Our yoga instructors

The Akasha Team

Charlotte Mercille & Julie Comeau

Studio Co-owners

Hardial Rosner

Trade Mom / Coordinator

Meet our yoga instructors

Nicole Jones
Nicole Jones
Cacao Ceremony

Nicole Jones started practicing yoga 14 years ago to bring peace and balance into her life. The physical practice gave her not only a welcoming and safe feeling, but it provided her with a sense of belonging. Over the years she has learned to love, appreciate, and value herself in ways she never thought were possible. Throughout her healing journey she found the strength to battle an eating disorder and create a healthy relationship with food, her body, mind, and heart. Over the last few years her practice has evolved and deepened tremendously by integrating meditation, breathwork, healing ceremonies and by incorporating sacred Cacao into her rituals. Including soulful modalities into her life, has allowed her to move way beyond the physical aspects of the practice. Nicole has developed a richer relationship with her soul, spirit & Mother Nature. Nicole weaves all the modalities that have assisted her along her own path into her offerings. She’s passionate about helping other humans discover parts of themselves they may have left behind. One of Nicole’s favourite sayings is “We Are All The Answers”. She feels that once we build unwavering trust with ourselves, we discover that we do have all the answers within. Nicole taught Modo, Modo flow, yang yin and power classes at the MYWI studio for a decade. She helped pilot a core fit class which was designed to strengthen all aspects of the core, giving students the opportunity to build the necessary foundation to grow their practice. She currently offers private classes, healing Cacao ceremonies, yoga retreats and a 1:1 mentorship program. Nicole is also a full-time Physical Education teacher at Dawson College. Nicole has helped to create two yoga courses at the College: Yoga Retreat and Yoga Lifestyle. Her experience and success with these courses motivated her to create Yoga Retreats that are accessible to the entire community. Her dream was always to give others the chance to love themselves more deeply. She feels that when our relationship to ourselves improves there is an automatic ripple effect that happens in all other areas of our lives. She is thrilled that she can now offer these rich healing opportunities to others.

Natasha Bernardi
Natasha Bernardi
Yin & Yang

Natasha comes from a background in dance, both as a student and a teacher. She started practicing yoga 9 years ago and noticed the clear changes in her relationship with her body, as well as the subtle changes that were taking place in her mind. Not only did she feel more grounded and connected, the practice simply made her feel-so-good. She was also fascinated by the power of the breath and the benefits of conscious breathing on and off the mat. She completed her 200 hours YTT, and a 40 hours Yin training and started teaching 3 years ago. Natasha teaches, Yin, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yang Yoga, incorporating mindful sequencing and breath awareness. She aims to create an inclusive space for anyone to find their place on the mat and to feel empowered in their practice. Natasha encourages her students to listen to their body, honor their uniqueness and gently explore movements.

Natalie Kakon
Natalie Kakon
Vinyasa, Yin, Pilates

With 20+ years of experience in varied modalities, Nat embodies and leads from a multi-dimensional and inquisitive perspective. With her daily reminder “we are capable of doing hard things”, she leads with compassion and care and reminds us all of our inner strength - mental, physical and emotional.

Gladys Bonyad
Gladys Bonyad
Vinyasa

If we haven't met my name is Gladys and I'm a Filipina-Canadian Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. My pronouns are she/her and I'm based in Montreal. I first discovered yoga in 2013 and deepened my practice ever since studying hatha, vinyasa, gentle and restorative yoga. One of my main goals as a teacher (and as a student because we can never stop learning) is to help ensure that you always have the autonomy to do what feels right for You. I only hope to encourage you to listen, turn your gaze inward and do so without judgement or expectations of yourself on and off your mat. Maybe from there we can all begin to shift our ideas of what yoga is, as it extends far more beyond a physical practice. I hope to facilitate a more inclusive and accessible space for every(body) and maybe get the chance to practice together soon. With that being said, I teach in an accessible and playful way with creative sequencing and alignment cues while honoring the roots of yoga ☀️ I teach yoga for privates 1-on-1, groups, workplace and events.

