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We do this because we love it. We do this because it’s worked for us. Movement is joy and we're here to connect you to yours!

MORGAN COWIE
STUDIO OWNER/DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR

Morgan Cowie (she/her) is a Leo Sun, a dedicated learner and a lover of all things that light the world up with joy. 

There is not a movement practice in the world that Morgan doesn’t want to find out more about. She is currently enthralled with teaching meditation, barre, yoga and fun dance cardio sequences. She loves the feeling of combining intelligent design and sequencing with straight up sweaty fun. 

There’s no feeling in the world better than being at home in your body and Morgan’s classes are created to help you know that amazing is your birthright.

‘Je suis prest (I am ready)’ – Clan Fraser of Lovat

KATHRIN BRUNNER
INSTRUCTOR

Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it combines movement with mindfulness. This, to Kathrin (she/her), 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.

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

She loves 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 her classes ‘sneaky’ because they feel so calm but are also sweating buckets! That’s what she’s 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

CHARLOTTE DAVIES
INSTRUCTOR

To Charlotte (she/her), community is a sense of connectedness and belonging. She looks forward to welcoming each Mosaic student into that kind of environment- into this vibrant and growing community!

She thinks 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.

Her 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

TARYN DIAMOND
INSTRUCTOR
Taryn (she/her) will forever call herself a ‘new mom’, despite having a four year old. Her entry to yoga was through movement, but her passion ruminates in studying its roots in Eastern philosophy. She is unabashed in her commitment to cheesy jokes and not taking this thing called ‘life’ too seriously. Taryn is most passionate about teaching movement that breeds self-inquiry and compassion. Her classes purposefully amp up the agency of her students because, ultimately, we all have the best teachers within us. If she had to pick one modality to be monogamous with, it would be Yoga Nidrā. Through nidrā, Taryn is able to express the golden nuggets embedded within the philosophy of yoga, while also facilitating some meaningful rest for her students. 
 
Despite not being a ‘Trekkie’, this Leonard Nimoy quote really hits home for her: “The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have.”
FABIOLA DIEUVE
INSTRUCTOR
TASH GRIARTE
 INSTRUCTOR

Tash Francesca (she/her) is her chosen name. Tash understands herself as a co-creator of you time together, and what a friggen gift that is. She understands movement as a catalyst and tool for observing Self — as a part of the whole and the landscape that we occupy. 

Tash is most passionate about reminding folks that: the only teacher is the experiencer. She is humbled by the opportunity to guide you back to Self through movement, pranayam and sitting, to witness your becoming. As a guide, she recognize her role as the person who creates the container and hopes that folx feel comfortable enough to start to meet themselves as they are – each and every time (that’s the hope, never the goal).

I don’t have to be an expert, I just have to care.” -Mariska Hargitay

BLAIRE LORRISON
ADMIN TEAM/INSTRUCTOR
 

Blaire (she/her) was born and raised in Toronto, where she acquired her first loves: dancing and singing. She is a city girl, a sci-fi geek and theatre nerd who strives to take positivity and honesty with her wherever she goes. Blaire’s favourite thing about teaching Barre is getting to combine ballet with fitness – a match made in her personal heaven. She believes the aspects of grace and poise of ballet together with direct strengthening exercises creates an amazing fitness modality. And setting it all to music brings a third, incredibly important aspect: fun!

“Don’t dance for the audience; dance for yourself.” –Bob Fosse

TARANEE PONJANI
INSTRUCTOR
Taranee (she/her) is a Toronto based circus artist of Tamil and Filipinx descent. Her three biggest expressions are yoga, hand-balancing, and Bharatanatyam dance. She believes that the more we share the more we have, which is why she is so passionate about teaching. 
 

Taranee teaches a variety of movement modalities such as, gymnastics, strength training, and yoga. Currently, her favourite movement modality to teach is hand-balancing. In a world where we are constantly on the go, hand-balancing has the power to bring you back to the present moment and calm the mind. It is her favourite life hack to use.

Taranee’s favourite quote is “We are our ancestors wildest dreams”. She uses this quote as a reminder to dig deeper, work harder, and to take a chance on herself.

