Mosaic Yoga is home to some of the most talented teachers in this city. Our approach is inclusive and progressive. This is a space for all of us to learn. We are students of these practices first and foremost. We do this because we love it. We do this because it’s worked for us. We do this because sharing these practices means you might be better able to see yourself as a masterpiece in progress!

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Morgan Cowie
Studio Owner/Director, Instructor

Yoga clears the mist off the window of our souls allowing us to see that we are unbroken, unbound and full of love. Movement, ethical practice, working at relationships, meditation, breathwork, creation of beauty, appreciation of beauty, truth-seeking...they can all take us to that clearing.

There are so many branches of yoga and I'm pretty excited about the ones I know and the ones I haven't yet had the opportunity to uncover. I'm passionate about teaching in practical, ethically sound and informed ways. If I'm doing my job well, I'm just a guide - the real teacher is being uncovered in each student's heart.

'Je suis prest (I am ready)' - Clan Fraser of Lovat

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Alison Stark
Instructor

It has been my pleasure to lead Qigong classes for the past 10 years, with a strong focus on Qigong for women's health in the past 5 years. I'm a certified instructor of the healing forms of Chow Qigong, Radiant Lotus Women's Qigong levels 1 & 2 and Zhang fu Gong Organ Cleansing.

Qigong has been a passionate practice and healing tool for me for over 15 years, using it daily to manage my own chronic pain, Fibromyalgia and Auto immune disorder. My goal is create a safe and welcoming environment for people to talk and learn self healing tools, feel empowered to manage their health issues and to laugh & play.

Favourite Quotes:

"Yi dao, Qi dao. Where the mind goes, energy follows"

also a big fan of "smell ya later"

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Annyen Lam
Instructor

Annyen began practicing yoga in her early twenties to help address repetitive strain injuries from being an artist. Little did she know that what would begin as a purely physical practice would eventually become a much deeper journey in the ways that yoga can transform, restore, and inspire.

For Annyen, yoga is a constant practice of awakening to one’s true nature - a practice that is limitless in its teachings about the body, heart and spirit.

Annyen holds over 500 hours of teacher training certification from Octopus Garden under the guidance of Pat Harada Linfoot and Scott Davis. Drawing from a passion for helping people develop strength and mobility, Annyen’s classes focus on alignment and linking breath to healthy movement. Through a warm, attentive and supportive environment,  Annyen is committed to empowering students to explore their individual potential.

'When we bring our mind into our body, the body become mindful, and the mind becomes embodied.' - Donna Farhi  

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Bree Greig
Instructor

One of my favourite definitions I've heard as of late is "(Yoga) the process of becoming the foremost expert on what's beneficial for your body, mind, and spirit."  This was from a dear friend and brilliant teacher in San Francisco, Sean Haleen.  Succinct and to the point! Thank you, Sean.

I have been teaching for 12 years. I started in vinyasa flow and restorative, and had a lot of Anusara influence. Recent studies include Yoga Tune Up and reiki.

I'm passionate about guiding wholesome moving and breathing practices that are intelligent and creative, introspective and clear, and that soothe body, mind, spirit.

"(your) awareness creates the alignment, as opposed to alignment creating the awareness." - Judith Hanson Lasater

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Charlotte Davies
Admin Team

To me, community is a sense of connectedness and belonging. I look forward to welcoming each Mosaic student into that kind of environment- into this vibrant and growing community!

"When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn't matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn't see before. Its never too late to take a moment to look.” 
― Sharon Salzberg

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Elke Schroeder
Instructor

For me, yoga is the integration of awareness on all levels - physical, spiritual, mental and energetic. When I practice, I investigate the relationship and interactions I have with my body in order to hone a deeper, clearer connection inward that I can then relate to what I experience that is outside of my body. In my teachings, I aspire to lead people to their own discoveries of these connections via a thoughtful and meaningful relationship to their physical selves. Yoga for me is a moving meditation practice.

I have been teaching yoga for 10 years and I'm a graduate of the Octopus Garden Teacher Training Program and Mentorship (led by JP Tamblyn, Pat Harada Linfoot and Scott Davis in 2006). In addition to yoga and dance, my movement background includes dance, floorwork, acrobatics, functional movement and martial arts. Currently my teaching is influenced by the artists of Wim Vandekeybus’ Ultima Vez (Brussels), David Zambrano, and RootlessRoot (Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea).

