The Centre's TEACHERS


Eliot Acuña

Eliot delights in guiding you in the practice of yoga to discover the beauty and magnificence of your true Self. Her passion for the connection of all things has led her to study holistic nutrition, ReiKi healing and yoga. She finished Anusara Teacher Training in 2010, certified in hatha yoga and practices Iyengar yoga.

Her classes emphasize proper body alignment in a heart-warming and loving way. As a way to introduce students into a deeper inquiry of the Self, she always includes rich, inspirational teachings sourced in the wisdom and grace of the non-dual Shaivite schools of Kashmir, which she gratefully studies with her meditation teacher, Paul Muller Ortega. 

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Melissa Delaney

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“When I step onto my mat, the feeling of peace starts to settle in; nothing else matters now but this very moment. It has taken time and practice to bring me here, but now that I am, I feel whole, I feel complete, I am united with my body, my breath and my mind” - Melissa

I started practicing yoga in 2004 and fell in love with it immediately. I am constantly amazed at all the benefits that yoga has to offer, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. My passion for yoga led me to wanting to share it with others.

In 2009, I completed an intensive Hatha Yoga Teacher certification plus Radiant Child Yoga. I continue learning by taking courses and workshops whenever possible and am currently studying Therapeutic Yoga in North Carolina as well as Childbirth Education.

I feel fortunate to teach Hatha beginner and intermediate, Hot yoga, Flow, Prenatal, Parent/baby, Yin/Yang, Restorative, children/teens, Partner yoga and my very own Bliss Yoga!

I also offer workshops such as Partner Yoga, Family and Bliss Yoga

For more information on Melissa, visit her website:

Carrie Innes

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Carrie's life-long exploration of classical pilates, West African and Afro-Cuban dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Hip Hop, Salsa and Jazz, Brazilian Capoeira and a wide range of yoga styles has provided the foundation from which she has built a movement therapy practice. 

Integrating training in rhythm patterns, floor work, barre work and standing work with her personal experience of chronic pain, body trauma and recovery, she focusses on building strength from the inside out. With the help of music, her light-hearted approach to toning and opening the body encourages people to tune in with their own ways of releasing tension, pain and energy with a focus on positivity, curiosity and wonder.

Her students love that Carrie's classes are curated specifically for the bodies in the room, physically challenging and infused with humor. Carrie loves to move and to get folks moving. 



Cathia Morin


Cathia discovered a passion for yoga 11 years ago. Better energy, mood, balance, harmony and healing are all good reasons why she has made yoga her lifestyle.

With the intention to share her love for the discipline and its many benefits, she directs her teaching to the union and the expression of the whole being. She guides her students with fun, humor and depth to discover their own personal source.

With over 1000 hours of teaching under her belt, Cathia continues to refine her knowledge through various workshops.

Cathia is a psychotherapist by training, and she also offers workshops on managing stress and anxiety through yoga.


Sophie Terrasse


After a long career as a speech therapist in France and Canada, Sophie studied art therapy and received a Masters degree at UQAT (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue). Self-taught collagist and passionate about writing and creativity, Sophie then studied the Creative Journal method at the Jet d’Ancre school in Granby, Qc with Anne Marie Jobin, the founder of this approach.

Fascinated by everything related to well-being, Sophie also holds a certification in Kundalini Yoga from the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) and a certification in Laughter Yoga.

Sophie regularly leads workshops and retreats in Canada and abroad and has been working for several years at the Carmen Centre in Gatineau as an art therapist with people suffering from cancer.

Sophie’s strength lies in the uniqueness of her approach: the meeting of creativity, laughter and yoga to help the physical and emotional well-being as well as the spiritual development of the people around her.

In September 2013, Sophie has enthusiastically joined the Centre Yoga Aylmer team where she offers a weekly class of Kundalini yoga and a monthly gong relaxation-meditation workshop. Sophie Terrasse, who lives in Ottawa, is the founder of the Institut Tournesol, Capitale Du Rire and Club de Rire Tournesol d’Ottawa.

To learn more, visit her two websites and  


Véronic Briand

I first discovered yoga from a DVD that a friend had lent me in 2001. I was very curious to know more about such an unknown and even mysterious practice. It was when I started taking classes at a yoga center that I understood and felt the depth of yoga, its benefits and the union of the body and mind. I literally fell in love with the practice and that is when a deeper search within and a relationship with myself began.

I started to explore different styles in different centers and my practice started taking form respecting myself and others, practicing non-judgment and gentleness and taking my limits into consideration. As soon as I lie down on my mat, the effect is immediate. I become aware of my breath and a sense of peace, appreciation and humility settle in. I undertook an intensive yoga training in an Ashram on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where I lived for two months in a tent. I found there calmness and a way of living in simplicity with a very committed community. I later completed a yin yoga training in order to play with the postures and add deeper work. My purpose and commitment are to bring a state of well-being, both physical and mental, of authenticity and light.

I have a university degree in social communications and visual arts. I worked and taught in the field of communications and project management. At present, I am completing a training in massage therapy and continue to follow yoga trainings such as restorative yoga. I ongoingly take on artistic projects in various mediums for my own enjoyment.

Anna-Leigh Hughes

I am originally from the small town of Odessa, ON. I studied Social Service Work at St. Lawrence College in Kingston and moved to Ottawa for work and love.

I have been dancing since I was a little girl and thoroughly enjoy every genre! Once I had children, it was a little harder to find the time to take classes until I found Salsa Babies. I had a lot of fun with it and decided it would be a great opportunity to join the team once I had a chance to.

For me, dancing is all about having fun and I hope that will come across in my classes!