Our Instructors

Jennifer Cutler

Jennifer Cutler


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 running, mountain 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 decreased 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 in balance through pilates has allowed me to continue doing the activities I enjoy as a I age. Though my most rewarding experience with pilates has been seeing how it has improved our clients quality life!”

Linda Blakkan


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!

Kim Marian


Teaching pilates since 2010, Kim is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor and a Post Rehabilitation Specialist. To her young daughter, Kim helps people move better. She is honored to work with people recovering from injury or surgery and those with postural challenges such as Scoliosis. Her extensive training includes all pilates apparatus, Injuries and Special Populations (ISP), therapeutic pilates, Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course, Anatomy Trains courses, Zen•ga, and other movement modalities. In addition to Stott Pilates, Kim is a Pink Ribbon Program Certified Instructor, TRX Suspension Training and Rip Training Instructor, and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Prior to pilates, she earned an MBA and BGS from the University of Michigan. When not taking continuing education courses, Kim enjoys cycling, racing sailboats, cheering the maize and blue, and raising her young daughter with her husband.

Jackie Fiegel


Jackie has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer. She is also trained on the Stability Chair, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, and has taken workshops on Osteoporosis and Injuries and Special Populations (ISP), among many others.  She is passionate about serving others by making them stronger, both internally and externally and is able to do this through teaching Pilates.  She loves connecting with her clients and helping them improve their quality of life through movement. During Covid, she got certified as a Yoga and Meditation Instructor and likes to subtly incorporate that into her pilates classes when she can.  She wants you to leave her classes feeling more in touch with your body, centered, strengthened and stretched. When she’s not at the studio she enjoys being outside in nature, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga, meditation, reading and hanging out with her dog, Murphy.


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 Lee


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 school-aged twins.

Jennifer Yeatts


Jennifer is a Michigan native and a full-time, year-round, bike commuter. She completed her Stott Pilates Reformer coursework in January 2020. 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 Anderson


Hjarsti is a Michigan native and lives in downtown Traverse City with her teenaged children. Teaching at Pure Pilates since 2013, she is STOTT Pilates trained in both mat and reformer. Introducing new clients to the world of Pilates energizes her and is truly a great love. She teaches the WHY and the HOW of Pilates so clients can understand and discover their potential in a gentle and restorative environment. Hjarsti is also a licensed massage therapist. She graduated from the Blue Heron Academy of Medical Massage in Traverse City. She also studied the Vedic Thai Bodywork-Assisted Yoga program under the Vedic Conservatory. 

Hjarsti’s other passions include learning, fitness, exploring new places, cooking and eating fresh food, fashion, and home improvement. She spends her free time with her fiancé, paddle boarding, biking, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. 

Julie Dean


Julie began as a client at Pure Pilates in 2013 because of chronic back pain. Surgery and multiple procedures on her spine did not help with the pain. But after starting a regular practice, pilates changed everything and she was able to live an active life again. Julie completed her Reformer Training through Balanced Body in 2020 and plans to continue taking courses.  

Julie has her B.S. in Secondary Education Mathematics and Biology.  She taught in Farmington Hills, MI and the surrounding area for 8 years and 1 year at TC West Middle School.  She enjoys mountain biking, hiking, yoga, Nordic skiing, cooking and spending time with her family.  She has a growth mindset and is fascinated with Health and Wellness.

Tanya Ruiter


Tanya has been practicing Pilates for over 5 years. Her appreciation for Pilates began after a physical therapist recommended it to her to help in recovery from an ACL surgery. Her recovery journey was quickened through the Pilates training.
Furthermore she noticed that her new body strength helped in her other athletic interests and led to increased body confidence.

Tanya went on to get trained and certified in classic Pilates and teaches mat, reformer, cadillac and chair. She studied and got certified in Europe being taught by Master teacher Javier Velazquez who received his education by one of Joseph Pilatus’ protégé’s; Master teacher Romana Kryzanowska, a Detroit native. 

Tanya teaches in Traverse City and in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She enjoys learning, reading, the outdoors and travel.

Holli Harvey


Holli is versed in both classical and contemporary methods of Pilates.  She is certified by the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) and was comprehensively trained through Body, Arts & Science International (BASI).  Holli came to Pilates after sustaining an injury during a dance performance.  Pilates not only brought her healing, but a new career as well.  Holli has enjoyed being a Pilates Teacher for over 19 years.  She loves helping her students discover new levels of mental and physical strength and mobility through Pilates and other fitness modalities. Her goal is for her students to enjoy the process and gain awareness that crosses over into their daily activities.

Holli is also a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist & certified PaddleFit Coach.  She owns and operates Acqua Dolce Paddle, a seasonal stand up paddle board (SUP) coaching business that teaches SUP safety, technique, fitness, & fun.  Holli is grateful for her supportive husband, her adventurous kiddos and sweet Schnoodle dog.