The BODHI Team
(Supported by a growing community of awesome teachers at your service!)
Bhaskar Goswami, BODHI Founder, combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern lifestyle-improvement techniques to provide this unique perspective. From Assam, India, Bhaskar is a Yoga Consultant who has been deeply involved with the practice since the early 90’s. He is a certified teacher of traditional hatha yoga and a specialist in employing the principles of yoga for corporate performance enhancement.
Born into the yogic tradition, he comes from the lineage of Vasishtha, who is considered to be one of the founding fathers of this ancient practice. He has been trained at the Transcendental Meditation school of Assam in India, by Yogacharya Nandakumar in Kuwait and by Siromani Sriram and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta in Canada. With a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham in England, Bhaskar has a 10 year international engineering career in petroleum, telecom, audio, acoustic and microelectronics industries, providing him with a strong understanding of the corporate environment.
Haidee Thanda, BODHI BUDS Director, has been practicing yoga and meditation since childhood. She completed a 1 year immersion Kundalini Yoga training in Amritsar, India and later became a Certified Mindful Schools curriculum teacher.
With a Masters in Educational Studies, her passion for teaching extends to conducting educational research on the benefits of mindfulness for teachers and students in the achievement of educational goals.
Haidee is also the founder of YogaRemix, a yoga-fitness program that blends stillness of meditation with ridiculous fun. Her passion comes from making the transformative experience of yoga more accessible as she continues to dedicate herself to learning, assimilating, applying and sharing the practice.
Gisèle Seto, BODHI ROOTS Director, brings yoga to remote locations such as healthcare institutions, rehabilitation centres, prisons, and senior homes. Her approach is therapeutic and targets participants of diverse levels and ages in either group or private settings. Gisele offers yoga as a form of complementary medicine. Her approach integrates anatomy, physiology, immunology and cognitive psychology to establish equilibrium between stress and relaxation responses.
Bridging the gap between modern medicine and ancient yogic traditions, she adapts yoga to the specific needs of the participant, taking into account physical, physiological, psychological and lifestyle factors. Her professional certification programs include Yoga Therapeutics (300 hrs – specialization in stress management, anxiety, lower back pain, and cancer care at Re:source Yoga Therapy school with Carina Raisman), Ashtanga/Hatha & Kids Yoga (emphasis on Ayurveda, 300-hrs with Yasmin Fudakowska Gow), and Budokon®Yoga (40-hrs with Cameron Shayne’s school of yogic, martial arts and living arts) .
Gisele’s experience in health & wellness includes more than 8 years of teaching at various fitness and wellness facilities in Montreal.
James Ghazi is BODHI Trois-Rivières Director, and founder of Yoga-zi. James has been inspired and supported for over ten years by grand masters of inner well-being such as Mike Sternloff, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, John Bradshaw and Don Miguel Ruiz. James is dedicated to sharing his knowledge about the yogic lifestyle. He is also a certified veteran yoga teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Vedenta centre in Canada. Guided by yoga master Baba Rudraksha (Peter Sosong) for over five years, James has mastered advanced yogic breathing techniques. James has shared his knowledge of yoga and meditation in Canada and Mexico.
Sophie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She has studied under Masters such as Satya Aubert, Sriram and Bhaskar in the traditional Sivananda lineage as well as Karen Claffey in Anusara technique. With a Masters degree in Clinical Sexology, Sophie is most aware of the subtle and indivisible bond between the body and mind. She considers Yoga as a primordial tool for overall health.
Director of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, a rare genetic disorder, she’s been counselling families & individuals, raising funds and organizing leisure activities for handicapped children. A mother of 2, she is known for her caring, gentle and humorous personality. Sophie is one of the teachers at the West Island studio “BODHI – my yoga space”
Having survived Corporate Burnout, Rosanne discovered the healing benefits of yoga and meditation as a daily practice. With a curiosity to dig deeper she became a yoga teacher in 2004, trained under Dr Madan Bali, PhD.
Rosanne believes Life Experiences are to be shared, and so, has worked to help others survive and even avoid burnout through the regular practice of yoga and meditation. Rosanne now teaches subtle techniques of stress release, relaxation, body awareness, and how to anchor into calmness. She designs workshops to avoid burnout, and has been communicating to the BODHI community through the News Letter and blog.
Nicolò Francesco Bernardi
Researcher toward McGill University with a PhD in Psychology, Nicolò trained in mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) toward the Center for Mindfulness (University of Massachusetts Medical School), directed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Nicolò certified as a Hatha Yoga teacher under the guidance of Yogacharia Sivadasananda, toward the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Austria. Integrating mindfulness and yogic practices with a scientific and evidence-based approach; Nicolò develops a synthesis of western and eastern contributions to well-being, aiming to offer the advantages of both.
A certified music-therapist and former professional violinist, Nicolò is capable of tailoring interventions using verbal as well as musical and non-verbal communication.