Our team in 2021

Les instructeurs MAQ ont bénéficié d'une formation exhaustive valorisant non seulement la lettre, mais l'esprit de la marche afghane à travers une expertise impliquant plus de 30 ans d’expérience de la marche afghane et plus d'une dizaine d'années d'enseignement sur le terrain auprès de différents publics, et dans des conditions pédagogiques variées. S'y ajoute l'enseignement précieux de Pneumacorps quant à la libération du souffle et ses applications lors de la marche. Chaque instructeur apporte en outre sa sensibilité et sa couleur professionnelle:  yoga,  Taï Chi,  Qi-Gong,  marche nordique, acupuncteur, thérapeute énergétique, etc. 

 

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Instructeurs MAQ

Ahuntsic Abitibi-Témiscamingue Bas-St-Laurent Basses-Laurentides Bécancour Capitale-Nationale Chaudière-Appalaches Estrie Lac-St-Jean Lanaudière Laurentians Laval Mauricie Mégantic Montérégie Montreal Mont-Royal Mont-Tremblant Rosemère Rouyn-Noranda Saguenay Soulanges Toronto Trois-Rivières Valcourt Verdun

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Certified instructors are listed in alphabetical order

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SYLVIE ALICE ROYER | Capitale-Nationale - Montreal

MAQ Founder

For more than 30 years, Sylvie Alice has been practicing and “questioning” the Afghan march on a daily basis. In 2006, she created Marche afghane Québec, the reference platform for teaching Afghan walking in Québec. She published "The Afghan march for all" in 2018 with Thierry Souccar Editions. Since 2013, she has been training Afghan walking instructors active throughout Quebec. She teaches the basic workshop "Learning the Afghan walk" and since 2020 offers sensitive walks in the forest in the region of Quebec that she calls the "Harmonic March". Since 2014, Sylvie Alice has offered walking and healing trips abroad. She is a health food coach.

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CLAUDE LÉGER | South Shore of Montreal

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MAQ is honored to welcome among its instructors the precursor of the teaching of Afghan walking in Quebec. Master Taï-Chi, Qi-Gong and acupuncturist, Claude is an exceptional teacher.

“From 1982, I practiced the Afghan march with my friend André Faubert who wrote the preface to the book“ Régénération par la marche afghane ”by Edouard G. Stiegler. Editions Guy Trédaniel Paris 1981. How many times have we not been around Mont-Royal in Montreal? At the time we were teaching acupuncture at the Canadian Institute of Acupuncture directed by Mr. Henri Solinas. I had the desire to teach this very particular walk to a few acupuncture students both in Montreal and in Quebec. The benefits being very obvious, I integrated it into some of my QI GONG courses. ”

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BENOÎT TREMBLAY | Montreal - Bas-St-Laurent

MAQ instructor-trainer

Founder of Pneumacorps, teacher and respiratory health guide, Benoît began to practice Afghan walking in 1995 in the Maritime Alps. He quickly made the connection with the respiratory rehabilitation to walking that he taught to people with lung disease. Since then, inspired by meditative Zen walking (kin-hin), he has continued to work on better understanding how the respiratory system is structured in babies in parallel with the stages of development of walking. As this inseparable breathing-walking link accompanies us until the last breath, we might as well make it a benevolent adventure. This is why after having completed the training of Afghan walking instructor, he developed a teaching based on free and unified breathing of the trunk (thoraco-abdominal) as a way of maturation in children and adults. This breathing supported in the pelvis and the spine, allows to free the occiput, the sternum (cardiac coherence), the arms and the legs which facilitates the walk guided by the joy of living.

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LUC LOIGNON | Abitibi-Témiscamingue - Rouyn-Noranda

Certified instructor

"Try the Afghan march too and you will see the improvements it can bring you!"

Retired since 2016, Luc is interested in everything related to the health sector. In 2019, he followed the training of Afghan walking instructor in order to share this practice which brings him well-being in terms of health. He has also incorporated it into his jogging in order to improve his performance, and this with success.

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NATHALIE AUGOT | Lower Laurentians - Rosemère

Certified instructor

Nathalie Augot has been an experienced Afghan walking instructor since 2014.

She has taught Afghan walking in various regions of France, Belgium, but also in Quebec (Montreal, Basses Laurentides and Quebec).

She is now focusing on the Lower Laurentians region, in Rosemère, where she teaches Afghan walking once or twice a year (between May and October).

His teaching of walking is based on the connection to oneself through the breath. It emphasizes relaxing the body to breathe more freely.

The Afghan march is an asset for physical and mental health in his eyes, but also a door to the opening of consciousness.

Nathalie's classes are suitable for all types of sedentary or active people (16 - 95 years old). The goal of the practices with Nathalie is to be in the presence of the body and not in the number of kilometers traveled.

