Andrew is co-founder and director of programming at Element Yoga Montréal. He is thrilled to be a part of the new creation of space that has come to life in the South West of this beautiful city. He is certified Yoga Instructor, Yoga Tune Up® Teacher, Voice educator and Performing Artist who has been teaching and facilitating since 2008. Well known for his playful, warm and engaging approach to mindful yoga practice that integrates both traditionally practices and out-of-the-box therapeutic strengthening to help restore alignment and reduce pain in the body. His classes are delivered with timely pacing, attention to detail, and an artful blend of movement and stillness that ground students in breath and body. It is with this approach that Andrew is able to bring his students a sense of depth, care and well-being.
Tara Lutchman has been enraptured by yoga since that first breath and movement experienced 10 years ago. She is a lover of both tradition and innovation and as such, pays tribute to the Ashtanga sequence and other insightful modes of movement whether they are other styles of yoga, martial arts or dance. Tara looks to incite honesty in myself and my students, foster a sense of discipline and empowerment, and instill a feeling of playfulness, curiosity and wonder.
Marie-Soleil puts a great emphasis on the mechanics of Yoga – breath and alignment – creating a playful space where students are encouraged to honour the wisdom of the body through dynamic sequences, extended holding of postures, exploration and inner awareness of the body in motion. Influenced by the compassion of the Kripalu lineage, Marie-Soleil teaches yoga since 2005. She is currently doing her yoga therapy training with Re:source Yoga Therapy School in Montreal.
Since childhood, Natalie has always been fascinated with the body. Through her practices of Dance, Massage, and Healing work, her curiosity about the body only grew stronger. Naturally, she was drawn to Yoga. She received her first teaching certification at Naada Yoga Montreal, and continued studying and working under Carina Raisman, thoroughly soaking in the Yoga therapeutics, breath and alignment approach. Natalie moved her home base to Berlin, Germany, where she taught Yoga and offered workshops in numerous countries around Europe. While there, she discovered the teachings of Free Movement, helping her to further open up her neuromuscular connections. Pumped and inspired to be back in her hometown, Natalie’s classes tie together all her years of experience in Yoga, Anatomy (alignment) and Breath as well as her love for Free Movement!
Gabrielle’s primary focus as a teacher is to help everyone move, dance and be comfortable in their own skin. To achieve this dream she has guided classes in all forms of muscular toning and aerobics here and in Toronto over the last 25 years and she recently obtained her PhD in the Science of Physical Activity at the University of Montreal. Yoga has also been a part of life since she began practicing yoga with her mom as a youngster in the 70’s and six years ago she expanded her yoga practice by taking the 500hr teacher training at Naada yoga. She now guides yoga classes that include participants of any and all fitness levels, body shapes, sizes and challenges.
Ming is a certified yoga instructor as well as a contemporary dancer. She loves teaching and helping people to slow down, to breathe, and create more space within themselves and their lives. She has a deep appreciation for anatomy and biomechanics and is always seeking to find the both safest and easiest way to line up the human body in asana. Melding her passion for movement with yoga came naturally very naturally to Ming, who loves searching for the most interesting way to get from point A to point B, while nourishing the body and helping her students feel great both mentally and physically. She is a yoga teacher who teaches from the heart and encourages students to play and have fun with their practice.
Myriam has been practicing yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2001. She is a Yoga Teacher and Holistic Nutrition Consultant with a background in Shiatsu and Social work. Combining these disciplines has allowed her to develop a holistic and evolving understanding of our bodies and our hearts. Myriam is pulled toward life’s dualities and how they can’t exist without each other: strength and softness, effort and surrender, contracting and releasing, inhaling and exhaling. She approaches each practice as an opportunity to delve into these opposites, and to deepen embodiment, mindfulness and presence in whatever arises. With an emphasis on safety and alignment, her classes are an exploration of body, mind and soul so that we may meet ourselves exactly where we are: in our own skin, on our own feet, in our own heart.
Health and wellbeing have been a part of Stella's world for as long as she can remember. Her studies brought her to live overseas and fill various roles as an exercise therapist, health promotion consultant and public health researcher. Throughout these roles, one element remained constant: her dedication to facilitating holistic health outcomes for the communities she lived in. While following her passion, Stella stumbled upon yoga and started her own journey towards selfdiscovery. She discovered that movement is medicine. Stillness leads to clarity. Breath awareness draws us to the present moment; reconnects us to our body, calms our mind and opens our heart. Stella completed a 500h teacher training at NAADA yoga and continues to deepen her knowledge via various trainings (Hridaya meditation, Yin and traumasensitive sequencing). Stella brings her smile, enthusiasm, and love for yoga to each class, incorporating asanas, pranayama and mindfulness.