Julie Comeau
Julie Comeau
Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation

Julie began practicing yoga in 2009, during a difficult period of her life. After a little while, she realized what beneficial impacts this practice came with, on so many levels. Her journey eventually became brighter, and she started having more compassion towards others and a great joy for life. Julie started teaching yoga to share all the positive aspects of the practice. After completing many trainings and guiding students for the past 7 years, her passion is still growing and evolving. She is dedicated to helping others connect with their true nature, allowing them to step into their fullest potential. Traveling the world since November 2020, she has been hosting private and group retreats to share magical experiences and add an extra dimension to her teachings of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and breathwork.

Mylène Leclair
Mylène Leclair
Vinyasa, AcroYoga, Thai Massage

Mylène likes to move, laugh and connect. She’s at her happiest when she brings people together through movement, whether it is through yoga, acroyoga, thai massage or spinning classes. With over 500 hours of training completed, her yoga classes are lead with music at a fluid pace to build flexibility, strength and mindfulness. Know for her dedication to her communities, Mylène is curious, kind, and playful. Studies: - 380 hours in Hatha and Vinyasa Teacher training under the tutorship of Sylvie Tremblay at Yoga Sangha. - 20 hours of Hatha yoga teacher training specialized in Correctional and Palliative Intervention with Rocio Machorro. - 1 month Ashtanga retreat studying with international teachers Mark Robberds and Deepika Mehta. - 100 hour advance teacher training with Jill Campbell and Terri McCollum at the Wanderlust yoga studio.

Nancy Zagbayou
Nancy Zagbayou
Vinyasa & Hatha

The Yogini Nancy discovered yoga and meditation at a silent meditation retreat in Bali, Indonesia, while looking for serenity when she was on exchange at the National University of Singapore. She later completed her Yin, Gentle, and Hatha teacher trainings at HappyTree Yoga with Melanie Richards in Montreal. Nancy completed her Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training at Naada Yoga and did her hands-on assist training with Asami Yoga in Montreal. She was trained by Melanie Shanti Faucher to guide pre and post natal yoga classes and most recently, she completed her 300-hour teacher training in Vinyasa and Ashtanga Adjustments at Kranti Yoga in Goa India. Nancy is a Vipassana meditator. She completed her 10 day silent meditation course in Merritt BC in 2015. She has been teaching and practicing mindfulness ever since.⁠ ⁠ Nancy is a McGill Law School graduate and an advocate for racial justice & mental health. She is a strong believer in the power of yoga and meditation to restore peace of mind. When she is not teaching yoga and meditation, Nancy is an inclusion consultant in the wellness industry and a proud member of the Conscious Counsel law firm. She is currently the assistant teacher trainer in Happy Tree yoga's Advanced Hatha 300hr Yoga Teacher Training. ⁠She has recently partnered with The Travel Yogi to bring students to Panama for the Rest and Recharge Yoga retreat from August 20 till the 27, 2022. ⁠ Her intention is to teach in a joyful way that nourishes the mind, body and soul. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, Nancy's classes serve her students, whether their desire is to reduce stress, improve flexibility, accelerate the healing of an injury, or change their lifestyle. ⁠ In her former life, Nancy worked as a financial analyst for an investment bank on Wall Street.

William Charbonneau
William Charbonneau
Mobility & Yin

As a holistic movement facilitator William finds it important to look at the interdependent connection of all the system's of the body, mind and spirit. Through subtle and not so subtle explorations of our mobility, breathing, and nervous system we can navigate our inner and outer worlds so we can be better prepared for the ups and downs of life. He has studied various inner and outer movement modalities which include but are not limited too; Functional range systems, tune up, nidra, yin, vinyasa, hatha, breathwork and meditation... William wants to help his community better connect with themselves and others to avoid & mitigate injury and confusion. Don't be shy, he's here to help.

Nuha Abdelhamid
Nuha Abdelhamid
Vinyasa

Nuha loves Burpees as much as shes love Utkatasanas. Her favourite TV show is The Wire as it reflects and informs her vision of society. Nuha has high expectations of herself and others, and believes that united in accountability we can achieve greatness. Her diligence in her practice and teaching is reflected in her firm, structured, yet playful sequencing.

