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Principal dancer for the Grands Ballets Canadiens up until 2006, Geneviève made a transition to television as part of “Le match des étoiles” on Radio-Canada. Since then she has hosted several shows such as “Voulez-vous danser?” on Artv. Her wish to find that feeling of satisfaction through challenging herself, Geneviève discovered yoga. This discovery was a life changing revelation. After 20 years of classic dance training, she felt like she was breathing for the first time. She had finally found a practice that would keep her young while increasing her connection to the present moment.
After an excellent career in finance, completing four Ironman, surviving cancer, Erik is now accomplishing himself through yoga. Years of being led by needing to perform, he now finds fulfillment in letting life happen through him. On this path of a simple life and truth, Erik has found many incredible teachers including Schuyler Grant and all the excellent teachers at le Studio de yoga Wanderlust, let’s not forget Ram Dass, his spiritual teacher. However, Erik’s most important teachers are his four daughters, of which he is very proud. His deep connection to music, a connection that energizes and guides him in his practice of yoga, made the affiliation with Wanderlust a natural one. His signature laughter is part of the warm welcome you will be introduced to when you take one of his classes at le studio de yoga Wanderlust.Proud father of five, his children will always remain his best teachers. Eric is also a professional speaker and coach www.erikgiasson.com.
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.
Janie discovered yoga more than ten years ago during her acting training. In 2012 she chose to become a teacher. Her greatest joy is to share her passion for life with everyone she meets. Health is the choice she made dedicating herself to the practice and teaching of yoga as well as the opportunity to learn tirelessly on nutrition, anatomy, human being and its functioning. Passionate about outdoor activities, hiking, snowboarding, biking and swimming, yoga is her alternative medicine, where she returns to focus and repair her aching muscles! Yoga is where you meet the other and oneself in all its uniqueness.
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.
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.
Yoga stumbled into Asami’s life when darkness had taken over her smile, and offered her refuge. After a regular period of practice, she quickly realized her love for Yoga. Yoga practice helped Asami look deep inside of herself, face difficult challenges in her life, and made her realize the limitless potential within her body, mind and spirit. Needless to say, Asami attributes Yoga to shaping the person she is today, and has helped her accept her perfectly imperfect self through self-love.
Asami’s classes are creatively sequenced and use intelligent alignment cues. She incorporates Yoga philosophy and storytelling to make her classes more than just a physical practice. Her aim is to make students realize that they also have limitless potential within their life to grow and shine their inner beauty. Her classes are challenging and aim to bring inner smile and joy to each of her students with her passion and love towards Yoga. Asami seeks to inspire and connect with others about Yoga through her blog and social medias, helping students relate to the ups and downs of her own Yoga practice.
At 19 I took my first trip to India to study more deeply and intensely the practice and philosophy of yoga. That first trip took me to a number of Ashrams in Southern India, I developed a keen desire to know more about the history, language and culture surrounding yoga. This fascination led me to complete my studies in Asian religion and South Asia and to make several subsequent trips to India.
Over the years I have been blessed to have the opportunity to practice with many wonderful teachers from many disciplines. In 2002 I met Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswati and Grandson Sharath and their teaching became the foundation of my practice. I continue to travel to Mysore, India on a regular basis to practice with Sharath and Saraswati.
I truly believe the practice itself is the true teacher and through my faith in the Ashtanga method I hope to inspire and nurture my students to cultivate their own yoga sadhana. To know more check my website: teresamccollumyoga.com
“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. Finall
Yoga has been part of my life since my teenage years, and over the past few years I have felt it transform my world as I continue to dive deeper. As an actress and a violinist, I have found that yoga assists in grounding my body into the present moment no matter where I am or what I am doing. Yoga has also taught me to release tension and, in turn, has allowed me further explore my other passions.I am truly grateful for all the lessons this practice has taught me, and I am passionate about sharing its many benefits with my students — whether their goals are to accomplish a certain pose, to relieve stress and minimize tension, or to simply act as a gateway into meditation.
