Heather Low B.F.A. (Dance), Studio Owner

Heather Low, Meridian Pilates

Specialities PMA Certified Pilates Instructor, Balanced Body Master Instructor, Pre- and Post-Natal Specialist

Teaching Since 1996

Heather works with a wide range of people, often assisting people who are dealing with pain, chronic injuries and other limiting conditions; helping them restore healthy movement and optimal physical progress in the face of their challenges. She is deeply interested in assisting people to ’round out’ their physical experiences in movement. Using tools based in Pilates plus some developmental movement patterning and somatic movement sensing, she assists others in recognizing where they are stuck in unbalanced patterns of movement, and where optimal movement has become elusive, leading to a cycle of injury. Heather helps people develop awareness of their physical preferences and challenges in a safe environment, supporting the balanced transformation of their mind, body and spirit.

Heather was first introduced to Pilates while studying modern dance at York University. Intrigued and wanting to learn more, in 1996 she trained in the comprehensive system of Pilates in Toronto with Moira Merrithew, the co-founder of STOTT PILATES®. Since 1998, Heather has worked as a teacher educator in the Pilates method: (STOTT PILATES® 1998-2000); an independent Meridian program (2001-2005); and most recently, becoming a member of the Balanced Body® Education Faculty in 2011. Meridian Pilates Studio has been the BC host-site for Balanced Body® since 2010.

Outside of the studio, Heather enjoys (and has enjoyed) other active pursuits such as yoga, Qi Gong, rock climbing, skiing, and other forms of fitness; not to mention, the busyness of home life with two children, a dog and a cat!

Ali Sales Instructor - on maternity leave until Fall 2018

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Pre- and Post- Natal Fitness

Teaching Since 2011

Growing up on the West Coast of BC, Ali was always active in sport; including swimming, snowboarding, and playing soccer. However, a sporting injury changed the direction of her life, Ali found a new approach to fitness through Pilates. The principles of control, breath, and alignment meant not only new challenges physically, but also holistically. Ali moved to England in 2009, where she trained as a Pilates Foundation mat instructor. Returning to Vancouver in 2012, Ali continued her studio training through Balanced Body at Meridian Pilates with Heather Low. She also completed a specialization in pre and postnatal fitness with Carolyne Anthony in 2015, and having recently returned to work after her own maternity leave, Ali brings with her a personal perspective to pre and postnatal Pilates.

Ali has witnessed the positive influence that Pilates has brought not only to herself but to family, friends, and clients. She approaches each session with enthusiasm, knowing that the participants will all benefit from the practice of Pilates.

Marlis Vos Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor

Teaching Since 2006

Marlis was first introduced to Pilates during her years of training in classical ballet. Later, as a professional dancer and a busy production designer, Marlis maintained her health and kept balance in her life by practicing yoga, aerobics, weightlifting and martial arts. However, she kept returning to Pilates as the ultimate challenging, effective, safe and sustainable form of movement that benefits the whole body at all stages of life. After suffering a severe back injury, Pilates helped Marlis to rehabilitate herself. Motivated by a desire to help people suffering unnecessarily from back injuries, Marlis wanted to pass on the wisdom she gained from her own experience: she returned to Vancouver, and completed her teaching certification as well as a certificate in “Rehab through Pilates”.

Marlis is dedicated to developing her knowledge and skills to benefit her clients’ health and wellness and she believes that the experience of learning should be fun as well as insightful: she strives to bring these qualities to all of her classes. Her goal is to help people of all ages to understand their bodies and reap the rewards of Pilates.

Tara Wilson Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Kinesiologist, Exercise Physiologist (BHK, CSEP-CEP, FMS, STR), Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST- 1)

Teaching Since 2001

Tara began Pilates as part of her rehabilitation after an injury and it has remained a constant in her life ever since. Tara has worked as a Kinesiologist and Pilates instructor in both Vancouver and Toronto; the experience of working in each city, further contributing to her growth as an instructor. In addition to her certifications in Pilates, Tara’s movement and fitness background includes working as a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor.

