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


Whether you are new to Qigong or already experiencing the many benefits, join me to practice and learn more. Qigong (energy work) is a 5000 year-old sophisticated system of health preservation, yet amazingly simple and powerful. In Chinese Medicine the main organs of the body are seen as reservoirs of energy, which control our physical, emotional and mental health. When there is stagnation, or an unbalance of Qi, health problems arise, especially when we get older. To gather, circulate , balance and cultivate this life-force energy is the purpose of Qigong.

We will practice one of the most famous and basic Qigong forms: The Eight Brocades. This a set of eight movements, with many variations over the centuries. It is very good for stretching the meridians, calming and balancing the whole body. In the next class(es) we will introduce other forms. In each class much attention will be given to the principles and theory of Chinese Medicine, to help you apply them for your own benefit. Probably the most powerful aspect of Qigong is that results gets better over time. There’s no aging here. See you in class!

Restore and Nurture Yoga

Join Renée Ahmadi for a gentle therapeutic yoga class that will restore your body and mind with a combination of gentle joint mobilizing movements and longer supported postures. This class is welcome to all levels and experience levels and will take place in a warm room. Restorative postures provide the time and space to hold a posture without strain and can boost the immune system, recover from injuries and illness, nurture the central nervous system and improve overall health and well being. This class will adapt to meet the specific needs of regular students. Come treat yourself!


In this class we take our time, lingering in longer held supported postures that give body, mind, and heart, space from the noise and momentum of life.

This passive and meditative restorative practice gives us an opportunity to check in and connect to ourselves by winding down through deep rest. It is essential in our busy lives to take the time to calm, check in, and rest our nervous system to heal. This class gives you the opportunity take a moment to step away and do so something wonderful for yourself.

You can expect lots of bolster love, gentle acupressure touch (Meg will weave in her knowledge of TCM) , and a reset to start the weekend off right.

Barre With Me

This flow class is designed for anyone looking for quick results and a challenging workout that will meet you wherever you are on your fitness journey. We will be pulling out all of the toys in the studio to provide opportunities for strength training with Light weights. and high reps. Your whole body will feel the strength, cardio, and stretching with options and challenges that will rapidly transform your body.

If you are looking for a fun class where you will get it all in before you start your day, then this is the class for you!
This will be a stronger practice so come with knowledge of the foundations of Pilates and a healthy body.

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

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.

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.

In this class we will warm the musculature and meridians through a gentle flow settling into deep, long-held, floor based yin postures. This practice will open into the deeper yin tissues and energetic body allowing for physical, mental & emotional balance.

Barre, Pilates and TRX

This class will be a combo of TRX, Pilates and Barre. This class will cover it all for a complete workout integrating strength, length, fun, body awareness and balance all through the genius of Pilates, and the challenge of TRX and Barre.

Mobility & Stability Pilates

Build overall strength, increase mobility where it is needed such as ankles and hips, increase stability where it is needed such as knees and low back, and improve how you move in daily life. In this class, Jana will lead you through a wide range of exercises from Pilates on the mat as well as standing, dynamic stretching, barre, TRX, and more.

Slow Barre with Mindful Strength and Movement

This class will integrate full functional ranges of motions, as well as the relationships between pushing and pulling/lengthening and strengthening. We will work on balance, isolation of muscles and working on full body strength and mobility of the body. This class aims to strengthen movements that are more applicable and functional to our daily lives. To feel opened and confidant in the way that we move. To find our imbalances and strengthen them. This class will be challenging but will be at a slower pace and do-able for any able body.

Stretch Tone and Restore

This class is designed to allow the body to release breathe and open the sticky areas while creating some strength and tone. There will be relaxing stretches to open joints and promote soft tissue health. Toning of the intrinsic and stabilizing muscles and fascial release techniques to bring mobility and motion back to the body. Join and enjoy open your body to balance and breath strengthening in a gentle nurturing environment.

Pilates Infused

Building on the fundamentals of STOTT Pilates, this class will infuse elements of yoga, conditioning exercises and dynamic movement. Participants will move through slow, flowing sequences which emphasize breath, muscular stability, flexibility and strength. The use of props will be included to increase the challenge. This is a level 2 class which requires a pilates foundation, as well as a knowledge of basic yoga poses.

Breathe and Body Meditation

Enjoy some Sunday rejuvenation time to help prepare for the week ahead with meditation. Join Jennifer for some gentle stretching, an introduction to Pranayama breathing techniques, and then settle in for a guided meditation. Pranayama is the practice of controlling your breath through a series of breathing exercises, which encourages your mind to slow down and focus on being present in your body. In a calm, safe, welcoming space, you will be invited to focus on your mind and body, giving you a few moments of peace and serenity to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon.

Falling With Grace

Falling and falling prevention strategies are exceedingly important, acquired with lots of practice and an understanding of how the human skeleton maintains stability under the force of gravity. Using the Feldenkrais Method™, participants will learn to balance and coordinate the movements of their skeleton, both for saving themselves from falling and for bringing themselves down to the ground in an organized way. Getting back up, and shaking off residual stress after taking a fall will also be addressed.