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!
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
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.
“Yi dao, Qi dao. Where the mind goes, energy follows”
also a big fan of “smell ya later”
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
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
To me, yoga is about tuning inwards, and also about noticing–noticing your body, your breath, your thoughts, your environment, and the people and things that fill it. Yoga can be the time you spend on your mat, but it can also extend to all the moments in between. At places like Mosaic, yoga is community. A competitive dancer from a young age, I found yoga while at UofT. It helped me relieve my chronic pain, and much more. I completed my first 200hr in early 2019, and have learned so much since–about different movement modalities (barre, strength training, and restorative yoga) and about different bodies and experiences, through the wonderful people who have taken my classes. I am passionate about helping people feel more at home in their bodies. This world is full of many distractions that can pull us away from embodiment, and I hope that after class everyone feels a little more at peace with themselves in their current state. If I’m having a foggy moment, I try and remember Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements: “1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best.”
JELAYNA DA SILVA
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.”
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
Philippe Van de Maele Martin
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
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.”
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.
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
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.
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