Meet the Teachers

Karine

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How & Why Pilates

A few years ago I injured my knee while running. I was very active at the time, going hiking, mountain biking, weight lifting, and doing yoga. I had seen multiple doctors and specialists to try to figure out the issue with my knee.

 

As time went on, I was no longer able to do the things that I loved without pain. One day I gave a foam rolling workshop at a Pilates studio in California, and the owner invited me to try out a reformer class. After the first time I was totally hooked! I had finally found something that did not bother my knee and was actually a good workout! I started going to classes twice a week and did some private sessions.

 

Although I was able to do Pilates and not have any pain, I was still having pain doing other activities and ultimately I ended up getting microfracture knee surgery to fix the issue. Two weeks post-surgery I was still on crutches, but I was back on the reformer! It felt amazing to be able to exercise even though I couldn’t even do any weight-bearing. That’s the beauty of Pilates, even if you’re dealing with health issues or movement restrictions, there are always modifications.

 

 

Certifications

  • Mat, Reformer, and Springboard Training with Balanced Body (California)
  • Certified Spinning Instructor

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM):

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Women’s Fitness Specialist
  • Group Personal Training Specialist

 

 

Professional Development

My goal is to always continue learning to be the best teacher that I can be!

 

 

Teaching Philosophy/Approach

I strive for my classes to be safe, effective, and fun! I always offer modifications and never push anyone beyond their abilities. I like to make everyone feel comfortable and I am passionate about helping people feel better. Having dealt with my knee issues for years, I can relate to those working through injuries.

 

Other Interests

Hiking, mountain biking, cooking healthy plant-based meals, spending time with my two dogs

 

 

Something unique about me

I am originally from Ottawa and thought I would live here forever, but I have lived in Kingston, Montreal, and most recently in California for 7 years!