Part Spirit / Part Flesh.
Dr. Mona Lissa Chanda
Mona Lisa Chanda was born in Northern Quebec to a German mother and an East Indian father. She earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from McGill University in 2009, where she specialized in the study of chronic pain. She subsequently worked in the Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise laboratory of Dr. Daniel J. Levitin—New York Times best-selling author of “This Is Your Brain On Music”. Together with Dr. Levitin, she ublished groundbreaking research findings on the neurochemistry of music, and went on to receive international press coverage from CBC Health and Newsweek.
Mona Lisa has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She was first introduced to yoga through the teachings of Montreal-based Ashtanga instructor, Mark Darby (a student of the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois). In 2013, she obtained her certification as a Hatha Yoga instructor under the mentorship of Dr. Mandan Bali, a renowned Vedanta scholar with a doctorat in Complimentary Medicine.
Mona Lisa combines cutting edge scientific research into stress and pain management with the age-old wisdom of traditional yoga and mindfulness meditation. With her guidance, you are encouraged to explore your inner universe and surrender to the present moment in a warm and supportive environment. Mona Lisa’s class is open to clients of all ages and levels of
experience, as well as those with physical injuries and/or limited mobility. Through a combination of psychological insight and intuition, she is able to tailor her classes the needs of
Wendy is a Laughter Yoga Teacher, and Certified Laughercize Party and Workshop Leader, the creator of Laughter 101: No Joke(s)! - a four-week course designed to use laughter as a health and wellness tool, As a LY Teacher, she offers Laughter Yoga Leader certification courses, and currently offers the only weekly Laughter Yoga course in Montreal. Wendy discovered the benefits of laughter, and the importance of living a joyful life, several years ago while recuperating from an illness. She is a firm believer in the benefits of laughter, has integrated into her daily life, and has made it her mission to share it with anyone who is prepared to give it a try. Wendy is a communications consultant with the EMSB, and managing editor of Inspirations Newspaper: Celebrating Inclusive Communities.
Marine Buton is an actress and violinist and recently completed a 200 hours wanderlust yoga teacher training. Her practice and teaching consists mostly of a vinyasa based approach. Linking the breath to movement to create a moving meditation. Always trying to find a balance between and effort and ease, Marine tries to create fun, smart and creative sequences.
Nadine is a citified GROOVE Facilitator and an Ambassador Nadine Joy have enjoyed organizing Groove classes and observing the experience of the participants. In this capacity. The GROOVE is an easy, fun and energizing personal and physical DANCE floorexperience as it allows one’s body to move one’s own way. The GROOVE classes are unique because it provides a safe space which is free of judgement allowing for self- expression, exploration and a path to become in tune with one’s own body. Frankly, GROOVE is just people coming together and dancing their hearts out! Nadine has enhanced her development by attending various GROOVE trainings and workshops such as GROOVin’ the Curriculum, GROOVE for Kids and The GROOVE Designer training. She is also a Concordia graduate and is also a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Reiki student.
Andy has always been fascinated with alternative medicine and martial arts. Andy is a naturopath and has been working as consultant. His offering his expertise and wisdom to guide via naturopathic principles, Chinese medicine and herbalism. For the past 15 years he has deeply embedded himself in meditation and has tried his hand at various martial arts, including Judo, Karate, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Andy is a certified instractor of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. His conscientious learning style from his many years as a naturopath and his highly technical abilities in martial arts make Andy a unique instructor. His sincere desire is to share the beauty and wisdom of these age old arts with as many people as he can, so that they may be graced with improved physical and mental well-being.
Jacqueline is certified in Kemetic yoga, trained in the Yoga Skills Method by Master Yirser Ra Hotep in Negril, Jamaica. She combines meditation, rule of 4 breathing and geometric progression techniques to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit. Jacqueline is also a certified Reiki practitioner, her teachings include observation of our bodies subtle energies to release energetic blockages and create alignment with attributes of our inner wisdom, the Netjer. Jacqueline is incredible kids yoga instructor and a level 1 rhythmic gymnastics coach with the Canadian Coaching Association. She has 10 years of experience working with Children
Mark Callender (Ivine)
Mark is Yoga.
Raïda met with yoga during those low times of life and she immediately fell in love. Since then, she hasn't stopped practicing and pursuing this new-found spiritual path. Yoga has become for her a landmark, a guide, an addiction to some extent, although a very healthy one! She has been fortunate enough to meet with interesting professors from France, Italy, India and Canada. With a background in legal studies, she feels at ease the in-depth analysis of Iyengar yoga. Raïda has been into yoga for 12 years now, she has been certified by l'association française de yoga Iyengar in 2010.
Mama Kamala (Jessica Searcy)
Mahan Bhagti Kaur
Mama Kamala (Jessica Searcy) Mahan Bhagti Kaur is an Intuitive Artist & Spiritual Medium, Indigo, Healer and gifted clairvoyant who teaches Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. As a kid, Jessica had a large imagination and strong sense of responsibility and creativity. As a teenager, Jess played competitive basketball, and has led and organized kids & teen multi-sports camps. After a sports injury in fall 2009, this spiritual awakening guided her to the path of Yoga. In fall 2011, she attended a personal growth and development program called CHOICES Seminars, then made the decision to commit to the path of Yoga. She completed a 500-hr advanced yoga teacher training at Prana Yoga Teacher College in Vancouver, BC, Fall, 2012. Jessica Searcy was trained in the roots of Yoga as an authentic lifestyle practice and spiritual discipline, with artistic expression of spirit and soul through the asanas (postures) in Classic Hatha Flow Yoga. Her teaching style is focused on marrying the masculine (yang) & feminine (yin) principles within to achieve a state of Yoga (Union). A great teacher to beginner's, Mama Kamala teaches an alignment based class, as yoga is meditation in motion, emphasizing the health benefits of each sequence. Kamala is her spiritual name; Mahan Bhagti Kaur, her Kundalini Spiritual Name. She completed her KRI-Level 1 , as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training & Meditation in Montreal, QC, fall 2014-2015. Representative of the Child, Mother/Father and God/Goddess in us all, the all-encompassing Mama Kamala teaches a fun and energizing, challenging & healing practice for all levels of experience. For more info, visit: www.mamakamala.com.
