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
Assistant Manager & 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.

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

Miska Tetu

Miska has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2011.

Movement is an integral part of her life and for this reason yoga came as a natural path to follow. She enjoys practicing various styles of yoga including Power, Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin.

Miska’s classes are oriented on safe alignment, building strength and stretching while using breath to discover the body and as a tool to still the mind. She delights in sharing the positive effects of yoga with others, using clear instructions and a healthy dose of humour, so you can anticipate walking out of her class with a smile!

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 in wheel pose
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 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 Monika Jakobik Photo of Monika Jakobik Monika Jakobik in mermaid pose
Instructor

Monika Jakobik

Monika discovered yoga when she learned she had moderate to severe class of scoliosis 11 years ago.

It was suggested that she try yoga in order to strengthen her spine and relieve her occasional pain. Her main focus was getting her body and mind strong in order to be strong in every aspect of her life.

She completed a summer intensive 200-HR Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2011. In January 2012, she completed a 30-hour Yin yoga teacher training with Joe Barnett, Paul Grilley’s most senior student. Monika also had the chance to study with Ana Forrest; learning more in depth about Forrest Yoga postures, mindset and herself.

Photo of Jessica Magnan Photo of Jessica Magnan Jessica Magnan in handstand
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Lisa Hebert Photo of Lisa Hebert Lisa Hebert in goddess pose
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.

Photo of Tori More Photo of Tori More Tori More in Dancer's Pose
Instructor

Tori More

An injury brought Tori to yoga.

She had hesitations about the practice given her background in competitive team sports and her desire to avoid becoming a West Coast stereotype, but the benefits of yoga quickly permeated her life in a way that she couldn’t ignore.

Tori teaches in the same light-hearted way that she loves to practice—through grounding yet energizing sequences, designed to empower students to explore what they need in each moment.

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.

Photo of Emma Craig Photo of Emma Craig Emma Craig in eight-angle pose
Instructor

Emma Craig

Emma’s exploration of yoga began at age 12, in search of mindfulness and restoration strategies to cope with illness.

Over the years, her practice has developed and brought Emma to new places physically, and mentally, on and off the mat.

With a background in dance, Emma’s classes are fueled by creative transitions and carefully crafted playlists to get you out of your head, and into your body. Personal experience with illness and injury inspires intuitive and intelligent sequencing, providing students with a safe yet challenging opportunity to play with your own boundaries through strengthening flows.

Show up on your mat, follow your breath, and follow your bliss.

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.