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Class Descriptions

Thrive is the spunky member of Victoria BC’s Yoga and Pilates community.

Boutique Classes :: Specialized Equipment :: Excellent Instruction and Service:: Small Class Size

8 Participants Maximum per class


Pilates Level 1

Focusing on the five basic principles of STOTT Pilates, this class is specifically designed for beginners. With a wealth of teaching experience your Thrive instructor will lead you through a clear & precise exploration of the foundation exercises while providing a safe and effective full-body workout. Come & renew your relationship to your lovely spine & feel the effects in all aspects of your life. Designed for beginners and those working on their mastery of the fundamentals.
note: watching the ‘5 principles’ video here on our website is mandatory before attending this class.

Pilates Fundamentals: The 5 Principles

Pilates – Beginner Level 1

Pilates Mat 1-2

Focusing on the Stott Pilates 5 principles this class is specifically designed for the experienced beginner,  mastering  the fundamentals. Through this class you will get a  clear and precise exploration of the foundation exercises.

Pilates Mat 2

Expounding on the fundamentals, this class will explore a wider variety of exercises providing an opportunity to increase the degree of difficulty while reinforcing the importance of proper technique and body awareness. We will play with toning balls, TRX, fitness circles and therabands to make each class a unique and challenging experience for your body.

Pilates – Beginner Level 2

Fusion 1

Learn the fundamentals of this dynamic fusion of Yoga and Pilates. This is a full body/mind workout that combines the holistic focus of Yoga with the precision of STOTT Pilates to improve flexibility, core strenth, and over all muscle tone while invigorating the spirit. By using a variety of props & sequences this class is always a fresh and exciting exploration of the body in motion. This class is designed for beginners and those who are continuing to work on their mastery of the fundamentals.

Fusion Flow 1-2

A fusion of vinyasa yoga flow, Pilates to strengthen and stabilize, restorative yin and yogassage to release and lengthen. We will begin with a flowing practice using sun salutations and poses that bring heat and energy into the body. The first half of the class will be to strengthen and warm the body. In the second half, we will deeply stretch the body and massage the muscles we were toning in the first half of class. We will move our attention inward as we stretch and massage using a variety of props and tools. This is a great practice to tone your whole body, increase flexibility and release held tension. Leave feeling strong and revitalized, relaxed and renewed.

Fusion 2

Looking for a challenge? This dynamic fusion offers a full body/mind workout that combines the holistic focus of Yoga with the precision of STOTT Pilates to improve flexibility, core strength, and over all muscle tone while invigorating the spirit. By using a variety of props & sequences this class is always a fresh, energetic and exciting exploration of the body in motion. This class is designed for those with a strong understanding and practice of yogic and Pilates fundamentals.

Core Fantastic – Yoga/Pilates Fusion
Armilicious – Yoga/Pilates Fusion
Level 3 Yoga/Pilates Fusion Class (Full Length)
Bodacious Bootie – Yoga/Pilates Fusion Class
Level 2 Yoga/Pilates Fusion – A Core/Hip Quickie

Restore & Strengthen

This class is designed to make sure you get the most out of your time. There will be deep and relaxing stretches to open your muscles and fascia, as well as Pilates (level 1) and the trx. Come and have fun, and feel your body be opened, balanced and strengthened in a safe and gentle way.

Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic yoga is a gentle class incorporating somatic and remedial exercises to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. In this class, participants will learn poses and sequences to balance the pelvic and shoulder girdles while aligning and releasing through the spine. There are no sun salutations in this class. This is a suitable class for beginners and those looking to heal and balance the body.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is very gentle. In all poses the body is supported with props and bolsters to provide safety, ease and support with an emphasis on deep relaxation. Range of motion is increased, muscles are gently elongated, the nervous system calmed and balanced and lung capacity is increased through guided breath work. This class is suitable for anyone wanting to relax and find comfort in their bodies.

