James Dylan is originally from Vancouver, BC, and has been practicing Yoga for 15 years and has been teaching Yoga for over 10 years. He believes that the practice of Yoga can help us develop strength, trust and the ability to reach our full potential. The heart of his teaching is dedicated to the art of loving ourselves. His teaching is enlivening. His classes are made unique through his extensive knowledge of and commitment to alignment, creative sequencing and lively storytelling; interweaving philosophical concepts into the physical practice. James appreciates knowing that yoga is a shared practice, which provides both the student and the teacher an opportunity to always keep growing.
My first class of yoga was a revelation. It became really clear quickly that this practice was going to be a part of my life, and would help me grow and evolve. There’s no place like home, and it’s exactly how I feel teaching and practicing yoga. Yoga helps me feel at home in my heart, in my body and with the others. I studied Hatha Yoga, and have been a dedicated student ever since. Now teaching mainly vinyasa style, my mission is to share my love of yoga with others, so they can experience a real connexion to themselves through breath and movement.
Patricia met yoga in 2001 during a session of classical ballet training at Montreal’s Dance Conservatory. The two first years of her voyage through this discipline were more difficult. Slowly, her relationship with yoga transformed itself into love at first sight. It then became obvious to her that she needed to teach. In 2009, she started her 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 her to maintain harmony in all aspects of her life. For Patricia, a yoga class is a protected space that allows each person to enter inside themselves and achieve their own objectives, their own well-being.
Amanda discovered yoga in 2010 when she was transitioning out of a full-time professional dance career. Now a certified Hatha yoga instructor focusing on anusara-style principles, Amanda believes that everyone can benefit from practicing yoga. She has realized, through her own practice, that yoga not only increases body awareness and appreciation but it also invites people to tap into their authentic selves. Amanda was a professional commercial/variety dancer in Montreal for over 15 years. She has appeared on television shows such as La Fureur, performed in Casino stage shows including Danse-Sing at the Casino du Liban in Lebanon, and was part of a show tour for the Canadian Armed Forces in Labrador, the North Pole and in Bosnia. She was a cheerleader with the Montreal Alouettes for 9 consecutive seasons. For Amanda, yoga is a performance its own. It’s the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and reconnect with your yourself. The dance between movement and breath is the most elegant choreography of all.
Julie stepped into yoga during a difficult period of her life. After a little while, she realized what beneficial impacts yoga had on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. She soon became ‘addicted’ to the feeling of peace and well-being that yoga would leave her with, every time she stepped off the mat. Her journey eventually became much brighter, and she developed a stronger sense of compassion towards others and a joy for life. She decided to join a teacher training in order to give back to people and share all the positive effects of yoga. Students describe her classes as authentic and uplifting. Her sequences will leave you with joyous grounding energy, peace and clarity.
I was already 30 years old when I discovered yoga. What a discovery! What a tool! Of all the methods I tried to be more serene, feel good in my body and calm my wandering mind, it’s yoga which made me – and still makes me – progressing the most.
Coming with 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 have a liking for fluid, playful and creative flow while paying strict attention to alignments. Finally, being a nervous and very energetic type of person, my classes, and my practice, are plentiful of muscularly demanding postures, but also of asanas working on the body flexibility. And most importantly: to come back to the breath and adapt the practice to the current needs
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. 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 in the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. My personal practice is based in the Ashtanga tradition but I am strongly influenced by the Iyengar practice and therapeutic yoga. I truly believe that practice itself, of all the limbs, is the true teacher and I hope to inspire and nurture my students to cultivate their own yoga sadhana.