Our Amazing Team
We have an amazing team of teachers. All of our yoga teachers have studied in the TAYS method but each brings in their own personality, experience, education and background. You can scan the list below to find out more about each of us. If you find a teacher that you would like to study with, you can view that teacher's schedule at the bottom of their biography.
TAYS FAMILY OF STAFF
Born in Prince Edward Island, Abra began dancing at the age of 3. After graduating from high school, she continued her dance training at Grant McEwen College in Edmonton, Alberta for two years then went on to finish her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. For the last seven years, Abra has taught contemporary, classical and creative dance at DansEncorps as well as danced with the company.
After more than 10 years of practicing yoga, Abra had the opportunity to complete her 200 hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at T.A.Y.S. (Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is now extremely excited to be continuing her education with the 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training through T.A.Y.S. She has taught at multiple studios in the maritimes over the last three years. Abra's classes have a strong focus on alignment, breath and maximizing potential.
Alex was introduced to yoga at the beginning of her university degree, where she studied music and became very interested in the concept of mindfulness in art and performance. As she began to practice yoga more and more, she recognized the ways it could infuse everyday life with a sense of presence and excitement, creating space for inspiration and connection with others. She loves to draw upon these themes in her classes, as well as the healing nature of breath and movement.
Alex is a graduate of the Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio 200 Hour Program and is now pursuing a 500 Hour certification alongside her studies in Kinesiology. She is currently subbing classes here at TAYS.
In a search for the balance to playing competitive soccer, training for distance running as well as life’s daily challenges, Amy began practicing yoga 10 years ago. Quickly, she found yoga to be an incredible compliment and physical outlet. It led her to a deeper understanding of what it means to be truly healthy.
We must be active participants in the creation of our personal health and yoga invites opportunities to nurture mental, physical, spiritual health and growth. By coordinating our breath and movement in an asana practice we begin to bring our minds back home to our bodies and much healing occurs. Amy is dedicated to developing her personal practice and is certified as a 200hr Hatha Vinyasa instructor at TAYS. She continues her yoga teacher-training journey in the TAYS 500hr professional teaching program. This work complements her background as an educator and her training as a counseling therapist, whose passion is to support personal empowerment and holistic health. Amy teaches early morning "wake up" classes on Monday and Fridays at 6:30 am and Saturdays at 8 am, she teaches Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm and Friday nights at 5:30 pm.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 10 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
In 2000, I went to see my doctor for a chronic lower back pain. My doctor said, “you can either take pills to help with the pain or start yoga.” I left her office and went directly to TAYS, grabbed a schedule and have never looked back.
I completed my 200-hour training with TAYS and am currently working on my 500-hour teacher training with TAYS. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. Andrea teaches on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am, a hatha vinyasa class on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and an All Levels yoga class Tuesdays at 7 pm.
I took my first yoga class over 25 years ago in a high school gym class. I loved it immediately. Due to a running injury, I was no longer able to run distance. Since then my passion for yoga has grown exponentially as with my desire to share it with others. I have since been certified in Les Mills BodyFlow, and TAYS 200hr teacher training. I have been teaching since 2006 and I am currently pursuing my 500hr professional training through TAYS and LIVE LOVE TEACH.
Yoga demonstrates the most profound lessons so simply through body and breath. It teaches how to listen to the innate intelligence of the body. It has the power to help one connect to his/her own personal sense of joy, patience, creativity, and ultimately, authentic passion. Some advice I have come to live by: "Never settle, but be good with what is unchangeable." (Charles P. Graves, my dad) and "True inspiration only strikes when you show up every day to do the work." (Alex Livingston, my painting professor at NSCAD). Cameron Subs for us at TAYS. Please look for her in upcoming classes. Cameron teaches a Hatha Vinyasa Wednesday at 12:30 lunchtime.
Sometimes coming to the mat is the only time a person may have to really tune into themselves in the course of a day or week. Cléo recognizes the need to get connected in, to oneself and others. She offers accessible, heartfelt classes that promote curiosity and play. Her intentional sequences will leave you empowered and balanced for life on and off the mat.
Cléo is a TAYS-trained 500Hr teacher, a TAYS teacher educator, and psychotherapist. She brings classical elements of yoga into her counseling practice. She is also trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with leading experts Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dave Emerson of the Justice Research Institute.
You can find her Mondays at 530pm for Hatha Vinyasa.
