Instructors

As the founder of Serendipity Yoga and Pilates (SYP), Meaghan puts her heart and soul into the studio. The opening of SYP was the culmination of a lot of hard work and her passion for helping others. Meaghan began practicing Yoga and Pilates after she retired from competitive figure skating. Looking for a spiritual and physical outlet, you could say that Yoga and Pilates found her and it was a perfect fit. Soon after, she received her certification in Pilates and Reformer at Second Wind in 2007. While working full time at Second Wind She received her yoga training through Downward dog Yoga Centre in Toronto . 
Neve recently graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in Physical Education & Health. Neve has been involved in an active lifestyle for many years and has been trained in ballet, swimming and tennis. With movement-based activities being a part of Neve’s childhood, Pilates seemed to fit perfectly into her life and career choice. Neve is currently completing her full certification at STOTT Pilates Studios in Toronto. She is truly passionate about Pilates and believes that by instilling the principles of Pilates during class, we are instilling life-changing benefits as well. In an hour-long class, Neve’s focus is on breathing, concentrating, becoming centered and finding control, which are all valuable life lessons that she believes can transfer into ones life outside of class.

Vanessa is “in her element” when working with bodies. In her gentle and positive manner Vanessa has helped hundreds of people improve their quality of life. A full-time pilates instructor for over 10 years, she is fully certified in the Stott and Body Harmonics methods and has become an authority on movement and bio-mechanics.Vanessa gains tremendous satisfaction in seeing clients reach their fitness goals. Those clients include people recovering from an injury or ailment through a customized, rehab-designed program; those wishing to reach or maintain fitness by incorporating pilates into their lives; and athletes aiming to improve core strength or gain awareness of deeper muscle functions.

A continuous learner, she has taken countless classes and workshops and enjoys discovering new workout styles. She finds her network of trainers invaluable and credits her colleagues at The Urban Athlete, in particular, for being a constant source of learning, fun and inspiration.

In her spare time, Vanessa loves to dance and rollerskate and practices what she preaches: “Try different things and just keep moving.”

Joseanne's sincere love of helping others inspired her to teach yoga since 2000. She is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor from The Yoga Studio of Toronto, a Yoga Therapist from the Millennium Concept in Pune, India, and a certified Yoga for Seniors Instructor from The Yoga Sanctuary. She feels blessed to have studied with local and internationally known teachers including Margot Kitchen, David McAmmond, Judith Lasater, Shirley Daventry French, Jane Orton and Nivedita Pingle. She is honored to instruct beginners and more advanced students in hatha, pre-natal, and restorative yoga and yoga for seniors. Her teaching style is concise and focused, providing a safe and challenging environment for novice and experienced students alike. An eternal student, she continually takes courses and workshops to deepen her practice and teaching.

Joseanne also works with seniors with dementia as a Recreation Therapist at a local hospital as well as in her own private practice. As a mother of four young children, Joseanne truly appreciates how yoga gives us permission to let go of the busyness of everyday life and take the time we need to catch our breath.

Stacy is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, and has been practicing Pilates since 2005. Stacy has always enjoyed challenging her body and after gymnastics Pilates seemed to be a perfect outlet for that physical challenge. It wasn’t until after experiencing first-hand the benefits of mindful movement and control that her pastime turned into a career. Stacy enjoys working with clients of all skill levels, and always provides a safe, challenging, and fun class.

Stacy is also a certified Barre-None instructor and Zenga instructor through STOTT Pilates, and is completing her Ashtanga Teacher Training in Spring 2014.

Laura Mandelbaum has been interested in health and wellness for over ten years, and is certified as a personal trainer in BC, where she has been invited to speak in personal training courses about nutrition and fitness. Laura began practicing ashtanga yoga seven years ago, during the last year of her undergraduate degree. As someone who had always been interested in meditation techniques centered on discipline and repetition, she found that the daily asana practice combined with the philosophical framework of ashtanga yoga helped her find a new level of mental and physical well being.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Laura postponed her graduate education to follow her passion and study, practice, and teach ashtanga and astanga insipired yoga. She completed her yoga teachers training with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand, and taught yoga in Kelowna, BC, for several years. Laura moved to Toronto four years ago to complete a master of arts degree in Medical Anthropology, which focuses on the history and construction of yoga in a globalized world.

The inspiration behind Lauren’s teaching is her desire to nurture the happiness, health and stability of her students. She has a passion for coaching others through support and positivity to find balance and bliss both on and off the mat! Lauren pursues her own bliss travelling and experiencing new places and activities. An avid stand up paddle boarder, hiker and nature enthusiast Lauren finds nothing feeds the soul like slowing down to experience the natural world whether in the city or on a top of a mountain.Through creative and thoughtful classes Lauren strives to bring the benefits of yoga and meditation to all ages and all abilities. Her Adventures in Yoga classes were created from the desire to deliver a class where parents and children could learn and grow together in yoga. 
A passion for dance and movement ultimately led Shannon Micol to obtain her mat certification from Body Harmonics. Shannon considers Pilates to be not only the most intelligent form of exercise, but ultimately, the most effective for both mind and body. A trained dancer, she employs techniques from both disciplines into her class for an all encompassing, total body workout.
Harold Tausch graduated from the New York Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 1991. As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, he has maintained private practices over the years in Sault Ste. Marie and Hamilton as well as in Toronto. He has taught workshops and classes throughout Ontario and New England. In his hands-on work, Harold enjoys teaching people, whatever their level of ability or disability, to move with greater ease and comfort. He brings a warm, relaxing presence and a sense of fun to his workshops and classes. In addition to Feldenkrais, Harold has extensive experience with various movement related disciplines including modern dance, yoga, theatre, and contact improvisation.
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