At Evo Studio, we believe in proper process and positioning when training, we teach how to master your movements and maximize your recovery. It is important to combine different training practises, in order to have a better quality of life and a balance in our daily lives. To be better humans and better movers. That is why we offer yoga, strength training and movement/mobility classes all in one location.
Our philosophy is that human bodies need a balance between 3 physiological aspects: Physical, Spiritual and Emotional, to acquire quality of life. Our one of a kind approach to fitness will allow you to reach that balance.
Basically, evolution in physical training must be assisted by spiritual training. Combining the two practices will help in: finding inner peace to break the walls of endurance, sleeping better for a faster muscle recovery, working your mobility for an improved performance and developing your flexibility to prevent injuries.
Evolution in spiritual training must be assisted by physical training. Strength training will help in developing muscle tissue required in perfecting your techniques, completing yoga poses as well as building confidence in your capabilities.
Together, these practices positively impact the third component, the Emotional aspect of our entity and results in the evolution of a perfect physical balance and living a better life.
The story behind Evo Studio – Message from the Founder
EVO stands for Evolution
“I have explored the world of yoga for a few years; practicing, teaching and sharing with others all of it’s benefits. Through my own, as well as others experiences, I have come to the understanding that acquiring balance leads to less physical pain. Allows you to build physical and mental strength and that a peaceful mind brings clarity of thoughts which positively enlightens emotions and leads to good health. Not being able to shut down or slow down our minds can lead us to develop health issues just like repeatedly putting our bodies through stressful situations, moving improperly or placing stress on joints and muscles.
Having recovered from major injuries a few years ago, I have rebuilt my physical and mental strength by combining different types of training together, including yoga, movement and mobility as well as strength training. I believe that combining all of the different practices found at Evo Studio can be beneficial to everyone, for all level.
My team and I are looking forward seeing you in class and being a part of your EVOlution!”
Owner & Founder of Evo Studio
Certifications: Personal Training, Mobility and Movement, ELDOA Level 1 & 2, FRC Training.
Melissa’s current classes: Kinstretch, Yoga Tune Up, Intro to Strength & Movement, Personal Training, Sports Performance Training.
Meet our Team
Kurt Mansergh – Yoga Instructor
I’ve always been very active in sports and fitness, but it was only in my mid-twenties that I began to practice yoga. In the beginning my interest was primarily Asana focused, however, three years ago I began to delve deeper into the philosophy of yoga and how it applies to life off of my mat. In 2015 I traveled to Rishikesh India, lived in an ashram and trained under a Himalayan yoga master to deepen my understanding of the practice, there I received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Since then I have been constantly developing my practice, this year I was able to travel back to India to assist on the 200 hour Upeksha Yoga class of 2017 and once again serve in the ashram of my teacher.
With each class I endeavor to lead my students through a practice that will simultaneously engage their body and mind . I strive to nurture and empower each student I teach to explore the depths within their practice so that they leave class with a greater sense of self growth and awareness.
Kurt’s current classes: Align & Flow Yoga, Meditation
Marc Beauregard – Yoga Instructor
I started practicing yoga to help strengthen my body as a whole and increase my range of motion. This has not only assisted in injury prevention but I also noticed that I bounced back more rapidly from sport injuries. Through the activation of muscles group not normally engaged during my regular exercise routines, combined with the introduction of new body alignments provided in my yoga practice, my physical body has evolved allowing me to perform physical daily tasks and sporting activities with greater easy, strength and comfort. Practice makes permanent!
On a mental and spiritual level, combining the effects of controlled pranayama (the breath) during yoga practice allows the union and synchronicity of the mind-body experience, creating a sense of peace, presence and calmness within.
My mission as a yoga instructor is to convey my passion of the benefits that yoga can provide to those within my local community. Come join me to deepen your range of motion, activate your inner core, develop mindfulness and expand your inner smile!
Marc’s current classes: Foundation Yoga, Hot Power Core Yoga
Judy Meilleur – Yoga and Fitness Instructor
Being a part-time yoga teacher and group fitness instructor is quite rewarding and challenging in various ways. This amazing life experience began with my willingness to help others and turned out to be the greatest way of learning to love myself and begin the long process of healing my own inner conflicts and pain.
Becoming a fitness instructor has taught me much about anatomy and how the human body functions and reacts to a variety of positive and negative stresses.
Becoming a yoga teacher allowed me to become aware of how to live a lifestyle based on many of the therapeutic and restorative principles of yoga.
Also, the diversity of knowledge and experience I received from my yoga teachers: Jenn Stow, Todd Lavictoire, and Megan Campbell – are nothing less than a gift of grace. I am forever grateful for this honour.
Today, I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and my own experiences of enlightenment with my students. Sustaining and supporting each divine being on their own personal journey by promoting the importance of mindfulness and fellowship is my personal spiritual calling that I believe is the will of the Universe/God/Life for my life.
Judy’s curent classes: Morning Yoga, Hot Slow Flow Yoga, Strength and Cardio Intervals
Peter Lavictoire – Yoga Tune Up
Teaching Style: I have been lucky to study under many great teachers that all place different energy on different aspects of their classes, from the fundamental movements, creative sequences, to amazing music. It all starts with alignment. Building a class through safe alignment with the aim to explore full range in creative ways is my goal. Coming from a background of a wide variety of competitive sports, movement has always been a huge part of my life. Being mindful of my movements however only began to develop in my practice. I try to explore full and challenging movements in my classes with an emphasis on a stronger connection of mind, body, and breath.
