About Our Studio

Meet The Staff

 

Kelly Curry

Co-owner, Certified Pilates and Yamuna® Body Rolling Instructor, B Com, CA

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I followed a winding road to becoming a Pilates teacher. I studied business in university, but my passions have always been physical in nature—beginning with a love of sports. With sports, though, came injuries. Fortunately, I discovered Pilates, which helped me with my body awareness, strength and alignment issues. I soon became hooked, and decided to pursue my Pilates accreditation.

 

I obtained my full Pilates Certification with Michele Larsson, Core Dynamics, in Sante Fe, New Mexico. I began teaching Pilates in September 2001.  I continue to study with some of North Americas most highly regarded movement teachers.  My further education includes much self study and:

  • Yamuna® Body Rolling Certification 2004
  • Pilates for Buff Bones Accreditation 2012
  • Pilates training in Fletcher Towelwork®, Floorwork® and Barrework™
  • MELT Method®- Hand and Foot Treatment Accreditation 2015
  • Essential Somatics Movement Teacher training Level I- 2018
  • Essential Somatics Movement Teacher training Level II- in progress

Pilates and the other movement practices has been such a positive experience in my life and I feel honored to share its many benefits with our wonderful clients.


 

 

Lorraine Kruper

Co-owner, Certified Pilates Instructor, B Com, CA

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I found Pilates on what I thought was a brief sabbatical from the corporate world. Little did I know! I loved the detailed mind/body aspect of the work so much that I had a new career.

 

I have always been active in sports, but suffered with body imbalances that caused recurring knee and back pain. Pilates helped me address them. I acquired my full Pilates certification from Michele Larsson and Pilates EQ in 2008.

 

I love sharing my knowledge, helping my clients find their own body awareness, strength and flexibility. Breath is so important as it inspires your movement. I’m very interested in how the body moves and always looking to learn more about anatomy and other release and movement modalities. I completed pilates training in Fletcher Towelwork®, Floorwork® and Barrework™. I completed my Essential Somatics® Exercise Coach training in 2017.  Yamuna® Body Rolling training Level 1 (2015) and I am finishing off my Somatic Movement Center® Certified Exercise Instructor Level 1 Course.

 

I am also a FRC® Mobility Specialist (FRCms) (2017) and am working on completing my Kinstretch Certification.  This modality of work is comprehensive joint training system based in scientific principles and research created by world musculoskeletal expert Dr. Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning®. 

 


Carrie Kohler

Certified Pilates Instructor

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After learning the pilates matwork under Pilates EQ owner Kelly Curry I discovered how much I loved the full body nature of pilates both on the mat and the equipment.

 

A desire to share the brilliance of the pilates method led me to enrol in the Core Dynamics pilates certification program in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I studied under and was certified by Michele Larsson in 2009,  I am also mat certified with the Physical Mind Institute and am a licensed Fletcher Pilates Provider which includes the Fletcher Floorwork, Towelwork and Barre programs. I also have a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations and a B.S. degree in Organizational Sociology, both from Iowa State University.

 

What I love about pilates is that it is intelligent exercise.  Learning how to move with the breath while respecting the body is what I strive to teach my students.  I love the physical and mental challenge of the work but I most importantly just love how pilates makes me feel physically and mentally, which is healthy and strong. Sharing this with my clients is a true pleasure.


 

Samantha Jassman

Pilates Instructor
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I come to Pilates with 10 years of experience with personal training, leading group fitness, yoga, pregnancy, postpartum, and more. I am a Kinesiology student, wife, and mom of three kids plus furbabies. 

My first exposure to Pilates was an 850-hour immersive Classical Teacher Training Diploma in Canmore, AB. For many years I had seen pictures and videos of the Reformer, always fascinated, awe-struck even, about how it worked. I am the type of person that wants to know EVERYTHING about health and fitness, so all-in seemed the best way to get acquainted with Pilates. At first, I’ll admit, I was suspicious of the Method and how it worked, but as I worked through the program, everything seemed to click. 

