10565-114 Street  |  Edmonton, AB T5H 3J6  | 780) 421-9853

Stretch, Breathe, Meditate


This class is taught by:

Tracy Stafford

Tracy was introduced to pilates while taking her BFA in Dance at York University in 1991. After suffering a leg break from a car accident in 1995, she began serious study in Pilates for rehabilitation. She was able to return to dancing professionally, but soon realized that Pilates was more than a personal practice for her. She originally trained and certified under Vivian Nickels at Body Matrix in Toronto in 1997 and has been teaching ever since. She has continued her training under various Pilates master teachers from around the world, and is particularly interested in the evolution of Pilates as a tool to to address today's changing bodies & souls, and to rebalance and reconnect EVERY body, regardless of injury, chronic condition, postural imbalance, or fitness level. She continues to study many forms of body work and movement, including Traditional Thai Massage, which she practices out of the studio. She also has certifications in Vinyasa Yoga from YogaWorks and Ashtanga Yoga from David Swensen. Other certifications include Therapeutic Ball release, Gyrotonics, Craniosacral Therapy, Kettlebells, Bosu, and Pfilates (Pilates for Pelvic Floor). She is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), with whom she does regular continuing education. Her Workshop Series is an opportunity to inform and give specialized rehabilitative and injury prevention exercises for specific areas of stress, or specific activities.
The power trio that everyone needs to do, but doesn't take the time to do! This 1-hour class starts with 30 minutes of stretching, and then dives into practicing different yogic breathing techniques (Pranayama) that will strengthen the heart, lungs, core, cleanse the body of toxins, increase vitality, and sharpen the mind. The body is then completely prepared for meditation. Each week will have a different style of practice, but for all, the purpose is to give time and space for increased presence and connection to self. This class will refuel your body, mind, and spirit in every way.