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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.

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.

Jayson Van Ee

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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.

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.

Meagan Welch

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.

Renée Ahmadi

After discovering the holistic benefits of yoga in 2007 while completing her undergraduate degree, Renée quickly understood how the benefits of yoga reached far beyond the physical. Renée took her first training in 2010 with Nicki Manzies, then in 2012 completed her prenatal training certificate at Moksana Yoga. Renée teaches a variety of classes, ranging from chair yoga, to mum and babe, flow, prenatal, foundations and restorative. She is also working as a birth doula and has a Masters in Disability Management, and is very interested in public health research. Her specialty is helping all students find comfort in their bodies, and learn techniques of deep relaxation through adaptation and modification. Renée is a fledgling potter, seasoned gardener and mother of two beautiful souls.

You can contact or check out Renée at flexability.ca.

Jennifer Bresciani

Certified for Classical Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Systems, Jennifer focuses on the biomechanics of asana poses and working on controlling your breath. Through movement, play, and stillness, Jennifer strives to incorporate the chemistry of empowering students to connect with themselves, align and strengthen their bodies, and learn to quiet their minds. While fostering a safe and welcoming environment for her students, Jennifer teaches Hatha, Restorative, and Meditation yoga classes.

Julie Richards

Julie has had a passion for movement for as long as she can remember. An avid runner for most of her life, it was an injury which lead her to Yoga and Pilates 18 years ago. She has never looked back!

Holding a Specialized Honors degree in Physical Education, the path towards teaching has been a natural one! She received her STOTT Pilates Mat Certification in 2015 and her Yoga Certification in 2017. Since then she has been inspired to continue her health and wellness studies while balancing a full-time career in the health sciences.

Julie’s instruction focuses on alignment, proper technique and creative cueing in order to create a safe environment in which to challenge the body, while having fun! With attention to breath and the mind-body connection, students will be encouraged to explore their movement capabilities. “Passionate about the benefits of both Pilates and Yoga, I am honored to share my learnings with others.”

Frances Weick

Building on a lifelong philosophy that food is medicine, I became a Registered Dietitian in ‘92. I have since worked in nationally certified renal, cardiac and diabetic programs in the U.S. Since my early 20’s yoga had been a regular part of self-care.

I discovered Qigong in ’97, and eventually, this somewhat different connection of mind, body and breath merged with a more holistic, Eastern-based understanding of nutrition. Extending from Qigong, I currently have an active Tai Chi practice.

As well as Medical Qigong and Tai Chi, I have background in Chinese Medicine, Jin Shin Do acupressure, Pranic Healing and channelling. In these areas, perhaps because my working life has so involved degrees and certifications, I have let myself follow my nose. I am a strong believer In serendipity – that whatever is needed will show up at the right time for you.

All it takes is a little prayer, faith and practice…