Certifications McGill University - BA Psychology
Education Cornell University – Plant Based Nutrition Certification
YMCA FIT – Group Strength Instructor
YMCA FIT – Individual Conditioning
TRX – Functional Training Instructor
Boxing Canada – Coach
Sara started pole dancing in 2008, she fell in love with the spinning and flying aspects of this sport right away. After many years training in Pole dance, Gymnastics and Burlesque, she became certified as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. She started teaching private and group Xotic Pole Dance Fitness classes in 2014. Sara's motto is "Eat green, train mean!" a plant based diet and exercise transformed her from a junk food addicted couch potato, into a pole dancer & martial artist.
Seeing how incredible it felt to reach her fat loss and performance goals, made her passionate about guiding others along their fitness journey. Through her continuous study in the fields of physical fitness and nutrition, she learned what it takes to see results and keep them long term.
With a degree in psychology she understands the principles of motivation. She empowers her students with the most up to date, relevant information and techniques, personalized to fit their individual aspirations. With a little support and effort, you are bound to be successful.
Eat green, train mean! The power of a plant based diet and exercise transformed me from a junk food addicted couch potato, into a pole dance fitness athlete, martial artist and weightlifter. Seeing how incredible it feels to eat without restricting calories and reach my fat loss and performance goals, made me passionate about guiding others along their fitness journey. Through my continuous study in the fields of physical fitness and nutrition, I learned what it takes to see results and keep them long term. With a degree in psychology I understand the principles of motivation. I empower my clients with the most up to date, relevant information and techniques, personalized to fit their individual aspirations. Together, we are bound to be successful. Specialties:
Pre and Post Natal Training
Des aliments vivants, un corps puissant! Grâce à une alimentation végétale et à l’exercice physique, j’ai laissé derrière moi la paresse et les excès de malbouffe pour devenir une athlète accomplie en « pole fitness », arts martiaux et haltérophilie. En constatant les immenses bénéfices de l’alimentation sans privation pour atteindre mes buts de perte de poids et de performance, j’ai développé une passion pour le soutien des gens progressant vers une santé et une forme physique optimales. Durant ma formation en conditionnement physique et nutrition, j’ai découvert les secrets pour obtenir des résultats sur le long terme. Mon parcours universitaire en psychologie m’a aidée à comprendre les principes de la motivation. J’offre à mes clients des techniques et renseignements à jour et adaptés à leurs besoins; ils peuvent ainsi passer à l’action et atteindre leurs buts! Ensemble, sans aucun doute, nous réussirons. Spécialités:
Perte de poids
Entrainement pré et post natal
Nik Frost has been passionate about Martial Arts from a very young age. He began training in Sil Lum Hung Gar Kung Fu at the age of 10 at KUDOKI Martial Arts Academy. His interests progressed into other fields of combat such as Judo and Thai Jiu Jitsu. Later, he spent several years training in Mixed Martial Arts at Sherbatov MMA Center. While living in Thailand in 2013, Nik completed an intensive session of Muay Thai at Koh Chang Thai Boxing Camp. Upon his return to Montreal, he continued his training with his original Sifus at KUDOKI and began his career path in the field of health and fitness. He currently teaches Kudoki Kung Fu, MMA, Kickboxing and Self Defense and is a certified personal trainer. His other passions center on whole food vegan nutrition and animal rights advocacy as he strongly believes that a true Martial Artist should reflect his actions by defending the weak and innocent.
Boxing Canada – Coach
TRX - Functional Training Instructor
YMCA FIT - Corrective Conditioning
YMCA FIT - Group Strength Instructor
YMCA FIT - Individual Conditioning
Concordia University - BA History, Education
The practice of Yoga entered my life 39 years ago. In the first 3 years it was primarily the asanas (postures) that helped to calm my mind and emotions and made me feel good in my body. Eventually, when I was introduced to the 8 limbs of Yoga everything in my life began to make so much more sense. I’m so grateful for all of my teachers and the teachers that have made this knowledge available to all of us. I'm from Brazil where I graduated as a psychologist and worked for 17 years in private practice and 10 years in the Public Health System. My experience and studies have showed me the importance of working the mind and body in an integrative way. In 2013 I started yoga classes with Dr Bali and I was impressed with the deep level of relaxation I was able to achieve. The relaxation response is the scientific term for meditation. It was coined by Herbert Benson the cardiologist and founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His research shows that a regular practice of deep relaxation can improve our mental and physical health. In 2013 I completed Dr Bali’s Therapeutic Method of Yoga Teacher Training, 200h. I have been taking different training in yoga in order to improve my own practice and my teachings. My most recent training was with Benedetta Capanna (a student of Diane Long) in Rome, 2018. She teaches in the Vanda Scaravelli way of Yoga. I have been training with Isabelle Lemay since 2017. She is a certified teacher from Esther Myers Yoga Studio, Toronto that teaches in the Vanda Scaravelli way of Yoga. I feel that what I learn in the Vanda Scaravelli way of Yoga enriches my practice of the Bali Therapeutic Method of Yoga.”