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Faculty – 500-HR Advanced Teacher Training

Uriel MacGillivary (E-RYT 500 Hr.)

Learn to Teach Yoga in Halifax

E- RYT 500 Hour, Reiki Master

Uriel is a yoga teacher, an entrepreneur, and a leader of transformational Yoga teacher trainings and retreats across the Globe.  She is the founder of Shanti Yoga Studios and the Shanti Traditional School of Yoga based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Having held senior management and marketing roles in Corporate Canada for twenty years she answered the call to become a yoga teacher.  A life-changing journey to India to study the ancient teachings would transform her life. Overnight she walked away from everything that she knew and started a phase in her life that would take her on the adventure of a lifetime.

Stepping into her true purpose she recognized that students longed for the same deep transformation in their lives.  Her studios and teaching philosophy are guided by the values of the time-honored wisdom teachings of the yoga tradition.

Led by masters such as the late Georg Feurerstein, of the Traditional School of Yoga and world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher Rod Stryker she is a student for life. Having studied Tantra, Vinyasa Krama, and Iyengar yoga, she brings a multi-disciplinary approach to her teaching.  My vision is clear she says:  “I believe in the power of yoga to transform lives and inspire students to awaken their souls calling”.

Taylor MacGillivary (E-RYT 500)

Halifax Yoga Teacher Training

Taylor’s curiosity of Yoga practice came quickly after doing his first Teacher Training with Moksha Yoga in 2011. Taylor feels a close connection with the traditional practices of Yoga, practicing and teaching with Sri. T. Krishnamacharya’s lineage as his guidelines, approaching Yoga practice as medicine for your body and your mind. Staying true to Yoga’s origins while keeping practice light and accessible is what he strives for in his classes.

Taylor draws on 700+ hours of study, ranging from contemporary Canadian teacher Ryan Leier, who has served as Taylor’s main teacher over the last 4 years, to his latest study with traditional Indian master Srivatsa Ramaswami, a 30+ year student of Krishnamacharya.

Kyla MacKinnon (E-RYT 500)

Learn to Teach Yoga in Halifax

Kyla is inspired by the act of leading others and empowering them to live their truth. She believes in the power of connecting breath and movement with those around her. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed coaching people and creating a space where they feel comfortable and confident in order to reach their full potential. From her 800 hours of training, she vows to keep the tradition of Krishnamacharya’s yoga lineage alive thanks to one of her great teachers, Ryan Leier. Kyla will incorporate a balance of strength and serenity into her teachings during the program.  Her compassionate nature makes her a perfect fit as the YTT student liaison. She gives herself fully to new trainees who need guidance and support during the training.

Emilie Fabre (E-RYT 200 Hr.)

Learn to Teach Yoga in Halifax

Over 8 years ago Emilie engaged in her first yoga practice. It was then, she expresses, that her journey began one breath at a time, one movement at a time, and, for the first time, with stillness as an ally, not an enemy. Yoga has naturally become a part of Emilie’s everyday life; the day is not complete if she doesn’t practice in one way or another; whether at a studio or in a home practice, the energy that comes from integrating breath with movement and from challenging herself to be still in mind and in body never ceases to amaze her. In Fall of 2009 Emilie completed a 200 hour, Yoga Alliance certified teacher training in Edmonton. She believes the person she was then was broken down into many pieces and re-sculpted. The new insight and perspective gained, also brought acceptance of who she is and the desire to guide others on this path of self-awareness, acceptance, and compassion. Emilie has completed certifications in Pre-natal yoga, kids yoga, senior’s yoga, & Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She completed a 300 hr Yin Yoga certification with Paul & Suzee Grilley in June 2015. She loves sharing this functional approach to yoga to help students tune into their own unique needs as well as sharing meditation practices learned and encouraged to help one tune inwards daily.

Emilie has been on the management team at Shanti since January 2013 and enjoys incorporating her passion of yoga with her business skills into one career, it is truly a dream!

Michelle Robinson (E-RYT 200/E-RYT 500 Hr.)

Michelle happened upon her first yoga class in 2006 when she passed by a local studio after registering for a Joints In Motion marathon. Life was very busy at that time with lots of training and conditioning. Plus, her recent decision to step away from a secure but unfulfilling job, relationship and home had her feeling completely run down. She had read about the benefits of a yoga practice and thought the guidance would be great for her stressed out body and mind. Little did she know the impact one class would have on the rest of her life. Since then, Michelle has immersed herself in various intensive yoga and meditation programs and workshops, travelling to India and across North America, to explore the profound teachings yoga has to offer. Having studied with world renowned teachers Manju Jois, Nancy Gildoff, Shiva Rae, Seane Corn and Anodea Judith, Michelle brings a beautiful and playful mix to all of her yoga classes. As a student, teacher, wife and new mom, her regular physical and mental practices help to keep her balanced and strong, as well as flexible in more ways than one. Her vigorous, yet purposeful sequences, will help you feel refreshed, powerful and wonderfully balanced for living your life to the fullest.

Dorothy Spence ( 200, 500 hours & Level 1 Parayoga certified)


Dorothy’s longtime love affair with yoga started with her first downward facing dog over 12 years ago. She is a “yoga geek” and is constantly studying, talking and integrating yoga’s wisdom and philosophy into her everyday life. She is a 200, 500 hour and Level 1 Parayoga certified yoga teacher. She continues her tantric hatha yoga studies with Yogarupa Rod Stryker of ParaYoga and is an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through The Himalayan Institute. With an engineering degree and a Masters in Business Administration, Dorothy is a business adviser with Shirlaws Canada.