this intention to new depths. After three years of regular practice, I went to India for the first time to study Ashtanga/Vinyasa, and I have shared my practice since then. The combination of Eastern yoga philosophy and the creative yoga sessions of the West are why Vinyasa flow speaks to me the most. The intelligence and creativity of the sequences and the precision of its anatomical references are what makes this practice intellectually interesting without compromising the liberating aspect. For me, yoga is a powerful tool for transformation that comes first and foremost by developing awareness of the breath. This is then transposed to all of our being, then to the collective consciousness. Yoga is now my lifestyle and my passion, and I feel truly privileged to be able to share this with the community.
Yoga has a continuous and evolving presence in my life. Through practice, I learned to breathe, to be aware, to find ease and grace in transitions helping me cultivate grounding and courage to face everyday challenges. From the safe space created on the mat, I can discover and create what and who I am. Using the unique awareness that yoga permits between mind and body, I was able start the long process of freeing myself from conditioning and patterns. As a teacher, I strive to offer sequences that reflect my own evolution in a caring space in which students can come to encounter themselves through breath and movement for a journey towards calming the mind to welcome peace and happiness.
A Physical Education graduate from Lyon, France, a former model, and founder of the Folio Montreal modeling agency, Corinne started her yoga practice in Autumn of 2000. After several weeks of regular practice, she quickly realized that yoga would become much more for her than just another physical activity that promised to bring balance into her life as a businesswomen. Since then, yoga has indeed become an integral part of her daily life In 2007, she completed her first yoga teacher training with Lyne St-Roch. She then completed another 12-month teacher training in Ashtanga yoga with Mark Darby in 2008, both done in Montreal ( Canada) and a Kula style teacher training in 2013, in Connecticut, USA.
Dahlia holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and is passionate about movement, music and health & wellness. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and is trained in classical ballet (Advanced 1 R.A.D.), jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theatre. In more recent years, she has combined her passion for dance with fitness, specializing in Barre Fitness and Mat Pilates. She is also a certified Personal Trainer (F.I.T.) focused on Corrective Conditioning. She is currently an active dance & fitness instructor living in Montreal. Come join her at the barre for a fun and energizing workout!
Eve began her body-mind exploration with the classical ballet she practiced throughout her childhood. Being curious to know more in the field of well-being and wishing to share her passion for the movement, in 2006 she began to teach various fitness disciplines. It was at the same time that she discovered yoga and realized that she found there the same sensations of freedom and happiness that gave him the dance. After doing some training, Eve started teaching yoga in 2011. To get even more skills, she completed the 200-hour faculty training at Wanderlust Studio in 2015. Since then, she has been involved in many events. as a teacher for the Lolë White Tour touring. Today, whether it's a small group of students or a larger event, Eve shares with compassion, her love of vinyasa by combining creativity and rooting.
Movement has been part of my life since I was 7 years old. I was first a gymnast, then, 10 years later, I turned to the circus. I spent the next 18 years learning the workings of this trade, in various companies internationally. I am so used to pushing my body to the extremes of its capacities that the soft medicine of yoga leaves me at first puzzled ... but very quickly, I note the transformations, as much on the physical body as on the mind, that it operates in me. Yoga becomes the place where I go back again and again to find some balance in the chaos of the nomadic life, in my tired body. The desire to better understand the mechanics of the body in motion is growing, and this is what drives me to follow my first professorial training. It is important for me to create a safe and sustainable physical practice so that I can deepen the inner experience of yoga. I try to infuse as much sweetness as rigor, abandonment as effort, compassion as surpassing.
After a career in dance as a principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens until 2006, Geneviève made her transition outside the dance world when she joined the famous "Match des étoiles" tv show on Radio Canada. She has been working since as a freelance commentator on cultural and wellness topics for various radio and television shows. Eager to get back to mouvement, she finds yoga and feels it is nothing less than a revelation. After 20 years of classical dance, she feels like a new full breath entered her life. She also feels she has finally found a practice that will keep her physically and mentally young and at the same time fully present to what is and that everything passes. She co-built this studio in 2013. She is also, in her dreams, a great stand up comedian.
Trained in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, and Nidra methods of yoga, as well as a certified personal trainer, her teaching pulls from all of these methods, pairing a flowing sequence with a focus on physical alignment, strength, mobility, depth of breath, and internal awareness.
Trained as a musician at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Eliza always includes stimulating music in her classes and you may even hear her shining voice in some of her yoga sessions. Through all of her work, Eliza’s intention is to cultivate an atmosphere of healing, wellbeing, peace of mind, and consciousness.
