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. ladder barrel 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 bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She enjoys participating in local running events, mtn biking, sailing, traveling and reading.
Jennifer’s thoughts on pilates:
“After 20 years of teaching and practicing pilates, my thoughts on pilates has 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 have stayed injury-free which I attributed to my pilates practice. I believe that keeping my body balanced through pilates has allowed me to continue doing the activities I enjoy. Though my most rewarding experience with pilates has been watching how it has helped so many of our clients feel better and increase their quality of life!”
Linda was a client at Pure Pilates for 12 years, before adding the role of managing client accounts. As a lifelong runner she feels stronger, more balanced and injury-free, due to regular pilates practice. Linda completed STOTT Pilates reformer courses offered by Equilibrium at our studio in January 2020. She is honored to be part of the team she so firmly believes in, and feels privileged to work with the fantastic clients at Pure Pilates. For Linda, serving the Pure Pilates community brings joy, meaning and purpose!
A life-long fitness enthusiast, Kim is a 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. She has a passion for working with those recovering from injury or battling a condition that affects their movement and the activities of daily life.
Jackie has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer and keeps her certification active by taking 6 hours of continuing education credits each year. She has completed the courses for the STOTT Pilates Stability Chair, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Osteoporosis as well as Injuries and Special Populations (ISP). She is passionate about Pilates because of how much it has has improved her mind/body awareness and quality of life over the past 10 years. She loves sharing that passion with others by figuring out what her clients needs are and helping them increase their mind/body connection, overall body awareness, posture and strength. She grew up in St. Louis, MO and went to college at Indiana University, graduating with a B.S. in Marketing. When she’s not at the studio she enjoys spending time with her husband, girlfriends and her dog, Murphy. She especially loves being outside in nature hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, doing yoga, reading and traveling.
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.
Jennifer became a certified Pilates instructor in 2002 and a Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner in 2004. Her passion is to provide movement experiences that shift your mind and connect your body. She teaches her clients about body mechanics and helps them to get the most out of their movement. She likes to think about HOW the body is moving, and enjoys using her creative problem solving skills (from an abandoned engineering degree) to transform her client’s bodies. She has studied various pilates styles and movement techniques like Alexander, Bartenieff, Feldenkrais, and Yoga. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Dance Performance/Choreography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts. She is certified through Pilates Method Alliance, is Pink Ribbon certified, and has studied pilates for osteoporosis, scoliosis, and other dysfunctions.
When not doing pilates, she enjoys sewing, sailing, skiing and cooking and makes custom clothing and costumes for dance productions and special occasions. She lives on the Peninsula with her mother, husband and their 8 year old twins.
Jennifer is a Michigan native and a full-time, year-round, bike commuter. She completed her Stott Pilates Reformer coursework in January 2020, and while she is new to teaching Pilates, she is not new to teaching nor to Pilates. Having practiced Pilates for many years, she appreciates the body awareness, balance, and muscle tone that Pilates has brought her. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Secondary English Education, and M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Creative Writing. She is the director of coffee for Higher Grounds Trading Co., where among other things, she teaches aspiring baristas how to make the best coffee.
Hjarsti lives in Traverse City with her two school-age children. She joined the Pure Pilates team after going through extensive Stott Pilates reformer training in 2015. Also a massage therapist, Hjarsti has seen plenty of people with ongoing back and neck pain, and she believes pilates can help alleviate these kinds of issues. She’s also a big believer in eating well and educating others on how fueling our bodies coupled with exercise results in a higher quality of life.