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.
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.
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
Jayson 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Inspiring other people is what lights me up the most. Through my work, I intend to help others recognize what every aspect of their life has to offer, and to help them to better navigate the ups and downs along their own healing path. A devotion to yoga has allowed me to live a fuller life than I had ever imagined. Sharing this with others has been one of the most fulfilling experiences and exchanges in my life, and has led me to investigate my own health from a preventative perspective. My curiosity within the world of natural health and wellness eventually led me to a career in alternative medicine. I have a deep connection to the natural world and believe that by aligning ourselves with the organic rhythms of the earth and our environment we can re-awaken an innate inner wisdom that lies deep at the core of us all.
I am a certified and insured Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga instructor with over 300 hours in trainings. Since 2011 I have been teaching in Victoria, BC. My teaching journey began after having completed my first foundational teacher training with Natalie-Rousseau at Pacific Elements Yoga in 2011, and has led me to a much deeper connection to self and understanding of my own body, mind & heart.
Currently I am studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and nutrition at Pacific Rim College in Victoria and working towards becoming a registered Acupuncturist. I look forward to working with people to help them find balance within their own health outside of the yoga studio upon starting my own TCM practice. I find great joy in weaving TCM philosophies and wisdom into my offerings as a yoga teacher and I plan to join TCM practices with nutrition and my established skills as a yoga and meditation instructor to help others to reach their greatest potential and health goals.
I teach various styles of yoga but the theme in which I teach is consistent. We move from the heart, with an emphasize on breath and alignment. In my classes we work to unite mind, body, and heart in a sometimes challenging, but always playful practice. I encourage students to explore their physical, mental and emotional boundaries safely. I believe that it is by learning to fully trust in ourselves and connecting to our body’s instinctive healing power that we can let go and begin to heal deeply. I intend to continually refine my skills and carry this resonance with me out of the yoga studio and into my practice upon graduation.
Regina began Pilates to improve her posture, body awareness and health 6 years ago. After graduating from the Hotel and Restaurant Management School of Thun, Switzerland in 2007 her working days where mostly spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer leading to increased tension in the neck and shoulder area. Through Pilates and by regularly seeking physical treatment she learned to manage her pain. However, she was never able to completely alleviate the problem. There always seemed to be something missing.
In 2012 she moved to Perth, Western Australia where she decided to change her career to become a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor, finishing her complete training of Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and ISP in August 2014.
Regina moved to Victoria to be with the love of her life in March 2016. Through a friend she discovered Thomas Hanna Somatics and realised that this was the missing link to alleviating chronic pain. She became a Certified Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach in November 2016. In March 2018 she will start her three year Clinical Somatics training.
Somatics is the answer to chronic muscle tension and pain. It allows me to self-regulate and be aware of the root cause of the problem. I no longer have to see a physio- or massage therapist on a weekly basis just to manage my pain.
Through her own experience with back pain she is passionate about helping her clients to overcome restrictions in movement and improve their quality of life. She focuses on promoting functional movement patterns and dynamic stability for everyday and athletic activities.
Outside of the world of Pilates she enjoys traveling, art, culture, languages and many outdoor activities like hiking and swimming.
I first came to yoga for the physical benefits but fell in love with it for the amazing effect it had on me mentally. The fact that I could go somewhere just to breathe and ground myself in the present moment was something I at first didn’t even know I needed, but soon came to rely on as a part of everyday life. Yoga has brought me awareness not only of my body but also my mind and spirit, as well as shown me how they are all interconnected. By teaching yoga I hope to help guide my students to what countless others have passed on to me – peace of mind, strength, balance, and focus. A practice both on and off the mat.
In the spring of 2015 I traveled to India for two months, during which time I completed my 200 hour Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow certification. It was an incredible experience to learn from both Indian and Western teachers while completely immersing myself in the practice of yoga. To those of you who come to my class, thank you! I am so excited to share my knowledge with you while also learning from you in the process. In the wise words of Pattabhi Jois: “Practice and all is coming.”
Kristy, a Barre instructor, is joining us from Oceanside Barre Qualicum Beach. Previously a Dancer, Competitive Rhythmic Gymnast, and Coach, Kristy fell in love with Barre Fitness six years ago. She is a Certified Barre Instructor who incorporates the principles of ballet, strength training and isometric movements to create a full body, low impact, dynamic workout.
Kristy’s motto is… Rise everyday and see the blessings and opportunities that lay before you!
Healing through movement is Michelle’s passion turned career. She has years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Kinesiologist. In addition to welcoming three of her own children into her active life, she opened her own Pre and Postnatal Fitness business. In 2017, she became a certified Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Neuromovement® practitioner. Michelle’s original focus was helping postpartum women improve their body awareness, decrease symptoms of incontinence, and eliminate pelvic pain or instability by introducing them to the Hypopressives technique, and by teaching them to improve their movement patterns. She has now expanded her practice to include students who are suffering from pain, recovering from injuries, struggling with a limiting diagnosis, athletes, and others who areproactively looking for easier and more efficient ways to move. Until March 2018, while completing the advanced ABM training to work with children with special needs (physical or cognitive), she is providing movement lessons to pediatric clients at no charge. She continues to study by pursuing various Kinesiology, Postpartum fitness and ABM courses. When not working Michelle can be found running, mountain biking, swimming for both fun and competitively.