Instructors

Yoga Is Our Passion.

Elevate yoga teachers all came to yoga for different reasons and yoga has brought so many different things to their lives, including healing, fitness, balance, and peace (just to name a few). But one thing they all have in common is that yoga isn’t just a job to them—
it’s a gift, and it’s one they want to share with you.

Our teachers are passionate about making Elevate a welcoming, positive community for everyone who walks through our doors.
Whether you drop by for an afternoon, an hour, or even five minutes, we make sure it’s a moment of peace in your day.

We believe yoga shouldn’t be intimidating or limiting; it should be inspiring and inclusive. We welcome everyone regardless of their background, lifestyle or experience. We promise yoga for everybody and every body.

Instructors

Photo of Lizl Fleury Photo of Lizl Fleury Lizl Fleury in eight-angle pose
Founder, Manager & Instructor

Lizl Fleury

Lizl began her yoga journey
in 2003 humbly.

Her study of diverse yoga styles throughout the years has helped her become the teacher that she is today. Evident in her teaching style is her sweet and compassionate spirit—uniting her experiences as a practitioner and a yoga teacher.

Her goal is to share the connection to mind, body, and being that she found in yoga with anyone and everyone who seeks it. No matter where you are in your practice, she welcomes you with open arms and an open heart.

Photo of Kelly Trimm Photo of Kelly Trimm Kelly Trimm in tree pose
Management & Instructor

Kelly Trimm

Kelly did not choose yoga;
yoga chose her.

Yoga has become not only a daily physical practice, but also a life practice. It has benefited her physical and emotional health, heightened her personal awareness and understanding of self, and ultimately helped her to accept the present and enjoy the process of growth and change.

She feels obliged to share the gift of yoga in hopes that others may develop a deeper personal relationship and experience the beauty of self-expression through movement and stillness.

Robert Aranyosi Robert Aranyosi Robert Aranyosi
Management, Workshop Coordinator & Instructor

Robert Aranyosi

After Robert's first few yoga classes, he quickly realized how much of a positive impact it was making on his daily life, off the mat.

Determined to make this a huge part of his life, he completed his teacher training shortly after.

Robert's classes consist of progressive, challenging strength based sequences that are focused on helping you develop your proprioception; your ability to sense and control your body movements through space. His calm energy keeps a fiery practice balanced and will help you find stillness through discomfort.

Photo of Miska Tetu Photo of Miska Tetu Miska Tetu in tree pose
Instructor

Miska Tetu

Miska participated in her initial yoga class early on while in university as a way to unwind, move and clear her mind.

A decade later, she enrolled in her first yoga teacher training and has been teaching since 2011. Movement is an integral part of her life and for this reason yoga came as a natural path to follow. In her personal practice, she enjoys experimenting and fusing various styles of yoga which have inspired her, from Power, Ashtanga, Yin, to Forrest (one of her biggest influence).

Makenzie Dale Makenzie Dale Makenzie Dale
Instructor

Makenzie Dale

For Makenzie, yoga is the essence of mental and physical health.

Her classes explore the balance between proper postural alignment, prana, and meditation. Makenzie has a very anatomical yet spiritual approach to guiding yoga, and encourages practitioners to find the deep and true connection to their being.

Photo of Nigel Walker Photo of Nigel Walker Nigel Walker in cow face pose
Instructor

Nigel Walker

Nigel's classes emphasize the connection between the energetic body and mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

He helps students translate the movement of prana (aka energy) into functional strength and flexibility. With a focus on fluid and therapeutic movement, a class with Nigel will leave you feeling centered, empowered and whole.

Creative and intelligent sequencing is a big part of Nigel's teaching style as it allows students to experience the safe and effective evolution of each pose.

Photo of Crystale Boisvert Photo of Crystale Boisvert Crystale Boisvert
Instructor

Crystale Boisvert

Crystale's journey in practicing yoga began in 2009 when she signed up for Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

She has experienced firsthand the endless benefits of yoga, mindfulness meditation and energy work that she is dedicating her life to introduce such wisdom to as many people as she can.

Crystale utilizes the tools of meditation and combines the skills she acquired as a 7th degree Reiki Master to intuitively create a sequence for each yoga class so that you may leave feeling strong; inspired, confident, relaxed yet energized!

Photo of Brittany Amell Photo of Brittany Amell Brittany Amell meditating
Instructor

Britt Amell

Britt infuses breath, wisdom, and humour—honed over a decade of practice—into her classes.