Jennifer Atoapoma
Jennifer Atoapoma
Barre

Jennifer grew up in a very active family and participated in organized sports from a young age. She always had a love for sports and fitness but stopped in her college years to focus on her studies. This led her to a surplus of weight gain and unhappiness. Later, she decided to get back to her fitness lifestyle which resulted in her loving it so much that she decided to become a certified personal trainer, and so her journey began. She now has had the pleasure of being a personal trainer for over 5 years. She has enjoyed motivating and encouraging clients and realized she could make a bigger impact by training clients in a group setting. So she took her passion one step further and got certified as a group fitness instructor. Over the years she’s received multiple certifications, worked at local gyms, and taught classes including bootcamp, Body Pump, Pilates, Hot booty ballet, TRX, and strength training classes to men and women of all fitness levels. She’s enjoyed motivating and encouraging clients in both one-on-one and groups and helping them make fitness a big part of their lives.

Emily Honegger
Emily Honegger
Pilates

Emily Honegger is a dancer, movement artist and facilitator who has been helping people feel more spacious, strong and comfortable in their bodies since 2006. Emily first fell in love with Pilates during her dance training at L'École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal when it became a crucial tool to overcome a debilitating lower back injury. Pilates was transformative. Soon after graduating, Emily became a certified instructor with Stott Pilates, and developed her ability to coach people to train through injuries and special health conditions while working with the amazing team of therapists at Spinal Mouvement. She had the privilege to work with professional dancers, athletes, and folks with a new-found curiosity for how to move better. She is also a certified yoga teacher through the Naada Yoga Teacher training program. Her movement knowledge is informed by vast sources from Qi Gong, martial arts, yoga, to ballet, contemporary dance, popping, house dance and B-girling. Within all of these practices, she finds delight in the relevance of the movement principles Pilates has to offer. Emily is currently studying to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and is passionate about creating a space that allows people to feel at home in their bodies, valued and empowered.

Alexandra Negru
Alexandra Negru
Prenatal, LYT Yoga

With over 10 years experience in hospitality management, Alex took a leap of faith in 2017 and made yoga her full time job. She aims to help her students move better. Alex has completed over 500H of training with her teachers Lara Heimann, Cecily Milne, Mat Phippen and Kate Gillespie She is one of three certified LYT method yoga teachers in Quebec. She uses her knowledge to make yoga accessible to all. Expect her classes to be strong, fluid and playfully sequenced. She often integrates functional movement and strength exercises while focusing on the core. She is a firm believer that movement is medicine. Her goal: make students realize their limitless potential!

Amanda Chicoine
Amanda Chicoine
Vinyasa

Amanda discovered yoga in 2010 when she was transitioning out of a full-time professional dance career. Now a certified Hatha yoga instructor focusing on functional movement and mobility, Amanda believes that everyone can benefit from practicing yoga. She has realized, through her own practice, that yoga not only increases body awareness and appreciation but it also invites people to tap into their authentic selves. She has appeared on television shows such as La Fureur, performed in Casino stage shows including Danse-Sing at the Casino du Liban in Lebanon, and was part of a show tour for the Canadian Armed Forces in Labrador, the North Pole and in Bosnia. She was a cheerleader with the Montreal Alouettes for 9 consecutive seasons. She currently works as a special events specialist, planning and executive events throughout the city. For Amanda, yoga is a performance its own. It provides the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and reconnect with yourself. The dance between movement and breath is the most elegant choreography of all.

Asami Martens
Asami Martens
Vinyasa, Yin

Yoga stumbled into Asami's life when darkness had taken over her smile, and offered her refuge. After a regular period of practice, she quickly realized her love for Yoga. The practice helped Asami look deep inside of herself, face difficult challenges in her life, and made her realize the limitless potential within her body, mind and spirit. Needless to say, Asami attributes Yoga to shaping the person she is today, and has helped her accept her perfectly imperfect self through self-love. Asami's classes are creatively sequenced and use intelligent alignment cues. She incorporates yoga philosophy and storytelling to make her classes more than just a physical practice. Her classes are challenging and aim to bring inner smile and joy to each of her students with her passion and love towards Yoga. Asami seeks to inspire and connect with others about Yoga through her blog and social media, helping students relate to the ups and downs of her own practice. Born and raised in Japan, Asami currently lives in Montreal, Canada. She has also lived and taught Yoga in Sydney, Australia and Singapore. Asami has been teaching Yoga since 2009, and holds two, 200 hour Teacher Training from Santosha Yoga (Australia) and SBC Yoga (Bali, Indonesia). She is also trained in Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. She completed her 500-hour teacher training with Amy Ippoliti and Vesselify School of Yoga in 2020. Asami continues to study under the guidance of Amy while supporting her 300-hour training. She is currently studying with Michelle Cassandra Johnson to understand and deepen her knowledge about the intersection of social justice and yoga. She is also partaking in Kundalini Illuminated 222-hour residency program with Kimiko Tao Fujimoto. Asami loves to travel around the world and experiences new cultures.

