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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

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.

Yin/Yang Yoga

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.


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.

Get your Barre Butt out of Bed

Get your workout done and your day started with this fun and fabulous class. Nicole’s vibrant energy helps wake you up and get you started with this full body, well rounded workout focusing on length, strength, and balance. All movements are functional and do-able and will put a smile on your face.
After this class you are set and on your way for your day.

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.

Gentle Mobility Yoga

Mobility yoga is a gentle, safe, therapeutic, alignment-based class for all ages and experience levels. With a goal to to increase body awareness, balance and stability, we focus on mobilizing joints, and increasing range of motion exercises. Classes will guide you through creative sequences using a variety of props. Each week we have a specific focus but the class will always offer postures and sequencing designed to increase mobility, flexibility, and core stability. Enjoy a slightly warmer room to help you limber up.

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.

Therapeutic Hatha Level 1

Therapeutic Hatha is a slower moving active class accessible to all and tailored to those who may have unique needs in their yoga practice. With an emphasis on breath and alignment we will cultivate a deeper body awareness in a full spectrum class that omits downward dog and/or kneeling, and any other special requests that may present. We will release tension and stress through our practice finding mental, emotional and physical strength and space. Props and modifications will always be offered to make this class accessible for all levels and every body. Please modify, adjust, adapt this as you see fit based on Thrive’s needs and students request.

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.

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.

As a Massage Therapist, the class instructor, Emily Kersey, practices yoga to correct muscular imbalances and brings her knowledge of the body to her classes to assist students to better understand what poses are helpful, where one should feel the stretch and what adjustments are best for each individual.


In yin yoga we use our breath to center in, arrive on our mats, and ground us throughout the practice. Each pose is held for two to five minutes. This allows the deep layers of our connective tissue and fascia to soften, increasing our bodies mobility. In each pose we focus on bringing our awareness inwards. Our intentions are mindful as we move, ground, breathe and become present with ourselves. This class is welcoming for all levels.