She is a teacher at heart, and continually works to balance her classes to suit a variety of learners and their needs. Individuals who find anxiety, stress, addictions, depression and mindfulness a challenge have mentioned that they find her classes helpful.

Don’t be surprised to see her out on her skateboard, motorcycle, snowboard, or two feet running around in the community making new friends (or imagining them). She returns to the mat often throughout the week—if you see her in class, say hi!

Photo of Yoko Feinman Photo of Yoko Feinman Yoko Feinman in extended side angle
Instructor

Yoko Feinman

Yoko's classes focus on alignment, physical and emotional self-awareness, moving with one's breath and creating space.

With a little humor and lots of heart, she offers a space that encourages both hard work and humility so you can leave class feeling bigger, brighter and more at ease.

Jessica Magnan in handstand Jessica Magnan in handstand Photo of Jessica Magnan
Instructor

Jessica Magnan

Jessica has been practicing yoga for the last 6 years and completed her teacher training in Ottawa almost two years ago.

With a background in gymnastics and fitness, and an ever-present interest in self-study and reflection, Jessica has found her dharma in yoga instruction!

As a teacher, her love and passion for yoga grow with every class—always continuing to approach her practice and teaching with the mind of a beginner, Jessica loves to try new postures and classes and share the learning with her students. Jessica loves a strong, flowing practice but always ensures a balanced, well rounded class with pauses and spaces for rest, and reflection.

Bekka Cook Bekka Cook Bekka Cook
Instructor

Bekka Cook

Bekka’s passion for yoga comes from a love of movement and a desire to fully relax using both breath and postures to do so.

Whether you are an experienced yogi or new to practice, Bekka will guide you with a mindful approach. With a 200-HR Hatha certification and background in gymnastics, she is always trying new ways to flow, making sure to leave space for rest and relaxation.

Lisa Hebert Lisa Hebert Lisa Hebert
Instructor

Lisa Hebert

A passionate, lifelong student of the body, Lisa has studied extensively in many forms of both dance and yoga.

Lisa turned to yoga after a debilitating car accident that left her in chronic pain. Combining movement, breath and mindfulness began the journey to recovery, and led her to study with Yogi Vishveketu’s 200-HR Hatha/Akhanda Teacher Training. Next came trainings in Yin Yoga and Acro Yoga, and she is most recently delving deeply into the powerful world of Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune Up®.

Nine years of teaching yoga and over 25 years in dance training and performance give her a unique understanding of the body.

Tesia Bryski Tesia Bryski Tesia Bryski
Instructor

Tesia Bryski

Tesia completed her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 and in the same year, obtained her certification to teach Mindfulness.

She practices out of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic as a teacher and psychotherapist.Tesia Bryski holds a Master’s degree in counselling psychology, with a specialization in Mindfulness-Based interventions in therapy.

Caytlin Reel Caytlin Reel Caytlin Reel
Instructor

Caytlin Reel

Caytlin was introduced to yoga after struggling with injuries and needing a safe alternative to fitness.

Over the years, yoga has helped with the physical injuries but also helps manage some of her anxiety and stress.

As a teacher, Caytlin strives to share her experience with yoga to her students through creative sequences that challenge and inspire them.

Katherine Miceli Katherine Miceli Katherine Miceli
Instructor

Katherine Miceli

Katherine had attended yoga classes on and off for a number of years before attending a class in 2013 that made her realize how powerful a yoga practice can be.

She completed her first 200HR YTT in 2015 and since has continued to take a variety of trainings that help her incorporate functional movements in a way that compliments a more traditional Yoga practice.

Katherine believes movement and breath can be healing and feels honoured to be able to share this with her students.

Photo of Alissa Sylvester Photo of Alissa Sylvester Alissa Sylvester in wild thing pose
Instructor

Alissa Sylvester

Alissa's journey with yoga began over 8 years ago with a thirst for spiritual and mental health and a desire for a strong, healthy body.

Alissa completed her 200-HR Vinyasa training in January 2014 under the guidance of Natalie Rousseau and completed her Yin training with Joe Barnett in September 2014.

With a focus on intelligent sequencing and fluid and therapeutic movement, she aims to teach well balanced, empowering and fun classes that help you become more mindful on and off your mat.

