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Our Teachers

Kim Wilson, R.Ac

Upon discovering Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Kim became fascinated by the energetic body which led her to complete the four year training for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kim enjoys sharing this wealth of knowledge and believes that not only do these modalities complement each other, but also allow for the creation of her unique style of holistic body care, one which is technical, playful and heartfelt. Kim  has been dedicated to sharing her love of having a healthy body and living a vibrant life. Her background in competitive rowing and athletics  inspired her training as a Certified STOTT Pilates and Yoga Instructor.

 

Jessica Knox, RMT

Jessica is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). She has been working as a health care practitioner and Yoga Instructor since 2002. Along with Massage Therapy, Jessica has also obtained diplomas in both Jin Shin Do (body mind element Acupressure) and Shiatsu (Japanese Acupressure). As a therapist, Jessica draws on her background in eastern medicine and philosophy to find the root cause of dysfunction and restore equilibrium, while treating the body as a whole. Jessica’s orthopedic background and knowledge of human anatomy and physiology allows her to utilize a wide array of Massage Therapy techniques such as; Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Neuro-Muscular Facilitation, Trigger Point Release, Manual Lymph Drainage, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Joint Mobilization and Remedial Exercise to address physical pain and dysfunction. Jessica has completed two Yoga Teacher Trainings and has been joyfully facilitating and leading Yoga classes and workshops since 2002. Jessica’s approach to yoga integrates her background in physical science with her love and study of eastern philosophy and practice. Jessica blends a variety of Yoga practices she has studied over the years (Hatha, Vinyasa, Flow, Acu-Yoga, Power Yoga and Yin Yoga) with remedial exercise and somatic balancing techniques. Grounded in the belief that Yoga is meditation in motion, both enlivening and stilling the body, heart and mind. Jessica’s classes are designed to create internal and external integrity through proper alignment and by balancing strength with flexibility. Her orthopedic background shapes the intent of each class through keen observation and a dedication to injury prevention and rehabilitation.

 

Kelly Ayre, RMT

Kelly is a Certified Stott Pilates instructor who also balances her career as a Registered Massage Therapist.  She has completed her level 1 certification in all disciplines of the Stott Pilates Method and has been teaching since 2003.  Having completed a Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria, Kelly integrates her education and rehabilitation experience into her pilates instruction.  She enjoys being creative with her group classes and encourages participants to explore their physical and mental well-being. Through her own practice of pilates she has discovered the many positive benefits of this discipline and feels gratitude in seeing how this method of exercise enhances peoples lives.

 

Tara Nargang

Why I Teach & What You Can Expect From Me:

My classes are alignment-based, and most can be described as Mindful Flow – engaging, light-hearted, strong and safe. My teaching has evolved over the years to be less rushed with more options and a focus on being where we’re at instead of what a pose looks like in a picture. I am very grateful to not only teach but to teach at Thrive. It’s a special place where connection happens easily. 

 

Jayson Van Ee

jaysonJayson started practicing Pilates more than 5 years ago with the intent of correcting some ailments he was he was going through as a hairdresser of 20+ years. As a result, he now has sold his salon and changed career paths. Jayson was Stott certified in October and joined the Thrive team.

Jayson is constantly amazed how much he continually and progressively learns from Pilates. Attention to all the details involved keeps him coming back for more. Sharing this knowledge with others makes it that much more rewarding. Favorite sayings, “less is more”, and “if it’s easy, you’re probably not doing it right”. Learning mindful movement through Stott Pilates teaches us that we can all learn strength and be strong from the inside out, no matter our age or ability.

 

Jana Davison

Jana DavisonJana has been passionate about the study of health and fitness for all of her life. As a young athlete, Jana was involved in competitive track and field and rowing. From this athletic background, she pursued her passion into university and achieved a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Medicine & Kinesiology, all the while working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.

After completing her University degrees, she furthered her education by completing Stott Pilates training, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a certified Precision Nutrition Coach.
Having four children as well as recovering from a debilitating bulging disc, Jana is keenly aware of the effectiveness and value of Pilates in rehab as well as in improving general strength and fitness. Through study and personal experience, Jana has vast knowledge to help her clients achieve success on their road to improved health and fitness in a safe and sustainable manner.

