Category Archives: Teachers

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.

Daniel Belliveau

After living in Vancouver for more than 10 years and working as an executive sous-chef at one of the best restaurants in the city, I decided to make a career change.  An avid fan of yoga and pilates for most of my life, I love the challenge that these disciplines bring both mentally and physically.

Upon moving back to Montreal in November 2015, I worked and trained at Centre de Santé Holistique Pilates et plus where I obtained my mat and reformer certification.  I also successfully completed my personal  trainer specialist course with Canfitpro and the Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification RYT 250 hour Program with Ashtanga Yoga Montreal.

I love to learn and inspire people to exercise effectively and safely.

Daniel Belliveau – Pilates/Yoga teacher

Jimmy Medellin

Jimmy took his first yoga classes at AYM back in the early 2000’s.  What started as a casual activity has transformed into a daily practice for him over many years. His desire to keep learning, growing and deepening his knowledge of Yoga has led to him study many forms and take many trainings.  He has completed two teacher trainings – one with Moksha Yoga in 2012 and the other with AYM in 2015. These days, Jimmy divides his time between being a yoga instructor and a documentary film maker.  As always, he is on his mat daily to balance and re-energize.