I am passionate about movement, about leading people to move. I want to inspire curious movement-minds, to help people find their patterns, their edges - and then encourage them to consciously play there.

“Everything is changing; awareness is constant.” – Jozef Frucek

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Farley Tarn
Instructor

Farley came to yoga to work on his flexibility by suggestion from his Muay Thai Kickboxing trainer. Realizing that yoga is not only physically beneficial but also mentally therapeutic, Farley hopes to inspire others to find the same healing qualities from yoga.

Not only does Farley have an extensive background in Massage Therapy, but is also a graduate from Toronto’s Ahimsa Yoga Centre. Farley offers insight to his classes focusing on proper alignment and safety, while still challenging students and encouraging a sense of fun and excitement.

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Gregmar Newman
Instructor

My definition of yoga has evolved over the years. Yoga is moving and breathing with intention, with a purpose that goes beyond the physical practice.

My yoga journey started more than a decade ago and I immediately fell in love with the healing and empowering benefits it has over the body and mind. The desire to share the gifts of yoga took me to deepen my knowledge under the guidance of JP Tamblyn-Sabo at Ahimsa Yoga Centre, where I completed a 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training. My passion to live my dharma of helping youth find peace of mind through a mindfulness practice, led me to complete a teacher training with the New Leaf Foundation, which is a charitable organization making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to youth in some of the least serviced environments in Canada.

I am also a certified Reiki practitioner under the guidance of Lady Samantha from The Rock Store, which allows me to infuse my classes with some healing Reiki energy. I have been blessed to practice with some brilliant teachers over the years, all with detail for alignment and wellbeing, which inspires my teaching today. I am a passionate advocate of using yoga to improve emotional, physical and spiritual well being. My classes include creative flowing sequences with a focus on breath and alignment, encouraging the students to be present, intentional and kind to themselves...always sprinkled with a Latin twist. I motivate them to go beyond their mats, take something from the practice and out into the world. It is a real privilege to assist people on their yoga journey.

I am grateful to all my teachers in yoga and Reiki for their invaluable knowledge andguidance, and for inspiring me to share my practice with others.

Right now, I am living my dharma, I found my purpose in life and this quote describes my path:

'The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away' -Shakespeare

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Jade Sakamoto
Instructor

Jade was born a mover. At an early age she got her first pair of tiny black tap shoes and never looked back. She spent most of her time in dance class and running about under the vast prairie sky. Her formal training as a ballet teacher took place at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She later studied and graduated from the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and was an independent dance artist before starting her family.

Yoga became deeply meaningful to Jade when she became a mother as it allowed her to discover a deeper connection to self, a sense of peace and joy in a changed body. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2014 at Octopus Garden under the direction of Pat Harada Linfoot and Scott Davis. Jade is thrilled to join the community at Mosaic Yoga.

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Joshua Lewis
Instructor

Joshua is a seasoned yoga practitioner and teacher known for offering classes that encourage safe and compassionate inquiry into the pulsating experience of life – on and off the mat. His calm and supportive guidance is sought after by students of all level, age and life experience, knowing that he teaches humbly and with deep respect for each individual’s personal practice. He believes passionately that when we practice yoga, we are practicing for life and as such, each class is an opportunity to connect deeply with ourselves. On the mat, he believes that we develop an intimate relationship with ourselves that allows us to heal, to grow and to transform.

Joshua has been teaching full time since he completed his initial 250 hour teacher training in 2009 at The Yoga Sanctuary under the guidance of Cynthia Funk and Karusia Wroblewski. Soon after, he became one of the first teachers in Toronto to be certified in yin yoga by Tracey Soghrati and has since had the privilege and honour to assist Tracey and mentor subsequent groups of teacher training students. Joshua has completed an additional 300+ hour advanced teacher training. He has focused his studies on restorative yoga, therapeutics and philosophy. He draws inspired influence from his teachers, including Sarah Powers, Saul David Raye and Pema Chodron, Hali Schwartz. Committed to lifelong learning, Joshua is currently studying to become a psychodynamic psychotherapist with the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling program.