Diane has completed both the 200 and 500 hr yoga teacher training program with TAYS. Diane has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, wearing many "different hats." She was introduced to yoga in early 2000, when she registered for a weekend yoga workshop, with a purpose to learn a variety of "core exercises" to share with her fitness classes. She fell in love with yoga- fell in love with the practice, the way her body felt, and how calm and at ease, she was during and after the classes. She strongly believes that Yoga has helped her to slow down, to be more present and to feel more grounded. Diane is delighted to be teaching the Saturday 12:30 All Levels class. She comes to class with a loving heart and a deep commitment to her students. It is her passion to guide, to teach, to share, and to learn from each other. Her hope is that everyone leaves class with more clarity, peace, love and happiness. Diane believes that yoga is all about presence and connection. And it is an absolute joy for her to share this beautiful thing we call Yoga.
Dianne it seems has been on a meditative path from birth. She preferred to sit in "time out" because it was quiet and she could close her eyes. A natural meditator it is her nature to go inward so she is grateful for the opportunity to teach Yoga and make connections she would otherwise miss.
Dianne believes Yoga is a lifestyle that allows you to know and observe yourself. Yoga poses will never look the same for two different people because no two people share the same life experiences. Simply do your best and you will benefit and learn a great deal about yourself. Dianne instructs with compassion and curiosity. Dianne completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in June 2011 at The Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio (TAYS) and has achieved her 500-hour advanced certification in 2015. Also to her merit, Dianne has her Reiki first and second-degree attunement in the Usui System of Natural Healing since October 2010.
We are lucky to have Eileen substitute classes for us at TAYS. Eileen Reardon is a certified yoga teacher and leadership coach. She earned her 200-hour certification and is currently completing her 500-hour training with Therapeutic Approach. Eileen is also Co-Founder of Fire Inside Leadership, an organization devoted to developing leaders. In supporting leaders to realize their full potential, she discovered a real need for self-care and a desire to reconnect body, mind, and spirit as a means of reaching that full potential. Yoga is an ideal complement to her extensive leadership coaching training and enables her to deepen and broaden her support for her clients. Eileen believes passionately in the inherent capacity in each of us to lead in any moment and from any position in the systems we serve. And she believes in the power of yoga to develop our health, balance, and presence to do so. Eileen subs for us at TAYS. Please look for her in upcoming classes.
Helen is an award-winning Certified Yoga Teacher who calls Halifax her home. She is a Dalhousie University Alumnus and has been teaching yoga since 2006. She has played an instrumental role in many cancer patient care and support projects, guest demos at live health & wellness shows and is a regular guest on Eastlink TV's 'The Path of Yoga' television series. She is a certified Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher (TAYS) and is now a Certified Yin Yoga teacher. Helen teaches Hatha Basics on Mondays & Thursdays 7:00 pm; Yin classes Sundays 7:30 pm, as well as, monthly yoga nidra classes.
Jolene can see your inner light and goodness simply by her presence. She is passionate and connected while teaching a range of styles; from power, vinyasa, post/prenatal, YogaBody Bootcamp™ and Yin Yoga. She often travels with her very popular YOGABirth workshop. Jolene is an E-RYT 500. She teaches Power Hour classes Tuesday mornings at 11:00 am, Pregnancy Yoga Saturday mornings at 11:00 am, Post-natal Tuesdays at 1:45. Jolene is one of our senior teachers; you will love the "Jo Flow" classes that she offers at TAYS.
Originally from Miramichi New Brunswick, Jordan is a small town girl with a big world heart and a passion for holistic healing. Her story is one of a continued seeking, practicing compassion and higher self-awareness towards herself and others.
Her path in life of observing and sharing the practice of yoga began over nine years ago in Banff Alberta. She quickly realized her new found passion for holistic healing and travel which became her main focus in life. She has gratefully continued her studies throughout different parts of the world.
She acquired her 200hr Hatha YTT with Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax Nova Scotia in July 2012. December of that year she moved to Costa Rica where she taught yoga and furthered her education in Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 and Reiki Level 1.
Now residing in Halifax, Jordan is once again furthering her studies at TAYS in the 500hr YTT. Jordan is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences to help guide her on this next chapter of life.
Leslie has been teaching yoga for more than 15 years and with an ERYT-500 designation spends her time teaching others interested in the practice and lifestyle of the 8 Limbs of yoga. Certified as a yoga teacher trainer and yoga life coach, Leslie leads exhilarating and unscripted Vinyasa yoga classes that are both challenging and heart pumping, while staying true to the ease and grace of the inner intention of the practice. With a background in performance and communication, Leslie is currently ending a one-year sabbatical for where she examined the yoga of relationship.
As a relationship coach and facilitator, Leslie uses the Yogic philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence) to help individuals and couples investigate habitual patterns in relationship behavior. Known for her passionate and enthusiastic pulse, Leslie shifts the paradigm of our traditional approach to a relationship from a “power against” strategy to a “power with” blueprint.