Edith Parinas Edith Parinas Edith Parinas
Instructor

Edith Parinas

Edith lives to learn and has completed over 1,000 hours of Yoga Teacher Trainings and Doula training.

Edith is a Registered Yoga Teacher (500 RYT) and Doula in Ottawa, Ontario. She began her career in 2007 in yoga. Her goal is to improve the health and quality of life of her clients and students.

She is certified in Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Moksha, Forrest and Prenatal Yoga and is completing her Doula Apprenticeship with MotherWit Doula. She has worked with Moksha Yoga International as a Peer Support Guide and Teacher Support Coordinator.

Photo of Doug Rowland Photo of Doug Rowland Doug Rowland in Warrior 2
Instructor

Doug Rowland

Doug’s discovery of yoga deeply enriched the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of his life.

Over the nine years he has been practicing, yoga has been a key component on his journey to become both a more compassionate and present individual, as well as a healthier individual. He strongly believes that the practice of yoga offers the opportunity to grow toward full wellness for everyone. His intention when teaching is to share his passion, love and knowledge of yoga with students in a safe, compassionate and empowering setting.

Kassandra Reinhardt Kassandra Reinhardt Kassandra Reinhardt
Instructor

Kassandra Reinhardt

Kassandra is on a mission to help others feel great with yoga.

Her teachings emphasize balance in all areas of life which is why she specializes in both Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. Her Vinyasa Flow classes are creative and fluid while her Yin Yoga classes are mentally challenging and healing. Her goal has always been to create easy to follow classes for all levels to help students feel vibrant from the inside out.

Photo of Laurie Howe Photo of Laurie Howe Laurie Howe in hip opening pose
Instructor

Laurie Howe

Laurie was one of those people who was dragged kicking and screaming to her first yoga class in 1988.

Over the past 25 years, she has observed herself in a constant state of change and growth as both a yogini and as a yoga teacher. Through good times and bad, yoga has been an anchor in her life, providing a solid philosophical foundation and an often-needed physical release.

As a teacher, she encourages her students to approach yoga with a sense of adventure, patience and curiosity. To her, yoga is a never-ending playground of learning and discovery.

Photo of Natalie Persaud Photo of Natalie Persaud Natalie Persaud in extended side angle
Instructor

Natalie Persaud

Natalie has been practicing yoga her whole life, starting from watching her dad’s home practice as a child.

After years of exploring different types of practices, meeting other yogis, and training with so many different teachers, Natalie decided she wanted to share this with other people because yoga has been so rewarding to her. It is where she finds friends, where she finds peace, where she finds calm and where she is energized. It’s where she found herself, and where she constantly rediscovers who she is. She has been teaching since 2012, and she learns something with every class that she teaches.

Naomi Simon Naomi Simon Naomi Simon
Instructor

Naomi Simon

You can catch Naomi for her rigorous classes twice a week.

Hot Detox + Flow on Wednesdays at 4:30 PM and Hot Weekend Warrior on Sundays at 12PM.

Brittany Smith Brittany Smith Brittany Smith
Instructor

Brittany Lyonette

Brittany came to yoga at first for the beauty and grace of the physical practice.

Brittany is a 500hr + certified instructor, having completed her 200HR Hatha training in the UK in 2014, then went to complete her 300HR Vinyasa training in India in 2016. Since then the learning has never stopped!

Brittany's classes focus on building strength and stamina while moving at a moderate controlled pace, using your own breath as your guide. And with all of her training outside the yoga sphere you can be sure you'll be breaking down some barriers and moving outside the yoga-box!

Alex Ure Alex Ure Alex Ure
Instructor

Alex Ure

Kilee Mercuur Kilee Mercuur Kilee Mercuur
Instructor

Kilee Mercuur

Stefanie Turple Stefanie Turple Stefanie Turple
Instructor

Stephanie Turple

Stéphanie’s love affair with yoga began in the fall of 2004 when she attended a Hatha yoga class given at her local community centre.

Following this newfound passion, she went on to explore Bikram, Hot, Power, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga.

She is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, an E-RYT 200 and YACEP Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has been teaching in Ottawa since 2008. She blends yoga asanas with a pinch of philosophy, a touch of humour, and a steady breath.

Stéphanie has over 1,000 hours of teaching experience and to date, has taken workshops and master classes with Richard Freeman, Seane Corn, Ray Long, Bryan Kest, Ana Forrest and Sadie Nardini.