She will be happy to welcome you with kindness in her groups where you will feel understood whatever your physical limitations.

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CHANTAL LAFOND | Bécancour - Toronto

Certified instructor

"Just follow the path"

Chantal discovered the Afghan walk by chance, she followed the training out of curiosity and became a trainer out of conviction: “So, like me, follow the path of discovery,” she says. The discovery of simple breathing, a rejuvenating body position and above all a smile and the pleasure of feeling alive! »A fan of walking for more than 10 years, whether in the city or with the companion, sharing this technique has become his passion and allows him to spread the benefits to everyone.

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DIANE GIRAUDIAS | Capitale-Nationale - Mont-Tremblant

Certified instructor

“To walk in conscience, to breathe in conscience, what happiness!

Looking forward to walking together! "

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Diane is available for individual and small group meetings.

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JEAN-SÉBASTIEN MILETTE | Capitale-Nationale - Chaudière-Appalaches

Certified instructor

Passionate and dynamic, Jean-Sébastien is a tireless practitioner of Afghan walking. Her curiosity and attentive presence enrich her ever-changing daily experience, for the benefit of the participants in her workshops.

Like yoga and pranayama, Afghan walking helps radiate vitality and quiet strength. This is naturally reflected in his teaching, where he shows listening, caring and generosity. He thus knows how to adequately guide people towards becoming aware of their breath and their body in learning the technique, and towards the development of their physical and mental well-being. A good companion, he will know how to lead the person to the gates of his own path, where the Adventure begins.

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MARIE-JEANNE ANCTIL | Estrie - Capitale-Nationale

Certified instructor

Marie-Jeanne shares an art of walking that changed her life. "Welcome to the road, with your body in the fresh air, with both feet in life!" she launches. She teaches Afghan walking in several regions of Quebec: Rimouski, Matane, Quebec, Sherbrooke and elsewhere, on request. She has been walking in Afghanistan since 2014. She then founded “Marcher vers soi” which is the fruit of her experience of walking, meeting and exploring oneself. She develops her passion by combining physical activity, the outdoors, awareness and self-knowledge. Its tools are the Afghan walk, the perceptual walk and the consciousness

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PATRICK AUGER | Lanaudiere

Certified instructor

Patrick is a speaker and an emeritus hiker certified as a guide and field leader with the Canadian Outdoor Council and Rando Québec. Passionate about the outdoors, Patrick has been practicing and organizing forest hikes for nearly 20 years in Quebec and the United States.
Committed to developing and enhancing the experience of trail hikers, with his company Kilometer, he offers, among other things, Afghan walking training in the Lanaudière region.

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JOHANNE PANNETON | Laurentians - Saguenay - Lac-St-Jean

Certified instructor

"And while she was there, looking for the right path, she was tracing it!"

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If you want to share a few moments with her, to trace the path, Johanne is up for it! In the beautiful and large region of the Laurentians or Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Johanne offers you a journey to the heart of being, the breath and the beauty of nature. Here, there is no question of performance, speed or surpassing oneself. For her, the Afghan walk is a philosophy of body and mind. A yoga of the soul and a meditation of the breath. She will be delighted to know you and especially to share moments of pure happiness with you. We really need it! Johanne forms small groups of four to nine people to create a walking activity. “Looking forward to walking together and blazing the trail,” she said.

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HÉLÈNE CONSTANT | Laval -   Laurentians

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Certified instructor

It all started in 2014 for Hélène, the discovery of the Afghan walk turns out to be a perfect synchronicity with her daily walk. In addition to discerning a marked decrease in her stress, she is astonished to find peace of mind and to see insomnia disappear. Without hesitation, she becomes an instructor.

Attentive to the neuronal transformation of thoughts which takes place while walking in Afghanistan, she creates the "Companion". This concentration tool, inspired by the “Memo-rhythm” developed by Corinne Stiegler, a counting bracelet which accompanies you in your rhythms and exercises and which becomes a precious asset for the repetition of mantras, thoughts or positive affirmations.

Newly graduated "Cardiac Coherence Practitioner", she wishes with all her passion to offer you an extraordinary experience of this benevolent walk.

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JOSÉE DESBIENS | Mauricie - Trois-Rivières

Certified instructor

With a bachelor's degree in psychology (UQTR), Josée discovered Afghan walking in 2016 and since then a love relationship has quickly set in, she has practiced it on a daily basis. This discovery, which connects much more than walking and breathing, gave him the desire to teach it in turn. Transmitting in all its forms is her passion. Josée is the founder of Accès Yoga, a yoga and yoga therapy teacher.

“This way of life must be known on a large scale, it is like relearning to walk and breathe in order to unite body and mind. We breathe on average 22 thousand times a day and inevitably walk every day, we might as well do it in full presence and in harmony with all that is in us and around us! ”, She says.

