Meet The Team

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Bonny-Lynn Russell
Founder, Owner and Teacher-Trainer

Bonny-Lynn Russell is the founder, owner and teacher-trainer of Embody Pilates Studio.
She graduated from the University of Calgary with a collaborative Kinesiology/Fine Art Dance Degree (with Distinction). As a former figure skater who competed at the national level, she has a passion to help clients move and feel their best.
Bonny-Lynn has over 2000 hours of Pilates Teacher Training and has studied the Pilates Method in New York, Toronto, California, and Colorado. She was the first Canadian to have completed the Pilates Master’s Program at the world-renowned Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and continues to study Pilates & the body on a continual basis. She was the first to complete the Pilates Center Master’s Bridge program, granting her the Advanced Teacher-Training Diploma. The Pilates Center is considered the “Harvard School” of Pilates, offering the highest teaching standards and the wisdom of 3 direct lineages of Joseph Pilates. In 2013, she created the Embody School of Pilates, a 12 month Teacher-training program for Classical teachers. It was dream of hers to provide comprehensive Pilates education on Canadian soil and she loves mentoring new, passionate teachers. 
Bonny-Lynn is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance’s International Certification.
A self-proclaimed “Harry Potter Nerd,” you can often catch her proudly teaching in her Hogwart’s School of Wizardry T-shirt. She loves spending time outdoors in the mountains with her husband Allan and son Connor.

Allan Russell
Owner & Behind the Scenes Guy

If you asked Allan 10 years ago that he would own a Pilates Studio, School and Boutique, he would have laughed and called you crazy! After meeting Bonny-Lynn as she was just opening the doors to her first studio, he was intrigued and excited about the possibilities of life as an entrepreneur. That was just the beginning.
Allan’s background includes the Canadian Armed Forces, where he did a tour in Bosnia. He also graduated from Niagra College with a Diploma in Police Studies in 2003. After working 6 years as a Police Constable for Edmonton Police Service, and marrying Bonny-Lynn, the couple moved to Canmore so they could live their dreams in the Rocky Mountains.
Interesting to know, it was Allan who suggested the addition of the Retail Boutique (over a pint of beer at the Banff Springs Hotel) and that was the beginning of Embody Activewear. With a steep learning curve, Allan quickly learned first-hand what it takes to run a business. He completed most of the renovations of the first retail location, and with the help of his dad & uncle, completely renovated the current boutique and studio location. He has a passion for the “big picture” side of the business but is also willing to be the maintenance guy as needed.
Since 2012, Allan has become an Emergency Medical Technician and has completed numerous courses to enable him to work as a Professional Fire-fighter. Currently he works part-time with the Town of Canmore Fire Department in addition to his role in the business. Because let’s face it….he wasn’t going to get that “adrenaline rush” at the boutique or studio?!?

Kristi Harper
Manager & Pilates Teacher

Kristi was born in northern Alberta, the eldest in a family of 5 children and grew up in Southern Ontario. She moved to Banff in 2009, intending to stay 6 months, but that clearly didn’t happen. It’s just so beautiful here and she’s been in the Bow Valley ever since!
When she moved to Canmore, she felt like she needed to do something active (this place just does that to you). After trying different things like Pilates, spin classes, running, and going to the gym, she discovered the only one that stuck and she really enjoyed was Pilates. Kristi has always had a thing for dance and movement so it was a natural fit. She loves that it’s constantly challenging you and loves that unreal feeling you get when you do something for the first time.
Kristi enrolled in Embody’s Pilates 101 course for beginners in January 2013 and she was immediately hooked! It was everything she was looking for; she absolutely loved it! She passionately continued with her practice and started looking into teaching Pilates as a Career. She enrolled in the Embody School of Pilates Teacher-Training Program in October 2013 and has been teaching at Embody since September 2014.
Fun facts about Kristi… she’s an avid sports fan! For instance, her dream is to go to all of the ball parks in the MLB and have a hotdog at each of them (because what’s a ball game without a hotdog)?!

Silvia Desmond
Massage Therapist & PILATES TEACHER

 

Silvia graduated from ICT Kikkawa College with 2200 hrs. in the massage therapy program in 2002. She is a registered member with the National Health Care Practitioner Of Canada. Over the years Silvia has continued her training skills in advance shoulder and knee injury, breast and abdominal massage (pre and post surgery) craniosacral therapy, sports massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release (myofascial cupping) reflexology and trigger point release.

Silvia found the love of Pilates in 2012 at Embody Pilates and became addicted to movement and the benefits Pilates had to offer in her physical world of running, biking, swimming and hiking. Silvia enrolled in the teacher-training program in 2014 at Embody Pilates and this has simply changed her world! Silvia is thrilled to be part of the Embody Pilates team and incorporates massage and movement in helping her clients alleviate their pain and stress as well as improve their daily physical activities.

Silvia is available for massage treatments Monday’s 11:30-4pm Wednesdays 11:30-5:00 and Thursdays 11:30-7pm

Amy Rost
PILATES TEACHER

Amy was introduced to a Pilates/Yoga fusion mat class many years ago, however, it was not until many years later she had her first class on the reformer that she was hooked. The ease and accessibility of the movement was so intriguing. She had always been active but there was just something so beautiful about the reformer, she was hooked.

Amy worked in private healthcare for 15 years and decided to leave her corporate job working in a spine clinic. After working all those years seeing the struggles of chronic illness and disability, Amy decided it was time to make a change and this is where her journey to teaching Pilates began.

Amy completed her training at Embody School of Pilates and is a certified Pilates Method Alliance teacher. Amy is active in many movement-filled activities and is passionate about being able to share her love of movement. She still has a true passion for anything Pilates! As a teacher, Amy hopes that every client leaves her classes uplifted and inspired.

Amy is the busy mother to four children and movement is a part of her everyday life, you can often find her at the hockey rink, dance studio, or swimming pool. Amy and her family are huge hockey fans and Pilates is truly a family affair.Method Alliance teacher. Amy is active in many movement-filled activities and is passionate about being able to share her love of movement. She still has a true passion for anything Pilates! As a teacher, Amy hopes that every client leaves her classes uplifted and inspired. Amy is the busy mother to four children and movement is a part of her everyday life, you can often find her at the hockey rink, dance studio, or swimming pool. Amy and her family are huge hockey fans and Pilates is truly a family affair.

Robyn Gerrie
PILATES TEACHER

Robyn was born and raised in Banff, she grew up ski racing and later coached with the same club she raced for. She loves to be active and moving whenever possible and after trying Pilates in search of something different, she was hooked. Her favourite part of Pilates is how strong it makes the body from within, and how capable you feel with that strength. She trained at Embody's School of Pilates and loves the idea of always being a student - there's always more to learn about the body! She loves to travel and has been all over the world, of course the Bow Valley is one of the most beautiful places in her mind. Robyn's goal is to brighten someone's day, and bring a little more positivity into everything!

Hours

Monday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Tuesday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Wednesday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Thursday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Friday9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday9:00AM - 1:00PM
Sunday10:00AM - 12:00PM

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Embody Pilates Studio

201-830 Main Street,

Canmore, AB T1W2B7

Phone. 403-678-6765

Email. info@embodypilates.ca