Ashod Alemian (French)
Ashod is an experienced and very dedicated instructor of French language courses since 2002 to students of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. His courses are conversation based and tailored to meet students' practical needs covering topics of everyday life. Ashod is passionate about teaching, culturally sensitive and fully aware of the challenges students face in learning French. He specializes in conversational classes and teaches at Thomson House since 2004.
Marie Claire Gagnier (Yoga)
Introduced to yoga in 2007, Marie Claire's life took a passionate turn. Since then, her dynamic teachings blossoms through exploring bliss and alignment, while blending light and ease for the body, mind and spirit. She fuses elements of Vinyasa, Jivamukti and Blissology, along with breath awareness. Empowering her students toward lasting happiness and conscious living, her approach emphasizes healthy relationships with ourselves, our communities and nature.
Lucy Roberts (Yoga)
Lucy has practiced yoga informally since childhood. As a young adult she gravitated towards group athletics, pursuing collegiate rowing and triathlon and rediscovered yoga as a way to unite the body, mind and heart and balance her highly physical training. A coach and nutritionist and now a mom, she believes in sharing the power of yoga to clear the mind and open the heart. Her experience teaching pilates and coaching rowing and triathlon lend to the focus on alignment and structural safety found in her classes. She believes that by connecting with one's breath while moving you can come into the present more deeply and hopes to share that in her yoga practice.
Jade Salter (Yoga and Meditation)
Since she was very young Jade had an interest and curiosity of the body and how it functions. Training in Contemporary dance and then moving to Montreal, Jade found the importance of yoga in her life. Instead of simply using yoga as an accessory to aid her dance; yoga became her life. Through her Hatha & Yin yoga trainings and studies under Melanie Richards, Albert Bissada and later Carina Raisman she learnt more and more about spirituality, health and how to both live a life and teach from a heart centered approach. Jade currently teaches from under the vast umbrella that is Hatha yoga, with a strong training and command of Yin yoga. Jade also continues to perform dance regularly which is still informed by her self work and teachings of Yoga.
Isabel Pardo (Spanish)
Isabel is a Mexican teacher and translator who started giving Spanish lessons in 1998 in different institutes and universities. She is passionate about languages and education and she is used to designing personalized grammar and conversational courses depending on the interests of her students. She believes that teaching languages is not only the transmission of knowledge, but the enjoyable process of learning how to see the world from another culture's point of view.
Alexandrina Delage (Self Defense)
Alexandrina Delage is a Senior Instructor in Combat Systema, a brown belt 1st kyu in Modern Kempo Jujitsu, and is certified in various domains of defensive tactics. She has been an instructor of co-ed and women's groups for the last 9 years and has developed and is teaching a highly efficient world-renowned self-defense program. She is also currently developing a self-defense instructor certification program. Alexandrina is known for being a passionate instructor, providing personalized coaching to each of her students. She is dedicated to teaching efficient, reality-based tactics and is relentless in making this type of work accessible to all. Above all, her mission is the devolution of violence, in all its forms, through proper training and awareness.
Peter Garish (First Aid)
Peter is a certified CPR & First Aid instructor with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec. He is required to perform CPR through his professional duties and has, on numerous occasions done just that, since 2006. The outcomes are not always like he had hoped, but he does have some amazing feel good stories to tell. One thing that he noticed during medical interventions were bystanders, family and/or friends present that did not know how to perform CPR, thus precious minutes had slipped away. Peter wants to help people gain confidence during medical emergencies and firmly believes in Julius Caesar's quote: "Without training, they lacked knowledge. Without knowledge, they lacked confidence. Without confidence, they lacked victory."
Frederic Rousseau (Meditation Instructor)
Frederic Rousseau is a Buddhist meditation teacher in Montreal. He has been taught by many of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, mainly of Ngyima and Sakya lineages. He has also been trained in the Native American shamanic tradition. Himself practicing for twenty years, he has taught for the last ten years. Frederic's approach to meditation is down-to-earth, accessible to our modern minds and lifestyles yet it strives to preserve the sacred essence of these ancient spiritual traditions. Together with his wife, Frederic is currently opening his own studio in Montreal, Espace Kaya, dedicated to holistic healing, meditation and yoga. www.espacekaya.com