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Meet Our Amazing Team
The “Exhale” community – the other ladies you meet and get to sweat it out with are wonderful. Crystal has created a little home away from home. You never feel judged by others or self conscious (even when your having a crazy leg shaking day) – just encouraged and supported. Courtney Blachford

Instructors

All of our teachers are full time instructors who make a career out of helping you achieve your goals. Our goal is to provide a truly positive environment that inspires pure health and happiness.

 

Crystal's Portrait

Crystal

Studio Owner and Instructor,
Creator, BarreNone Canada,
STOTT Pilates Trained Instructor

Crystal took a Pilates class in 2003 to find some relief for chronic low back pain and headaches. By the end of that 10 week session her life had essentially changed…the back pain was gone, headaches had subsided, and she knew she had found her new career. Pilates was the perfect compliment to the education she had just successfully completed: a BSc in Human Kinetics at Guelph University, and the Sports Injury Management program at Sheridan College.

Crystal is trained through STOTT Pilates and has been teaching Pilates full time since 2003. In that time she has worked with clients ranging from National level gymnasts to clients seeking post-surgery rehabilitation. Her deep understanding of the body allows her to guide clients through a safe, challenging and effective Pilates workout, whatever their goals may be. In 2012 Crystal completed her Yoga Teacher Training in India.

In 2012 Crystal created the BarreNone method, a Pilates based Barre system influenced by the grace of ballet and traditional asana’s of yoga. Crystal is super passionate about eating clean, living as sustainably as possible, and riding bikes.

 

Melanie's Portrait

Melanie

Studio Manager

My journey in yoga began in 2005 right before the birth of my son. What began as simply a physical form of exercise to guide me through my pregnancy and post pregnancy transformed into a way of being. I discovered my true self and realized that it was much more than just exercise. Being able to connect to my body through breath and movement has brought a sense of peace and balance to my otherwise hectic life. I wanted to share this feeling with the world so I decided to become certified as a power yoga instructor in January 2014 and share my passion with others around me.

Shortly after this I started practicing pilates following a mild injury to my shoulder. Pilates allowed me to exercise my shoulder and bring my body into proper alignment and before I knew it the pain had subsided. I came to realize how well pilates and yoga compliment one another. This inspired me to undergo my Pilates certification at Exhale with the amazing Crystal Webster.

Being a wife and mother of two I believe that staying active and healthy are the keys to living a balanced and happy life. My mission is to teach from a place of inspiration and to bring balance into the lives of those that I teach.

"Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live." Rachel Ann Nunes

 

Ainslee's Portrait

Ainslee

Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor,
Certified Yoga Teacher,
Certified BarreNone Instructor

Ainslee believes exercise should be mindful and focused coupled with physical alignment. That is why her training in Stott Pilates and Anusara Yoga compliment each other very well. Anusara yoga is a hatha based yoga system that works within a set of alignment principles for the body while encouraging an open heart during practice and throughout your life.

Her teaching encourages each individual to respect their body and work towards true alignment while finding intention and connecting the mind and heart to the exercise. She has personally used both Pilates and Yoga to cultivate her own self-awareness and help overcome the misalignment she has from scoliosis.

Having recently started a family at home, Ainslee also loves teaching our pre-natal classes, and helping new Mom's getting back into shape with our post-natal and mom's and baby classes.

Ainslee is currently away living out her dream to live by the ocean. She has moved her family of 5 to Costa Rica to live a sustainable life…in a tree house.

 

Emily's Portrait

Emily

Certified STOTT and Exhale Pilates Instructor,
Certified BarreNone Instructor

A former national rhythmic gymnast, Emily discovered Pilates in 2009 as a means to stay in shape during some time off. Quickly realizing how the mindful movements could address past injuries and prevent future ones, while improving her performance as an athlete, she was hooked.

The coordination and body awareness Emily developed through Pilates, has been a perfect compliment to her contemporary dance training. As a recent graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and an emerging artist, she is constantly inspired by the capabilities of the human body, and is always looking to push her own boundaries.

Emily is certified through both Exhale Pilates and STOTT, with training in mat, reformer, and stability chair. She is also a certified BarreNone teacher.

Emily hopes to share her love of movement with her clients and help them re-train their bodies into alignment.

 

Dominique's Portrait

Dominique

Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor

Dominique came to pilates after an accident left her with multiple injuries. As a student in a professional dance training program she wanted to find a way to get her body moving in a safe way that would help to build strength and challenge her muscles. Body awareness and conditioning has always been a part of her life as she was a student at The National Ballet of Canada, The Oakville School of Ballet and most recently The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Since completing the STOTT Mat and Reformer training she is excited to bring her love for movement and mind-body awareness to Exhale and join the amazing team of instructors.

 

Katie's Portrait

Katie

STOTT Pilates Instructor

As a stay-at-home mother of three, I initially looked to Pilates merely as a way to stay in shape, but that very quickly led to an intense love affair with all things Pilates. The mind/body connection Pilates offers helped me quiet the noise of my daily life and really focus on all that my body was capable of, especially post-pregnancy, finding strength both on the inside and out. Going from student to teacher has been an inspiring adventure and as a BarreNone and Stott-trained Mat and Reformer instructor I'm excited and grateful to be able to pass on what I know and love to clients of all backgrounds and capabilities. The energy at Exhale is infectious and I hope to spread it throughout each class I teach.

"Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries." - Corita Kent

 

Kelly's Portrait

Kelly

Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor

Kelly is a fully Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in all levels of Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Arc Barrel, Ladder Barrel and Spine Corrector. She has additional training in Functional Anatomy and Injuries & Special Populations.

She has worked with a wide variety of clientele including dancers, golfers, synchronized swimmers, prenatal clients as well as clients with a large range of injuries and conditions including: Fibromyalgia, Polymyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, bulging discs, disc degeneration, herniated discs, hip and knee replacements, nerve damage, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and postural issues.

Kelly's extensive training and knowledge combined with her positive energy, patience and empathy enables her to provide clients with a safe, informative, progressive and high quality Pilates experience.

 

Elisa's Portrait

Elisa

Trained STOTT Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor
Certified BarreNone Instructor

An exercise, healthy-living and mindfulness enthusiast from an early age, Elisa fell in love with Pilates after the birth of her child when she discovered that her pregnancy had left her with diastasis recti (a wide separation between the abdominal muscles). Following a physiotherapist’s recommendation, she soon found that the condition had completely disappeared in half the expected time thanks to Pilates. She was left feeling strong and empowered and on a safe path to completely restoring her postpartum body.

From that point on Elisa was hooked and eager to not only continue a dedicated practice but train to bring this powerful method to others. She also knew that the cozy, loving and bright space at Exhale studio was the perfect place to do this.

Elisa is deeply dedicated to the principles of precision and mindfulness that are integral to an effective and inspiring practice. For this reason she always sprinkles her Pilates and Barre programs with generous doses of both!

 

Danyelle's Portrait

Danyelle

Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor

Former dancer, Danyelle Millar, started her Pilates training in 2002. She completed her full STOTT Pilates® certification and continued her education to become a STOTT Pilates® Instructor Trainer. She has certified students from across the world in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, as well as taught numerous workshops and anatomy courses. Danyelle promotes the benefits of exercise at every fitness level and is driven to help her clients achieve their goals. She works to help rehabilitate clients after an injury or surgery and clients going through chemotherapy. She has experience teaching a variety of clients from 11 year old competitive dancers and figure skaters to clients battling MS and Osteoporosis and seen them make amazing changes in their bodies. Danyelle’s passion for teaching comes as a result of seeing the transformation of her clients towards a happier healthier life.