 

Pilates made me feel like I could inhabit my body in a deeper way, finding better control and awareness of myself. It changed the way I thought about movement, breath, and my ‘core’. As a teacher, Pilates gave me so many tools to help people find the support or challenge needed to connect profoundly with themselves. It provides a safe space for those working through, or recovering from injury, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. It is the ultimate cross training tool for everyone, making one move better in life.  I feel so fortunate to have found Pilates and am so grateful to share this gift with you!


 

Vanessa Viveiros

Pilates Instructor, B Kin

Vanessa VI have always been fascinated by the human body.   This led me to competitive sports, fitness and strength training and a Kinesiology degree as well.  This background helped me learn just  how malleable and capable the body is.  Injuries and body tensions lead me to Yoga and that opened my mind and body to lengthening and strengthening my body mindfully.  I pursued a Yoga teacher training to deepen my practice and I fell in love with the philosophy and the connection between mind and body. I found holding space for people to connect with themselves to be incredibly powerful and it sparked a passion for the practice within myself.

After teaching Yoga to clients with spinal disorders, I was introduced to Pilates and amazed how it seemed to bridge the gap between resistance training and stretching. My fascination led to completing a STOTT Pilates Matwork Plus intensive training course where I developed a deeper understanding of the body and was able to see the material through the lenses I acquired over the years with my kinesiology and yoga background. I have incorporated that into a Yoga-Pilates series that I have led for nearly 1 year. 

I find working with both disciplines to be very liberating and encourage smooth transitions between postures and an all-around positive environment to explore and strengthen your body. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!.


 

Kacey Heiber

Certified Pilates Instructor

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After several years of Mat and Reformer classes, and becoming burnt out of my finance career, I enrolled in Ellie Herman's Comprehensive Pilates Certification program in San Francisco. and  obtained my full certification in 2008 and went on to teach in San Francisco for several years. Being a California native I am drawn to a "West Coast" pilates movement and instruction style. I moved from San Francisco and taught in Northern California for a couple of years. I then had the opportunity to move to and teach in one of the original pilates hub's, Santa Fe, New Mexico. My time teaching in Santa Fe was an accelerated track of knowledge, teaching technique and growth. I happily adopted and love the the concept of melting classical techniques with new and modern pilates movement. After a brief time in Los Angeles my husband I moved to Edmonton where I've landed at the fantastic Pilates EQ!

In addition to my comprehensive Pilates Certification I'm also certified in Garuda Apparatus A, a Barre Instructor and am currently completing Balanced Body's Comprehensive Bridge Certification Program. I look forward to helping you grow in your pilates knowledge, movement and strength!


 

Nancy MacBeth

Essential Somatics Movement Teacher

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Some say that we arrive at Somatics only after we’ve exhausted all the other alternatives. I was seriously injured in an equestrian accident in 2016 and I wondered if I would ever walk again without pain. Now, daily practice of these gentle movements gives me confidence to get on with my life and do the things I love.

Everything that has ever happened to us lives inside our bodies. Stressors are not only physical but mental and emotional and our body responds to these even if we are unaware. In time, the physical response to stress can become a habit.

The teachings of Thomas Hanna are revolutionary. Since our brain controls our muscles, Hanna taught that we can retrain our brain to release the habitually contracted muscles. The work is restorative and preventive. It doesn’t ask that you stop doing the things you love; rather that you learn to release your muscles when you relax. This is what Somatics is all about.

I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, was an Alberta government MLA (holding positions of Minister of Education and of Minister of Health), have completed my Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher Training Level 1 and am half way through  my 3 year Clinical Somatic Education Certificate.

Come join me and learn how to let everything go!


 

Jennifer Moscrip

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Jen joined us in 2008 and has been keeping us organized ever since!   She always has a smile for everyone she meets and we love her bubbly personality.  If you have any questions about scheduling or any other studio administration matters, she can help.