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 from Michigan State University. She enjoys participating in local running events, mtn biking, sailing, traveling and reading. Jennifer’s thoughts on pilates. “After 18 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!
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 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 has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer. She completed the courses for the STOTT Pilates Stability Chair, Cadillac and Injuries and Special Populations (ISP) and keeps her certification active by taking 6 hours of continuing education credits each year. She is passionate about Pilates because of how much it transformed her own life over the past 8 years. She loves sharing that passion with others by connecting with her clients, figuring out what their needs are and sharing her knowledge of movement to help them get stronger, both physically and mentally. Her goal for her clients is to improve their mind/body connection, overall body awareness, posture, strength and quality of life. She is always striving to be her best self, which is a constant work in progress! 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, spending time with her family (husband, 2 kids and golden retriever) is what brings her the most joy. She also loves being in nature hiking, paddle boarding, riding her bike, reading, walking her dog Murphy, doing yoga and spending quality time with her girlfriends.
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.
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 andalways keep growing.
Krystin is a STOTT Pilates certified trained instructor with a background of dance and sports. A graduate of Western Michigan University with a BA in
Business, she also played college Lacrosse as well as was enrolled in classes in the school of dance. Always having enjoyed both competitive sports, recreational sports, and dance Krystin found Pilates after having her second child. The connection Pilates facilitates of mind and body was necessary now more than ever in order to acclimate to the daily life changes and physical needs required of her body, at the same time bringing peace and ease to the mind. By using the Pilates practice, and taking care of herself, Krystin was able to strengthen her body, improve flexibility and restore herself within her practice, which contributed to balance in other parts of her life. Krystin hopes to share the benefits Pilates has to offer to clients of all ages, experiences, and life stages by using the principals of STOTT Pilates, and top of the line equipment provided by the studio.
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.
1371 Gray Drive at the Commons
Traverse City MI 49684