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)?!

Louise Crawford
Pilates Teacher

Louise is a long time Canmore resident. Her love of life and passion for adventure has taken her around the mountains she calls home and to other beautiful places in the world. In her late 50’s after raising three marvelous children with a loving man, she wanted to focus more on her own personal fitness and well-being. Her Pilates experience with Bonny-Lynn provided the perfect path to achieve that goal. Although always active and fit, the regime of Pilates allowed her to build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. It was however the integration of the mind, body and spirit (as Joseph Pilates would say) that inspired her to pursue the teacher training program through Embody Pilates.
Her classes embrace the pleasure of movement and bring joy to the process of embodying mind and spirit. Louise’s rules in class are to let your laughter out and realize that age is only a number. She’s also always happy to talk books, cooking or just about the pleasure of being alive.

Basia Marshall
Pilates Teacher

Though born in Poland, Basia grew up in Ontario in the GTA. In 2012 she headed on a solo road trip and found herself surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Instantly she connected with Bonny-Lynn (Owner of Embody Pilates) and soon thereafter she nestled herself in the warmth of Canmore, Alberta managing the Embody Boutique.
Not long afterwards, Basia immersed on a new journey within the company undertaking a Teacher -Training Apprenticeship through Bonny-Lynn which uncovered her new found passion for Pilates! In the process she was also fortunate to have taken workshops by 2nd generation teachers; Debra Kolwey, Kim Horoche, and Amy Taylor Alpers. She looks forward to taking more workshops to continue training the Pilates Method the way Joseph Pilates intended it to be. With her sense of humour, bubbly enthusiastic energy and her natural ability to connect with people, there is never a dull moment when she teaches!
In addition to teaching Pilates, with her immense passion for people she continues to study at The S.W.A.T. Institute towards a Life Coaching Certification to further expand her knowledge in health and wellness. She one day hopes to combine the two!
Away from work, Basia is continuously trying an array of new activities that can be found in the Bow Valley keeping up with an active lifestyle. She also explores her creative side by playing on her acoustic guitar, drawing, painting and writing in her spare time.

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Tuesday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Wednesday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Thursday9:00AM - 8:30PM
Friday9:00AM - 5:00PM
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Embody Pilates Studio

201-830 Main Street,

Canmore, AB T1W2B7

Phone. 403-678-6765