Growing up in Canmore, Carolyn’s approach to both life and her yoga practice has been highly influenced by her respect and love for the outdoors. Her background in dance, downhill ski racing and psychology has helped develop her interest in the connection of mind, body and movement. A long time practitioner she finds yoga the perfect practice for mediating stress, strengthening the body and cultivating the mind. Originally a dedicated Ashtanga student, she has expanded her practice and teaching to include a variety of different styles. Recently completing her 500 hr YTT in the Modern Teacher Training program, she enjoys exploring ways to cultivate a sustainable practice for the modern day yogi; balanced with variety, fun and tradition. Her teaching style is playful with focus on alignment. Her classes are lively, accessible to all levels, and usually peppered with optional arm balances, inversions, breath work and music. She incorporates traditional teachings with modern knowledge of body movement. She invites her students to challenge and explore themselves both mentally and physically and encourages curiosity and spontaneity throughout practice.
Jess has been teaching yoga around the bow valley for two years now; after completing her 200hr vinyasa YTT in India, and 20hr yin YTT in Banff. Jess is passionate about all things yoga & movement, travel and writing.
It is a privilege to take class from someone as passionate and inspiring as Jillian. Her knowledge and dedication to her students and the Ballet Barre Works program makes her classes consistently challenging, creative and supportive. She will make you push harder, dream bigger and sweat more. You can't help but smile every time you dance with this beauty. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Jillian trained extensively and competitively in the areas of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for 15 years. She successfully completed her majors in RAD and attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer program where she was given the opportunity to further advance her dance technique. Jillian’s passion for dance inspired her to begin her teaching journey. She started teaching with Ballet Barre Works Studios in Calgary in September of 2012 and has also taught the Ballet Barre Works program at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. She has recently made Canmore a part-time home, you can find Jillian teaching at WildHeart most weekends!
Growing up in Calgary, Matt was always surrounded by a lot of natural beauty, and this is certainly is what drew him further and further into the field of yoga and discovery. Matt was born with a powerful work ethic, a strong drive towards physical movement, and a very curious disposition. His yoga practice has thus become his playground!
Matthew been practicing for about 6 years, and teaching since 2016, with an interesting variety of training under his belt. Matt has become very passionate about adding unintegrated elements to his practice and teaching repertoire, and haver begun to seek out those styles that challenge his opinions and beliefs. Matthew strives to make class fun, challenging, and completely empowered. He have yet to meet a student who couldn't simply breathe themselves into a posture that they "weren't sure about, yet".
Whether it's Yin, Forrest, Flow, or even Meditation, Matt can't wait to share his mat space with you and journey a little bit deeper into our Wild Hearts together!
Born and raised in Edmonton, Chesa followed her heart to the mountains in 2016 and has been at home here in Canmore ever since. She loves all things that invite her S L O W D O W N and appreciate the present moment. Things like her yoga practice, hiking in the mountains, watching the sunset, reading, travelling and sipping a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Chesa has been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years and has been teaching for 3. She did her teacher training with Rameen Peyrow at the SATTVA School of Yoga in Edmonton. Further, Chesa earned a BSc. Kinesiology from the University of Alberta in 2015. Her strong understanding of anatomy, physiology and human movement informs her approach to teaching yoga. She wholeheartedly believes that yoga is for everyone and ensures her classes reflect this. The practice of yoga has had such a positive influence on her well-being and she is so grateful for the opportunity to share this practice with others! xo
Michelle thrives in the mountains, specifically while climbing up them and skiing down them. In addition to her passion for skiing, she loves a good cup of coffee, anything pink and a nice pair of slacks. Her spirit animal is the unicorn and she loves yoga because it complements her active, mountain lifestyle. Yoga is so deeply personal to me - my mat, my breath, my journey. You can find Michelle teaching flow based classes that are the perfect combination to an active outdoor lifestyle. Come meet her on the mat Mondays at WildHeart!
Born and raised in beautiful Canmore Alberta an active lifestyle has always been a part of her life. From hiking to skiing, barre seemed like the perfect addition. After one year of attending a vigorous amount of classes completing the teacher training in spring 2018 was a natural fit for her. If you don’t catch her in the studio you’ll either find her hiking through the alpine with her dog or jet setting over seas chasing the next adventure.
From New Zealand, Jess has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. The more she learns about the practices the more she realizes their importance and the necessity of taking regular time out to relax – not only for boosting performance on the trails & in the office, but for amplifying life with more mental & physical health. To complement active & busy lifestyles, Jess teaches chill classes that draw from Qigong, Restorative & Yin Yoga. Endeavouring to help increase body & mind self awareness, Jess guides students towards achieving a certain function within the different exercises & poses, not a certain look. She considers ones flexibility irrelevant to the depths in which they can gain within yoga. Outside of yoga, Jess enjoys eating delicious nutritious food, being in the outdoors & running her own Holistic Performance & Stress Management Coaching business called Stoked Life.