Tara believes in getting the most out of life. She enjoys getting to know her clients and their needs, and she is most satisfied as an instructor when clients enjoy the time spent in their individualized sessions or group classes and can feel the benefits from Pilates. Tara aims to empower clients through education, realignment, and re-patterning as they work towards their personal health and fitness goals.

Linda Baker Instructor

Linda Baker, Meridian Pilates

Specialities BFA (Dance/Drama), Certified Pilates Instructor, Gentle Movement Awareness and Re-Patterning for Ease and Fluidity

Teaching Since 2000

Linda discovered Pilates through dance and, through Pilates, she discovered the joy of connecting with people and guiding them on their journey to move with strength, flexibility and confidence. After completing university, Linda travelled across Canada as both an independent artist, and as a dancer and choreographer with a dance company that she co-founded.

Linda finds Pilates ultimately reaches for the integration and balance of the body in form and ease of movement. Linda’s work is informed by energy, movement, structure, and intent from Pilates and other integrated movement techniques.

Suvali Zekas Instructor

Suvali

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Somatic Movement Therapist, Classic Hatha and Restorative Yoga Teacher. Works with Seniors, Pre and Postnatal and Rehabilitation

Teaching Since 2005

Suvali’s journey began with the necessity and desire to heal her physical body. She was challenged with pain, tightness, poor movement patterns and limited range of motion. Through exploration, she discovered new pathways of movement that enabled everyday activities to become easeful, pain free and enjoyable. Suvali studied Pilates in Australia in 2005 and obtained an Australian Pilates Method Association Level 1 Certificate. This comprehensive course has a strong focus on rehabilitation and foundational movement. She has had additional training in pregnancy and postnatal work and completed 500 hours of Somatic Movement Therapy Training with Dr Martha Eddy in NYC. Suvali went to Bali in 2013 to complete 500 hours of Classic Hatha and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Shakti Mhi of Prana Yoga.

Suvali loves the yogic approach as it supports the body energetically, spiritually and emotionally. It brings Suvali joy to assist others in finding ease of movement and inner strength, allowing them to live a fuller, richer life through their physical bodies.

Krista Friesen Instructor

Specialities MSc (neuropsychology), PgCPain (2016) Pilates Instructor, Certified Yoga Therapist, Chronic Pain Therapist

Teaching Since 2012

Krista started practicing yoga to help manage both the stress and the chronic back pain that came with sitting at a desk 12 hours a day. Through yoga, she was introduced to a world of movement, body awareness, and breath awareness that eventually brought her into pain management and Pilates. In 2008, Krista moved to the West Coast to complete a Masters degree in cognitive neuropsychology. In 2011, she began working with a number of physicians and specialists at a pain clinic in Vancouver, where she continues to work. In 2016, Krista completed postgraduate training in pain management.

Krista’s focus is on creating comfort and freedom in movement while maintaining a sense of play. She believes movement can be fun, even if a person’s body is working through the challenges brought on by injury, chronic illness, or pain. Krista has a special interest in working with people who live with chronic pain and who have struggled to have success with movement. However, she also loves challenging people with strong movement and alignment by showing them that even a “simple” exercise can be a workout.

Cindy Varney Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Classical Pilates

Teaching Since 1991

Cindy discovered Pilates during her career as a professional dancer. It supported and strengthened her body and helped prevent injuries. Transitioning out of dance, Cindy was in the first group of teachers to be certified by Dianne Miller and by The Physical Mind Institute in Santa Fe. In 1997, she opened her own studio in Deep Cove where she continues to teach.

As a compliment to Pilates, Cindy practices yoga and is always exploring new movement modalities to increase her physical movement vocabulary. One of her greatest joys is watching clients find optimal physical health and move forward with ease and confidence in their bodies.

