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

 

Abra Morrison

After more than 10 years of practicing yoga, Abra had the opportunity to complete her 200-hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 with T.A.Y.S. (Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio) in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is currently continuing her education with the 500-hour YTT programme. Abra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance in 2007, with Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, British Columbia and a Child and Youth Care degree, in 2011, with Oulton College, in Moncton, New Brunswick. Over the years, Abra has practiced and taught with various studios throughout the Maritimes. Her classes are strongly alignment-based, with the emphasis of breath and maximizing potential in a safe and open environment. Hosting workshops that span from introductory yoga to advanced education in backbending and inversions are one of the main focuses of Abra’s teaching career. When Abra is not in the yoga studio, she can be found walking, playing or snuggling her fur baby Bowie. Abra is delighted to be joining the TAYS teacher training team this April for the Eight Limbs of Yoga weekend as well as this summer in Prince Edward Island for their one month 200-hour YTT.

 

Andrea Andriopoulos 

Yoga has been a part of my life since 2000, 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 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 and 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. 

 

Clare Leger

Claire has been practicing yoga since 2006 and was drawn to the way the practice links breath, movement, and the mind. It has been a foundational part of her life since then and has given her a deep respect for the power of compassion. Her classes are joyful, reflective, and uplifting! Claire completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at TAYS in 2012 and has been teaching at studios throughout Halifax since 2013. She teaches many styles, including beginner hatha, vinyasa flow, and yin, and is also pre-natal/post-natal certified. She has significant experience teaching chair yoga for seniors and those with mobility issues. She is the creator of a successful girls yoga program called Good Vibes Girls in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

 

 

Cathy Grad

Cathy has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a personal trainer, pilates and yoga teacher.  She has recently started her 500hr teacher training with TAYS and enjoys learning and applying the knowledge to her own practice and to benefit her clients.  She was a level 3 trainer working for GoodLife and used her yoga and pilates skills to ensure clients had safe and effective workouts and learned to be more body aware.  Cathy is a certified prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher, Yin Yoga teacher and Chair Yoga Teacher.  She is developing a growing interest in mindfulness meditation studying from experts like Sharon Salzberg, Jon-Kabat Zinn, Tara Brach and locally with Firth MacMillan using the Koru Method.

 

 

Dianne Graves

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 2012 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.  She achieved her Pranassage Practitioner certificate in July 2017 and is currently studying towards her Zero Balancing Health Practitioner Certification. 

 

Helen Fong

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. 

 

 

Jolene d'Entremont

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. 

 

 

 

Nicola Parker

Nicola brings a joyful, genuine and open-hearted approach to her yoga teaching style. She encourages everyone, no matter what age or level of flexibility, to come and have fun practicing yoga with her. She is a TAYS trained 500-hour certified hatha vinyasa instructor, and has also studied in the ashtanga tradition with Manju Jois, son of Pattabhi Jois. Nicola currently lives and works in Halifax, NS, she is certified Integral Facilitator and offers yoga + cultural retreats around the world.

 

Laura Keigan

Laura Keigan became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 where she graduated from Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio with a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. She teaches Hatha Vinyasa style yoga, and is comfortable instructing all levels of experience. Laura focuses on proper alignment, modifications, and props, alongside pairing movement with breath to create a class in which any student can participate, have fun, learn, and connect.

Laura is also a Registered Massage Therapist, and graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2017. She focuses her massage therapy practice on TMJD and pre and post natal massage, but also treats a range of postural issues and musculoskeletal ailments.

Laura is a student focused, safety focused yoga instructor with a passion for helping to promote health and wellness. She teaches Hatha Basics on Tuesday, 11am at Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio.  

 

 

Leslie Bishop

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. 

As a relationship coach and facilitator, Leslie uses the Yogic philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence) to help individuals and couples to 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. 

 

Maureen Nowlan

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 training programs 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 is an avid gardener, sometimes poet and she also is a weaver.

 

Maxine Jeffrey

Maxine  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 (honours) and an Osteopath. 

Maxine loves teaching yoga. Her enthusiasm and passion are apparent in each class that she offers. Maxine teaches Hatha Basics and Gentle classes on Mondays and Thursdays during the daytime hours.

 

Mike Munro

Michael Munro, owner of TAYS, has been offering yoga since 1997. 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 yoga through TAYS. Mike is the director of our 200-hour and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs. 

 

Sandy Lund

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.