“I was first introduced to yoga in 2001 while training at the Rotterdam Dance Academy on the brink of my professional dance career. As a result, my personal practice has evolved alongside, and through an intimate relationship with, my artistic development as a dancer. Yoga began as an effective form of corporal conditioning for me, however, over time it has come to deeply influence the ways in which I move through, engage with, and think about the world. I first ventured to India to practice in 2005 and my interest in mind/body unity continues to grow; it has inspired the pursuit of a degree in Psychology/Sexuality, and the cultivation of a rewarding and ongoing Vipassana practice. I initially completed a 250hr Hatha Yoga teacher training at Ashtanga Yoga Montreal, and have since supplemented this with focused certifications in Trauma Recovery Yoga and Elderly Yoga. Through being a teacher, I have discovered a profound joy in facilitating for others a connection to yoga and an exploration of the mind/body. I am grateful to my many yoga teachers around the world who have so generously shared with me their knowledge of this ancient Indian tradition. I look forward to being a lifelong student while continuing to evolve as a teacher.”
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.
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.
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
A graduate of the Toronto Dance Theatre, Cindy is passionate about movement and the body. Ashtanga Yoga dovetails nicely with this interest, as the form encourages greater strength and suppleness of body and mind, spirit and heart. Cindy completed her first teacher training with Mark Darby and Allison Ulan in 2002, and in 2005, also completed Richard Freeman’s teacher training in Boulder, Colorado. She completed a pre-natal teacher training with Janice Clarfield as well in 2011. A certified Pilates teacher, Cindy combines yoga with related bodywork techniques and always encourages her students to move with freedom and ease—two characteristics that define her graceful teaching style. She has been fortunate enough to work with a wide array of people including street youth at Dans la Rue and athletes from the Montreal Alouettes football team. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and is currently a student in the fifth year Bachelor of Science program at Le Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal.