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The Space: Pilates and Mindful Movement is a fully equipped Pilates studio located inside The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our knowledgeable instructors teach high-quality, innovative classes using a contemporary approach to the original work of Joseph Pilates. At The Space, we recognize that each client is unique, and our goal is to make movement accessible to everyone and to inspire our clients to lead healthy, more active lives. Whether you are new to exercise, are recovering from an injury, or are an elite athlete, you will benefit from our instruction and approach, and will leave your session feeling stronger and revitalized.
B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed.
Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor
Movement and the study of the human body have always been important to Jana. As a child, Jana was passionate about dance and she trained and performed with the DancEast Young Company in Moncton, New Brunswick. After high school, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Anatomical Sciences at McGill University and continued her dance studies in the professional training program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jana was introduced to STOTT PILATES® while attending The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She noticed that she felt stronger and more in control and aware of her body when practicing Pilates. After completing her training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Jana worked professionally with independent choreographers and dance companies in Toronto including DesRosiers Dance Theatre and the Danny Grossman Dance Company. To complement her dance training, Jana decided to train to become a pilates instructor as well, and in 2000 she was certified by Stott Pilates in Matwork and Reformer.
Jana is now a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor having completed the training in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations. Jana is also a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer for Matwork and Reformer. Additionally, Jana is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training. She has also completed Garuda’s Foundation Matwork, Seated and Standing, Apparatus B, Chair, Brick and Foam Roller trainings. Additionally, Jana has a bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education. Jana genuinely believes that Pilates is for everybody!
Kim has built an impressive reputation as an expert and leader in the health and wellness industry. She is a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the Programming/Education team, representing STOTT PILATES®, ZEN∙GA®, CORE™, Halo® Training and Total Barre® programming. Kim is the proud owner of one of the first Merrithew Licensed Training Centers in Canada.
She presents on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events, and is featured in many new Merrithew video releases. Kim studied at York University (B.F.A Dance/Ed.) and completed her B.Sc. Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. She is also a Yamuna Body Rolling Certified Instructor Trainer, and Certified Franklin Method Instructor.
Carmen has been a passionate practitioner, educator, and student of yoga for almost 20 years, and more recently has devoted energy to STOTT Pilates certification, Pelvic Floor Teacher Training, and to become a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist.
A trip to India in 2002 ignited her yoga journey, which has been fueled relentlessly by her intense interest in the human body and its capacity for movement. She was humbled by yoga’s co-mingled intensity and softness, and subsequently cultivated her interests and abilities through multiple intensive yoga immersions in India with study under senior teachers of differing lineages. Other formal trainings include the Ashtanga tradition (Bryan Cooper, Scotland), and Advanced Yoga and Therapeutics (Hart Lazer, Montreal).
Carmen’s classes reflect her studies and practices, and provide an enriching, playful, and warm experience while challenging students in both familiar and novel ways. She is excited by the interplay of yoga and pilates together, and the symbiotic relationship they create. Carmen has a BSc in Occupational Therapy and is the mother of three young children.
Ryann is a movement specialist with experience in fields from dance, circus and mime to Pilates, barre, and yoga. She started her movement journey doing physical theatre and aerial silks in university, and eventually founded an aerial silks performance company out of that passion. She was teaching fitness and aerial classes in her spare time, as well as performing around the States and as far away as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Then, Ryann found love and moved to Halifax where she has been teaching Pilates and Barre classes. She completed her Stott Pilates training to learn about body mechanics, having been someone who struggled with injuries through her performance days. Ryann uses the Stott Pilates principles mixed with movement philosophies from her physical theatre explorations to create a mind-body experience like no other. She has also completed a Postnatal Fitness Specialist certification to be able to better assist postpartum people in their movement journeys. All of Ryann's classes are centered around the idea that joyful movement is the most powerful way to connect with your amazing body!
Rhonda has over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. She taught aerobics, step aerobics and aqua fitness before concentrating her training on the STOTT PILATES method. She is currently certified in Matwork, Reformer, and Injuries and Special Populations with additional training Stability Chair and Total Barre. She is Level 2 Yamuna Body Rolling certified and has completed her Anti-Gravity Yoga certification. She believes that a mindful approach to exercise is the most effective way to achieve your fitness and lifestyle goals.
D.O.(MP), D.Sc(Osteopathy), RMTUlla has been teaching Pilates since 2003. She is Stott certified to teach Mat, Reformer, Chair, Zenga, Cadillac and Barrels, as well as Total Barre classes. She has taken many additional educational workshops over the years including Yamuna Body Rolling and Hypopressives. Ulla is excited to be part of the team at the Space!
Susan Cook provides Pilates instruction on the Mat and Specialized Equipment. Stott Pilates is an excellent exercise program that will strengthen and lengthen your body, and balance the demands of your work & play. Susan will customize the work to suit your abilities, and encourage you to challenge yourself beyond what you think possible. Her creative and precise movement training will guide you towards feeling supple, strong, and ready for your next adventure. Susan is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and has performed with the RWB, Scottish Ballet, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She loves all forms of Dance and Somatic Movement. Susan’s other interests include hiking, biking, water sports and x-country skiing the beautiful trails throughout HRM and NS. Susan also works at the Halifax Osteopathic Health Centre, and the Bedford Health Centre providing massage and osteopathic manual therapy.