Josephine Vittoria

E-RYT® 500, Founder and director of Institut Yoga Essentiel

Following the teachings of the Iyengar tradition, since 2009 Josephine has studied under the guidance of various senior Iyengar teachers and influencers including Judith Lasater (Restorative Yoga, Relax and Renew®), Elise Miller (Yoga for Scoliosis), Bobby Clennell (author of The Woman’s Yoga Book), and Eyal Shifroni (author of "A Chair for Yoga"). She completed her initial training at École Satyam de Hatha Yoga in Montreal; and continued her studies with François Raoult at Open Sky Yoga, completing over 500 hours in the Pranayama, Back Care Therapy, EYTT and Advanced Teacher Training programs. These trainings have enabled a journey of teachings and practices that are strengthened by dedication and integrity.  Her work as a yoga practitioner bestows her with discoveries about the human body and spirit. These experiences have influenced the way she understands herself and the world as well as the way she expresses herself creatively through her jewelry brand Inherstudy. Creating space, discovering self-awareness, and learning to let go are the fundamentals of her teachings.

Josephine has been teaching yoga since 2012. She also directs the 200h Yoga Teacher Training : The Essentials at Institut Yoga Essentiel, and is on the faculty of Open Sky Yoga's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training : The Journey. 

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André Borin

M.Sc., IYA 500, PYC 500, Yoga Teacher

André has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2008. He was fortunate to have a mother who taught hatha yoga in Brazil, who introduced him to yoga at the age of 12. He followed various trainings in Brazil with Pedro Kupfer, pupil of Swami Dayananda, master of Vedanta. After a few years of practice and teaching, he completed a yoga teacher training with Hervé Blondon at École Satyam de Hatha Yoga in Montreal and most recently completed a 200 hour teacher training at Open Sky Yoga. He pursued his studies following various trainings in meditation, restorative yoga (Relax and Renew® with Judith Lasater), pranayama, mantras, etc. In recent years, he has studied the relationship between the mental, emotional and physical aspects of human beings. His goal is to be able to share this knowledge in order to help students achieve a state of mindfulness.

 André holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, and a Master's degree in Science of Human Movement on the mental aspects of athletes; both strengthening his global vision of the structures of the human body and its biomechanics. His background in science, teaching experience in physical activity, and his yoga practice all allow him to guide his students onto a conscious, integrated and accessible yogic path. 


Jaime Haraldson

Yoga Teacher


Jaime has been teaching yoga since 2004. She’s particularly interested in movement education as a way of managing pain and improving quality of life. She views yoga as a way of moving through life with a bit more ease, strength and grace, not as a way of attaining postures or perfection.


Jaime has a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology and has studied and practiced different movement disciplines over the years. She considers Iyengar yoga the foundation of her work therapeutically and in her own personal practice. Rigorously trained in the Iyengar yoga tradition, she has had the good fortune to study with Hart Lazer, Ramanand Patel and Rev. Fr. Joseph H Pereira. Her classes are fun, challenging and highly adaptable to all levels of practice.