Off the mat, Joshua spends a great deal of time thinking about, preparing and enjoying food. Quiet time is spent on solo pilgrimages to beautiful places and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Joshua’s yoga path is richly supported by the practice of kirtan and bhakti yoga and by an incredible web of family and friends.

"Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know." Pema Chödrön

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Katelynn Corman
Instructor

Yoga for me is the pursuit of living and loving more in the present moment. Where I get to be curious about the connect between my mind, my body, and my breathe through self discovery, self discipline, and integration.

After wrapping up my professional dance career in my mid-twenties, I was immediately drawn to Yoga & Pilates; training in Brazil, New York, and Toronto. I've completed over 500hrs of study at Octopus Garden, and recently 100hrs of Yoga Tune Up training, I love continuing my educating any chance I get. I have been teaching Yoga, Pilates and practicing Thai Massage in the Toronto area ever since 2012.

I love getting students to their edge, initiating curiosity and investigation about sensations in their body, delivering the knowledge to support them in how to live better in their bodies.

'Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.' - George Addair

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Kathrin Brunner
Instructor

Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it combines movement with mindfulness. This, to me, is what makes yoga so profound. At the end of a class, there's the potential to feel settled in your body, your mind and your energy.

I started teaching in 2009 after training at Sivananda Vedanta. Later, I completed trainings at Octopus Garden Yoga (300 hour, Restorative Yoga and Functional Movement) and Body Harmonics (Pilates) and Boomerang (Pilates and Functional Movement).

I love teaching in a way that combines what feels great (the yummy movements and fun flows) and what we need (the ab and hip work that makes us groan). Students often call my classes 'sneaky' because they feel so calm but are also sweating buckets! That's what I'm passionate about - finding ways to integrate the 'sweet stuff' with 'the medicine'.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou

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Katy Nguyen
Instructor

Yoga for Katy has been a way to integrate movement, stillness, and breath to find balance in mind, body, and heart. Katy has completed over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and has been teaching for several years.

She is passionate about using restorative yoga and functional movement as tools to connect with oneself, community, and nature.

"Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are. " - Maria Popova

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Laura Wood
Instructor

Yoga is all about connection for me. It is an invitation to move away from our patterns and to become more aware and tuned in. As we become more connected and embodied, we become more connected the world around us.

I've been teaching for just over 10 years, having finished my 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Space in 2007. I went on to study Prenatal Yoga with Sasha Padron and soon after attained my doula certification. After the birth of my first son I became a Body Harmonics certified pilates teacher to help restore and restrengthen my body after birth. I have been lucky enough to study with some amazing teachers in both Toronto and internationally, including Bryan Kest (Power Yoga), Seane Corn (Vinyasa), Eionn Finn (Blissology), Hali Schwartz (Restorative Yoga), Shelly Prosko (Yoga for Pelvic Health),  and Jules Mitchell (Yoga Therapy and Biomechanics).

I am passionate about supporting women through pregnancy and motherhood. The journey into and through motherhood is filled with so many challenges and changes as well as immense joy! It's completely transformative but that doesn't mean it's easy! Based my own experience, I know how hard it can be to feel your best when you're dealing with pain and discomfort, not to mention exhaustion and hormones! I aim to provide women with a balanced movement practice that helps them feel more connected, supported and confident and am passionate about educating women on the importance of proper postpartum recovery and pelvic health.

"We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too."

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Lisa Messina
Instructor

To me, yoga is abiding practice that offers an authentic and holistic system for living and being. It is movement, stillness, communication, emotion, thought, breath, relationships, community, energy, life, death, and all forms of nourishment.

I have been teaching formally since 2005. For me, movement studies began at the age of three when I was called to dance and has been a continuous study from then on. My learnings are my teachings, absorbed through various modalities beginning with dance (and all of it’s various styles and somatic movement practices), which led to a former career and studies in theatre and performing arts, to training in pilates, yoga, and currently in relational, somatic psychotherapy.

I am passionate about teaching because it allows me to weave all of my life experiences and learnings into something that I can share with others who are interested in exploring. I feel that what I have learned and continue to learn, invest in, and move though, has enhanced my life a great deal and I hope to assist others in further enhancing their own lives.

 

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Margarita Moore
Instructor

Yoga is a connection between the body and the mind, it can vastly improve your quality of life and enable you to find balance. For me yoga is not just a physical activity, it is a lifestyle-everything that you experience on your mat: passion, care, love and respect, can be taken off the mat into everyday life.

