Ann Asquith – Program Director,
Certified Pilates Teacher
Ann is a fully certified STOTT ® Pilates Practitioner; Fletcher Pilates Licensed Practitioner in Fletcher Floorwork®, Fletcher Barrework® & Fletcher Towelwork®; a Stretch Therapist and ZENGA® Instructor with over thirteen years teaching experience.
Ann is following in her mother’s footsteps in that her mother taught Pilates in England over fifty five years ago. Ann was reintroduced to Pilates again thirteen years ago and realized at the age of 50 what she was meant to do with her life, this resulted in her taking early retirement from her position as Branch Manager of TD Canada Trust, here in Whitehorse, and taking her Pilates certification. In the process, Ann lost nearly 50 lbs and has never regretted her decision!
Ann is a passionate believer in professional development, both for herself and the team at the studio. Her particular field of interest is in seniors’ health and fitness and has taken many courses including the following:
– Injuries & Special Populations
– Shoulder Girdle: Stability & Function
– Lumbar Pelvic Region: Stability & Function
– Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
– Scoliosis Management
– Osteoarthritis & Pilates
– Pilates for the Older Adult
– Physiology & Anatomy of Movement
Ann specializes in working with seniors and clients who are pre and post-surgery as well as those requiring rehabilitation after injuries and illness. Most of Ann’s private clients come to her through referrals from specialists, doctors and physiotherapists.
Ann is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Ann teaches both private, semi-private and group apparatus and matwork Pilates classes. Ann is the program director of the studio.
Andra Hunter – Certified Pilates Teacher
Andra Hunter was born and raised in the Yukon and was introduced to dance as a child. She has studied many modalities including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Indigenous (traditional and contemporary), and Belly Dance. She also has a background in Yoga and Kung Fu. Andra has taught Belly Dance at the studio previously which was very well received.
Andra was introduced to Pilates during her training in Modern Dance and Choreography at Grant MacEwan University. She loves that Pilates is derived from various movement modalities, and finds that practicing the principles of Pilates enhances the quality of our lives no matter what we do for work, play or artistic expression.
Andra has completed her Essential and Intermediate Matwork studies with STOTT® Pilates and is looking forward to teaching Beginners’ Sunday Pilates at 11:00 am.
Iris Binger – Certified Pilates Teacher
Iris is a Yukon based dancer, choreographer and mother to five. Iris graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2012 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance and studied at York University Contemporary Dance Program.
Passionate about dance from an early age, Iris has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Pointe Work, African Dance, Burlesque and many other forms of dance. In 2014, she was awarded the Advanced Artist Award to study at the Alvin Alley Dance Theater in New York. She has partnered with Leaping Feats Creative Danceworks and Northern Lights School of Dance on a variety of projects and has extensive experience teaching a wide variety of dance styles to students of all ages. Iris has taught Burlesque classes at the studio and they were a roaring success and were filled within hours!
Iris was introduced to Pilates through her dance training and decided that she wanted to teach Pilates because of her passion for movement. Her Pilates teacher training includes the Essential and Intermediate Matwork studies with STOTT Pilates. Iris will be teaching Mom’s & Babes Pilates and Rise & Shine Pilates and looks forward to helping clients enrich their lives through Pilates. Along with Iris’ appreciation for dance, Pilates, theatre and the arts, she loves food and wine!
Joie Quarton – Certified Pilates Teacher
Joie has been doing Pilates for about ten years and still finds that it is never boring and always makes her feel like her body can move easily and with strength! She also finds it to be a great balance to her other work doing conflict management for the Yukon Government. She hopes to keep doing it until she is old and greyer!
Joie is certified through Peak Pilates of Boulder, Colorado.
Kelly Wanner – Certified Pilates Teacher
Kelly has been a student of Pilates for over seven years and originally came to the studio to help regain flexibility in her ankles after a fall resulting in a serious bi-lateral break in both ankles. Kelly loved the way Pilates made her feel mentally and of course physically. Kelly is a STOTT Certified Instructor in both Essential and Intermediate Matwork. She has completed her STOTT Intensive Reformer training and looks forward to working with clients to become their best selves. Kelly believes that in order to get to where you want to go you need to get started and Kelly is the perfect teacher to help you!
