KERI

passionate, creative, intuitive, cheeky, empowering

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KERI
Owner, Teacher, Creator and Director of Muse Pilates Teacher Training
Muse: Love, Movement, Music and People who Live their Passion and who stick their necks out for Other Humans. Also Oprah, definitely Oprah.

In 2015, Keri created MuseMovement to support and grow a community of movers, teachers and students who are committed to mindful movement, growth, laughter, music and body education. Keri’s motto Move your body, move your mind move your heart comes from her own experience with the therapeutic and transformative power of movement. Living with rheumatoid arthritis from since early childhood keri did not always have a healthy relationship with her body but all that changed when she started practice Pilates. The practice gave her power as she became embodied. She found inner strength and confidence in both body and brain and discovered that the two could be great pals. She now lives without pain and enjoys the freedom of dynamic movement. A passionate teacher, Keri’s goal is to help people feel better and empower them through movement so they live happier and more creative lives. Originally trained at Stott Pilates, Keri has been teaching in Toronto for ten years and has built a reputation as a deeply intuitive, informed and fun teacher. She has done extensive specialized trainings and professional development in all varieties of movement modalities and therapeutics but finds that she learns the most from her students and compassionately appreciates that every body is nuanced, unique and beautiful. Keri created the MuseMovement Pilates Teacher Training in 2017 to spread the contemporary Pilates love. She has had the delight of watching students transform their own bodies and lives through this training and has fostered a community of curious and inspired teachers. The program is the most unique in Toronto with a variety of faculty and learning tools to help create intelligent and creative teachers with the same goal as her: to help people feel strong, mobile and flexible in body mind and heart.

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CAITLIN

creative, playful, honest, adaptive, dynamic

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CAITLIN
Teacher, MuseMovement Graduate, Studio Manager and Teacher Training Co-ordinator
Muse: Every single person she has had the pleasure to learn from, anyone in classes she taught or classes she’s taken.

Caitlin tip toed up to the world of Pilates 5 years ago. As she explored different classes and styles she found a home at Muse where her practice and injury recovery flourished. Caitlin was so inspired by the teachers at Muse that in Winter 2018 she enrolled in their Teacher Training program. This fated enrolment signaled an entire career transition; after completing training at Muse, Caitlin joined the team as studio manager. Cultivating community, increasing accessibility, and fostering a safe space are just as important as the technical aspects of her practice. As a teacher, Caitlin’s aim is to create an atmosphere that is as challenging as it affirming and accepting. She believes the expression of movement is unique and all bodies and would like her classes to serve as a platform from which all people can find their peace in movement.

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AMANDA

curious, funny, physical, empowering, educational

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AMANDA
Teacher, Muse Pilates Teacher Training Faculty
Muse: Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham

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 received 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.

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LESLIE

positive, fun, motivating, authentic, hilarious

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LESLIE
Teacher, Muse Pilates Teacher Training Faculty
Muse: Anyone into moving their bodies and their brains

Leslie is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of practicing and teaching Yoga and Pilates. That joy is translated through each class and training she leads. Leslie has been pursuing her curiosity around movement and anatomy since she was a child. Trained at Stott Pilates, she began teaching Pilates over ten years ago. 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 to name a few. Leslie graduated from the YogaSpace teacher training program in 2006 and has been a faculty member of Its Yoga Teacher Training program since 2011. Leslie is a graduate of Western University’s Master’s In Occupational Therapy, which focuses on rehab and movement as a means of empowering people with physical, mental and neurological challenges. She has a unique skill in providing individuals in traditional clinical settings a multifaceted, holistic approach to healing. Leslie is a key faculty member in the Muse Teacher Training Program. Her background as movement therapist and educator in combination with her accessible and affirming teaching style fills the studio with an infectious joy for Pilates that inspires teachers, trainees and clients alike.

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TYLER

weird, energetic, dynamic, passionate, curious

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TYLER
Teacher
Muse:

Tyler’s classes merge functional moment with playful flow, core strengthening and deep concentration. He leads challenging and highly original sequences with his own blend of humour, real talk and good natured encouragement. Tyler found yoga in his early twenties, experimenting through this authentic art form and therapeutic practice for healing, redirection and reconstruction of the self. Through adopting a diverse appetite for more than one movement modality, inspired by the biomechanics of the body, the work of Tom Myers and Katy Bowman (anatomy talk will be on the menu during each class) Workshops with Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea creators of Fighting Monkey and Frey Faust and the research of Axis Syllabus has encouraged a focus on developing an adaptive approach, using creativity to nourish the individual’s path towards having a movement practice. Tyler is a graduate of Breath’s 300 hour teacher training program, and is certified in yin/restorative yoga and received a Pilates certificate through East to West Yoga and Pilates. He has also volunteered with SKETCH in the movement studio, taught Kids Yoga workshops, and developed Yoga for Cyclists.

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ALEXA

inquisitive, compassionate, attentive, energising, challenging

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ALEXA
Teacher, MuseMovement Graduate
Muse: My mother

Alexa has been fascinated by how we challenge our bodies through movement since childhood. She began exploring the mind-body connection of how we ask ourselves to move; first with competitive highland dancing in her teens, and later as a professional violinist. Alexa initially turned to pilates in 2008 to help with several violin-related injuries and was amazed at how pilates not only aided with her repetitive strain issues, but also enhanced and complimented her violin playing. Since becoming mat and reformer certified through MuseMovement Alexa has continued to be inspired by all aspects of teaching pilates; be it anatomy, sequencing, breath work or indulging her love of reading with Pilates related books. Of the many ways in which the Muse Method training changed her life, perhaps the most significant is the use of movement in building self-confidence and the re-discovery of imaginative and creative play and how it can transform our daily lives. Alexa works extensively with musicians, helping them to incorporate practical movements towards their professional demands. She is passionate about translating the moves and exercises we do in the studio into our everyday lives. She loves infusing her classes with practical information and creative flow sequences, perhaps a holdover from her many years as a classical musician!