I have been teaching for over 5 years and I had the opportunity to learn from several teachers along the way. One of them is Diana Bruni, she not only taught me about yoga, but she also showed me the importance of embracing life and becoming more aware and connected with oneself. Another great teacher that has had a significant impact on me is J-P Tamblyn Sabo. His charisma, knowledge and passion for yoga, taught me the importance of teaching from my heart and being ones true self.  My love for anatomy came from Alison Banks, she provided me with a clear understanding of the human body and helped me to explore movement in a healthy and creative way.

I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to be part of a community where I can provide a safe place for my students to be themselves, to be challenged and see growth in their practice. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for the human body and I find it very rewarding to guide people to move, to breath and to share their energy together.  

'What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you image you create' -Buddha

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Mark Bezpiezcny
Instructor

Yoga is a system used to deepen your understanding of life. A continuous practice of observing yourself and learning what it is to be human.  Yoga is now; This is yoga.

I have completed over 500 hours of teacher training programs and taken dedicated training in Restorative Yoga as well as Hot Yoga.  I am  still a student of yoga philosophy, deepening knowledge through monthly Sat Sang.

I am passionate about cultivating and teaching about connection. Connection with yourself, connection with breath, as well as connecting breath with mindful movement in order to align the body back into its natural state.  Connecting to the equilibrium can guide you towards your own capacity for self healing.  I am most passionate when I can share this gift of finding your own ability to self-heal.

Teach me of That you see as beyond right and wrong, cause and effect, past and future - Katha Upanishad

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Mattieu de Careye
Instructor

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Nicole Winston
Instructor

I feel at home in the practice, lifestyle and essence of yoga. When I allow for it, yoga brings me a higher quality, more spacious existence, and I love sharing this magic with others.

I have a BSc in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Fitness Instructor Specialist Certificate, and completed 200 hours of Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training. Holistic wellness is a life long passion and I am committed to remaining a student on this path.

My intention is to bring curiosity and a sense of humour to my student/teacher yoga practice, and humbly to help create space so that together we fall more in love with self and with this precious life, one breath at a time.

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Pamela Wong
Outreach Coordinator, Instructor

Yoga is the stilling of the mind. But more to that, it is a personal experiment and exploration in how the skin we live in—the only mixed bag of muscles/bones, breath, emotions, memories, experiences we will ever live in—operates and communicates with us.

I obtained my 200-hour YTT in 2015, when I first began teaching and 300-hour YTT in 2016. I have also been studying yoga philosophy--what the sages have learned through their own experiments and exploration thousands of years ago—for the last 3 years.

By sharing my own practice and experience with yoga, I am passionate about providing a space for others to experiment and explore themselves through my classes. From each class, I am also always learning about the infinite diversity of skins and self, which is consistently inspiring to me.

“In relationships, you create an environment with your own work on yourself, which you offer to another human being to use to grow in the way they need to grow. You keep working—you become the soil—moist and soft and receptive so the person can grow the way they need to grow, because how do you know how they should grow?” –Ram Dass

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Philippe Van de Maele Martin
Instructor

Before yoga, my favourite way to move my body and expand my mind was video games. Sitting. Hunching. When first introduced to yoga at theatre school in 2007, I was downright afraid of the movement. But something about it kept me coming back. At eighteen years old, yoga touched me very deeply, and changed everything.

Currently, I would define Yoga as a gateway to a softer heart, a stronger presence, a healthier body and a stiller mind. Sometimes fierce, messy and strong, other times quiet, easeful and still.

I've been teaching since 2015 and approach my classes as a Challenger, a Caretaker and an Artist. I hope to inspire people to move, feel and breathe without shame or censor. I love the opportunity to support anyone moving towards their fullest potential.

“All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended.” - David Mitchell

 

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Sadia Mokri
Admin Team

Whenever I hear the word 'community' I picture people coming together in 'unity'. Great things happen when like-minded people come together. My hope is to make everyone feel welcome when they arrive at Mosaic and help cultivate this new community I'm so proud -and grateful- to be apart of.
"I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap"- Ani DiFranco 
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Sandra Dumont
Instructor

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Sarah Schoepher
Admin Team

For me, community is a sense of belonging and fellowship among a group of people. They are bonded by their shared interests, goals and beliefs; and work together to create spaces that foster their connections.

