Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Leaders

Barrie Risman – E-RYT 500

300-hour Facilitator

Barrie Risman is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators, teacher–trainers and mentors. She is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the wisdom teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity, insight, and relevance to students of all levels and from all walks of life.

Barrie is the creator of The Skillful Yogi, a thriving online practice and study community of yoga students and teachers with members from nine countries on four continents. Her book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practiceis a guide for teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives.

She has been a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years and continues to study regularly with her primary mentor, Kevin Gardiner, a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and co-founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. From 1997-2003, Barrie served as a full-time staff member for the SYDA Foundation in India and the US, immersed in the study and practice of the traditional yogic disciplines.

Barrie is the proud Co-creator and Co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, whose mission is to bring the benefits of posture, breathing and mindfulness as a tool for pain management and active self care to low mobility populations around the world.


Melanie Richards – E-RYT 200

300-hour Co-facilitator

Founder and Director of HappyTree Yoga Studio in Montreal [Est. 2007], Melanie leads Hatha, Yin and Gentle Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is a passionate speaker, writer and workshop leader (TEDx Montreal Women, MUHC Conferences, Lymphoma Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Expo Yoga Quebec Blog, Wanderlust Tremblant 2018) on the topics of yoga and meditation. Most recently, Melanie started her own YouTube channel. 

A certified Hatha and Kundalini yoga teacher, her current influences include Vipassana meditation and the wise guidance of her spiritual teachers, Nischala Joy Devi and Lisa Lajoie. She teaches from the heart with both compassion and humour, and loves nothing more than to help people discover their true purpose and potential.

Melanie was recognized as an outstanding citizen by CTV’s The Power of One for her work in the community with cancer patients and underprivileged youth, received a McGill Green Business award, and a Quebec Notable Award  for Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a proud Expo Yoga & bien-être Quebec ambassador and is on their selection committee for the 4th year in a row.


Lyne St-Roch

300-hour Guest Teacher

Quebec yoga pioneer, founder of Lyne St-Roch Studios in 2001, certified in exercise science at the University of Sherbrooke, massage therapist and renown yoga teacher, Lyne St-Roch possesses vast experience in the area of yoga and well-being. Over the years, she has given numerous teacher trainings, workshops and conferences, and many of today’s teachers in Montreal, as well as the rest of Quebec, have studied with her. Lyne contributes regularly to LaPresse+, among other media. She is always ready to listen to individual needs, while her teachings have influenced the lives of thousands of men and women.

Sonya Beaudoin

200-hour Teaching Assistant

Sonya began teaching yoga in 2002, and has completed the Anusara Yoga Teacher Training with teachers Barrie Risman and Robin Golt. She started practicing at HappyTree Yoga Studio when it first opened in 2007 and has been teaching there since 2009. She holds a B.Sc. in Exercise Science from Concordia University, and has a strong understanding of bio-mechanics which she infuses into her classes.

Bram Levinson

200-hour Guest Teacher – Hindu & Yogic Mythology, The Bhagavad Gita

Author of The Examined Life, Bram Levinson is a renowned yoga teacher, blogger, mentor and lecturer. bramlevinsonyoga.com)

Lisa Lajoie

200-hour Guest Teacher – Intention Setting & From Fear to Spiritual Freedom

For 25 years, Lisa Lajoie has been using her intuitive gifts to help people improve their lives through spiritual life mentoring, and business and leadership training. (lisalajoie.tv)

Bhaskar Goswami

200-hour Guest Teacher – Yogic Lifestyle: Principles of Optimum Health

From Assam, India, Bhaskar was born into the yogic tradition. He is the founder of the award-winning corporate yoga company, BODHI. bodhiprinciple.com

Brian Miller

200-hour Guest Teacher – Ashtanga

With over 15 years of fitness and boxing experience, Brian came yoga and was awed by the metamorphosis he experienced and continues to experience through his yoga practice. Brian truly believes that the practice of yoga can inspire both mental and physical transformation through the development of strength, balance, flexibility, focus, stamina and body awareness — enabling each of us to tap into our true inner potential.