Lauren Haney – Certified Pilates Teacher
Born and raised in the Yukon, Lauren was introduced to Pilates through dance over 15 years ago. Lauren is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Teacher and has pursued supplementary training in Standing Pilates and Pre & Post Natal Pilates. She is also a certified Stretch Therapy teacher and is passionate about the power of stretch to unlock the body’s mobility. Lauren integrates elements of her dance and movement background into a unique class and she’s constantly refining her material – you’ll never take the same class twice!
Lauren has a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University in Sweden. She also has a Bachelor’s in Natural Science with a minor in Dance from University of Calgary. Lauren has a special interest in West African dance and has studied it for many years. Lauren’s classes fill almost immediately so please don’t hesitate about registering.
Melissa Pierson – Certified Pilates Teacher
Melissa has been an instructor at the studio for nearly five years. She born and raised in Ontario but now calls the Yukon her home. Melissa’s Pilates began as a client of the studio where she had been referred by a local physiotherapist for a chronic shoulder injury. She was instantly intrigued the Pilates method and enrolled to become an instructor only six months after her first private class with Ann. Pilates has since given her the ability to heal her shoulder and share her passion for fitness through a modality she feels is tremendously beneficial to ‘anyone and everyone’. Melissa enjoys teaching groups and privates at different class levels and is especially interested in using Pilates for rehabilitation and athletic conditioning. Melissa is a Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor at the Essential and Intermediate level in Reformer and Matwork and Advanced Level Matwork (the only teacher in our studio to have this advanced level of certification). She is also qualified to teach the Essential and Intermediate level Stability Chair and Advanced Reformer Repertoire. Melissa has completed the Injuries and Special Populations Course and has numerous Pilates workshops mainly in the Athletic Conditioning Speciality Track and ZENGA. Melissa is also a Certified canfitpro Personal Training Specialist and ACE Group Fitness Instructor.
Monique Romeiko – PMA® – CPT (Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher)
Monique is thrilled to be returning to the studio after her sabbatical.
In 2017-18 Monique pursued Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher training in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. In addition, she performed contemporary dance pieces in Chandigarh and Cochin, India. During this time, she also co-created new contemporary dance video works as Artist-in-Residence in Jodhpur, Andore, Bangalore, Dharamkot and Fort Kochi, India. This high achieving multi tasker also managed to squeeze in some Pilates continuing education courses!
Monique has been teaching Pilates for over twenty years, starting in Toronto in 1993. Prior to teaching at the studio Monique taught and danced in Montreal for over ten years. Monique’s Pilates classes are inspired by a wide variety of movement principles: Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance, Improvisation, Axis Syllabus, as well as, different physical training modalities such as Classical Pilates, STOTT PILATES®, Polestar Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonics, Gyrokinesis and Irene Dowd exercises. She draws on her diverse array of skills and influences to assist her clients in achieving their health and fitness goals.
Monique helps private clients who require physical rehabilitation, pre and post-surgery clients and of course, those who enjoy the benefits of the one on one attention to detail provided in a private class.
Monique’s classes are creative and fun, but be prepared to work hard! Her classes are much sought after and fill extremely quickly.
Monique enseigne également en français!
Nadea Knodel – Certified Pilates Teacher
A born-and-raised Yukoner, Nadea was introduced to Pilates as a teen. It soon became a primary part of her self-care and fitness routine and she has now been practising Pilates at the Studio for over eight years. Nadea is passionate about helping people to become the best version of themselves by using Pilates to improve the mind/body connection and to take care of their physical health and fitness while learning more about themselves. Nadea is trained in Essential and Intermediate level STOTT matwork.
When she’s not taking or practising Pilates, Nadea enjoys spending as much of her time outdoors as possible, travelling, and, as a lifelong learner, trying to learn everything about everything!
Nicole Muir – Certified Pilates Teacher
A few years ago Nicole decided that nature was going to be her gym that was until she was introduced to Pilates! After a few months of practising, it was obvious that the Pilates exercises were making a noticeable difference, and she was hooked! Nicole firmly believes that Pilates doesn’t just belong in the studio and feels that each client takes what they have learned with them, applying their new skills in their posture, their breathing and in their awareness of their body. You can find Nicole enjoying the trails around Whitehorse running, hiking, biking or skiing with her dog Grizz. She believes that education is powerful and applies this principle in her day job as a high school teacher. She is looking forward to combining her love of teaching and Pilates, as she joins the team at The Studio this fall teaching Pilates For Teens.