I want students to feel welcomed and comfortable as soon as they enter Mosaic; that they are part of something larger while they embark on an ongoing journey of self-discovery.

in omnia paratus: Ready for anything.

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Shawna Turner
Instructor

One of my favourite quotes sums up what it is that I love about yoga, and how, if asked, I would want to define it.

Bhante Gunaratana says this about mindfulness, and I believe it to be true of any spiritual endeavor.  He says "It's an experiment and an investigation.  An adventure every time. ...the goal is liberation."  

I've been teaching now for six years and with every class I find this to be more present within myself and those I see who really stick with the practice.

I love teaching what I would consider some of the 'behind the scenes pieces of yoga'.  What I aim to do in each class is weave some philosophy, mythology, chakra talk, history - some depth - seamlessly into an asana class.  This is my passion and I'm so excited to be sharing it with the Mosaic community.

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Stephanie DeBou
Admin Team, Instructor

For me, yoga is all about connection - developing a deeper awareness of the individual mind/body connection, and a greater connection to the vastness of the universe that includes all it’s wonderful beings and creatures.

I have been teaching yoga and meditation in studios, in schools, in corporations and on retreat for over a year. Despite having nearly 20 years of personal practice, it wasn’t until 2014 that I decided to pursue my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Octopus Garden. Even then, I still wasn’t convinced I was destined to teach. After a couple more years as a full time entrepreneur and part time yoga student, attending every workshop and retreat I could, I finally decided after spending two months in India studying yoga and meditation that teaching was my true path. I signed up for my 300 hour training and haven’t looked back since!

I am passionate about teaching meditation, and movement that can be a meditation unto itself. I like slow, deliberate, flowing classes that allow for a meditative experience, but also prepare us for sitting comfortably. The ability to sit comfortably, in meditation and in life, is a great litmus test for our health. To that end, I also bring in functional movement elements to keep our bodies moving, long and strong, for our lifetimes. Prenatal yoga is also personal passion of mine as it is such a sacred time in many women’s journeys. Meditation, breathwork, and movement can help prepare for what can be the biggest event in a women’s life, in addition to helping her cope with the stress of being a new mom. Many women come to yoga for the first time during pregnancy, and many women also end up continuing a practice after the birth. Helping women find ease, strength, and tools for life along their journey into motherhood is something very important to me as a teacher.

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.” ~ Rumi

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Tamara Salpeter
Instructor

Yoga for me is all about 'space' from the physical to the spiritual. The intention of carving out a moment for yourself in your day, the presence of inhabiting your body with integrity, the mindfulness of noticing and pausing between emotions, thoughts, words, and actions, integrating all that to expand your heart and your mind, to be of service."

A yoga practitioner for almost half my life, I believe in the holistic benefits of movement. I have extensive and varied experience with a background in dance, devised theatre, circus arts, functional movement, and yoga, and I recently finished my 500RYT education at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre. I am an aerialist, contortionist, director, teacher, and animal-petter. My classes are creative, fun, inclusive, and will get you moving!

My favourite thing about teaching is the community- I learn from my students every day.  The magic that emanates from each and every person is humbling to be in the presence of.

"Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move." -Osho

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Taranee Ponjani
Admin Team

To me, community is people from all walks of life coming together and celebrating one another's uniqueness. People coming together to create a palpable atmosphere of love, peace, and acceptance where everyone feels nurtured and supported.

I want students at Mosaic to feel at home. They should feel that Mosaic is a safe haven for them to come to when they feel spiritually depleted and need to recharge.

"Connected to everything. Attached to nothing."

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Taryn Diamond
Instructor

How do I define yoga? I could spend a lifetime defining 'yoga,' and I intend to! For now, I'll define it as the fine-tuning of our ability to see the subtle. As an energetic and inclusive instructor, I draw from my studies in asana, restorative yoga, yoga nidra, meditation and yoga philosophy. I completed over 500 hours of Yoga Education with Octopus Garden and continue to pepper my skills with regular yoga philosophy satsangs and workshops across the city. My passion for instruction is informed by a running thesis that movement is inherently joyous and healing.

'The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.' Leonard Nimoy