Marie-Pier’s very first encounter with yoga was life-changing. A full-time teacher since 2011, she now considers yoga to be the central force in her life. She was first drawn to yoga for its spiritual dimension; keen to deepen her understanding of human nature, she maintains a passion that—beyond mastering poses—is rooted in the richness of human experience. Her initial training was in Hatha yoga, with a focus on alignment in the Iyengar style. In 2013, she branched out into Vinyasa and then into Ashtanga, which she has been practicing since 2016.
Marie-Pier’s teaching is nourished and inspired by her daily practice and ongoing training. She has given various classes and workshops for a diverse range of students and has taught at local and international retreats. She has had the honour of co-teaching the Wanderlust teacher training program since 2018. Her mission is to help others reach their potential: Meeting them where they are, she guides students to align with their own truth through their yoga practice.
A yoga teacher since 2010, Patricia Saraswati has over 1,000 hours of training and more than 15 years of personal practice under her belt. She also underwent Swedish massage training (435 hrs) in 2005 and Thai yoga massage training (levels 1 to 4 / 355 hrs) in 2014. Patricia has furthered her knowledge by taking part in many trainings, namely yoga and aid relationships, chakra awakening, and yoga for scoliosis with Hervé Blondon, plus anatomy and posture, pranayama and yoga, and depression with François Raoult.
Through her passion for the human body and therapeutic knowledge of the body, Patricia transmits awareness and controlled movement and breathing in her classes, allowing for a better understanding of yoga’s tangible effects on overall health. She has taught various styles: from Hatha, Hatha Flow and Yin, to therapeutic and restorative yoga. For nearly five years, Patricia has been focusing her teaching on Vinyasa and giving teacher training. She gets invited to different studios in the city of Montreal to provide aspiring yoga teachers with anatomy training. Since 2018, she has also been part of Studio Wanderlust’s group of trainers as an instructor for the 200-hour teacher training. In 2017, Patricia created a 75-hour Biomechanics training for yoga teachers, in collaboration with certified athletic therapist Jean-Paul Raphaël.
Site Web: patricialetendreyoga.com
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
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.