Meet Our Instructors


Kirsty Holt, B.Sc.Kin., R.M.T., Studio Owner

After completing a degree in Kinesiology in 1998, Kirsty worked in the field of fitness and exercise rehabilitation. Furthering her interest in bodywork, she completed her massage therapy diploma in 2004. Movement has always been a huge part of her life. As a young athlete playing basketball, she represented Canada at many international tournaments. After moving to Nelson her love of movement shifted to mountain bikes, skis and hiking boots. After the birth of her first daughter Kirsty connected with the Pilates method and found her new passion! “Pilates has enabled me to connect with my body in a different way. I love the depth of this work and the rewards it brings through mindfulness, alignment and breath.” Kirsty is mat certified through the Physical Mind Institute. She is certified in the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair through the Pilates Sports Centre.


Mona Sather, B.Sc.Kin.

Following a university degree in Kinesiology, Mona discovered Pilates in 1999. She was instantly hooked! Mona is a fully-certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, completing Level 1 and 2 training on all equipment and matwork. She also specializes in Pilates Training for Injuries, Pilates for Special Populations, Athletic Conditioning, and Prenatal Pilates. Mona has completed two out of four courses on myofascial release with Kathleen Keller. Her greatest pleasure is helping clients to recover from injury, helping her students to regain confidence in themselves and their bodies, and to facilitate adopting the principles of Pilates into their daily lives. Mona believes Pilates can really change your life! Mona is also a yoga enthusiast and received her teaching certification from Trinity Yoga in 2003.


Mark Hamilton, B. Ed.

Mark discovered the Pilates method in 2007 while looking for ways to help alleviate lower back pain.  Mark used the Pilates Method to strengthen and stretch his body to maintain the physical fitness he needed to purse his sports. Mark grew up in the Kootenays and has always led an active outdoor lifestyle, pursuing skiing, mountain biking, canoeing and hiking. Mark completed his Bachelor of Education in 2004 and has taught at Secondary and Post Secondary schools in the Kootenays. Mark completed his Pilates Sports Centre Certification in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Chair with Master Teacher Trainer, Maria Sevilla. Mark believes that his Pilates Teacher Training paired with his Education Degree will allow him to help his clients better understand the Pilates Method and go deeper into the repertoire and really “feel the work” in their body. With this mind-body conditioning he is confident his clients can take the Pilates Method into their everyday life.


Heather Boyer, R.M.T.

Heather completed her Mat Pilates Training in 2013. She has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2007, and has over 500 hours of Yoga training, including Hatha, Pre-natal and Somatic Yoga. Her first experience with Pilates was in 2003 where she fell in love with it and how it strengthened and transformed her body. Working as a healthcare practitioner for many years and practicing movement therapies alongside, she has developed deep understanding of the body systems and biomechanics of movement. Her special interest in learning Myofascial Anatomy expanded her knowledge of the body’s structure and how it functions as a whole. This foundational knowledge inspired her to develop her own Movement Therapy work, teach Pilates and Yoga classes, and create an Embodied Anatomy course for a Yoga teacher training program. Ultimately, her passion for learning about how the body is connected brought her to explore how Pilates and movement practices can help to maintain health and facilitate the healing process. She believes that when we feel stable in our body, that stability moves into our lives, in everything we do. Heather loves to dance, hike, bike, and travel. Her movement practices have helped her to stay healthy strong and active doing the things she loves. She is very passionate about her work and loves sharing her Pilates practice. The body learns through feeling, so Heather aims to teach with a mindful somatic approach, guiding her students to feel the connections and sensations inside their body as they move. It brings her much joy to help people learn to embody qualities of stability ease and freedom inside their body.


Mary Ann Spears

Mary Ann found Pilates in 2012 and was instantly drawn to it. After 3 weeks of participating in Pilates, “the pain in my hips dissolved and the freedom that came was profound!” Mary Ann was hooked and wanted to “share this work with everyone!” She has been pursuing her instructor certification in mat and apparatus through the Pilates Sports Centre and Master Teacher Trainer, Maria Sevilla. Her own journey through movement began in the local mountains. She’s been inspired her to hike, bike, snowboard, canoe, kayak, paddle board and dance in the Kootenays for the past 16 years. After giving birth to her son Jari she realized that sustaining her active lifestyle required a lifelong learning around body movement and movement therapies. Pilates has become a key component in her mind body practice and she is excited to share this method with others.

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