Our Teachers

Elizabeth Emberly


Elizabeth is the co-founder of Montreal’ s Naada Yoga. A certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Elizabeth brings to yoga a deep sense of creative expression. She has studied extensively with yoga teachers Dharma Mittra, Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, Mark Singleton, Francois Raoult and Richard Freeman. She is a graduate of Concordia University’ s Dance and Choreography program and blends together twenty five years of dance and somatics with Yoga.

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Kathleen Stavert

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Kathleen is a 500hr RYT with appleyoga (London, UK) and Association for Yoga and Meditation (Rishikesh, India). Yoga became a significant part of her life when she began training as an actor in 2003. It started out as a thorough preparation for a performance or audition, and helped her find and sustain presence while acting. Kathleen lived in London, UK for 6 years where she taught classes and led retreats in Morocco and the beautiful English countryside. Kathleen’s yoga classes are really focused on feeling inner sensations and finding your own potential and strength. She often incorporates work on the energy body (chakras) as well as breathing and meditation. She thoroughly challenges her students in a subtle and effective way so they leave the mat feeling light, spacious and vibrant.

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Marielle Bertin


Marielle is a certified Hatha yoga teacher inspired by the Ashtanga style of the AYM studio in Montreal. A dynamique approach focussed on the balance between effort of movement and personal potential. This training introduced her to the discipline of daily practice and was the start of a relationship that has lasted for over 15 years. For her yoga is the optimal challenge of everyday living. Exploring the tensions between effort and ease, comfort and discomfort and the sense of self within turbulance. Simplicity and movement. With a background in Massage Therapy, Horticulture and Garden Design she is currently completing the Professional Yoga Therapist Program at Naadayoga.

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Dawn Mauricio


Dawn, born and raised in Montreal, is a yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centred approach. She is known for her boundless energy and smiling personality that are both contagious and motivating. Drawing from her deep experience in yoga and meditation, she delivers an effective balance of clear, precise instruction and mental reflection. Dawn firmly believes that how we offer ourselves in practice reflects how we offer ourselves in life, inspiring her to find new ways to extend her practice beyond the yoga mat and meditation cushion – and encouraging her students to do the same.

Dawn discovered yoga in 2000, meditation in 2005, and through years of practice, her journey has evolved into a broad vision to share, connect, and create community. In 2007 she started the Yoga Mala Foundation, a Montreal-based non-profit organization that supports the development of yoga programs in communities in need.

Dawn can be found teaching in a variety of settings around Montreal, halfway around the world leading yoga and meditation retreats, studying with senior teachers, sitting silent retreats, practicing daily, and laughing regularly. Off the mat and cushion, she is a passionate crusader for a mindful, healthy and holistic life.

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James Viveiros


James has been working in theatre and dance for 25 years. The healing elements of Asana practice­—which he discovered in yoga classes while touring as a dancer in Europe, Asia, and North America­—have helped bring longevity to his career. In 2010, James began studying at Naada Yoga for its admirable and outstanding pedagogical approach. Since then he has completed a 200-hour personal training course with Elizabeth Emberly, and graduated from Naada Yoga’s first 500-hour Teacher Training Program.

Curiosity about the body inspires all his classes. An authentic practice for James includes Asana that is adaptable and flexible for all body types, ages and backgrounds. By integrating his knowledge of dance and movement with an eclectic mix of yoga, James aims to offer the practitioner with a greater sense of their physical self.

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Xavier Therrien


With a background in volley ball and acrobatics, Xavier didn’t pay much attention to the suffering he was inflicting to his body. It’s only after a second attempt that he found a regular yoga practice leading to an Ashtanga teacher training certification. From then on, he started to understand that yoga was truly about connection and that what lies behind the Asanas, is physical and mental awareness. In the never ending exploration of yoga, he believes that accepting the challenges of life requires a light heart and an open mind. Now finishing his degree in osteopathy, Xavier thrives on sharing his passion for movement through yoga.

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Emily Gan


Emily went to her first yoga class while studying visual and media arts. In the following years, yoga became a discipline that assisted in her physical, spiritual and mental well-being. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Fine Arts (Photography) and began working in the field while also completing a certification to teach Moksha Yoga. Emily went on to complete the Naada Yoga Teacher Training (500hr NYTT) five years later. Art and yoga continue to serve analogous functions in her life; she draws from both practices for inspiration and support. She feels privileged to teach and learn from the extensive Naada community and hopes to share her love for yoga with clarity and sincerity.