Foundations of Yoga

This class will concentrate on the basic building blocks required for any yoga practice in an attempt to demystify this ancient tradition. There seems to be a common misconception that one requires the flexibility of a ballet dancer or strength of a body builder in order to participate in a yoga class. Nothing could be further from the truth as the benefits of yoga apply to one and all, old and young, strong and weak, bendy or stiff. We will develop strength and flexibility by exploring the principle postures found in common yoga sequences with a focus on proper alignment. By transitioning mindfully between poses, through coordination of breath and movement, one begins to experience a sense of steadiness and calm. From this state of mind, the true benefits of yoga are realized!

Yoga Flow 1

This class focuses on using Yoga Asanas (poses) to restore ideal alignment and range of motion to the joints in the body. Depending on individual needs, participants strengthen and lengthen specific areas of the anatomy to ultimately enhance physical function. As physical function improves, so to does physiological function and wellness.

Hatha Level 1

These classes are based on the principles of stability through the skeletal structure, openness in the joints and awareness of energy coming from deep within the spine. Through gentle exploration and release of holding patterns we allow the natural intelligence of the body to function optimally, focusing on integration and a holistic approach to bringing harmony to the bodymind.

Therapeutic Exercise with RMT Jessica Knox

Would you like a class tailored to your body? Are you interested in finding better alignment, posture and ease in movement and at rest? Do you want to strengthen your core in a safe way? Are you interested in how exercise can be therapy? Would you like to gain tools to stretch, strengthen and massage your own body? If so, you may be interested in Jessica’s small pre-registered Therapeutic Exercise classes or incorporating private therapeutic exercise instruction into your Registered Massage Therapy sessions. Please email Jessica at or for more info.

Mindful Foundations of Pilates 1-2

Friday’s at 5:45 — In this class, with Thrive’s new teacher Mykaela Lemke, you will be taught the genius foundations of Pilates to get you on the road to building, strengthening, lengthening and balancing out your body. While you work You will learn to isolate your muscles while holding proper posture and alignment.

Matwork Power & Flow 2

This class amps up the intensity focusing on improving the power and stability of your arms, legs, shoulders, hips, and core. We focus on preventing injury while improving precision, control and agility. Power & Flow II also improves coordination as it retrains muscles that may have become imbalanced over time. The inclusion of light weights helps to condition the entire body from head to toe and the constant flowing movement enhances core stamina. This class is ideal for those wanting to keep moving!

Matwork Sculpt and Tone

Work up a sweat while sculpting and toning arms, buns and abs! Using body weight along with Toning Balls, TRX, and other resistance apparatus, this dynamic Matwork class incorporates squats, lunges, and other conditioning exercises that will have you working hard, but smart, and seeing results! Suitable for clients who have mastered the Group Matwork Essential repertoire (Level 1). This is a fluid faster moving class.

Level 1 Essential Mat Pilates

Ground yourself in the essentials of STOTT PILATES, mastering proper technique to reap the benefits of group classes. The next step for beginners, this class is also suitable for those who’ve been inactive or coming off of an injury. This series helps participants develop true core strength and stability while heightening mind-body awareness. Props add variety and build familiarity for more challenging classes.

Relax and Release

This class combines gentle yoga postures and guided meditation for ultimate relaxation. Hands on assists are applied to add a deeper release using a grounding technique called Pranassage®. This combination releases the body allowing it to feel soft, spacious and grounded.

Pranassage® is a creative synthesis of yoga and bodywork that produces deep relaxation in the receiver. Pranassage is an engaging and efficient option for those who want to deepen the effects of yoga. Pranassage appeals to people with no previous yoga experience, as well as the seasoned practitioner of yoga or other active forms of body-mind integration, because it provides tailored personal support for going to your next level.

Pranassage works like this. The practitioner physically moves the client’s body into a flow of positions that allow them to feel each position from the inside out. As you shift your client into interesting movements and positions, they have the opportunity to witness some forgotten possibilities for motion and action that provide balance and relief throughout every part of their being. Being moved in this way allows your client to watch with awareness and without having to exert any effort. The brain-mind mechanism that determines our ability to move is beneath our conscious control. When we slow down to watch and feel how our body can move into positions in novel ways that do not require effort, the movement patterning mechanism gets reeducated and neurologically reorganizes to replace inefficient patterns with fluid, harmonious and efficient movements.