OUR INSTRUCTORS

At OYS, we believe our instructors are the heart & soul of this family. Without them, we wouldn't be here. Take some time to get to know them, read their bio's and check them out in studio.

TAYLOR MORRICE

300 HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2014

OWNER/TEACHER

Giving myself the gift of choosing a career in sharing this practice is one that I will forever be thanking my mind, my soul and my body for. This practice has changed every aspect in my life and continues to do so everyday.
I hope this practice brings you the same joy through continuous dedication and commitment.

 

Our journey to finding inner peace isn’t an easy one but it is one that will bring the outmost contentment in your everyday lives. Our Yoga Space was created to allow you to feel at ‘home’, comfortable, supported and loved. This community is such a powerful antidote to whatever you may be going through. I hope you find a little slice of ‘home’ in OUR space.
 

Sweet little things that light up my soul:
Yoga (duh), coffee (double duh), wine (triple duh), my sweet little baby, Benji who, I promise, you will all get to know as he is my little sidekick in all things life, my uber supportive + loving husband Dave, our fullhearted frenchies, Sophie (the stubborn + lazy princess) + Hamlet (the ridiculously cuddly + crazy younger brother), cozy nights at home, coffee dates, cranberry cheese,anything and everything Oreo, Maui beaches + the salty ocean,all the plants I can get my hands on, And of course, my loving family + friends, this community and all of you.

See you on the mat.

TESSA MURRAY
500HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2011  ​

I love being inspired and sponge up any opportunity to learn. In 2017 I embarked on an intensive journey to accomplish my 300hr advanced teacher training with Clara Roberts-Oss. This course was just what I needed to push my practice and offering as a teacher to the next level. I hope by living these teachings I can help elevate my life and the life of others. Everything I have learned I try to bring that across to students in a safe, creative, accessible, and empowering way.

 

Yoga has brought balance to my life in so many ways, physically, mentally, and energetically. I believe Yoga can give us the tools we need to get the most out of life and be comfortable with discomfort of all sorts. Some of my other loves in this life include spending time adventuring local lakes on my SUP with my dog at my feet, solo camping; there is something so peaceful and soul igniting about being in the quite outdoors with just you, your dog and the stars above. Horseback riding, something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. Owning a horse again would be an absolute dream. Wine touring with friends, because who doesn’t love that.
 

If you are reading this, I am so happy you are interested in bringing Yoga into your life;
I would be honoured to be a part of that process.

PATTI DORIN

700HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2011 

“I live my life with passion, finding it in everything I do; a feeling you will certainly experience when we meet. It is always my intention to teach with love, attention and encouragement. I can’t wait to practice with you in this space. Outside of teaching, a few things that light up my soul include: Spending time with my family + friends, yoga, hiking, beach time, cooking, my smoothie obsession and my favorite food is sushi!

 

One BIG thing happening in my life currently is my new adventure co-owning Lush Valley Lifestyle; a local cork mat company. This mat is amazing, not only is it biodegradable but BONUS, you can even plant the packaging! It is by far the biggest passion project I have ever worked on.

Can't wait to see you on the mat!

CARLY FAIRLES
200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2018

I completed my Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu Centre in Boston in 2017, and since that time, have continued to grow and learn in this practice every day. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University, which allows me to infuse my teachings with an awareness to integrity, alignment and safety of both body and mind.


I am happiest when I’m in motion, and you can usually find me rolling out my mat, pretending to keep up with my swim team, or backpacking through nature with my sister and a jar (okay, many jars!) of peanut butter. I am also a travel junkie, constantly scheming my next adventure, a self-professed gum addict, and consider myself to be somewhat of a burger connoisseur.

 

I practice yoga so that I can know myself on a deeper level, work out the kinks of the mind and body and show up more fully for myself and those around me. When you take a class with me, my hope is that you find space and balance in the physical body, a quieting of the mind, and the opportunity to take an honest inventory of the deeper self. I am so honoured and excited to be a part of the growing community at Our Yoga Space!

CARLY BARRON
500HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2015​

Hi, I’m Carly.
Some things you might want to know about me. First of all, I’m a talker, I LOVE to talk. And tell stories. Usually the long kind. But I promise they are always worth it. I’m a big, big fan of nature. Camping, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming.
Oh yea, I’m a mermaid, and I have scales tattooed on my leg to prove it.

 

I love adventuring with my fiancé.
He’s a med student and I chant under the full moon, an obvious match if you ask me!
And of course, I love yoga! Yoga has been an integral part of my life for the last 5 years.
It’s given me this big open space to express myself as a student and teacher. It has challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and to learn to love myself as I am. And it will continue to do so, again and again. As a teacher my biggest intention is to allow my students to have an experience they’ve never had before. I create opportunities for you to move in ways you may not have expected you’d ever do in a yoga class. I’ll invite you to get really curious in your body, and to open yourself up to new possibilities. I strongly believe that we can’t ever expect to create change within ourselves, if we keep doing more of the same. Basically, we’re gonna shake things up my friends! I’m so honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of the OYS community! Let’s do the dang thing!

