"We invite you to increase your body awareness and learn exercises that will last a lifetime in an encouraging and non-competitive environment with our excellent instructors. My goal is to create a space where people can enjoy learning about their bodies in a safe and inspiring environment; one in which they feel comfortable to explore movement possibilities in a curious, expressive and creative way, while still honouring Joseph Pilates' grand vision of a revolutionary movement practice and recognizing it's expansive and evolutionary potential."
- Karen Weggler, Studio Director
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Karen Weggler, BAA dance, MA, Physio Rehab assistant, CPI
Karen has owned The Movement Studio Pilates and Gyrotonic in Vancouver, BC for the past 12 years. She began her career in movement with training in classical and modern dance, and a semi-professional equestrian career. She began practicing Pilates at the age of 13 and has been teaching for more than 18 years. Her background leant itself to teaching conditioning for dance programs for various ballet companies in Canada and Europe, and training elite level athletes.
She learned to instruct the Pilates method from Pilates elders Romana Kryzanowska, Marie Jose Blom-Lawrence, Ron Fletcher, Kathy Grant, Alan Herdman, and The Pilates Center at Boulder. Karen holds an Honours BAA (Ryerson) in fine arts/dance, and an interdisciplinary MA in Movement Education, and Fine Arts/Dance (Simon Fraser University). She has taught at both facilities and at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She currently heads up The Movement Studio's Instructor Training program which began in 2008.
Her interest in biomechanics led to further study in understanding human movement, what it expresses, and how to find authentic expression through body-based knowledge. Workshops with Tom Myers on anatomy, Diane Lee (Physio) on lumbo-pelvic stability, and Linda Joy Lee (Physio) on the role of the thorax in movement, have greatly influenced her approach to rehabilitative and functional movement training. She remains dedicated to ongoing, continuing education, as do all the Studio's instructors.
Having sustained injuries in numerous motor vehicle accidents, she became very interested in the relationships between pain, rehabilitation, and movement re-patterning. She is grateful for the work she is doing in concert with Dr. Larry Chan (D.C., N.D. R.Ac), a foundering member of Integrative Healing Arts here in Vancouver, centering on the role of movement re-education in the recovery process as folks address chronic pain, cancer, and injury.
Karen is excited to be part of the Envision Physiotherapy team and the integrative approach the clinic offers. Her love for Pilates, and deep respect for the wisdom of the body, encourages her to continually evolve her teaching practice, and to discover ways to best assist clients in realizing their full movement potential.
Karen is available Mon-Fri, by appointment at the Studio & Envision Physio locations
Cinzia Toniolo, CPI, CST, Physio Rehab Assistant
Cinzia discovered the joy of movement in her adult life. Through Pilates she discovered how concentration and imagination could help her connect with deeper structures in her body to find fluidity, balance, and release. Becoming passionate about Pilates, she trained and started teaching in 2002. In 2005 she transitioned into Pilates full-time and began to experience the many rewards of teaching.
Teaching keeps her imagination fueled as it travels through the many avenues connecting mind and body. Through her practice she developed a keen interest in helping clients dealing with pain, managing and progressing through their rehabilitation. She pursued further training in rehabilitation of the hips, knees, shoulders, spinal conditions.
During her sessions, Cinzia observes, recognizes and supports what works well in the client’s movement patterns, and she offers movement options that help the client optimizing his/her movement efficiency and expressive palette. She brings sensitive hands-on skills, careful, stimulating and inspiring language, and movement options that help recognize and resolve movement tension patterns.
Cinzia brings focused, constant, keen attention to her sessions with clients affected by spinal conditions, (arthritis, scoliosis, slipped and herniated disks, osteoporosis), and hip, knee, or shoulder injury. Additionally, she enjoys working with pre and post-partum women, helping them find center and balance. Cinzia is an avid runner and loves hiking. Her passion for these things has translated into leading classes specifically geared towards runners and athletes seeking to improve their performance.
We are pleased to announce that Cinzia has recently been certified by Dr Martha Eddy to teach Movement for Life, an exercise program tailored for people with breast cancer and we offer supportive programming for folks post-surgery or currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Cinzia works full time from Monday through Saturday. She offers Pilates, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Movement Therapy as a a certified DESM Therapist.
Myola Pautler, CPI
Myola was introduced to Pilates while attending York University as a dance major. After graduating with a BA in Dance, she moved to Courtenay BC, where she began practicing Pilates with increased focus and interest. She was inspired to become a Pilates Instructor and moved to Toronto to train. She is fully trained in all apparatus, including mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, and barrel work.