A native of Vancouver, Bailey began dancing at the age of three and once her feet hit the stage, never looked back. She fell in love with Classical Ballet and spent summers training at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was awarded Distinction completing the Royal Academy of Dance Major Examinations. Although her love will always be for standing on her tiptoes, Bailey has also trained extensively in the disciplines of Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Ballet and Ballroom styles of dance. Bailey studied Cognitive Psychology and Behaviorism at the University of Victoria and the National University of Singapore, earning her B.A. Honours in Psychology in 2013. After completing her studies, Bailey felt the desire to lead a life of adventure, and travelled the world as an Entertainment Director on Cruise ships, where she enjoyed entertaining and teaching various styles of dance. After having now traveled to well over 50 countries, Bailey then went on to study Ashtanga Yoga in Goa, India in 2015, obtaining her 200 hr YTT. Not satisfied with keeping her feet on the ground or the water, Bailey also earned her Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s Licence in 2016 and moved to Canmore in 2017 to further her career in aviation. Bailey has wholeheartedly embraced the magnificent lifestyle in Canmore, and if not in the studio, can be found hiking, trail running, climbing or mountain biking in her spare time. With her immense love of dance, yoga and fitness, Bailey has a true Joie de vivre that simply can’t be missed. Please come join her for classes that will inspire and challenge you as well as make you laugh!
A forever yogi and meditation student and now teacher has been inspired for the past 7 years with the mind, body and soul. Since 2010, Jess feel in love with the practice of self-healing on the mat and exploring the path of yoga. Recently, Jess earned her 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification with Yoga Medicine. Jess was taught by some of the most recognized teachers around the world like: Tiffany Cruikshank, Mackenzie Miller and Rachel Land. The journey of chasing a dream happened this year in Thailand. With no fear, Jess went alone to learn the anatomy, alignment and the structure of the body. Yoga has taught Jess to be grounded and to remain focus to be still in a busy life. Jess’ classes will help find a sense of calmness in our upbeat bodies. The yogi is still a newbie in the Rockies, she was born and raised in the busy city of Toronto. Always having a love of nature, Jess is an outdoorsy soul and always open minded to new adventures that will come her way. She is a forever student who loves to learn something new each and every day.
After completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology from Brock University in 2009, Siobhan followed her love of the outdoors and nature to Canmore, Alberta. Growing up figure skating, snowboarding, playing soccer and hiking, the Rocky Mountains were the perfect place to call home and raise a family. Siobhan starting taking barre at Wildheart in 2016 and loved the combination of cardio, strength and flexibility. Looking for a new challenge, she took the teacher training in April of 2017 and hasn’t looked back. She’s never afraid to make fun of herself and has a passion for connecting with others.
Rhiannon teaches a creative and strong vinyasa flow class which aims to create a mindful mind-body connection. She began practicing yoga five years ago and completed her teacher training with Erin Evans in Bali in 2018. Her practice is inspired by our connection to nature and each other, and she teaches with the intention of creating awareness of breathe and interconnectedness.
Kelsey loves to travel and is always searching out the next coffee spot. She has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years and is constantly humbled that it’s a lifetime process of stumbling and learning, and that it doesn’t have an ‘end goal’ that needs to someday be attained. One of Kelsey's favourite movies is How To Train Your Dragon and she believes curiosity in life is key to progress and joy.
Brook grew up in the prairies of Saskatchewan. She moved to the Rocky Mountains in 2009 and has never looked back. Accountant by day, Brook needed a creative outlet at night. After becoming a regular at WildHeart this past summer, she decided to take the plunge and took the Barre teacher training in October 2019.
Outside of the studio (or the office) you can find Brook running, hiking, or biking the trails, living her next adventure.
Born in Banff and raised in Canmore, Kerry has always had a special love for the mountains. After living in Montreal throughout her twenties, she returned to the Bow Valley in 2014 with her BFA in Painting and Drawing. She now works full time as a professional artist and her paintings can be seen both locally and internationally. She joined Wildheart in 2017 after a snowboard injury and quickly developed a love for ballet barre. With a background in competitive gymnastics, movement through dance seemed like the perfect cross training for her two loves of snowboarding in the winter and golfing in the summer. Her extensive time in the studio led her to begin teaching barre in 2020.
Born and raised in Banff I grew up doing gymnastics. I developed a love for the dance floor routine aspect of the sport which lead me to attend dance classes in Canmore, AB at Terpsichore Dance where I took ballet, jazz and hip hop. After graduating high school I decided I wanted to pursue dance further and moved to Los Angeles where I took classes with choreographers who I had always looked up to and learned a knowledge of information from. After some time I decided to put dance on the back-burner and attended a business course in Calgary at SAIT where I then realized something in my life was missing and dance was something that had always played an important role in my life. I started attending barre classes at Wildheart where I could always come to for that uplift in my life and be in an environment where everybody lifts each other up. I can’t wait to now be the one who gets to return the favour!
If I’m not at the studio you can find me on the ski hill or getting lost somewhere on a hiking trail.
Brit is a writer, barre teacher, former dancer, and lover of all things wellness. She grew up in Canmore, Alberta. After spending the past nine years living in Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, and New York, she is delighted to be back in the Bow Valley sharing her passions with the inhabitants of this special little town. Brit is in love with the warm space the girls of WildHeart have built and loves nothing more than sharing energetic classes and chats with the studio's members. Join her for a class!