Jennifer grew up in a very active family and participated in organized sports from a young age. She always had a love for sports and fitness but stopped in her college years to focus on her studies. This led her to a surplus of weight gain and unhappiness. Later, she decided to get back to her fitness lifestyle which resulted in her loving it so much that she decided to become a certified personal trainer, and so her journey began. She now has had the pleasure of being a personal trainer for over 5 years. She has enjoyed motivating and encouraging clients and realized she could make a bigger impact by training clients in a group setting. So she took her passion one step further and got certified as a group fitness instructor. Over the years she’s received multiple certifications, worked at local gyms, and taught classes including bootcamp, Body Pump, Pilates, Hot booty ballet, TRX, and strength training classes to men and women of all fitness levels. She’s enjoyed motivating and encouraging clients in both one-on-one and groups and helping them make fitness a big part of their lives.
Every job or hobby I ever invested myself in plateaued. I realized that yoga had transitioned with me through many life changes and managed, not only hold on, but to stimulate interest, questions and growth. The more i learned and practiced the more i wanted to learn and practice. On the micro level, asana provides a place where i can let go of all else that swirls around in my mind; on a more macro level, it has helped me through life challenges and enriched my experience along the way, providing a platform for self-love, support and community. My refuge, my temple, my student, my meditation, my movement, my mirror, my counsellor, my community, my devil's advocate, my rudder, my teacher, my breath, my soul... it's right here, and, for so many reasons, i feel it all deeply when moving through asana. How can I not share it with others? I've practiced with wonderful guides and gurus. I pass on their teachings in honour and appreciation.
I was already 30 years old when I found yoga. What a discovery! What a tool! Of all the methods I tried to be more serene, to feel good in my body and calm my wandering mind, it's yoga which made me - and still makes me – progress the most. Coming from a scientific background, I have a rather pragmatic approach to yoga. I like to understand - and make others understand - why we do what we do in yoga. Moreover, having always loved dancing, I like fluid, playful and creative flows while paying strict attention to alignments. Finally, being a nervous and very energetic person, my classes - and my practice - are filled with physically demanding postures and asanas working on the body's flexibility. Most importantly I focus on coming back to the breath and adapting the practice to current needs.
"With a fondness for rigorous activity, precision, and grace, I fell in love with the Vinyasa style. As an energetic and often busy person, I find a regular asana practice helps me to find self-assurance and composure in the face of effort, to transcend my limitations, and let go of my tendency towards an impeding perfectionism. Finally, my passion for yoga met my keenness for teaching! I now strive to guide my students with the dedication, earnestness and compassion my teachers have shown me. My classes aim to cultivate an inviting and safe space that stimulates self-exploration and growth through energetic, alignment based sequences with foundation in breath awareness.”
My introduction to yoga wasn’t easy. I had a lot of resistance at the beginning. Through the different layers of resistance I believe that yoga helped me find myself again, a Self that I had lost along the journey.
The practice helped me find an anchor to come back to, a home. I was seeking deeper connection, reasoning, refuge and awareness which were provided to me through the practice of yoga. In 2016 I travelled to Bali to pursue a 200hrs Vinyasa Training and since then I haven’t stopped learning. Through the years I’ve taken multiple trainings and workshops with various teachers in and outside of Montreal. As a teacher and a student my practice and teaching are always evolving and changing. I’m currently pursuing my studies in Kinesitherapy (sport related injuries) and Orthotherapy to further my knowledge of the human body.
MARIE PIER TURGEON
My first contact with yoga was a revelation. I knew somehow that this practice was going to be part of my live. There is no place in the world where I feel more at home than when I practice or teach yoga. When I found yoga I also found my path; I discovered techniques that would help me understand and love myself. I felt the urge to share what I was living inside, I felt I needed to teach and so I was trained in Hatha Yoga. I am learning and exploring everyday and everyday my practice is growing and flourishing. Amazed by the transformations on the body and the mind, the beauty, the grace, the connection to the breath and to the self that I meet in Vinyasa Yoga, this is what I teach and practice the most. My mission is to share that passion and love of yoga to the people.
MARWA AL MUBARAK
With a background in gymnastics, a love for long distance running I resisted going to Yoga for a long time thinking it was for ‘softies’. However, after a friend dragged me to my first class, I knew that the practice would be with me for a LONG time. I began practicing regularly in 2011, through different career changes. Finally in 2015, when I was working in advertising in Dubai, I decided to do my first Ashtanga based teacher training in Bali and followed up with a Hatha and Ayurveda training in Ibiza in 2016 after moving back to Montreal. Later that year I completed a Pilates Teacher Training in Montreal. More than a love for Yoga and Pilates, I have a love for intelligent movement and how it reflects the inner workings of the mind but also has the power to expand it. Both these philosophies have had a huge influence on my life and how I deal with all kinds of experiences. I now combine both forms of movement in my classes to help practitioners find functional mobility, flexibility and strength in their bodies, as well as helping them develop greater awareness of the mind body connection.
