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Owner / Instructor
During a business meeting in 2003, I met a Pilates instructor and took her up on an offer to try a private class, WOW! I loved the movement, I had finally found an exercise program I could enjoy. My body started getting stronger, my posture and balance was improved and I was no longer concerned about falling and injuring myself.
After almost a decade of being a consistent Pilates student, I had the opportunity to enroll in a Polestar Pilates certification course that was developed and taught by physical therapists.
When I completed the course, I knew that I had to own a Pilates Studio. Fortunately, Kendall Yards was just developing the business district and I was able to secure a great space in this beautiful Urban Community.
Jade Van is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She began her love affair with Pilates after college and found herself drawn to the fluidity, attention to detail and rehabilitative qualities. She started her journey to becoming an instructor in 2011 in San Diego at Marshall Eklund Pilates and finished her training at Pacific North West Pilates in Portland Or. Jade has completed the Injury and Special Populations course, as well and believes in Pilates as a tool to strengthen and mend the body.
Alex Graeber is a certified Peak Pilates instructor. She has always had a love for health and wellness. After college Alex decided to further her passion for movement by enrolling to become a Personal Trainer, with a nutrition certification. Through Personal Training she found Pilates and immediately fell in love with the movement. Having hip dysplasia she found Pilates to be one of the only exercise programs she could do without hip pain. She enrolled in a Peak Pilates certification in 2015, and has continued her education since. Alex has been teaching Pilates for 6 years. If you don’t see her in the studio teaching you can find her hiking, waterskiing, downhill skiing, cc skiing, swimming, or walking her chocolate lab.
A collegiate football player who turned to Pilates due to injury from the sport. Pilates has brought strength and healing to areas of his body that have caused him chronic pain. He is greatful to be able to share Pilates with all who cross it's path!
Miranda has been a Certified Pilates Instructor since 2012. She officially trained with Shelly Stephenson of Balanced Body Univ. Pilates in Portland, OR, while she was also receiving training from her then local, co-teachers in Corvallis, OR. She came from a Yoga teaching background and has been teaching Yoga since 2007. In 2018, after becoming a mother to her first child, her teaching went into a transmutation, like a caterpillar in a cocoon. After her second child was born in 2020, it became clear she needed to evolve her own physical practices into a more strength based lens, and train her body for sustainability. This meant more strength training, more awareness of women’s bodies & pregnant/postpartum bodies, but also more rest & ease. She teaches her classes with the intention for her students to grow their awareness of their own bodies, build strength as much as flexibility and to build community. She is also a Postpartum Care Provider, LMT specializing in Holistic Pelvic Care™ & CranialSacral Therapy, and a stay at home mom. She enjoys daydreaming, road trips, travel, and balancing downtime with time spent with friends and family. Her website is www.mirandamindbody.com.
Lily Crytser began her practice of Pilates in September of 2021. After suffering years of chronic pain, Pilates was one of the only things she hadn’t tried. Needless to say she was hooked! With time and dedication she got stronger, and in October of 2022, she began the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training. Now you can find her teaching group and private sessions in the studio, as well as continuing to attend classes throughout the week. When not in the studio, she enjoys gardening and hiking, as well as running a small business with her husband Jack.
Danielle has a passion for fitness, movement and education. Her love for movement started with sports and dance, with dance ultimately winning out where she taught and performed Salsa professionally in the Middle East and Europe. After moving to Spokane and completing her Doctorate degree in 2021, she walked by Core Pilates Studio and Wellness and fell in love with the Pilates equipment. She started attending classes regularly and soon knew that her next challenge was to become a Polestar Pilates International instructor.