A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US

 

NADEA KNODEL

Whitehorse, Yukon

I'm a certified Pilates instructor in Whitehorse, Yukon.

 

I'm passionate about Pilates, and while I hold a contemporary certification with STOTT, I deeply appreciate the value of the classical Pilates method and try to honour Joe's method as much as possible. I love using Pilates to help people connect to their bodies and movement, and I believe in its power  as a physical healing method. I see Pilates as a complete system of exercises, put together to help your body feel its best and work at its fullest potential, and I enjoy assembling the parts of the system that are going to work best for your body’s needs. I regularly supplement my contemporary Pilates certification with additional training in the classical Pilates method.

I enjoy working hard and being challenged, but I also value being comfortable in my own skin and having a sense of humour when things are difficult or less than perfect, and I reflect that balance when I’m teaching my classes and working one-on-one. To me, a movement practice is not just about your physical efforts, but it's also about your total health and well-being (mind, body, spirit). I believe that Pilates is for everyone and anyone, and I welcome students of all backgrounds and ability levels. To me, an effective workout can mean something different for every one — so if you’re wanting to move your body in a way that helps you kindly connect with your body, or manage your pain, or rebuild your movement practice, or if you’re looking for a faster-paced sweaty challenge that you’ll feel tomorrow or to crosstrain to supplement your athletic endeavours, I’m ready for you! You can expect my classes to be thoughtful, logical (but lighthearted), appropriately challenging, grounding, and fun.

 

I constantly update and expand my education and certification to offer my best to my clients.

My training, courses, study, workshops, and continuing education include (to date):

  • Full-body stretch (reformer and mat)

  • Oov work

  • Total Barre

  • YogaFit Level 1 training

  • Pre- and postnatal Pilates specialization (Stott Pilates; ongoing training from Sarah Duvall, PT; Boditree Pilates and Healing; Lynda Lippin)

  • Flexion-free Pilates (Stott)

  • Pedipole, spine corrector, and foot corrector certification (personally trained through Boditree Pilates and Healing)

  • Boditree releasework (levels 1 and 2)

  • Lynda Lippin Pilates Teacher Mastermind Workshops: Pilates Modifications for Osteoporosis; Osteoporosis Modifications on Apparatus; Common Causes of Lower Back Pain with Mat Modifications; Lower Back Pain Appararatus Modifications; Motor Learning Principles for Pilates Teachers with Greg Youdan; Pilates for Neurological Disorders with Greg Youdan

  • Anti-Racism for Wellness Professionals led by Chrissy King

  • Anti-Racism & Allyship for Rehab and Movement Professionals led by Dr. Jpop/Jennifer Hutton PT, DPT

  • Wellness for All workshop led by EbonyJanice Moore

 

If you have any questions about these trainings or workshops and how they influence my movement education or work as a studio owner, please don't hesitate to ask!

I regularly expand my training and education to teach individuals within special populations or specific demographics, such as individuals with spinal conditions, neurological conditions, emotional sensitivities, and more. I'm proud to receive client referrals from medical doctors, physiotherapists, and other professionals and I'm committed to offering a high-quality, thoughtful, and safe movement experience for my clients, but I also have the modesty and good judgement to refer any cases not within my scope of practice as a movement and exercise instructor to other health and wellness professionals within my clients' communities.

 

When I'm not teaching Pilates, I'm enjoying the outdoors with my husband and our Bernese mountain dog. I love being outside and going camping, hiking, and exploring the wilderness around us.

I love earl grey tea, deadlifts, lavender, and pasta equally.

 

MYKAELA PLOEGMAN

Victoria, BC

I am a STOTT- and Stretch Collective-certified Pilates instructor, born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. I now live in Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC. I am passionate about movement education and sharing Pilates’ power to improve posture, stability and balance in the body. I believe that understanding your own body and practising how to move with control is one of the most empowering things a person can do.

Because I feel strongly about wellness being attainable for any person, no matter their background, appearance or fitness level, I strive to maintain a very down-to-earth and welcoming atmosphere in my classes. I fuse my contemporary training with my respect and appreciation for the original matwork – so you can expect a class with a fairly traditional framework while adding in some props, stretches and variation.

I was certified by STOTT in 2012 to teach mat Pilates, and was certified to teach Reformer and Springboard Pilates at the beginning of 2020 through Stretch Collective. 

Outside of teaching, I am a nature lover and I enjoy spending time outdoors as well as pursuing artistic and creative endeavours - my favourite being photography. I am passionate about wellness as a whole, and I love to learn about mental health and to practise self care, as well as to cook plant-based foods and study nutrition. I live a quiet and cozy life with my kitty, my husband and our dog.

I would love to share my enthusiasm for movement and body education with you! Join me for a mindful and challenging Pilates practice that will leave you feeling stronger and more in tune with your body. 

 You can find me teaching at Stretch Collective in Victoria and instructing online classes through Root and Reach.