Jennifer is the owner of Pure Pilates. She is a Certified STOTT PILATES® Pilates instructor, teaching since 2000. She is trained in mat, reformer, cadillac and stability chair. She started her pilates instruction at The Fitness Center in Traverse City before opening Pure Pilates in 2005. Jennifer is also a certified personal trainer through AFAA. She has a bachelors degree in management from Michigan State University. She enjoys participating in local running events, mtn biking, sailing and reading. Jennifer’s thoughts on pilates. “After 15 years of teaching and practicing pilates, my thought on pilates as evolved. When I first started my practice I loved how amazing I felt and how my body changed. Soon after I noticed my neck pain from an injury decrease and my posture improved. I enjoy running and as the years went on, I noticed how other runners would have injuries but I seemed to stay injury-free. I believe that keeping my body balanced through pilates has allowed me to continue doing something I love. My most rewarding experience with pilates has been watching how it has helped so many of my clients feel better and increase their quality of life. So, though my initial attraction to pilates was what we all want — to look and feel better — the even bigger benefit I have seen for myself and my clients is that by strengthening your core and creating balance throughout the body you can continue, or maybe even start doing, all the things that you love and that bring you happiness… be it running, golfing, playing with grandchildren, biking, traveling — the list is endless.”
Born in Wisconsin, Crystal was active from the start. Beginning with her favorite sport soccer, her activities grew to include running, diving, biking and yoga in high school and college. She received a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education and during her first teaching job became a certified yoga instructor. She has continued her active lifestyle with running, strength training, yoga and of course, her favorite, pilates. Crystal trained with Stott Pilates (Mat and all apparatus). Her teaching style is authentic to the body in front of her, whether you are a beginner, coming back from an injury, a long time athlete or a pilates expert. Her classes are built to invigorate you, challenge you and help you find a deeper connection with your body.
A life-long fitness enthusiast, Kim is a Level 1 Certified STOTT PILATES instructor including STOTT PILATES Injuries & Special Populations, a Pink Ribbon Program Certified Instructor, a TRX Suspension Training and Rip Training Instructor, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Current studies include fascia and how the neuro-myofascial web impacts our movements. She completed her MBA and bachelors degree at the University of Michigan with emphasis in strategic and business marketing. Kim combines her pilates training with traditional and modern resistance training to create anatomically efficient, functional sessions and has a passion for working with those recovering from injury or battling a condition affecting their movement and activities of daily living.
Jackie’s extensive STOTT PILATES mat and reformer training and certification included 130 hours of physical review, practice teaching and observation, 100 hours of teaching instruction, an anatomy class and an 8-week apprenticeship. A former runner, she was the female masters winner in the 2009 Cherry Festival 5K run. She also has participated in many other races, including half marathons and triathalons. Her passion for pilates has allowed her to share her enjoyment of physical fitness with others. She has a bachelors of science degree in Marketing from Indiana University.
Sahra was born and raised in Western Australia and trained at Royal Academy Ballet during her early teen years. In 2000, she relocated with her two teenage daughters to beautiful Traverse City and began teaching at Dance Arts Academy. Sahra has always been passionate about the therapy of movement and the mind-body connection — this led her to explore the STOTT PILATES method. Sahra completed her Reformer training in Bloomfield Hills and looks forward to combining her ballet teaching experience with the long, lean lines created with the pilates method.
Michele, originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin has been a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA since 1985, teaching at various locations in Wisconsin
and Michigan. Her inspiration for fitness came from years competing as a gymnast, including competing collegiately for Iowa State University. Michele received a bachelors degree inMarketing and Visual Graphic Design. Throughout the years, Michele has competed in various sports events and loves the eurphoic high of physical activity. Personal physical pain from years of overuse brought her to Pilates. The physical healing power with mind body awareness created a desire to take it to the next level. The ultimate balance of a strong body and mind. Michele has completed her intensive Mat and Reformer training through Stott and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion of body movement with you; helping each client achieve their personal fitness goals.
Hjarsti completed her reformer and mat training from Stott Pilates in 2012. She specializes in teaching essential Pilates principals and technique, providing a comprehensive and welcoming approach to new clients, and preparing them to successfully move into pilates regimen. In addition to Pilates instruction, Hjarsti has been a licensed massage therapist since 2002. Her expertise includes deep tissue work, sports injuries, corporate wellness and injury prevention education. Hjarsti is certified in Applied Functional Science and 3D Maps from Gray Institute. She believes the two worlds of mind and body harmonize and excel at obtaining and maintaining fluidity through the practice of Pilates. “The Pilates principals instill an awareness and a mind-body connection that sticks with you throughout all moments of daily living, improving your capacity (and desire!) for movement. As we move more, our bodies adapt to move even more freely. We have to keep the space that we function in (our bubble) big. Move it, or lose it.”
Her hobbies include running, biking, paddle boarding and spending time with her family. She loves continuing education and has a strong drive to learn and always keep growing.
Jennifer is a former professional ballet dancer with the Miami City Ballet and Ballet Austin. She completed her full Pilates certification through STOTT Pilates in 2009 in New York, NY and has taught at studios all over the country. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and an MA in Anthropology and Education fromTeachers College, Columbia University.
1371 Gray Drive at the Commons
Traverse City MI 49684