Category Archives: Substitutes

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.

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

Cindy Gurunlian

A graduate of the Toronto Dance Theatre and holding a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University, Cindy also recently completed the fifth year in the Bachelor of Science program at Le Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal. She is passionate about movement and the body and believes that alignment begins on the physical plane, leading to the divine within. A creative and intelligent approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa or eight-limbed yoga dovetails nicely with this area of interest, as the form encourages greater strength, suppleness and unity of body and mind, spirit and heart. Cindy did her first yoga teacher training with Mark Darby and Allison Ulan in 2002, and in 2005, also completed Richard Freeman’s teacher training in Boulder, Colorado and then did a pre-natal teacher training with Janice Clarfield in 2011. A certified Pilates teacher, recognized by the Pilates Method Alliance, the Stott studio and also having completed all training modules with Pilates expert Dianne Miller, Cindy combines yoga with related bodywork techniques and always encourages her students to move with freedom and ease. She has been fortunate enough to work with a wide array of people including street youth at Dans la Rue, athletes from the Montreal Alouettes football team, Olympic diver Alexandre Despatie as well as celebrities such as Roch Voisine and Sharon Stone. Cindy is also very grateful for the journey of how to live your yoga through the experience of motherhood.