JULIANA LAVELL

700+ YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2011

I discovered yoga as a teenager from the influence of my Mom who is a Kundalini Yogi. Yoga, for me has been a way to find reconnect with myself and embody my connection to the infinite, nature and the cosmos. I love to teach and practice with my whole heart, with playfulness, kindness and integrity.
I encourage students to move with intuition and fullness of breath. My mat has always been my safe space to ground and return to love. I enjoy the study of Ayurveda, yoga philosophy, anatomy and the connection between science and spirituality. Often you will see me upside down in acro or aerial Yoga, drinking out of mason jars, laughing too loudly, painting, making music and spending time with my daughter. I look forward to seeing you in class! 

TANYA DESAUTELS

200HR YTT, Yoga Teacher est. 2015

Yoga is my medicine! Growing up as a highly sensitive and anxious being I was often deeply uncomfortable in how I related to the world around me. Through yoga I was able to develop tools to soothe my mind, body, and soul, and help me maintain a sense of balance through the many up’s and down’s of life. This practice has been so incredibly healing and beneficial for me; I have become a firm believer in it's ability to affect positive change and spark growth in anyone who is open to it! 

When I am not on my mat I love to cozy up with a good book or podcast, cook (and eat!) delicious plant foods, hang with my bff/puppy Winston, and indulge in a glass of vino tinto!

MAEGAN MERRIFIELD

270HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2016

Hi! I’m Maegan. Originally from California, I love all things sun, avocado toast, and a steamy espresso. My previous careers have included being a stay at home mom to my two kids (both now teenagers), working in non-profit as a psychotherapist, dropping out of a PhD program, and one very short stint as a terrible front desk hostess at a swanky hotel. I am a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga and Meditation teacher, with training in vinyasa, yin, restorative yoga, and mindfulness-based meditation.

 

I discovered yoga after my second baby was born and immediately fell in love (with both yoga and the baby). I love how the practice of yoga creates spaces to approach ourselves with compassion and radical self-acceptance. 

 

I developed a mediation practice after my first yoga teacher training. Meditating has, without exaggeration, changed my life. Through meditation, we literally create new neuropathways in our brain that help decrease stress, increase creativity, feelings of contentment, and heal old wounds. How cool is that?!

 

I like to teach from a place of mindful embodiment, holding space for each person to have the opportunity to go deep, in body and mind, to get to know themselves better, and ultimately love a little more.

 

When not teaching, I take any opportunity to be outside, love Okanagan Pinot (both Gris and Noir), cheesy reality TV, and time snuggled up with my favorite people. I’m excited to meet you!

JAMIE THRASHER

500HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST.2016

Being introduced to yoga was the most beautiful gift I could have ever received. It has guided me into a deeper awareness of my soul and my truth. Yoga to me is this magical medicine that can guide us to where we need to be, and to bring in teachings of that which we need to learn, whether that is on or off the mat. I began teaching in 2016 and received my 500 hour training in 2019.

My heart lies within the energetic and spiritual teachings of yoga but also, if you have taken my class, you'll probably know I also love getting creative with my sequencing and trying new things. Teaching in this way feels like an art and I love being able to find new ways to express and move and to share that in my class!

But, besides yoga I do enjoy other things!

You can catch me with my daily dose of caffeine or enjoying a cool cider in the sunshine ;)

I pretty much enjoy anything that is outdoors- hiking, beaches, biking, gardening, camping, snowboarding (yes, I am one of the ones that actually enjoys the snow!).

I love learning about plants (I definitely have my hands full at home with those) and I also love learning about astrology, tarot, and crystals...basically any metaphysical type arts. I often also spend my time in the park doing acro yoga or spend time at home practicing guitar. Besides that, just a girl that enjoys her time with friends and family!

Hope to see you on the mat.

HAYDEN KEE

200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2020

I came to postural yoga several years ago on the advice of my physiotherapist. At the time, I only hoped to mend a body that was wearing down prematurely from years of neglect and recklessness. But I soon realized the practice had much more to offer than just physical benefits, and it is the subtle effects on my mind and character that keep me practicing.

 

Off the mat, much of my life has been dedicated to research and teaching in philosophy and the sciences of mind. As my postural yoga practice developed and opened new horizons of experience, I naturally became interested in the history and philosophy of yoga. I began to integrate these two aspects of my life in 2019 when I traveled to India to deepen my practice of postural yoga and begin studies in Indian philosophy.

 

My practice combines the practical and intellectual dimensions of the yoga heritage. I identify equally with the complementary paths of hatha yoga and jnana yoga: the yoga of force that transforms the self, and the yoga of knowledge that illuminates it.

 

My body, mind, and heart have been transformed through my studies and practice of yoga around the world. It's a privilege and honor for me to share this knowledge and experience with the OYS community. 

