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.

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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.

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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.

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ROZ HUBER

500HR YTT; YOGA TEACHER EST. 2014 

I am a lifer - you know those humans who create + soak up everything they can in life? Yep, I’m one of those. I was born + raised right here in Kelowna and a few of my favourite things usually include lake jumps in the summer, red wine on the deck with an ice cube, biker gang rides, my hubby and that feeling where your meal is an experience. Also, I’m a hugger. I love a good full body squeeze. 

 

I found yoga back in 2009 when I played varsity basketball at UBCO and fun fact: I actually fell in love with yoga at a studio that was in the very space that is now OYS - talk about full circle! I personal train and lead adventure retreats which has been a real dream to live out alongside teaching yoga - what keeps me coming back to the mat is the people. I love every aspect of community; teachers, students, class vibes & togetherness as a feeling. 

 

I do my best to create little pockets of fun everywhere I go — I’ve been told I have a special ability to make the hard stuff fun which is something that always makes me smile. My style of classes have an element of play & I love to offer up a little something for your mind to ponder, for your heart to savour and for you to be in your body in an empowered way. I can’t wait to see you!

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ASPEN PERCIVAL

200hr YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2014 

I have always found great joy in exploring athletics, from team sports to mountain sports and many endeavours in-between, I have found the challenge, vigor and exhilaration immensely fulfilling. As I began to explore the world of yoga, I fell in love with the integration of movement, breathe, rhythm and flow. For me, yoga is all about being present, aware and open to learning what my body-mind has to teach me.

My greatest gift as a yoga teacher, has been to hold space for others to cultivate more presence, harmony and deep gratitude while on and off the mat. My passion to support others in creating new levels of health and vitality led me to
complete my Naturopathic medical degree in 2020, and embark on the entrepreneurial journey I am on today. I’m jazzed by the confluence of yoga, thepelvic floor and how we can foster a deeper connection with our wild feminine to
blossom into our most radiant selves. I am passionate about learning, growing and connecting with others and am always happy to discuss the latest art and science of health, yoga, food as medicine, and more! 

 

I hold deep reverence for the beauty of nature, and make it a priority to spend ample time in the mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, soaking up all our precious Earth has to teach me.  I am so honoured to be a part of your journey at OYS, and look forward to personally meeting each of you!

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MILES KROEKER
200HR AYTT, YOGA TEACHER EST.2014

The physical practice of yoga asana is something that has cycled through my life, however, the unity and love that Yoga represents has stuck with me and continues to be my guide no matter the physical representation. 
 

I appreciate the unique qualities that every individual brings to the practice and truly believe we all have something to learn from one another. My deepest desire is to hold space for people to discover and unlock their greatest potential for growth, discovery and love.
 

When not teaching you can find me enjoying other beautiful things in life through the culinary art, exploring nature or performing circus/dance. May we all delight in life and find the freedom to truly express ourselves!

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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! 

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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

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MICHELLE LAING

200hr YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2016

My Yoga journey began while playing college volleyball for five years in Lloydminster, Alberta. When I began practicing yoga it was strictly for the physical benefits, but it didn’t take long before realizing that yoga  goes beyond the physical realm. I began to experience the magic that lies in the breath and I was fascinated by the capabilities of the human body. As the layers of the practice continued to unfold, I started to fall in love. In 2016 I decided to attend the Yandara Yoga Institute for Teacher Training. Since then I have also become a certified yoga nidra guide and an embodied yin teacher. 

 

I like to think of yoga and meditation as some of my dearest friends. They have my back no matter what. The practice reminds me of an unwavering support I have within. When I step on the mat I feel brave to explore the complexities of being human. It reminds me to hold myself with compassion as I dismantle the armour around my heart. Ultimately for myself it’s a practice of coming home. 

 

Yoga is a big part of who I am, but I also love the little joys in life like playing board games and cards, the comfort of a coffee, sitting by the water, a glass of red wine (doesn’t it feel like a warm hug?), laughing, spending time with friends and family, trying new recipes, getting into a new tv series, drinking tea with my mom, washing my car with my dad and watching my niece and nephews grow. 

 

I’m so grateful to be a part of this community and my hope is that I can create a space where you can show up and feel brave to explore yourself too. 

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KELLY DAY

800HR YTT, YOGA TEACHERS EST. 2014

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!

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BETH DAVIS

1300hrs YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2011

Ever since my shaky beginning as a yoga teacher, I've been completely absorbed in the extraordinary complexity of pretty much everything that goes into teaching yoga, from the subtle vibratory level to the greater, grosser world that surrounds us. 

Each student or group of students I've taught has been magnificently diverse. There is visible, audible, spirited diversity in my students that keeps me present and devoted to this practice. I believe that there are as many "right" ways to do any yoga posture as there are bodies on the planet.

My teachings are a culmination of 40 years of reading, study, research, practice and inner search. Each of my teachers have stimulated new thought patterns that irreversibly helped me change my perceptions of myself and humanity. I know that our physical realm is a small part of an even greater reality. I believe we have infinitely more control over our realities than is immediately apparent. 

When I'm not teaching yoga, you can find me practicing, studying or spending time with friends, family and my Rottweiler, Mala. I have been blessed with the opportunity to completely transform my life through my studies and practice all over the world. I feel tremendous gratitude to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the OYS community.

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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.

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ANGELA WALSH

200HR YTT; YOGA TEACHER EST. 2019

I fell in love with yoga about five years ago during a very stressful season of life, when I realized that my mat had become a place of comfort and solace in the storm.  