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Peter Lavoie


Peter’s interest in Eastern mind/body philosophy and practice began with the study of martial arts 11 years ago. After having spent some years training in Shaolin Kung Fu, Wushu, and Capoeira, he stumbled upon an Ashtanga yoga class and it was love at first sight. For Peter, yoga is the union method. It is a poweful means to bring together mind, body, and spirit, and to connect these elements of the self harmoniously with one’s environment and community. Peter is very grateful to his teachers whose knowledge and wisdom have allowed him to deepen his practice of yoga: Elizabeth Emberly, Mark + Johanne Darby, Shankara Darby, Richard Rosen, Georg Feuerstein, Terri McCollum, and the entire teaching faculty at Naada, who through their yoga and life practices continuously succeed in teaching him something awesome. Namaste!

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Razielle Aigen


Razielle approaches yoga with open-minded curiosity, encouraging students to develop sensory awareness, and to trust their own physical and spiritual expression of yoga. Teaching primarily in the Iyengar tradition, her classes are welcoming, offering instructive yet gentle adjustments that guide students into poses with confidence. Razielle is a certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, completing an Essential Teacher Training (2008), and an Advanced Therapeutics Teacher Training (2015) with Hart Lazer, with whom she continues to study.

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Susan Bronson


Susan Bronson, RYT-500, completed her Yoga Teacher Training and her Yoga Therapy Training at Naada Yoga in 2014, after 35 years working as a heritage architect. It seemed like a natural shift from ensuring that buildings age gracefully and maintain their vitality to assisting people to do the same. Specialized in Yoga for Bone Health, Susan possesses certifications in Relax and Renew®, Yoga for Healthy Aging and Nutritherapy. Her passion is helping students develop a mature yoga practice that recognizes and respects their limits but that never ceases to grow, deepen and renew.

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Alexandrine Slater


Un seul cours suffit à Alexandrine pour comprendre que le yoga doit faire partie de son quotidien.Plus les heures s’accumulent sur le tapis, plus les valeurs fondamentales de la pratique prennent racine.

En 2015, elle complète la formation de 500 heures chez Naada Yoga qui lui permet de rencontrer ses talentueux professeurs et d’apprendre à partager cette grande passion.

Pour elle, l’enseignement est un courant nécessaire, une profonde envie de partager ses expérimentations combinant son émerveillement pour l’anatomie humaine et la complexité du mouvement.

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Jenny Berthiaume

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It was after her second child, and a postpartum depression diagnosis that Jenny turned her back on her thriving journalism career and started training to be a yoga teacher. It was yoga that got her out of her most difficult times. Witnessing firsthand yoga’s ability to heal and transform.

Jenny is a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher, doula and birth educator with 500hr+ Yoga Alliance training. Despite all this training, her biggest teachers are her two young children.

Jenny brings a therapeutic approach to the various styles of yoga she teaches– from Yin to dynamic flow. While she works with a variety of populations, her passion is helping new and expectant moms connect with their breath, body and baby.

Jenny offers private and semi private yoga therapy for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum issues including PPD and diastasis recti. She also teaches regular Yoga for Birth Couples’ Workshops, prenatal classes with Rock the Cradle and teacher trainings for prenatal, postnatal and Children’s yoga with Little Lotus Yoga.

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Alba Gil

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Alba was born and raised in Mexico City. She made Montreal her home more than six years ago. Alba has been working in film and television for more than twelve years and it was this industry that allowed her to discover yoga as a remedy to the fast-paced and stressful atmosphere that reign on sets.

Her biggest teacher has been Sebastian, her son. He is her yoga, her everyday practice. Since his birth, Alba’s vision has evolved into a need to share and connect with other families. She strongly believes that it takes a village to raise a child and this idea of creating a yoga family community is what has inspired her to design a yoga family program.

Alba has worked with kids throughout her life in diverse informal and relaxed environments. She has a very playful approach that makes kids follow her almost immediately. She enjoys to have fun with the little ones and it’s her absolute love to share yoga and mindfulness with them.

Alba is a graduate from Naada Yoga 500-hour Teacher Training and a Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher. She teaches in English, French and Spanish.

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