Sue Noble Instructor

Sue Noble, Meridian Pilates

Specialities BSc (Hons) Psychology, Balanced Body Mat, Reformer, Apparatus and Core Align training

Movement has always played a huge part in Sue’s daily life: she enjoys running, hiking, skiing and boating with her family, friends and dog. After an accident, she found that Pilates made it possible for her to regain her active outdoor lifestyle, especially running. This discovery was a life-changing event for Sue. Inspired, she left her business partnership of ten years and began a career in Pilates.

Sue is passionate about sharing the amazing benefits of practicing Pilates with others. She believes that everyone’s Pilates journey is unique. No matter where they start, whether it be overcoming setbacks or quietly celebrating new body awareness, Sue is excited to help people enjoy their mind and body experiences through Pilates.

Verena Pelletier Instructor

Verena Pelletier, Meridian Pilates

Specialities Certified Mat & Prenatal Mat Pilates Instructor, Certified Apparatus Teacher, Basic & Intermediate Classical Pilates

Verena has always loved being active in this ‘playground’ we call our backyard. After a serious car accident led to rehabilitation via Pilates, Verena fell in love with the practice and decided to become a teacher so that she could share with others what had helped her so much. Verena is trained through Physical Mind Institute in Vancouver as a certified mat and prenatal mat Pilates instructor, and a certified apparatus apprentice teacher. Additionally, she completed the basic and intermediate classical Pilates seminar workshop through Whistler Pilates.

A firm believer in body positivity, Verena emphasizes health for all fitness levels and believes that strong healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Her classes focus on individual growth and core strengthening, and always include a laugh or two!

Natalia Rabin Instructor

Natalia Rubin, Meridian Pilates

Specialities BBA, Balanced Body Mat, Balanced Body Reformer, Booty Barre, Certified Pilates and Barre Instructor

Teaching Since 2015

As a long time business co-owner and a mother, Natalia felt that her entrepreneurial lifestyle was taking a toll on her health and personal well-being: she started taking Pilates and barre classes as a way to re-energize her body and mind after long hours of sitting at work. She fell in love with how Pilates made her feel and how it improved her posture, balance, core strength, and joint health. Her experience with Pilates inspired her to study Teacher Training at Meridian Pilates through Balanced Body and she is now an instructor at the studio as well as at True Conditioning Fitness Centre.

Natalia understands firsthand the stress of balancing work, family, and health and wellness. Her goal is to help clients develop their full potential by strengthening their bodies and minds, and helping them reach their personal fitness goals at their own pace and through balanced movement and whole body strength training. Natalia is passionate about sharing her love of Pilates with all of her clients and helping people discover what Pilates can do for them.

Marcia Anne Rosales Instructor - on maternity leave

Marcia Rosales

Specialities Certified Classical Pilates Instructor, Pre- and Post- Natal Specialist

Teaching Since 2012

Drawn to Pilates by her love of movement, a long list of past injuries, and having personally experienced the positive benefits of Pilates, Marcia wanted to share this knowledge with others, leading her to become a Pilates instructor. In 2012, Marcia was certified in Classical Pilates through the New York Pilates Studio Teacher Certification Program under the United States Pilates Association. She studied under the mentorship of Brett Howard, USPA’s Director of Education & Senior Teacher of Teachers. During that time, Marcia, also worked as a Pilates instructor in his studio.

Marcia enjoys sharing the practice of Pilates and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their wellness goals in a safe but playful environment. Marcia’s goal is to empower her clients by building body awareness through movement; specifically focusing on proper alignment during movement so they are able to optimally perform their day-to-day activities with ease and enjoyment.

Monique Tang Instructor

Monique Tang, Meridian Pilates

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer, Scoliosis, Rehabilitation

Teaching Since 2006

Monique’s Pilates journey started when she was looking for something to help with her scoliosis. Having done ballet at a younger age, she found a natural appeal in the lengthening, dance-like movements of Pilates. As a way to learn more about the movement system of Pilates and to share this knowledge with others, Monique studied to become a certified instructor with the PhysicalMind Institute in 2006. She later also found the circular and spiraling movements of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® a good complement to Pilates and became a certified GYROTONIC® Trainer in 2007.