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DANIELLE LIVERNOCHE | Mauricie

Certified instructor

"We look forward to welcoming you to one of my workshops!"

With an MBA, Danielle has made a career in the cooperative financial sector. Retired since 2011, it was in 2018 that she began to learn Afghan walking. Quickly, his practice brings him joy, peace and fulfillment and immediately makes him want to share this experience with others. So in 2019 she became a certified Afghan walking instructor; a dream comes true!

She passionately accompanies all the participants in their discovery and experimentation of this art of walking towards oneself. It is always with great pleasure that she guides you towards physical, mental and emotional well-being, in kindness and respect.

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PAULE ROCHETTE | Mégantic - Estrie

Certified instructor

Recreationologist by training, owner of an unusual accommodation business in the forest and member of the Huron-Wendat nation, Paule likes to share her passion for the outdoors in relation to Mother Earth, listening to her senses and elements. "It is with great pleasure that I wish to accompany you, step by step, in learning this walk of connection to oneself and to nature with multiple benefits for the body, the heart and the spirit!". With many years of experience as a facilitator and organizer, Paule has guided several group activities (Afghan walking, Nordic walking and mountain hiking) in the beautiful region of Mégantic. She is a member of Rando Québec and has followed the training of hiking guide as well as that of "Without trace Canada" which promotes the responsible use of natural areas. During the Nomadic Walk sessions that she offers in the middle of nature, Paule educates participants about eco-responsibility as well as connection to Nature and suggests exercises that help integrate the different rhythms of Afghan walk.

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FRANCINE ST-PIERRE | Monteregie

Certified instructor

Francine enjoys walking a lot, but she discovered long distance walking only 5 years ago through the Chemin des Outaouais. Then, on three occasions, she found herself on the Ways of Compostela. She realized that she was missing a key to go even further in her quest and she heard the term "Afghan march". Revelation! She followed the basic workshop and then the trainer training. As a massage therapist and teacher of meditation and well-being, she possesses an additional powerful tool, the “Afghan walk”, to bring her clients towards more vitality and serenity.

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ANNE ST-HILAIRE | Montreal (Verdun - Mont-Royal)

Certified instructor

Passionate about any teaching that teaches us to "be better", the Afghan walk was a revelation for her on the road to St Jacques de Compostela. Having traveled thousands of kilometers on these paths, she can confidently confirm that regardless of the number of kilometers traveled, it is the quality of each of our steps that makes them the most beautiful memories. Walking with softness and wonder always begins with the release of the breath so that our gaze is positively on the horizon, and not with the feeling of inner suffocation by a feeling of extreme efforts or forced endurance.

It is with pleasure that she shares with you this wonderful teaching of Afghan walking, combined with her experience. "So let's go further together, with a light head and a light heart!"

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GINETTE ALARIE | MONTREAL (Ahuntsic)

Certified instructor

Having worked in education and currently in energy care, Ginette has always had health, well-being, sharing and nature at heart.

In February 2013, she participated in the Afghan walking workshop: Wow! A magnificent discovery in his life. This simple and effective technique quickly became an essential need in his daily life. She draws from it lightness, joy, calm. A new vitality settles inside her by the synchronization of the breathing with the steps and this benevolent walk anchors her more in the consciousness of the present moment.

A gift for life!

So she became an Afghan walking instructor in August 2013, that went without saying. She teaches this technique mainly in Montreal, especially in Ahuntsic. It is a great pleasure for her to share all the benefits that this walk can bring over the days, weeks, years ...

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FRANÇOISE LARAMÉE | MONTRÉAL (Ahuntsic-Cartierville)

Instructrice certifiée

Françoise a découvert la marche afghane lors d’une journée d’apprentissage avec Sylvie Alice Royer le 9 février 2013 à Ste-Adèle au nord de Montréal. Elle est une adepte des randonnées pédestres de courtes et moyennes distances, alors quoi de mieux que ce yoga de la marche!

Depuis ce temps, cette activité en plein air est devenue le complément parfait à sa pratique et à son enseignement du yoga, de la cohérence cardiaque et de la méditation. Elle enseigne le yoga depuis le début des années 1990, en plus d’être formatrice accréditée du Centre de Transmission du Yoga – CTY depuis 2010. En avril 2011, elle obtient l’attestation d’Intervenante en Cohérence/Résonnance Cardiaque auprès du Dr David O’Hare à Montréal.

Françoise désire donc poursuivre la retransmission de ces connaissances acquises pour une meilleure santé globale des personnes qui la côtoient. Depuis le 20 juin 2021, elle est instructrice certifiée de Marche Afghane Québec.

