Movement is therapy. My motto—move your body, move your mind, move your heart—comes from my own experience with the transformative power of movement and being in and, having a healthy relationship with your body.
In 2015 I opened MuseMovement Studio, to support and grow a community of movers, teachers and students who are committed to mindful movement, growth, laughter, music and body education.
I have lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was four. There were times when my mobility was restricted and I felt deep frustration as my body could not keep up with my vivid imagination. With regular pilates and yoga practice, my body and my relationship to it completely changed. I found inner strength and confidence in both body and brain and found that the two could be great pals. I now live without pain and have the freedom of dynamic movement.
I am a perceptive and empathetic teacher. I work with people at their own place and pace while gently pushing and inspiring them to grow in movement. I understand that every body is unique in its promise and possibilities and my teaching is flexible and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each of my clients.
A self-professed anatomy nerd, I love sharing my knowledge and am always building on my expertise. My deep and intuitive understanding of the human body informs all of my modalities of teaching. I help empower people in movement by educating them about the beauty and functionality of their bodies. I am acutely attentive to form and alignment, while being creative with movement and always maintaining flow.
Originally trained at Stott Pilates, I also have a Therapeutic Pilates Certification from the Pilates Process and my 200- hour Yoga Certification from Vikasa Yoga in Thailand. I always continue to take courses and workshops to keep current with evolving pilates and yoga practice. I am grateful to all of the amazing teachers I have had the pleasure of learning from and working with but I learn most from my students, their feedback and my observations of what works for them.
I teach group classes in yoga, pilates (mat and reformer); one-on- one private sessions with clients looking to get fit or to recover from injury; run workshops; and also train teachers. I bring my love of movement, instructional skills and attention to form and safety to each of these activities along with a body positive attitude, compassion, humour, and always a little bit of edge pushing.
Amanda is passionate about movement. A dancer her whole life, she first started yoga and Pilates in 2000 at university. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Dance Program with a minor in Kinesiology, yoga and Pilates was a way to help maintain the health of her body and a place to go to when injury occurred. Amanda recieved her yoga teacher training from Yyoga in Vancouver, and her mat Pilates and reformer teacher training here in Toronto at Body Harmonics. She brings a wealth of knowledge to all her classes, her love of anatomy, biomechanics, and movement patterning shines through. Her curiosity and creativity drives her to keep updating her skills and knowledge of the body. However most of her learning comes from her practitioners. Their commitment inspires and challenges her to seek new ways of connecting them to their bodies and empowering them through movement no matter their ability.
Movement and anatomy have been a central force in Leslie’s life since she was a child, both in personal and academic pursuits. She began teaching Pilates over ten years ago after completing an intensive, year long training at Stott Pilates. Since then, she has completed specialized trainings at Body Harmonics in Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Post Rehabilitation Protocols for Knee/Hip/Shoulder and Gait Analysis Training.
Leslie graduated from the YogaSpace teacher training program in 2006 and furthered her Yoga education with trainings in Yoga for Children and Yoga for People with Special Needs. While training at Yogaspace she was recruited as an exercise consultant for Physiotherapy clinic where she taught healthy and efficient movement techniques and provided safe and preventative exercises in a rehabilitative setting.
Leslie has completed a 2 year intensive physiotherapy program that would enable her to work directly alongside physiotherapists and Osteopaths. Here she gained an in depth knowledge of human anatomy, musculoskeletal conditions, neurological rehabilitation and cardio respiratory rehab. Since graduating, she has been applying her unique skill set in hospitals, outpatient clinics and schools for children with disabilities, providing individuals in traditional clinical settings with a multifaceted, holistic approach to healing.
Leslie created and taught her first Core Yoga Teacher Training in 2006 with graduates successfully teaching throughout the Toronto area since. She has also been on the Yogaspace Teacher Training Faculty since 2011. Her experience and expertise as a movement therapist and educator combined with her easy going teaching style provide her with the ability to do what she loves most with an ease and joy that is infectious.
Leslie is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of both practicing and teaching Yoga and Pilates and tries to translate that joy through each class and training she leads.
Zoja Popovic has been practicing yoga for 12 years. Before changing her life and becoming a teacher herself, Zoja was a journalist working in a busy Toronto newsroom. She is no stranger to the effects of stress on the mind and body. She believes that one of the most important benefits yoga can provide is the ability to return the practitioner back to their natural state of peace and tranquility -- which can help positively transform the daily lives of her students.
Zoja is drawn to styles of yoga that help to bring the body and mind back into balance, such as hatha, vinyasa, and restorative yoga. She even mixes elements of yoga nidra (sleep yoga) into her teaching. Through meditation and breathing she guides practitioners to a place of deep relaxation. Once the connection with the body has been made, Zoja incorporates intuitive movement practices into her classes to take students further into their internal world. She believes this is where real healing can begin.
Emily Thring is a life long mover and athlete. She started practicing Pilates to help deal with a back injury that was causing chronic pain. The practice healed her injury and eliminated her discomfort. Pilates also changed her approach to fitness, helping her tap into, and appreciate, the deep mind body connection. Emily was drawn to the the detail and focus of Pilates. She loves that it challenges the body athletically but also encourages functional movement patterns to prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Trained in mat and reformer from Body Harmonics, Emily is also certified in TRX. She brings this passion for Pilates, a good workout, and commitment to technique to each of her classes and describes her style as 'slow and sneaky burn.'
Body Harmonics trained, Jacqueline Michaels is a certified Pilates mat and reformer instructor as well as a CanfitPro Personal Training Specialist. Jacqueline turned to Pilates 8 years ago to address multiple injuries and imbalances from her competitive gymnastics and sports background. She now looks to help others improve their strength and postural patterns so movement feels more effortless in their day to day life. Jacqueline combines her personal training background with her Pilates training to build classes that will leave you feeling connected, stronger and taller.
Danielle is a passionate and dedicated student of movement. She is a fully certified pilates instructor on all equipment since 2009 and holds a specialist degree in anatomy and biomechanics from Body Harmonics.
Her fascination with how the body moves began in the dance studio, where she spent 16 years training and teaching ballet and contemporary. She informs her mat and reformer practice with her dance background, blending technical knowledge with a joy for sequencing and flow. As a teacher, she asks for people to isolate and then integrate their muscles, to create strong bodies that are resilient and adaptable.
With humor and care, Danielle’s goal is always to guide people into a deeper connection with their bodies. Her client’s needs range for rehabilitative to athletic enhancement and her areas of expertise include pre and post-natal, pelvic floor, the foot and ankle and scoliosis.
Ali first fell in love with both the spiritual and physical practice of yoga and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali with Hana Lukac of Mula Yoga. In her continuing education In continuing her education, she took great interest in anatomy and alignment through movement, bringing her to continue with her Pilates Mat Teacher Training at Mindful Movement Centre here in Toronto. With the desire to help others connect with their deeper selves, Aley seeks to bring mindfulness and balance in her teaching through the integration of core and flow.
On a journey of self-discovery, Krista took the plunge into her first 200-hour teacher training with Union Yoga + Wellness in the spring of 2016. Through her personal movement and mindfulness rituals, she is committed to exploring the nitty-gritties of Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative styles while deepening the practice that makes up her “yoga”. Along with the physical benefits, Krista is passionate about sharing the importance of connecting energetic movement with mindful breathing in a playful, creative and practical way that will offset the day-to-day hustle and bustle that is life.