RENELYN QUINICOT
INSTRUCTOR
Renelyn (she/her) is a queer artist as well as a Kundalini Meditation and multi-faceted mindful movement teacher. Her practices root in play as an act of resilience and a practice of curiosity and compassion for Self. Renelyn loves to incorporate breathwork into her sequences and speaks to the body as a carrier of lineage and story! She often encourages folks to use each class as a practice of self-discovery, exploration, as well as a practice of learning to more deeply listen into our body’s wisdom, sharing a language of its own.

For Renelyn, movement is a reminder of the body’s ability to care for us, rather than always the other way around. Breath is a beautiful site of inquiry to get to know our own state, our ever changing needs and desires.

i would love to live like the river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” -john o’donohue
JASMINE SMIKLE
INSTRUCTOR

To Jasmine (she/her), yoga is about turning 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, she found yoga while at UofT. It helped me relieve my chronic pain, and much more. She 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 her classes. She is 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 she hopes that after class everyone feels a little more at peace with themselves in their current state.

If she’s having a foggy moment, she tries to 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.”

TAMARA SALPETER
INSTRUCTOR

Tamara (she/her) hasn’t been able to sit still her whole life, from ballet, to circus, to yoga…pilates, functional movement, barre, rope wall, and beyond. If it connects you to your body she’s here for it. Mindful movement (or rest, she teaches restorative too!) of any modality carves out a moment for yourself in your day, the presence of inhabiting your body with integrity, the noticing and pausing between emotions, thoughts, words, and actions, integrating it all to expand your heart-mind and to be of service. Sprinkle in some social justice, astrology, and dog petting and that sums her up well.

“Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” -Osho

JELAYNA DA SILVA
INSTRUCTOR
 
Jelayna (she/her) is seeking peace so that she might be able to offer it to others, and living her life in a way that acknowledges our complete interconnectedness.
 
Practicing and teaching yoga helps Jelayna to live this truth. She loves to teach vinyasa, hatha and yin. She love to teach what she knows – Jelayna also adores how you could never fully “know” everything yoga has the potential to be. It’s a practice with so many different facets and approaches making it something truly accessible to everyone. Yoga really IS for everyone. 
 
Jelayna feels that Yoga allows her to serve others. She loves the undeniable difference she’s witnessed in her own and others lives after trying the practice of yoga. She believes that it really is consistently incredible; the proof is in the pudding.
 
You think you know, but you have no idea” – MTV Cribs
ALISON STARK
INSTRUCTOR
Ali (she/her) cares deeply about inclusion in all aspects of life and in fostering welcome environments that acknowledge and value people in all our many states of being. Creating space and time to facilitate dialogue and connection around sharing within communities are crucial elements to how she uses her practice to uplift and empower others. Her classes will sometimes make you belly laugh but may just as often offer you a safe place to express or release darker emotions. Ali is especially passionate about sharing Qi Gong as a means to build individualized, energetic language and healing codes, both in class and in daily life. She integrates humour, playfulness and loving compassion into what she offers out to the world, which have been instrumental tools in her own self-nurturing while managing chronic pain and illness. 
 
Be you, shine on, the world will adjust” 
SHAWNA TURNER
INSTRUCTOR
Shawna (she/her) is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and as much as she is inspired by movement and nature, she is inspired by words and stories.
 
Shawna is passionate about making what we learn in a yoga class applicable to our lives.  She believes that there is so much potential held in this practice and she wants to help others to see and feel into that potential; ultimately tapping into their own unique potential.
 
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison
PHILIPPE VAN DE MAELE MARTIN
INSTRUCTOR
When he’s not on the mat, Philippe  (he/his) is also an actor, a food & wine enthusiast, a lover of things dramatic and a believer in tender moments. He speaks fluent French, has two brothers and loves the colour green. He will take Game of Thrones over The Bachelor, Melissa McCarthy over Seth MacFarlane, Ginger Molasses over Chocolate Chip and Broccoli over Cauliflower.
 
Philippe’s goal as an instructor is to move and inspire as a Challenger, a Caretaker and an Artist. He values vigour, laughter, creativity and integrity. His classes, always rooted in a theme, are a blend of smart strengthening, fluid movement, poetic cueing and an appeal to the subtle. Philippe found Yoga at a time when he really needed help and guidance. It is not an exaggeration to say that Yoga changed his life. He hopes to offer others a spark of what’s been so meaningful to him. He is a student of what he teaches.
 
Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.” -David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas