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Dawn Mauricio
Yoga + Meditation


Dawn is a yoga and meditation teacher with a playful, dynamic, and centered approach. She is known for her boundless energy, and smiling personality that are both contagious, and motivating. Teaching since 2006, she has received certifications from Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, True North Insight, Naada Yoga, and Yoga Tune Up®.

Dawn has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, and has completed close to twenty silent residential retreats in Canada, the US, Thailand, and Burma, including a 3-month silent retreat at Insight Meditation Society. Additionally, Dawn has completed several programs of meditation studies from True North Insight (2-year teaching mentorship), and Spirit Rock Meditation Center (18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, 2-year Dedicated Practitioners' Program).

In 2007 she co-founded the Yoga Mala Foundation, a Montreal-based non-profit organization that supports the development of yoga programs in underserved communities. Dawn continues to be involved as a board member. She is also a board member for True North Insight, a charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist Insight (Vipassana) meditation retreats and courses in English and French. 

Drawing from her deep experience in yoga and meditation, she delivers an effective balance of clear, precise instruction and mental reflection. Dawn firmly believes that how we offer ourselves in practice reflects how we offer ourselves in life, inspiring her to find new ways to extend her practice beyond the yoga mat and meditation cushion - and encouraging her students to do the same.

Her teachings are consistently inspired by Pascal Auclair, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, YuMee Chung, Jill Miller, and her Naada Yoga students.

Click here to see a list of Dawn's teacher training certifications.
Click here to see a list of special events and trainings in which Dawn was a guest teacher or lecturer.
Click here to see a list of press articles in which Dawn was featured.

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

- Henry David Thoreau -


Countless studies have shown that mindfulness meditation decreases stress, lowers blood pressure, improves brain function and the immune system, enhances sleep, and increases tolerance for discomfort and pain.

In addition to all these known benefits, it also makes you a better human being.

This may sound like a tall order, yet when you break down your seemingly one extended life into individual moments, choosing wisely and living with heart becomes more accessible.

With sustained practice, mindfulness meditation teaches you to see clearly the things you don't normally see because you're distracted, hiding, overlooking them, or running from them. When you slow down enough, the things you think matter - the superficial things - fall away, and what is revealed is how your mind functions, and how your heart responds.

This is what makes Dawn passionate about spreading the practice of mindfulness through yoga and meditation.

There are a few ways in which you can walk this path with Dawn:

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

- Pema Chödrön -




Vinyasa: Movement with Purpose
Saturday January 14 (10am-12:30pm) Olab Yoga (310 Rue Belvédère N, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4B1) (French)
is a Sanskrit term most often used to define a style of yoga practice, a specific series of poses within a practice, or the action of linking breath with movement. When broken down, the term vinyasa also means to move with purpose, on and off the mat. In this workshop we will explore this larger context of vinyasa, highlight how yoga practice is just that – a practice – for living a life full of meaning, all of the time. Come prepared for dynamic movement and mindful meditation.

Meditation Daylong Retreat
Sunday January 22
Details to come.

Resolve to Evolve: Wise Intention
Saturday January 28 (1:30pm-4:30pm) $40 Centre Yoga Santé (205 Boulevard Curé-Labelle #102, Ste-Rose, Laval, QC H7L 2Z9) (French)
With each new year comes new year's resolutions - a noteworthy concept but yet so rarely do resolutions become a permanent change in our lives. Although they aim to improve our quality of life, when resolutions are not grounded in an intention, they tend to be forgotten. Intentions are what provides integrity and unity in our lives. In this workshop, we will explore the differences between goals and intentions, how they work better together, and how to integrate Wise Intention in your yoga and meditation practices.


Cultivate Presence: An Urban Weekend Retreat
Saturday February 4 - Sunday February 5 (12:00pm-5:00pm) $180 Energie en corps (102 Rue du Barry #201, Kirkland, QC H9H 4P8) (bilingual)
The most telling place where the quality of our practice speaks most clearly is not in the amazing physical feats on the mat or exciting mental tricks on the cushion, but rather in the way we live our lives. Just as the poses of a yoga class are linked together by our breath, so are our actions in life linked together by our intention and presence. In this weekend urban retreat, we will explore yoga postures and meditation as a practice of awareness and awakening, highlight how yoga practice is just that – a practice – for living a life full of meaning, all of the time. Come prepared for dynamic movement, therapy ball rolling, seated and walking meditation, journaling, as well as group explorations.

Expo Yoga Montreal
Saturday February 11 - Sunday February 12 Palais de Congrès (1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5)
Details to come.


Meditation 101
Thursday March 23 - Sunday March 26 Naada Yoga Montreal (5540 Casgrain Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 1X2) (English)
This course will explore yoga postures and meditation as a practice of awareness and awakening: in-class as we practice or teach, and outside the classroom in our daily lives. Meditation instruction will include seated and walking practices, as well as dyad and group explorations. We will also examine the inter-relationship of meditation, breath, and asana to better understand how body, emotions, and sensations can bring us deeper into any practice form. Various forms and practices will be explored, helping each student find an approach that works best for them. Read more here.


Burlington Yoga Conference
Saturday April 1 - Sunday April 2
Details to come.


Meditation Daylong Retreat
Sunday June 11
Details to come.



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Like a shadow, I am and I am not.

- Rumi -


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