Since she discovered yoga, Patricia has developed strength and gained confidence in life. For the passionate and active girl she was, it was the perfect lifestyle to adopt! So she took the big step and decided to make it her career. The more she explores the practice of yoga, the more she realizes the benefits of it every day. She learned to breathe deeper and calm her mind so she can see all the positivity around her. She is part of the 1st Wanderlust teacher training edition, she wants to continue to learn and teach her passion to her students.
I discover yoga in 2001 during a session of classical ballet training at Montreal’s Dance Conservatory. The two first years of my voyage through this discipline were more difficult. Slowly, my relationship with yoga transformed itself into love at first sight. It then became obvious to me that I needed to teach. In 2009, I started the Hatha yoga teacher training at the Satyam school of Hatha yoga with Swami Premananda Saraswati (Hervé Blondon). Yoga is a passion, a daily exercise, but especially a lifestyle that allows me to maintain harmony in all aspects of my life. For me, a yoga class is a protected space that allows each person to enter inside themselves and achieve their own objectives, their own well-being.
Rachel has been teaching yoga since 2009. She completed her teacher training at Downward Dog Studio in Toronto and has continued her education at a number of studios in Montreal with a long list of workshops and specialty classes. She has also completed a certification in prenatal yoga. Rachel finished a university degree in Health Science and before becoming a yoga teacher worked as a circus artist touring throughout North America and Europe with the Montreal based companies Cavalia and Cirque Eloïze. Being on tour and performing every night can be pretty uprooting. Practicing yoga always helped to find a sense of stability and balance. Rachel teaches yoga with a global perspective looking to deepen her students understanding of their own bodies and of the different yoga postures. She hopes her students will be able to bring what they have learned on the mat out into their everyday lives.
Like jogging, swimming, cross-country skiing or biking, yoga first grabbed my attention more than 10 years ago as a way to burn off extra energy. But little by little, a felt something shifting. I was breathing better. I was calmer. Less anxious and not going over and over things in my head so much. That’s when I realized that yoga was my thing. My own sweet revolution. Teaching yoga combines all my passions: words, music, people and movement. I try to create a refuge, a place of non-judgement where balance settles in the body and the mind stays still even after we step off the mat. I am an eternal student and my teaching is evolving, though it will always remain respectful and creative, with a little touch of silliness thrown in! It can’t ever be said enough: yoga is a lifestyle. A lifestyle I humbly wish to share with as many people as I can!
Ever since I can remember I have been interested in different tools for self discovery and expansion of thought. I believe this is what led me to meditation and the practice of yoga asana in my adolescence. Always active, asana was a great compliment to my other physical activities, and meditation a tool for calming and focusing my busy mind.
For me yoga it's a journey we take to learn about ourselves and raise our awareness. The practice of yoga stepped into my life very naturally, as I started practicing when I was 18 back home in Mexico City. I loved it and right away felt the need to commit to a regular practice, yoga became constant in my life and the best tool for dealing with challenges and difficult times. No matter where I travelled or where I lived, the practice of yoga kept my interest, my desire to learn more and through teaching it , my spirit was filled with joy and gratitude. In 2014 I moved to Montreal, discovered and fell in love with the vinyasa style of teaching which made me later on sign up for the Wanderlust Teacher Training (amazing experience!). Yoga is not only something I do or teach, it's what shapes the way I live my life. My philosophy is that anyone can practice yoga, anyone who is willing to try.
As a holistic movement facilitator I find it important to look at the interdependent connection of all the system's of the body, mind and spirit. Through subtle and not so subtle explorations of our mobility, breathing, and nervous system we can navigate our inner and outer worlds so we can be better prepared for the ups and downs of life. I have studied various inner and outer movement modalities which include but are not limited too; Functional range systems, tune up, nidra, yin, vinyasa, hatha, breathwork and meditation... I want to help my community better connect with themselves and others to avoid & mitigate injury and confusion. Don't be shy, I'm here to help.
I began a journey of healing 20 years ago... Through the past two decades, massage therapy and yoga have become trustworthy tools to help me get to know myself better, to share my knowledge/experiences and to be of service to others. I have been a massage therapist since 2005, and a yoga teacher since 2013. I have completed several yoga teacher trainings, but am also trained as a doula, Reiki Master and, at the moment, I am studying Qigong and meditation. I am fascinated by the human body and its incredible ability to adapt and heal itself. Listening, feeling and learning are verbs that I try to put into practice on my mat and elsewhere. Yoga has allowed me to feel at home in my body, to reconnected with my senses, to feel safe, to challenge myself, to find my voice...and much more...and that is what I like to offer in my classes; a space to feel safe and to come home to your senses, while challenging and maybe even surpassing and surprise yourself. And then there are my other passions; nature, photography, travel, running....