Meet our reiki & massage therapists

Charlotte Dronier
Charlotte Dronier
Polarité, Reiki, Massage Californien

For eight years, Charlotte was an editor, mediator or communication officer for cultural institutions, festivals, galleries and artists in France. In this continuity, from 2016 to 2021, she undertook a doctoral thesis in cinematographic studies at the University of Montreal questioning the aura and the effects of the presence of a dancing body on screens in the digital age. If these issues and teaching have never ceased to fascinate her, her love for listening to and supporting others, the therapeutic entourage she has developed, but also the two end-of-life supports she has accomplished within the framework of the Little Brothers association allow her to reveal her true inner voice. After being introduced to Reiki Usui Shiki Ryôhô (level 3 - Reiki Master) whose practice remains a great source of fulfillment for her, she decided to pursue her questions about the body and its energy in a different way. She then began her professional retraining in 2022 as a massage therapist using the Polarity approach (210h introduction and practitioner training in polarity 1 + 15h last massage at the end + 15h cancer and polarity, Michaël Plamondon school). At the same time, she continues her common core courses at Kiné-Concept-Guijek (210h, validated) where Agnès Lacasse and François Jasmin teach her Californian massage until May 2023 (210h). Since October 2022, with 480 hours of training and around sixty treatments to her credit, she has been a member of the Fédération québécoise des massothérapeutes (FQM) as a certified massage therapist.

Erin Chiarelli
Erin Chiarelli
Reiki, Ayurveda, Vinyasa, Yin, Human Design

Erin is a multi-dimensional full-of-energy, that is ever-evolving in her practices and offerings in the world. She dove into her first 200hr YTT after taking just 5 yoga classes ... it was love at first chaturanga! Within the last decade of Erin's teachering career she's had the privilege of learning multiple modalities from amazing teachers in the embodiment, energetic and mindful spaces. She takes her gatherings and weaves them together magically in her classes, just for you! She brings movement, mindset, and energetics into all her classes and you can expect seasonal themes or even cosmic connection to take you deeper into your core essence and alignment; Mind, Body, Heart and Soul. When she's not within the community, she's barefoot and braless wondering the forest, chilling with her bestie Frenchie Mila or creating beauty in the world, content, crafting, you name it! Erin also offers 1:1 reiki sessions and human design readings!

Alexandra Roussel
Alexandra Roussel
Soundbath, Vinyasa, Yin, Reiki, Ayurveda

Dedicated to the evolution of human beings and the expansion of their collective consciousness, it is with a great sense of duty that Alexandra dedicates herself to her roles as a yoga teacher and holistic healing practitioner. Passionate about sacred wisdom and folklore, she approaches each yoga class she offers as one would approach a ritual, thus creating a reverential sanctuary, where to cultivate your freedom, your authenticity and the effervescence of the light of your heart. Certified in Hatha and Yin Yoga, Ayurveda and Reiki, it is with great pleasure that Alex joins the Akasha Yoga team both to develop and share his expertise with the community. Its leitmotif: to restore the sacred existence of all.

Charlotte Mercille
Charlotte Mercille
Tantra, Hatha, Meditation, Reiki, Tarot

Based on more than ten years of practice, Charlotte's teachings are based on the Tantra tradition of yoga. In a gentle and caring approach, she invites her students to reconnect with their bodies and discover their truth through intelligent and accessible sequences. Her mission? Invite yoga into all spheres of our communities and our lives, beyond the mat. In another life, Charlotte was a communications professional and journalist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, as well as the lifelong study (adhikara) of yoga. Charlotte is the owner of the studio since August 2021. ​ Certifications: 300 hours of teacher training in vinyasa & hatha yoga with Terri McCollum and Jill Campbell 40 h - yin yoga teacher training with Asami Martens 40 h - Hands-on adjustments from Asami Martens 40 h - Meditation teaching with Tracee Stanley 25 h - Yoga Therapy at Yoga Sangha