 

Libby Pytela

kms_8811cMy journey to yoga started at a young age, being lucky enough to have two yogis as parents. As my practice has grown and evolved, my passion for understanding the body and what it is capable of has only intensified. I completed my 200 hour training at the Vancouver School of Yoga, and love how they have informed my teaching practice to be centered on keeping my students safe, working within their bodies at a safe level, and starting always with a strong understanding of foundation. As we know, our bodies change day to day, and so will our yoga practice. Each week I will aim to help guide students to explore the different areas of their body through a mindful series of asana, with some focus on breath. Show up as you are, and prepare to be greeted with love.

 

Tara Tait

Tara is an RMT and Yoga Instructor she combines her educations to share knowledge and experience in her classes. Having gone through, and recovered from several injuries herself, Tara has gained invaluable incite to the body-mind connection involved in rehabilitation. Tara fuses her passions of internal body mechanics and external bio-mechanics to create classes based on breathing, releasing, toning and alignment. Tara guides as students learn how to teach themselves by listening to their bodies, minds and spirits. “Yoga is powerful medicine. I teach yoga because it healed and transformed me it gives me complete truth, empowerment and humility every day. Teaching is a learning experience for me as much as it is for students”. Tara teaches small groups, studio classes and private sessions to persons of all ages and capabilities in Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative Yoga.

 

Chris Csak

Chris has been working with bodies for 20 years. Originally focused on strength and conditioning, Chris’ attention is now on Pilates and Yoga. His classes are always aimed at strengthening and lengthening tissue to bring the body back to its ideal alignment and to restore full range of motion to all of the joints. He believes that as physical function increases so does physiological function and then subsequently mental and emotional health improve.

Chris carries a number of credentials including 2 Yoga Teacher Training certificates, most recently he completed his Stott Pilates full certification training in Toronto. Having just moved to Victoria with his Wife, Chris is eager to share what he has learned and to collaborate with his new community.

 

Mykaela Lemke

Certified since 2012, Mykaela is a Stott Pilates instructor from Whitehorse, Yukon. She enjoys helping students feel more comfortable in their bodies and loves how Pilates helps people to move efficiently, allowing us to improve our daily life. You can expect a very welcoming, positive atmosphere with no judgements in her classes. She wants to make sure to give an energizing work out but also to take things slowly enough that students fully understand the intention behind the exercises. Outside of work, Mykaela has a passion for natural medicine, is an animal lover, a photographer, an outdoor enthusiast, a raw vegan chef and history buff. Join her for a mindful Pilates session that will leave you happy and more in tune with your body!

 

Jeri Jorgenson

Jeri has been studying and teaching yoga for over 15 years, and has a Master’s degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). This is the first ever graduate-level university degree in yoga in North America. She is also a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s 4–year Yoga Therapy program and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She recently moved to the island after living in California for many years.

Jeri has been in the fitness industry as an instructor and personal trainer for over 25 years, has Stott Pilates certification and is also a massage therapist. She believes yoga is for every body, wherever you are in your wellness journey. She loves working one-on-one for specific issues, and has a special place in her heart for seniors. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology allows her to assess the unique needs and appropriate therapy for those wishing to improve their wellness through yoga and exercise.

 

Chantelle Shah-Poulin

Chantelle Shah-Poulin began her journey of self inquiry after stepping into a local studio here in Victoria in 2005. She developed a strong Vinyasa practice and the power of practice quickly took root. Her deep dedication and divine love for yoga guided her in the decision to attend the 250 hour teacher training at Moksana in 2010. Since then, Chantelle has travelled to attend many more teacher trainings including St. Louis in July 2014 to become a certified Yogahour® teacher. She continues to study at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica where she has obtained her 500 hour level of certification. Chantelle is currently certified to teach Yogahour®, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yogadance, and is a certified Yogaguide® and Pranassage® practitioner.

Chantelle’s classes offer and create a safe space for practice with a focus on proper alignment. She asks that her students simply take the time that it takes and allow the body to release with breath.

 

Cathryn Lynch Socarras

In 2010, Cathryn first took Stott Pilates classes to rehabilitate a nagging knee injury. This empowering experience helped her regain her strength and mobility. Cathryn’s passion for Pilates and its healing power of body and mind inspired her to pursue a teaching certificate with Stott Pilates in 2012. Since earning her certification in both Matwork and Reformer, Cathryn has completed several professional development certifications including Cadillac, Melt Method, and dozens of small equipment workshops.

In her classes, Cathryn aims to empower each client to learn to move their body with fluidity; to gain strength, stability, length, flexibility and balance, all while having a little fun!

Cathryn is a gentle, kind, intuitive, and knowledgeable instructor. She has the ability to guide you to the safest and most efficient space inside yourself, tapping into your own healing and body wisdom.