Our instructors are highly trained and committed to creating classes and a community that is accessible for everyone. We are continuously educating ourselves, through workshops and our own personal commitments to movement and inclusivity, and always welcome feedback on what we can do to build a stronger community for all.

Katie Clarke, the owner and lead pilates instructor at Grounded Pilates

Katie Clarke

Hi! I’m Katie, owner and instructor.

As a mother of 3, I have seen my body go through many shapes and stages of strength, but it wasn’t until I discovered Pilates that I truly felt at home in my body. I immediately sought out how to help others discover the same.

As a Stott-trained Mat + Reformer instructor, with extra training in Cadillac and Stability Chair, along with BarreNone barre certification, I have the tools to lead clients through fun and challenging, but safe and intuitive classes. Extra credits in Myofascial Movement, Joint Dysfunction and one of a kind training with Anula Maiberg and James Crader have given me the opportunity to dig deeper into the world of movement. Along with Pilates, I am also certified as a Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (not to mention the expensive and always useful BA in Military History!) and love to learn more about the stories our bodies tell. No body is a bad body! We see and feel our bodies go through so many transformations, good and bad, and I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of anyone’s journey to discovering new levels of balance and strength, along with an appreciation for what your body is fully capable of.

Inspired to not only teach Pilates but build a studio based on inclusivity, I have committed myself to learning how to incorporate anti-racism into my life, my teaching and my studio, which I have started through the teaching of Sonja R. Price Herbert and her Decolonizing Pilates training.

At Grounded Pilates + Lifestyle we have created a space for everyone to find comfort in their bodies, find community with each other, and to have fun doing it.

Emily Hobbes has a certification through STOTT Pilates and Exhale in reformer and mat.

Emily Hobbes

A former national rhythmic gymnast and professional dancer, Emily has always been passionate about movement. She began practicing Pilates in 2009 as a complement to her competitive training, and quickly fell in love with the controlled, fluid movements and mind-body connection that is innate to the discipline. While training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Emily attained certification through STOTT Pilates and Exhale in reformer and mat, and continued her education with training in stability chair, tower, pre/post natal, and numerous rehab-focused courses.

Emily is currently working towards a Masters of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and is a self-proclaimed anatomy nerd. She loves helping clients connect with their bodies and discover an awareness for muscles that they never knew were there. For her, nothing is greater than that ‘aha’ moment for clients when they experience new movements or newfound strength and get a taste of the ‘pilates magic!’ Throughout her teaching career, Emily has worked with clients coming to Pilates for help with disk injuries/degeneration, scoliosis, joint replacements and shoulder issues, as well as competitive athletes, and dancers.

Emily is constantly inspired by the capacities of the human body and hopes to share her passion and knowledge in every class she teaches.

Dominique Cheshire is a Pilates instructor at Grounded Pilates

Dominique Cheshire

Dominique is a lover of music and movement, especially when they flow together! She has spent her life thus far investigating different ways our bodies facilitate movement, and the importance of mind-body connection. With a background in Ballet and Contemporary dance she has been educated through schools such as Canada’s National Ballet School, and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. While formal dance education has been a big part of her life, Dominique began her yoga practice in her early teens as a way to connect in a more free, spiritual way. After living through a major accident, Dominique fell in love with pilates as a way to move and rehabilitate the body. She completed her STOTT Mat and Reformer training in 2014, and since then has completed multiple rehabilitative courses and movement faculties including her 200hr YTT, and Roll Model Method Training. She believes the body is a fully connected, intuitive vessel. The more we can nourish and listen to this vessel, the better equipped we are to flow through our lives. It is her goal as an energy and movement facilitator to continue learning, sharing, and encouraging a loving mind-body connection, and of course, having fun with movement!

Chris Nguyen is a E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance

Chris Nguyen

Chris is a movement educator. Curiosity is what brought Chris to his first yoga class and that curiosity marked the beginning of an ongoing journey and passion for the practice of yoga and a profound desire to deepen that relationship. As a yoga teacher Chris is a E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance, the highest teaching recognition with the organization.

Chris is a certified Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist (FRCms) under Dr. Andreo Spina and continues to work with Head FRC and Kinstretch Master Instructor Dana John Heimbecker.

In 2018, Chris completed the Kinstretch Instructor training in the Functional Range Systems under Dewey Neilson and is currently completing the certification. He is also studying the art of hand balancing under renowned circus performer and coach, Nicolas Montes de Oca and handbalance legend Yury Bozyan. Chris is also a second degree Reiki practitioner.

In 2017, Chris began his studies in contemporary Pilates (Comprehensive) with esteemed Pilates educator Leslie Parker of Mindful Movement Centre, followed by completing the Yoga Tune Up Level 1 Teacher Training. Chris also worked privately with Steve Donald of Buteyko Toronto to study the Buteyko Breathing Method. To date, Chris has completed 15 trainings and continues his studies daily in yoga, Pilates, anatomy, Biomechanics and physiology. He is currently studying Osteopathy at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy.

To Chris, mindful movement is about cultivating contentment, mindfulness, self-acceptance and bringing awareness into the body.

Kathryn Bezan is a pilates instructor at Grounded Pilates

Kathryn Bezan

I am a pilates instructor, sign language interpreter and mom to a too-smart 7 year old and 2 fur babies. Pilates became part of my life 4 years ago when I started taking classes as part of physiotherapy. I was diagnosed with scoliosis and back pain was a daily issue but I wanted to keep exercising and strengthening my body. I love pilates for the challenging exercises that highlight my weak areas and for the attention to detail that make our bodies work how they should. The opportunity to become a teacher fell into my lap and I couldn’t stay no. Continuous learning is important to me, especially in the area of anatomy and injuries. I love teaching pilates, working with so many fantastic clients and am so excited to join Katie at her fantastic studio!

Heather Bodajla

As a yoga instructor, I strive to create accessible and safe classes that can be modified for every ability. It’s important that everyone in my classes feel comfortable and included. I love to teach with props so students understand that it’s normal and helpful to use them in their practice too.

I have practiced yoga for over 25 years (teaching since 2020) and sharing my love of yoga as well as the benefits it offers has been valuable for my students- especially those who were tentative about trying a class. Getting them to step onto the mat is the first phase. Once they are there, I hope they begin to understand that yoga is more than just the poses.

I’m also an active recreational athlete and long-distance runner. I’ve run eight marathons, seven Around the Bay 30K races and numerous half marathons in the past 10 years. I’ve been an avid golfer and snowboarder, and in addition to running and yoga, I can also be found on the Pilates Reformer or my rowing machine. I’m currently working toward a Marathon Running Coach certification with NAASFP.

Bailey Vajda

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Brittany Rose

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Kristen Carrington

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Susan Hamilton

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