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FAREN

functional, fun, precise, strong, intuitive

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FAREN
Teacher
Muse: Dance

Faren started her love of movement from the age of just three years old. She went on to dance for 18 years, where she was first introduced to Pilates to strengthen her dance practice. Her love of movement then lead her to complete the full comprehensive STOTT Pilates course in Toronto, where she then taught and managed a boutique studio for 3 years. She became interested in Yoga, and decided to move to Australia, completed her 200hr Yoga Certification, and fell in love with the Yoga philosophy, which was a perfect compliment to her Pilates training. Faren then spent 2 years at a Melbourne boutique fitness studio and began teaching Barre, which combined her Pilates expertise and dance technique with fun, upbeat music. She went on travelling to Germany and France, where she taught a variety of Pilates, Barre, and Yoga classes to people from all over the world. Her goal is to continue sharing her love of movement and positive energy, anatomical knowledge and technical skills to create dynamic, functional classes for anyone and everyone.

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ALWYNN

kind, curious, energetic, caring, supportive

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ALWYNN
Teacher, Muse Reformer Training Graduate
Muse: Iris Apfel, Kara Hamilton, Martha Graham, Steffi Graf

Alwynn possesses a love of movement that she incorporates into her classes-a passion she developed at an early age through studies in the performing arts. Her knowledge of movement stems from a background in teaching professional tennis, nationally and internationally. Originally Certified through Body Harmonics and more recently MuseMovement, Alwynn is dedicated to continuing educating is currently apprenticing with Anula Maiberg from New York CIty. She has embraced the practice of Pilates for the intrinsic mind-body connection, the graceful nature of the work and the challenging exercises that the classical repertoire is built upon. Whether it's in a group class setting, a corporate environment or a private session, Alwynn's style of teaching is focused, patient and intuitive with a contemporary approach. Her personal philosophy is to consistently challenge oneself in unique ways that go beyond the physical, culminating in a mind-body synergy that builds strength and overall wellness.

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ALI

compassionate, detailed, inspiring, curious, encouraging

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ALI
Teacher, Muse Pilates Teacher Training Faculty
Muse: Movement Communities - teachers, students and peers.

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, Ali seeks to bring mindfulness and balance in her teaching through the integration of core and flow.

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CHARISE

patient, intuitive, kind, thoughtful, creative

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CHARISE
Teacher
Muse: The women in her life especially her mama

Charise Mariel Garcia loves Pilates. So much so that she decided to take her years of practice one step further, and become certified as an instructor. Trained at Body Harmonics, Charise grew a fascination with and an understanding of how the body works and began to see movement in a whole new light. She loves sharing how cool this all is with her students and geeks out when they appreciate (and feel) how awesome Pilates is. Her enthusiasm for the practice is infectious and her sneaky hard approach will have an hour go by quickly while leaving you feeling strong and supple all around. This former fashion editor and publicist was born and raised in Toronto. She is an alumnus of Havergal College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill University. Charise also loves to travel, eat/drink, and spend quality time with her husband, two stepdaughters, their dog Cooper Jellybean, as well as family and friends.

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BETSY

curious, passionate, nerdy, relaxed, challenging

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BETSY
Teacher, MuseMovement Graduate
Muse: My students inspire me everyday

Betsy is a firm believer that in order to experience the greatest freedom in our bodies, we need to start with a solid foundation. A recovering Type A personality, movement for Betsy had always been about competition, pushing harder and faster. She found a fitting niche in distance running, despite the fact that every single season there was another injury to contend with. After repeated recommendations from her physiotherapist, she begrudgingly found her way into her first yoga class, desperate to “fix” all of her aches and pains. She never expected to fall in love with the practice. After years as a dedicated student, in 2014 Betsy completed a 300-hour teacher training in Bali with Pranashama Yoga. She has since gone on to complete additional trainings in Pre- and Post-Natal, Yin, Restorative, and Hot Yoga. In a quest to add more strength and control to her practice, Betsy found her way to Pilates. She completed the inaugural MuseMovement 200-hour Mat training in June 2018, and is looking forward to the Muse Reformer training in fall 2018. Betsy’s absolute favourite way to practice and to teach is to blend the two modalities, combining containment with absolute freedom of expression. Her goal in every class is to leave you feeling challenged, empowered, and more at home in your body.

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LAURA

approachable, calm, focused, intuitive, empowering

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LAURA
Teacher, MuseMovement Graduate
Muse: People speaking their truth; courageously moving us forward with integrity, empathy, perseverance and a powerful fortitude, towards an equitable inclusive society

Laura finds that contemporary Pilates is both functional and beautiful and loves helping folks find their sense of empowerment through movement. Laura’s journey in health and wellness started with her entry into the Ryerson School of Social Work. Her work in the field of geriatrics and community services sparked her interest in the intersection of physical and mental health, teaching her first hand about the mind-body connection. A life long learner with an entrepreneurial spirit, Laura operated her own fitness company for nine years training people in their homes. Laura took a break from her stretchy pants to work in the organizational governance field. After five years of working in Corporate Governance she decided to re-invigorate her connection to the movement community and has recently completed both her Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates training and certification thru Muse Movement in Toronto. When not at the studio, Laura will continue to pursue her work with social purpose organizations, enthusiastically promoting ‘accessible wellness’, thru best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion, helping to empower individual and organizational wellness and provoking awareness and change.

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