Training: I completed my 200 through Pure in 2013 under Mark Laham, Mike Dynie, and Todd Lavictoire. This gave me a true appreciation for a love of asana and anatomy, two of my favourite things to talk about. I am also a Level I Tune-Up instructor, which has been something that has given me so much insight into my own body, it’s movements, and it’s pain.
Why I teach: Over the course of my 20’s I’ve had a variety of injuries that have hindered my abilities to be active. In 2012, I injured my back lifting an object (with poor posture) and over the next two years I battled back spasms that would leave me in my bed for days. Yoga taught me to move again, without pain, and more importantly-with purpose. I hope to share some of the knowledge of learned over the last few years to help people of all ages and shapes move better, build posture, and ultimately stay active.
Peter’s current class: Yoga Tune-Up/Mobility
Stephanie Larente – Yoga Instructor
Biography coming soon.
Stéphanie’s current classes: Warm Yoga, Hot Yoga
Rob Smith – Yoga and ELDOA Instructor
The focus of my teaching is to create awareness and opening in the body’s always changing state. I began teaching as a way of offering others the healing benefits of determined mindful practice.
I have sought to expand my learning and share it with others. I studied Hatha Yoga at the 200 and 300 hr level in Rishikesh, India, in addition to ELDOA I-II and Mysofacial Stretching. I have trained in a variety of yoga styles including Yoga Tune Up, Power, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, Kundalini, and more. Personally, my favourite type of class to take is Yoga Flow/Vinyasa.
My classes have been described as inclusive – in style, method and participants! I recommend everyone try out ELDOA – a class designed to create space in the vertebral joints – it is an excellent compliment to any kind of practice/workout.
Rob’s current classes: Gentle Yoga, ELDOA (Spinal Alignment)
Anik Elgin – Yoga Instructor
Certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga for All, and experienced in Youth/Kids Yoga and Meditation, my classes revolve around proper alignment, deep breathwork and finding a connection between mind, body and spirit. Slower in pace so that we can focus within, find your peaceful space while stretching your body and rejuvenating your spirit.
Come discover the stress-busting and calm-inducing effects of a yoga practice with me! I provide a safe space for all ages and bodies, with bilingual classes accessible to all levels of yogis.
Anik’s current classes: Yang/Yin Yoga, Yoga Slow Flow, Youth Yoga
Jennifer Stow – Yoga Instructor
Jenn is a dynamic teacher whose classes are inspired by 10 years of eclectic experience and diverse training. Her classes range from calm and contemplative to energetic and challenging. Jenn has a playful style, using “krama” (multi-level sequencing) and a sense of homour to encourage her students to grow in a fun, non-competitive way. She has a University degree in Education and has spent years developing her teaching skills on and off the mat.
Jenn Stow’s yoga classes will strengthen you, lengthen you and make you smile.
Jenn’s current classes: Stretch & Unwind
Patricia Jean-Vezina – Yoga Instructor
Patricia has been practicing yoga since her teenage years. When she took her teacher training in 2012, she quickly realized that her yogic roots had been grounded much earlier than that. She believes yoga is bigger than the physical body and weaves the teachings through her classes: Truthfulness, compassion, non-stealing, non-judgement, and non-attachment. For Patricia, yoga brings balance for her emotionally, physically and spiritually by reaffirming and aligning her passion – all on her little red mat. She uses her Life Coaching skills and embodiment practices in her teaching style as she empowers people to move towards overcoming fears and blocks. Patricia leads a gentle but powerful class with a sense of playfulness. Life is too short to be so serious! Join Patricia as she unfolds her mat and her life – one asana at a time.
Patricia’s current class: Hot Power Yoga
Nicholas Séguin – Muay Thai Instructor
Level -2 Certification in Muay Thai
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
3rd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Certifications in injury prevention and Recovery
16 years of Martial Arts experience
WKF Light Middle Weight Champion
W.A.M.T.A.C. Light Middle Weight Champion
2nd place in WKA USA National Championship 2016 for Muay Thai
2nd place in WKA USA National Championship 2016 for Kickboxing
MMA = 3-1
Kickboxing = 4-1-1
Muay Thai = 13-2
Nicholas’ current class: Sweat Madness
Jackie Boudreau – Yoga Instructor
I must admit, I started yoga as a cynic however was quickly converted when I started practicing. Initially, I started practicing after an injury left me unable to go to the gym. I wasn’t happy about giving up the gym but that quickly changed. I quit the gym for a year and did yoga every day – it was during this time that yoga quite literally changed my life and shortly after, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Abe Cartland and several other teachers at Rama Lotus. Ever since, I have been teaching a variety of classes throughout Ottawa and constantly participating in yoga workshops to keep my knowledge current. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and find that teaching yoga is an exemplary way of helping people through the study of psychology.
I strive to deliver a practice that is safe, non-judgemental and introspective. I encourage students to lean in to the areas of their practice that make them uncomfortable, as long as they are safe, in order to bring about a greater understanding of themselves and in turn, compassion for themselves. I offer a practice with layers to suit most people’s physical capabilities and always encourage a good challenge where it fits!
Jackie’s current class: Warm Candlelit Yin Yoga