Monique aims to help clients learn how to take care of their particular bodies and make them work best for their needs; whether it is correcting alignment and movement habits or enhancing their fitness level.

Danielle Braund Instructor

Specialities BFA - Music and drama, BASI trained Pilates Instructor

Teaching Since 2016

Danielle has always been active and interested in movement. Growing up she was a dancer and she also studied Muay Thai kickboxing. More recently she competed in the BCABBA figure competition in 2014. Danielle’s also a musician and actor and in 2017 she had a show in the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

As a Pilates instructor Danielle wants to teach people to fall in love with how their bodies move by finding a mind-body connection so that they create intentional, healthy movement. She brings fun and focus to her classes.

Tamsen Simon Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor

Teaching Since 2016

A former National Swim Team member and Olympic athlete, Tamsen came to Pilates through rehabilitation for chronic overuse injuries of her shoulders. After she retired from swimming she worked in the corporate world before returning to movement. She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2011 with PhysicalMind Institute and found her true Pilates passion at the Body Arts and Sciences Institute (BASI) in 2016. She is currently also in the process of becoming a physical therapist.

As an instructor Tamsen’s goal is to shift people’s fitness focus away from a “strength and sweat” mentality towards full dimensional movement and the ability to move in all 3 planes at any tempo. Her purpose is to assist others to use their bodies at will with as little internal resistance as possible.

Corina Tataru Certified Pilates Instructor

Specialities BASI (Body Arts and Science International) and Balanced Body (ongoing training)

Teaching Since 2010

Romanian-born Corina has a background in economics and she’s an outdoor enthusiast who loves to trek, hike, ski, snowboard and mountain bike. She discovered Pilates after the birth of her son in 2010 had her looking for something deeper, more mindful and enriching. At the time there were no Pilates studios in Romania, nor instructors. She went to school at BASI in Germany to become one of the first Romanian certified instructors for mat work and Pilates equipment, and she ran her own studio in Bucharest until 2016, when she moved to Vancouver. She is EFA (European Fitness Association) certified and is also a certified pre – and post- natal specialist.

Corina works from the belief that “Physical fitness is the 1st requisite of happiness”, however “it can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase.” (J. Pilates). These beliefs translate into her approaching the body as a whole, in a balanced manner, considering the uniqueness of each body and using both diversity and mindful repetitions to build deep body awareness. Sharing what she knows about Pilates with her clients gives her energy and joy.

Marcy Glanzberg Office Manager

Marcy manages the Meridian office with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in all who walk through our doors. Her passion for customer service is apparent in her welcoming smile, personable nature and in her tireless efforts to communicate with both clients and staff regarding scheduling. Marcy never gives up until the ‘right fit’ is found for each client.

Susan Gunn Office Staff

Specialities CPA, CGA

Susan has been enthusiastically attending classes at Meridian since 2007 and cannot imagine life without Pilates in it. When she came to a crossroads in her career, an opportunity came up to work at the studio so, she took it without hesitation! She is very happy to be part of the Meridian experience.

Elizabeth Nonay Office Staff

Elizabeth started Pilates as a client in 2009 and loved it so much that she left the corporate world and joined Meridian as a member of the office team. Her amazing organizational skills have greatly enhanced the smooth-running of the office and are of benefit to all.

Eve Marshall Office Staff

Specialities BSc in Medical Science

Currently pursuing a career in Nursing, Eve has a strong passion for health and wellness. To continue with this passion Eve recently joined the Meridian team. Eve is excited to be working at Meridian and looks forward to greeting clients at the front desk. Outside of school and work Eve enjoys all types of fitness pursuits such as ballet, weightlifting, yoga and of course Pilates.