Olive Morland – Pilates Teacher in Training
Olive was introduced to Pilates when she took the Administrative position at the studio in 2013. Olive enjoys how Pilates makes her mind and body feel and loves to share that experience with other people. Olive is very knowledgeable about Pilates as she has been working behind the scenes guiding clients into suitable classes for many years now. She loves helping people, seeing and hearing their success stories and watching their individual journeys. Olive is excited to start building her own following and for the opportunity to help clients on another level at the studio. She started her intensive mat and reformer training in 2017 and is excited to get her exam out of the way so she can join the team, officially!
Olive is a Yukoner true and true, she was born and raised here in the great white north! She has always loved working with children and is an Educational Assistant at Jack Hulland. She is dog person, and when she isn’t loving on Tifi and Cocoa, she is all about her little Mabel. She loves travelling and exploring new places, learning and trying new things. Although Olive is starting a new chapter which doesn’t involve administration, she is excited to continue to be connected to the studio. But most of all she is excited to bring coffee to work now (Ann hates coffee)!
Penny Kosmenko – Certified Pilates Teacher
Penny is a long time Yukoner having moved here in 1970 – she likes to say she came for Rendezvous and forgot to leave! Penny still lives in the same family home in the country with her husband Ed where they raised their two daughters.
Penny discovered Pilates through family and friends extolling its virtues and decided to give it a try which resulted in her becoming a dedicated Pilates practitioner. She’s not sure what took her so long, but then again she doesn’t have a cell phone either!
Becoming a certified STOTT Pilates instructor and teaching is Penny’s idea of retirement!
Penny Perrault – Certified Pilates Teacher
Penny moved to the Yukon 20 years ago first living in Faro and then moving to Whitehorse. She became involved in fitness after the birth of her second child and decided she wanted to continue her health and wellness journey by becoming a CanFit Pro Fitness Specialist and Personal training specialist. Penny is also a Yoga Alliance 200 Hr-RYT Instructor.
Penny was introduced to Pilates at the studio about three years ago and knew immediately it was something she wanted to add it to her teaching repertoire.
Penny enjoys biking, hiking and taking & attending fitness related training whenever possible. Penny is a teacher at Vanier Catholic School.
Rebel Morrison – Certified Pilates Teacher
Rebel is a STOTT® certified Pilates Practitioner with over five years teaching experience. Rebel is an extremely imaginative teacher who rarely teaches the same class twice, she teaches a wide range of clients and has an extremely loyal following here at the studio. Rebel is continuously upgrading her education and certification and clients will benefit from her increased knowledge in the following areas:
- Athletic Conditioning, both matwork & apparatus
- Rotational Disc Pilates
- Intensive Sculpting Challenges
- Superior Balance Pilates
- Pilates with Props, including the medicine ball and foam roller
Rebel is a born and bred Yukoner who loves helping her husband on his trapline! She is passionate about Pilates and feels that ‘Pilates can help all different sizes and shapes and fitness levels’. Rebel’s classes are much sought after and fill quickly.
Multifidus Asquith, better known as Tifi is a Golden Doodle i.e. she is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Tifi is named after the multifidus muscle which fills the groove that runs on either side of the spinous processes of the vertebrae of the spinal column. Ann would like you to know that she did not name Tifi but now that she is named, she cannot think of another name which would suit Tifi better! Tifi works almost every day at the studio and invariably every client coming through the door will greet her before they greet anyone else. She is very shy and likes to approach you rather than vice versa; however, once she has met you – you are her friend for life! Tifi has been studying Pilates since she was eight weeks old and is now practicing at an intermediate level.
Cocoa Bean Asquith, known as Cocoa was named by Ann’s granddaughter, Olivya, who was present at her birth. Cocoa has lovely brown curly hair with green eyes and Olivya thought that she looked like the colour of hot cocoa. Cocoa is one of Tifi’s puppies and like her mother, has taken to Pilates like a Pro! Cocoa can be seen practising her Downward Dog most days of the week in the studio – she doesn’t realise it is a Yoga move!