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
Studio Manager + Instructor

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!

I think yoga offers a unique opportunity to turn inwards and tune in to the goings on of body and mind. It offers the possibility of finding more connection, more space, more openness, more stillness.

My practice and teaching is currently inspired by the desire to find the ideal balance between healthful movement and effort and restorative rest.

"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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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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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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Matthew LaRochelle
Instructor

Yoga is a way for me to ask myself questions, break my patterns, and find new ways to move.

My practice right now is driven by learning. Finding new skills, new environments, and new modalities to push my body and brain into a beginner-state again and again.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Dan Millman

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Mattieu de Careye
Instructor

Mattieu de Careye E-RYT-500 YACEP is a former creative director who parlayed his powers of persuasion into an exuberance for embodied experience. His effervescence, tenacity, and humour translate into breath-driven, whimsical classes that guide all levels to a deeper appreciation of yoga — gleefully revelling in the moments of transformation from struggle to skill.

 

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Pamela Wong
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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Samantha McGrenaghan
Instructor

Yoga is breath, yoga is life, yoga is everything.

I discovered yoga years ago while studying at the University of Western Ontario. From that point on, yoga became a daily practice for me. In 2015 I graduated from the YYoga teacher training program as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Alliance instructor and in 2016 I continued my studies in Hot Yoga training.

My teaching style combines the flow of Ashtanga with the alignment of Iyengar for a fun and playful yet intelligent way of practice. I believe that as we connect our bodies to our breath, making space to feel and be present in every asana, yoga can become the ultimate self-expression. I've done my job when my students feel completely free to express in their own beautiful and unique way. My classes will leave you feeling encouraged, accomplished, focused and energized.

"Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better."

-Emile Coué

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Sandra Dumont
Instructor

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Scott Davis
Instructor

Scott Davis has been sharing his passion for health as a practitioner of Integrative Medicine, movement therapist, yoga teacher and health educator for the past two decades. He integrates therapeutic traditions, contemporary approaches to health and the latest research in biomechanics and human movement in ways that are clear, accessible and results-based.

Scott brings a balance of authenticity, humour and depth to his clinical practice, where he treats his patients with a holistic approach centred on Eastern Medicine and the three pillars of health: Movement, Nutrition and Rest. As an educator, Scott has trained hundreds of yoga teachers and movement instructors and is on a lifelong path of learning and discovery to continue to help people feel better in their lives.

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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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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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Tash Griarte
Admin Team + Instructor

Yoga is an opportunity to liberate the self from restraining thoughts patterns + destructive tendencies and feel so good in who you are in this moment. Yoga is a celebration of your ability to be kind to yourself in those moments where no one else notices.

I've been teaching since I've completed the Misfit Method Pilates Teacher training in 2018 and have found myself leading a variety of movements outside of the scope of pilates. Sometimes restorative, sometimes flow, sometimes barre. Right now I am passionate about leading movements that give space for people to feel their personal strength ~ whatever that looks like.

"I don't have to be an expert, I just have to care." -Mariska Hargitay

I'm really humbled and so happy to be a part of the mosaic community. Community is a place where liberation and freedom exist, a place where you can be your most authentic version of yourself and know that no matter what, you will be supported. I feel that here, every single time I am at desk, leading class or taking one. What a great place we've all created together.

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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