 

I was a total beginner, and I found that moving my body connected me more deeply to myself and helped me to move through the emotional heaviness.  And somehow the things I learned on my mat were coming out the door with me and helping me find more ease physically and emotionally in the day to day.  Now as a teacher, getting to hold such a space for others wherever they are at brings me so much joy.  One of my favourite offerings is Yoga Nidra, a beautiful meditation technique where I guide students into progressively deeper levels of relaxation and connection to themselves.  
 

Off the mat you can find me trying to keep up with my 6 year old son (oh the energy!), lost in my thoughts, riding my bike, or exploring a deliciously deep topic of conversation with a dear friend/near stranger.  Join me for a practice, a chat, or both :)

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AJ COOPER

200HR YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2017

MY yoga journey initially began in 2009 as a casual practice with like-minded individuals. By 2016, my passion for yoga grew exponentially. I set sail towards the Bahamas to fully delve into my 200 hr YTT at the Sivananda Yoga Vidanta Centre. This sacred community became a second home and a place of deep healing for me. Through yoga, I have begun to ascend above my mental, emotional and physical inner battles. Most importantly, it gave me the tools to progress the healing of past trauma. Today I, this starry-eyed soul, continues to grow, sharing my love, knowledge, healing & uplifting energy throughout my teachings. 

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SUZIE DORATTI

500hr YTT est. 2011

I found yoga somewhat "late" in life- I was already in my 30's!  I realized from my first class as a student that my relationship with my mat would be a life long love, commitment and learning path. 

I come from a place of extreme patience in my practice, knowing that my matt is my refuge, my solace, and occasionally my sanity. I've realized that we all heal and grow by the smallest degrees; one breath at a time. 

Yoga has always there for me when I've needed it, emotionally, physically or spiritually - and this knowledge is what constantly reaffirms my desire to seek within to find those places to inquire, play and explore. 

I try to bring these places into my classes : to provide a safe space for each student to seek and find there own connections with mind and body, and to help themselves heal and grow.  I never cease to be amazed by my students, take inspiration from other teachers or learn from my own weaknesses, injuries, joys or successes :) As a busy small business owner, manager, realtor and mom, I truly value every moment spent in our studio-so you hopefully see me here on my mat as much as possible:)

I am excited to be at OYS -  to show up to support our favorite charities, our teachers and to always lead from a place of sharing and care. 

The lifelong quest to be a student of yoga is what keeps me coming back to teaching, to never stop learning and to always be grateful for this practice and our beautiful community of yogis ! 

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PATRICIA “TRISHY” OLIVEIRA

800 HR YTT , Yoga Teacher Est. 2016

Born and raised in Toronto, I made the move to Kelowna to study at UBCO and graduated with a major in anthropology/minor in psychology. What initially drew me to the practice of yoga was the power of the breath and the strength in the postures. Since then it has grown into a desire to get to know oneself more intimately. For me the practice is a space of self inquiry, a quest for truth and a journey of peeling back the layers of programming imprinted on each of us throughout our lives. It is a practice of remembering and returning to our true nature ~ our highest selves. Whether it’s the inner workings of the mind, the physicality of the body, or the history and culture that is deeply embedded in each of us, I am drawn to exploring the landscape of our being. 
Ultimately, I am a 'wow! look at the moon' & a 'omg, look at the sky' kinda gal, if I were a type of cereal I would be cinnamon toast crunch, and I pride myself on my ability to remember song lyrics from the 90's. Some of my favourite things include: swimming in the rain, pink skies in the morning, red skies at night, dance parties (solo or with friends), long hugs, sweating + smiling, doing things that scare me, road trips, and bluebird days. You will often find me enjoying an oat milk cappuccino while petting cute pups at coffee shops, taking frequent lake dips, and smiling really wide while riding my bikes all around.

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DANA SKOGLUND

1000YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST. 2003

My favorite definition of yoga came from my first Sanskrit teacher, Menorama. She said, “Yoga is the state of missing nothing.” I love the idea of yoga as bringing us back to a state of wholeness and enough-ness. To me, yoga is embracing the full spectrum of our human experience - even the parts we don’t like. It’s learning how to deal with the ups and downs from a place of acceptance and self compassion. It’s about using the challenges of life to get to know ourselves better. 

I started teaching yoga in 2003 and have accumulated over 1000 hours of teacher training and about the same in Ayurvedic training - yoga's sister science. I’ve been an Ayurvedic lifestyle coach since 2014. 

Growth is one of my core values and is reflected in my ongoing commitment to learning. I’m always reading several books at once and studying under the best teachers I can find which keeps me inspired and my cup full. Chances are, when you take my classes you'll probably learn something beyond a new yoga pose.

When I'm not doing or teaching yoga, I'm sharing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, hanging with my family, walking my Labradoodle Charlie or coaching clients in my health coaching program Align & Thrive

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JOSH ROWE

250YTT, YOGA TEACHER EST 2017

The yoga community and the spaces/studios we visit have always felt like a second family to me. After a spinal injury in 2015, yoga helped me get back to feeling like my usual self whilst introducing  me to a different life, community and style of training. In a short period of time it catalyzed a huge change in my life which lead to me packing my bags and searching for something new… Canada! I love the fact that yoga challenges us. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, enforcing change and growth. That in itself is what drew me to teaching

 

Off the mat, I’m studying for registered massage therapy and love rock climbing, biking, running and acro yoga in my free time. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling and relish the opportunity to talk to others about experiences they’ve had and countries that they’ve visited! 

 

I started teaching yoga in late 2017 after a 250hr YTTC in India. Being a student and having the opportunity to experience different styles of practice is still one of my favourite things to do, so I’m very excited to share what I can with anyone who joins me in class and on the mat. See you there!