JOHANNA MACHELEDT

200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2018

Yoga was a way to connect with the community, meet people and leave my comfort zone when I moved to Kelowna from Germany in 2014. This practice quickly became much more than physical shapes and led me to taking my Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training four years later. I love the meditative quality of syncing movement with breath and enjoy sharing exactly that. Stepping on my mat is a time for me to find quiet, to reflect, turn inwards, actively rest and reset. Ever since I’ve moved to Kelowna yoga has been a part of my life and I am always excited to learn more about this ever evolving practice and its various facets.

 

When I’m not on my mat you can find me spending lots of time with my dog Nelson and partner Vince. Things that light me up are surf trips to the island, adventuring and camping outdoors, snowboarding in the winter, traveling and visiting family back in Germany, beer and homemade pretzels to only list a few. :)

LUCIE EGER

260HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2015

Yoga has been one of my constants through many of life’s crazy changes. Without much of a plan I took my first teacher training at 18 years young - quitting my grocery store job and spending a few months in Vancouver to learn from some truly amazing teachers was one of the best decisions I could’ve made.

I grew up in a tiny town with a high cow population, somewhere in the south of Germany (if you asked I’d tell you it’s close to Munich, but really it isn’t close to anywhere). My family made the big move overseas in 2011, and I’ve been lucky enough to call Kelowna home ever since. Outside of teaching (which brings me so much joy), I love being close to the ocean, climbing, surfing and snowboarding or cruising around on my little penny board. Music, time spent with friends and family, baking while watching every single baking show on Netflix, sunshine and stormy evenings. I have a serious love for travel and languages, seeking to continuously grow and broaden my perspective through experiences and stories. In everything I do, I hope to inspire community, compassion, and a conscious way of living.

EMILIE MANN

200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2014

Yoga for me has been a consistent constant in my life that always brings me “back to me”.  

 This practice has been the foundation of growth for my body, mind, and heart. It has an incredible way of encouraging me to move forwards. It reminds me to pause and indulge in transitions and quiet moments. All the while keeping me grounded when life becomes unpredictable, hard or challenging. 

 

When I am not on my mat I am at the hospital working as a Respiratory Therapist or in the mountains running ultra marathons or biking with my little Mexican rescue pup, Shrimp.

 

I am so excited to dive deeper into my practice with this community. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to share what I’ve learned and offer some fun, strong + sweaty classes! I’m so looking forward to learning, moving, and breathing as a teacher and a student at Our Yoga Space.

JONNY KARROLL

200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2014

My name is Jonny Karroll. My yoga practice has completely transformed my life. Besides the sense of freedom I’ve developed in my body I've come to understand more about myself. While I will undoubtedly be working to grow for the rest of my life, I am honored to be able to share all my breakthroughs and failures with you. Between running away with the circus and offering retreats and yoga teacher trainings, I’ve established a pretty unique style. Honoring the practice with deep reverence while advocating for lighter hearts, less stress and more laughter. Come join me for a class or find me @opt2mystic_ on insta

KELLY DAY

800HR YTT, YOGA TEACHERS EST. 20

I first found Yoga in a time that felt clouded with dark. It was the medicine that pulled me from anxiety and depression and led me into purpose. Upon moving to Kelowna in 2013, I was introduced to my teacher Meghan Currie, who I studied with in 2014 and 2016, where I gained over 500 hours of experience in Vinyasa and Anusara yoga.

Yoga has been such a transformative + healing gift to my life. It's been a practice that has gifted me with mental clarity and access to my intuition, while empowering me to become my own guide and teacher in this life. Movement has allowed me a vehicle for expression + an ability to connect to myself in a deeper, more holistic way. Through the power of practice, yoga has guided me on a journey of self discovery—aligning me to my deepest truths + inspiring me to be a more compassionate, conscious human.

Other fun facts about me: I love nerding out on books, thrifting, writing words, getting into nature, sippin' oat milk lattes, music, dancing and hanging with my pup Diego. I'm so excited to be on this wild journey with you. I feel honoured to teach and share, and look forward to connecting with you in class!

JMing Kiu “Vivian” Tang

200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2020

I discovered that I am happiest when I'm sharing my passion with others. That discovery has lead me down a long journey of personal training, group fitness, and yoga teacher training!  I found yoga the summer after high school and was instantly enamoured with both the physical and mental aspects of the practice. throughout the next decade-facing big moves, stresses of school, challenges with mental health, ups and downs of relationships, I always found myself being called back to my mat. Yoga was always there, quiet and constant through my ever changing life. I cant wait to see you on the mat and flow with you!

 

I can’t talk about myself with talking about climbing. If I’m not at the studio, you can usually find me out climbing our beautiful Okanagan rock (I haven’t been to the beach once this year, all sunny days are spent at the walls!) or at my climbing gym. Both yoga and the outdoors should be accessible and inclusive for everyone and I believe it is our responsibility to help create a space that is welcoming and inviting so we can share our passions with people who may not traditionally feel comfortable in these spaces. I‘m constantly striving to uphold and foster a more inclusive and safe space for all whether that's at the yoga studio, climbing gym, or simply recreating in the great outdoors and I am so grateful for OYS for upholding these values!

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