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SYLVIE EDGERTON | Montérégie - South Shore Montreal

Certified instructor

"To walk is to find your way" - David Le Breton

Coach of physical activities and well-being in nature, Sylvia offers weekly classes, outdoors, in small groups, on the South Shore of Montreal. She teaches several styles of walking and movements that promote the release of vital energy and that provide an opportunity to align body and mind for a return to oneself in union with nature. Using a variety of techniques, while respecting individual limits, participants learn to let go of muscular and respiratory tensions in order to regain lightness and the pleasure of moving.

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LAURENCE RIVET | Montérégie - Capitale-Nationale

Certified instructor

A lecturer at Laval University, Laurence has been practicing Afghan walking for nearly 10 years and has been an instructor for almost 5 years. Over the years, she has become particularly interested in the power and effects of this technique on the management of stress and anxiety in her followers. As an instructor, she favors teaching solo or in small groups for the pleasure of sharing and discussing the objectives of workshop participants in the pursuit of this training. Afghan walking being an active meditation technique, it is very easy to integrate into everyday life, everyone, all ages, can find a source of calm and vitality. Looking forward to walking with you!

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MANON CURIE | Montérégie - Estrie

Certified instructor

Out of love for the enveloping calm of nature, daily walking and conscious breathing, Manon wanted to add an outdoor component to my yoga teaching. The Afghan walk, imposed itself naturally by its yogic similarity. In 2016, she completed her instructor training with Marche afghane Québec.

To date, she has accumulated more than 1,500 hours of learning in well-being disciplines that she is very happy to integrate into her life and to share in her teachings with practitioners. It is with joy, listening and gentleness that she wants to pass on to you the thousand and one gold nuggets that the Afghan walk offers you.

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MARIE LYNE ETHIER & MICHEL DESGAGNÉ

Montérégie - Montreal

Certified instructors

Walk trainers for a dozen years, Marie Lyne Ethier and Michel Desgagné created SANTÉ À PIED. They lead their walking groups on the trails of Mont St-Bruno National Park. Their multi -technique approach allows hikers to learn about active walking, Afghan walking, Nordic walking with poles, interval walking, brisk walking, mindful walking and Shinrin walking. Yoku, an immersion in nature, inspired by a Zen practice in Japan. They also received certification as a yoga teacher in India and Nepal.

This multitechnical walking approach has developed from a global health perspective. Marie Lyne and Michel offer specific workshops for learning Afghan walking, a transversal technique suitable for all types of walks.

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LUCIE VACHON | Vaudreuil - Soulanges

Certified instructor

Yoga teacher specializing in therapeutic yoga, yin yoga and Afghan walking

A nurse by training, she has always been involved in projects aimed at promoting overall health. She has made it her personal mission: to contribute to her surrounding and virtual community by promoting healthy lifestyles.

She has been teaching yoga for almost 10 years and Afghan walking for 3 years. She wishes to empower individuals to increase their overall health and progress towards optimal well-being, independently, through the philosophy of yoga and the practice of Afghan walking.

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JEAN-BAPTISTE LE COCQ | Glastonbury, Angleterre

Instructeur certifié

Formé à la naturopathie dans les années 90 et dans les années 2000, à la technique encore peu connue du bio-alignement, méthode douce œuvrant à partir du sacrum qui a pour actions principales un relâchement des tensions du corps et une meilleure posture J’ai exercé en tant que praticien pendant plusieurs années en France, en Belgique et en Suisse. En 2015, je suis parti avec ma femme faire un tour du monde pendant plusieurs années qui nous a permis de nous enrichir des différentes cultures et traditions ancestrales, connecter à des lieux énergétiques, etc.. et également de créer une gamme d’élixirs aromatiques au Québec avec monsieur Michael Zayat. 

Nous nous sommes installés depuis 3 ans à Glastonbury en Angleterre pour y créer un lieu de retraite et de formations (druidique, féminin et masculin sacré, élixirs, etc…). À partir de 2021, je propose également de multiples méthodes d’alignement et la marche afghane en fait partie intégrante. 

 

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BRIGITTE BLANC | Provence, France

Instructrice certifiée

Brigitte marche depuis l'enfance, pratique et enseigne la libération de la respiration suivant l'approche PneumaCorps avec Benoît Tremblay depuis de nombreuses années,  ainsi que la méditation suivant la voie tracée par Karlfried Graf Dürckheim. Devenir instructeur en marche afghane auprès de Sylvie Alice s'est imposé comme une évidence suite à la découverte de cette pratique avec Benoît, et à la lecture du guide "La marche afghane pour tous".

Respirer, marcher à son rythme, en conscience.

Libérer le corps et le mouvement de la respiration avant et pendant la marche fait partie de la pratique proposée. Pour la joie de respirer et de marcher plus librement ! 

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