Category Archives: Teachers

Yaelle Wittes

Yaelle is a level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India
“As a yoga teacher, she works with all levels of students, from experienced Ashtangis to newcomers to yoga.  Her approach is inclusive, and working from a base of Ashtanga, her classes are adapted and to be accessible and challenging according to the needs of each students.  She encourages students to work at their personal edge, exploring their limits while respecting their physical, energetic and emotional capacity.  She foster a supportive and challenging dynamic, creating an environment for students to focus, play, gain insights into their practice, and to grow on and off the mat.”

Champa Cyr-Ratanatray

Champa is the Director of Champa Yoga. She started her career as a yoga teacher in 2015 and has since developed strong skills in Yoga Asana as well as a growing interest in Vipassana Meditation.  She has added specializations in Prenatal and Yoga Mom-Baby to her firm yoga foundation from Ashtanga Yoga Montreal (250 hrs.).

She continues her studies in meditation and mindfulness, and is pursuing training in Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Champa has always been interested by the human body and techniques that explore the mind-body connection. She graduated from Concordia University’s Contemporary Dance program in 2000 and has never stopped exploring body movement and its expression in the present moment.

As a yoga teacher, she hopes to share her passion with as many people as possible and ultimately to make the yoga experience accessible to all.


Nicole Burke

I began attending yoga classes in 2004 as a way to work with my then-developing scoliosis. Throughout the years and many activities that have passed since then, yoga has been the most helpful and balancing practice for my body.  As I am particularly interested in the space that yoga allows for honest self-exploration, this led me to practice meditation beginning in 2010. Over time, I began to see the ways in which my experiences in working with my body and mind could be helpful to others, leading me to pursue teaching.

I completed a 250 hr teacher training at Ashtanga Yoga Montréal in the summer of 2016, and have been teaching part-time since then. I focus on alignment and stability and aim to provide a space in which students feel free to open up to themselves. In the time when I’m not teaching or practicing yoga, I’m working as a piano tuner-technician and trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

Alejandro De Leon

After 20 years of experience as a classical and contemporary dancer, Alejandro continues to be fascinated and dedicated to the connection between the body and the spirit. He cultivates a creative space that is rooted on the flexibility of the mind and the harmony between breath and movement. His class offers a natural sense of kinesthetics and leads people to explore an effortless and grounded yoga practice – accessible to any one regardless of the capacities and the extent of mobility of each individual. Alejandro did his teacher training at AYM in 2015 – a place where continues to learn and to be inspired by its teachers and by the energy of its community.

Alejandro is also a photographer, choreographer and filmmaker. He trusts in power of being fully present and grateful to develop every aspect of his life.

Elyse Stewart

With a rich history in classical ballet and acrobatics, Elyse’s live revolved around dance for many years. After moving to Montreal in 2007, Elyse started her career teaching Latin & Ballroom dancing privates for adults and ballet classes for children. It was during this period that she started to grow fond of yoga and her personal practice deepened. After the unfortunate occurrence of a serious back injury in 2011, Elyse’s life changed drastically. She found refuge in her yoga practice, as it seemed to be the only thing that was truly helping her injury to heal. Her back is now almost completely rehabilitated, and she is grateful for the chance to explore and profit from this healing art.

Elyse found AYM in 2014 and was instantly hooked to the Ashtanga/Iyengar style. She completed her first teacher training with them in 2016 and is looking forward to taking a variety of teacher trainings in the coming years. Elyse has a passion for working with bodies and is a thorough believer in holistic health. She is currently studying naturopathy, herbology and Chinese medicine.