Hatha YTT Guest Teachers and Testimonials


Melanie is the founder and director of the HappyTree Yoga Studio. She is a well-known speaker and published writer on the topics of yoga and healing. Recently, she was invited to teach at the 2013 Wanderlust Festival and was the opening speaker at the 2013 TEDx Montreal Women’s event.

Sonya Beaudoin – 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.

Guest Teachers


Bram Levinson – Hindu & Yogic Mythology, The Bhagavad Gita, Hands On Assisting

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


Carina Raisman – Anatomy I & II

Carina is the founder of Yoga Re:source – Montreal’s first yoga therapy school. (resourceyoga.com)



Lisa Lajoie – 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 – 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) 


Barrie Risman E-RYT 500 – Advanced Postures

Passionate yoga educator and seasoned seeker on the path, Barrie has been immersed in the teachings and practices of yoga for more than two decades. Her teaching weaves together technical precision with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy. Barrie has lead retreats, teacher trainings and workshops throughout Canada and internationally since 2004.


Brian Miller – 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.


Recent grads

“The Hatha Teacher training at Happy Tree was a profound experience, taking me into a stronger knowledge of yogic traditions, practice and most importantly a deeper awareness of myself.   The YTT at Happy Tree was well rounded, offering the teachings necessary to understand the different aspects of yoga, and at the same time created a safe and fun environment in which to grow in my confidence in becoming a teacher.  I highly recommend this program!” Anna Teeple, class of 2013


“HappyTree’s Hatha Teacher Training provided me with a broad education about yoga. It focused on more than just the physical asanas, delving deep into the spiritual side of the practice; promoting self-exploration, discovery, and transformation as a means of becoming an effective teacher. I now have the tools I need not only to instruct a yoga class, but to continue on my journey of self-actualization. Thank you, HappyTree :)” . Chantal Marulaz,  Class of 2013.

From her heart…

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