Nikki Balch

Nikki, who is part of the 'Vinny and Nikki' show on The Beat 92.5, is an East Coast girl who has lived in six provinces - but Montreal stole her heart when she moved here in 2011.

Her plan to become the lead singer of Destiny’s Child 2.0 fell through so she went for radio instead. Which is perfect because she loves to talk and there’s no way she’d rather spend every morning than waking up Montreal with Cousin Vinny.

When she’s not in the studio you can find her at any live show or concert, shopping along St Catherine with music in her headphones,  enjoying one of the many amazing restaurants this beautiful city has to offer or at the market stocking up on produce so she doesn’t feel so bad about all of those restaurants--it’s about balance right?


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Bhaskar Goswami

Having taught yoga and meditation since 2001, there is one thing that I am confident about: yoga practice is for every body. I have taught yoga in virtually every conceivable environment, to people from the entire spectrum of age, culture and physical condition. As my teacher used to say, "It is the one good, for all good".
I have been extremely fortunate to have been guided by two master teachers, Yogacharaya Nandakumar and Siromani Sriram. Beyond being in awe of their mastery of the practice, what was more inspiring was how remarkable they were as human beings. I remember my then young mind wondering, "If I could be just a little bit like them, then this is definitely worth practicing".
It is an honor and privilege to pass on what I continue to learn, with enthusiasm and due justice to the practice. So, it is very important to me that yoga is taught properly, to the best on my understanding. It is my hope and trust that this sincerity comes through in my guidance, so that this practice can be as beneficial for you as it has been for me.

“The real teacher is right under your nose. It is the breath.”

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Mayra Husic

Back in 2011, Mayra was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma while training for a Marathon. This active mother of three with a successful career shocked her family, friends and all that knew her. You will often hear her say “cancer does not discriminate”. She was no stranger to cancer having lost her mother to gallbladder cancer in 2005. She was put on watch and wait and continued to train running her fifth marathon to keep her body strong and mind focused. In 2013, her watch and wait was over and she began two and a half years of chemotherapy.

Eager to learn and better understand the proverbial “why me?” she began meditating to help her answer this very question. With all the challenges that she has encountered during and after her treatment, she remains with a positive outlook and attitude. With various setbacks post treatment and with a Fibromyalgia diagnosis in 2017, she lives in what she calls the “grey zone”. Meditation helps her manage her daily pain and anxiety and allows her to listen to her body more intently.

She is a firm believer of “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. (Charles R. Swindoll)”. She has learned through her various setbacks that everything happens for a reason and every event whether positive or negative gives everyone a chance to grow as an individual. With the experience of a cancer caregiver and now a patient, she gives back to society by volunteering when she is physically able to do so. She is humbled by all those that fundraise and support the organization and those that have lifted her spirits along the way through their kindness. She hopes through joint efforts, a cure for Lymphoma will be just around the corner. “Namaste”

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