Myola is still passionate about her love of dance and movement, and continues to train regularly in Contemporary and Ballet techniques. She has choreographed several shows and festivals, working with some of Vancouver's talented dance artists and musicians. She has recently taken a break from Choreography to spend more time with her young daughter. Being a mom has given her a passion for pre|postnatal Pilates training, understanding first hand the importance of the work in preparing for baby, rehabbing after, and becoming stronger to meet the increasing demands on the body as baby grows.
In addition to dance and Pilates, Myola's interest in various movement styles, including the Eric Franklin Method, Mind Body Centering, Laban & Feldenkrais techniques, give her a great repertoire from which to draw in responding to a client's particular needs, on any given day. Best yet, she has experienced firs thand how amazing Pilates is, and how with the right instructor and the right facility, miracles can truly happen.
Myola is available at both our Studio and Clinic locations Tuesdays and Sundays
Tiffany Bilodeau, CPI, Physio Rehab Assistant
Tiffany has been in constant motion since the day she was born. She danced throughout her childhood, going on to dance professionally with Ballet Kelowna and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Through her years of dance, she discovered Pilates and found that it was an important foundation for injury prevention, and an excellent way to cross train. Endless practice hours the studio, pounding away in pointe shoes, on hard, varying surfaces, can easily make a balanced body go from balanced body breakdown. Pilates was the one thing she could bring wherever she went to maintain her strength and alignment. It also was integral to her recovery from older injuries that would start resurfacing with fatigue and overwork.
Through this personal journey she trained to be a Pilates Instructor. Her goal is to pass along the importance of optimal alignment in the body, and how to apply it while training, to the next generation of young dancers and athletes. Now retired from the professional world of ballet, Tiffany has fallen in love with cycling and running. After only one year of training, she qualified to compete at The Triathlon Worlds in August 2014, achieving an amazing 9th place in her age category. She is currently focusing on cycling for this upcoming season. Transiting to these sports would not have happened smoothly had Pilates not been her foundation.
She is currently in her third year at UBC in the Faculty of Kinesiology, with the goal of becoming a Physiotherapist. Tiffany’s teaching inspires athletes of any level to help them achieve their competitive goals, and she absolutely loves being a part of the Movement Studio Team!
Tiffany is available Monday-Saturday at both the Studio & Clinic locations
Natalie Bestbier, CPI, cert. Osteopathic Studies (bso)
Natalie Bestbier has always loved movement, and grew up enjoying field hockey, cycling and long distance running. Like many Instructors, she came to Pilates after experiencing a back and hip injury. During her rehabilitation, Natalie was introduced to Clinical Pilates and quickly became fascinated with the field of study, and the human body’s natural ability to heal and maintain health.
Natalie has been teaching Pilates since 2006, owned a Pilates studio in England for several years, and is well versed in injury rehabilitation and assisting sports enthusiasts achieve and maintain a high level of strength and stability. She is a fully certified BASI Pilates Instructor, and holds additional diplomas in Personal Training and Sports Therapy. Natalie has a higher certificate in Osteopathic Studies from The (prestigious) British School of Osteopathy in the UK, and she is currently completing her Osteopathic studies at the Canadian School of Osteopathy.
Her current Osteopathic studies focus on manual therapy, and Natalie has learned myofascial and visceral release, joint mobilization techniques, and cranial sacral therapy.
Natalie understands the body's complex, integrally connected relationships, recognizing that restricted or impaired movement can lead to dysfunction or injury, and vice versa. Through her continuing education and passion for movement and health, her teaching aims to reestablish dynamic functional movement in all body-mind systems. Her work strives to help clients better understand their bodies, and to gain the tools required to achieve optimal, pain free performance in daily life.
Natalie is available at our main Studio location
Nikki Hurst - Holistic Nutritionist, Cornell University
Nikki Hurst is a Holistic Nutritionist, holding a Plant-Based Nutrition certification from Cornell University. Having an extensive amount of experience in the field of pregnancy and nutrition, Nikki has made it a focal point of her practice, specializing in diets for women pre-conception to postpartum.
Founder of Veganomical Living, Nikki is passionate about amalgamating her love of food with her thirst for nutritional knowledge to create simple, nutritious, satiating and tasty recipes/meal-plans to assist others on their path to nutritional wellness.
Also educated in the areas of hormonal imbalance, digestion, inflammation, candidiasis, fatigue, & dysglycemia, Nikki is a firm believer in nutritional & preventative medicine, and the psycho-spiritual connection between mind, body, spirit and health.
She is excited to be the newest member of The Movement Studio's team.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates
Please call for Nikki's availability at the Studio location