Leslie holds a private practice in Halifax, N.S. and leads retreats for those looking to reclaim curiosity, connection and passion inwardly through physical movement while taking a deeper look at the wisdom of emotional intelligence for the purpose of outward connection.
A lifelong yoga practitioner, Maureen began teaching at TAYS during the first Yoga Teacher training in 1991 and has been at teaching yoga at TAYS ever since. Her most recent trainings have been for people with cancer, Yin yoga and designing sequences. Her inspiration for teaching is rooted in her longstanding meditation and yoga practices and through her students over the years. Maureen also takes annual trips to Kripalu Yoga Institute in Massachusetts for ongoing direction and ideas. Currently, she is conducting a 10-year descriptive research study. She is examining "How a yoga teacher's practice informs his/her teaching?". She is obtaining information through interviews with Yoga teachers and Yoga students. Maureen teaches in Bedford in addition to a Tuesday morning, 9:30 am, Gentle yoga at TAYS and a 9-year contract with the Justice Dept. For the last several years she has been teaching in the chemotherapy unit of the VG. Maureen is an avid gardener, sometimes poet and she also is a weaver.
Maxine, co-owner of Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio has been teaching yoga since 1997. She is a Certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor at the Professional level (500+ hours). Maxine has degrees in Kinesiology and Occupational Therapy (honors) and is currently studying Osteopathy with the Montréal College of Osteopathy. She has continued to be recognized by Halifax's The Coast readers in "The Best Yoga Instructor" category since 1999. She enjoys studying different styles of yoga and incorporates these various influences into her classes. She has yoga articles in Active Canadian magazine and has been interviewed as a yoga expert for Chatelaine, Flare (Health Fix), Good Times and Reader's Digest's new magazine "Good Health". Maxine, along with her business partner Mike, both have been teaching students to become yoga teachers since 2001. Maxine loves teaching yoga. Her enthusiasm and passion is apparent with each class that she offers. Maxine, the studio manager, teaches Hatha Basics on Monday at 9:30 am, Tuesdays at 12:30 pm, Thursdays at 9:30 am; she teaches Hatha vinyasa or a combined Yang/Yin on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 am and 12:15 pm; she teaches Gentle classes on Friday at 11:00 am. Maxine is our most senior teacher and is the co-director of our 200-hour and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs. Maxine is currently in her third year studying osteopathy with the Halifax branch of the Canadian College of Osteopathy, based in Montréal, PQ.
Michael Munro Co-owner of TAYS has been offering yoga since 1998. He is a Certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor at the Professional level (500 hours) and he is a licensed and practicing physiotherapist credentialled in the McKenzie MDT method. His yoga studies, which started in 1993, involve Iyengar, Interdisciplinary, and Ashtanga. He strives to incorporate yoga, physiotherapy background and meditation knowledge to promote a balanced approach to active wellness. Mike offers Physiotherapy through our Health Center, teaches Hatha vinyasa: 3 weekly classes at 9:30 am on Wednesday and Friday and also on Fridays at 12:15 pm. Mike is the co-director of our 200-hour and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.
Sandy is thrilled to be back teaching at TAYS where she began her own personal yoga journey in 2001. She will never forget the lightness and joy she felt as she walked out onto Quinpool Road after receiving her first yoga class. With the intention of understanding this ancient discipline and mindful living, Sandy graduated in 2009 with her 200hr certification in Ashtanga tradition and went on to find her passion in Restorative Yoga and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. She loves the accessibility of these practices and their healing, transformative power. “Research shows that the relaxation experienced during a regular practice over several months generalizes to the rest of the day. This is extraordinary! This means that the more we practice yoga nidra or restorative yoga the deeper the relaxation response and the more it becomes the ground of who we are in our everyday life.”
A former educator of 10 years, actor, dancer and a strong advocate for the voice of young people, Sandy feels at home holding sacred space for her yoga students.
Sara didn't always imagine herself teaching yoga, but some wish or intuition kept prompting her to enroll in a teacher training program. Now a graduate of both the 200 and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training at TAYS, she's passionate about helping people discover for themselves the joys and benefits of yoga (and believes wholeheartedly in following your intuition!) Sara's warm teaching style invites you to tune into your body, breath and mind with thoughtfulness, curiosity, and compassion. She brings similar qualities to her “day job” as a psychotherapist at Therapeutic Approach Health Centre, where she works with individuals, couples, and families. Always looking for ways to help people realize the changes they long for, Sara is likely to recommend yoga or incorporate elements of mindfulness and body awareness in her therapeutic work. Sara teaches Gentle Yoga on Thursday afternoons at 1:45 pm.