Yoga has been a part of my life for 4 years now, and every time I step on the mat it feels as exciting and intriguing as my first time.After years of pushing my limits with intense workouts, Yoga has taught me to be patient and resilient with myself in all aspects of my life. I can always count on my breath to reconnect with the present moment and I think its the most beautiful gift yoga has to offer. Through breath and movement , I learned to listen to my body and what it needs. At any moment there is a home I can come back to, because it is inside all of us. As a teacher I strive to create a space that is safe , fun and dynamic for my students so they can completely let go and let themselves immerse in a practice that will leave them feeling energized and grounded. Creating space to welcome more ease , love and happiness into their lives. One practice at a time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marie Claude Renaud
I found myself on a yoga mat for the first time at age 33. And actually, it was at Wanderlust! The pace and level of the class were so hurtful to my ego I nearly left. I say “nearly” because instead of running, I stayed and I became a committed student.
At that time in my life, I was at the height of a life of exploration and excess of all kinds. After ephemeral glory, down was the only way left. My fall was fast and brutal. I relinquished—at least for a time—my physical and mental health… and my yoga practice. After six months of staring at my bedroom ceiling, I mustered the courage to go back to Wanderlust and slowly get back into my practice. Shortly after, I got involved in this community by becoming trade and I got back to practicing almost every day. Through my practice and as part of the Wanderlust family, I found the tools to rebuild my self-esteem and my health. All the benefits multiplied quickly when I began following teacher training. What a surprise when my own teachers told me I had a natural talent for teaching at that I was ready to start! So, it’s by trying to stay as humble as possible and by keeping my heart as full of gratitude as possible that I am able to continue my Wanderlust story, still as a student and sometimes as a teacher.
An actor since her pre-teen years, Dylane has been in the world of Quebec television for many years now. She has also worked as a fashion model in Montréal and abroad. The demanding world of fashion and show business require her to stay in good shape. As a result, regular and disciplined exercise has always been part of her routine. Ten years ago, she discovered yoga—and what a revelation it was! Her first moments on the mat were unforgettable and they changed her forever. “Something magical happened: I found my place in the world.”
From one session to the next, her desire to deepen her practice became clear. Teacher training in Hatha Yoga at the Prana Shanti in Ottawa was one way she perfected her skills. Today, her mission is to share her passion and her love for yoga. Although she’s an excellent communicator, Dylane doesn’t take herself too seriously! Teaching has to be joyful, lighthearted and especially respectful of individuals’ bodies.
Like jogging, swimming, cross-country skiing or biking, yoga first grabbed my attention 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!
I want to support each individual through the art and science of yoga in a welcoming and calm environment. I wish to everyone who practices to discover the intricacies of the human body and its awakening through breath, allowing the experience of freedom of movement. My background in contemporary dance and yoga encourages me to explore the balance between sthira (steadiness) and sukha (ease) through breath, space and consciousness. I believe that transcendence, the improvement of oneself and the body exploration are limitless and can lead to personal fulfillment. My goal is to inspire students to cultivate their own practice at their own pace.
Jeanne feels the combination of yoga and training is key to safely improving one’s performance. Her mission? Promote a multidisciplinary approach so that each individual can develop their full physical potential, optimize their movements and increase their body awareness. Her teaching is based on the three principles of stability, strength and mobility. Jeanne teaches functional training, Bootcamp, Multi Barre and yoga classes.
Studio Fit Ballet
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.
Pascal Auclair – Meditation Mile End, Tuesday 7:30pm
For almost twenty years, Pascal Auclair has been immersed in the practice and the study of the Buddhist teachings. He has participated in retreats with great Masters both in Asia and America. Pascal studied for four years under Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield form the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He now teaches in both of these internationally renowned centers as well as in Quebec and other Canadian provinces and in Europe. His traditional training combined with his deep knowledge and his creative expression fill him with a presence full of wisdom and compassion. Funny, warm and insightful, Pascal is a greatly appreciated teacher.Photo: Salva Magaz