Jennifer (she/her) is the founder and creator of Have a Nice Day Pilates. With over 10+ years in the pilates world, she is committed to building a movement space that reinforces diversity and strives to set the standard for an inclusive and supportive community. The blueprint of Pilates has taught Jennifer that less is more and mind-body connection will give you superpowers.
Kyle (he/him) is a manual therapist, embodiment enthusiast and avid anatomy nerd. His goal in teaching is to make movement and anatomy an accessible, approachable, exciting form of self-care and holistic wellness. His approach in class is to provide energy that is inviting, soothing, informative, and fun, while emphasizing your ability to exercise agency both in class and out.
Carman Chan (she/her) is a movement facilitator and former dancer based in Toronto. Her approach to movement is rooted in connection, curiosity and joy. Depending on what classes you catch her in, her teaching style can vary from an upbeat, energetic sweaty party to a gentle, slow flow (usually, it's a bit of both). Her curiosity peaks when exploring interesting ways we can move and how she can best-serve the individual(s) around her. Lately, she's been spending time with her inner child for insight and inspiration on what it can feel like to witness, experience and share more joy through movement.
Alexa (she/her) is a contemporary pilates instructor who blends play with functional movement. Her goal in class is to guide all bodies towards a true feeling of success. She’s driven by biomechanics but teaches with a positive and encouraging voice, as well as a body neutral spin on things, to emphasize feeling connected to your unique body.
Taryn (she/her) is a movement instructor focused on making movement accessible and fun. Her focus in her classes is to encourage folks to listen to their bodies through each series to find the poses and movements that feel best to them. She believes movement should be guided by celebrating and bringing joy to wherever you might be in your practice.
Caitlin (she/her) started practicing Pilates in 2017 after an injury that left her kneecap in an unstable state and sliding in the wrong direction. The road to recovery was long but the greater challenge was finding the space to connect to her body. With time and patience, Caitlin was able to find a more meaningful connection to her body and to her practice. It is that journey and subsequent connection that inspires all of her classes. Her ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere that is as challenging as it affirming and accepting. She believes the expression of movement is unique and would like her classes to serve as a platform from which all people can find their peace in movement.
Jessica (She/Her) is a contemporary dance artist, dance educator, and Barre/Pilates instructor based in Toronto. In 2016, Jessica received her BFA in Performance Dance from Toronto Metropolitan University, which introduced her to practices such as Barre and Pilates. Her experience, both as a teacher and a dancer, provides her with the tools to develop classes that are functional, creative, and adaptable for all movers. Expect cues delivered through imagery, seamless transitions, the freedom to explore, and express yourself. Through mindful movement, Jessica will encourage you to stay curious, and discover what a sustainable, and enjoyable practice feels like in your body. Jessica completed her Barre training at Barreworks, her Pilates certification through Equinox, and additional CEC's including pre/post-natal safety, and sharing privilege for safer spaces. Jessica is fascinated by the energy exchange that transpires in class, and its ability to enhance your mood. She is excited for you to experience the magic of intentional movement.
Sydney (she/her) is an instructor rooted in mindful, music led movement (say that five times fast). Her calm, approachable energy invites you to practice in a way that is unique to you, while her athletic approach will help you find strength and courage to take your practice to new places. Off her mat, you’ll find Sydney flexing her creative muscles in advertising or painting at home with her partner.
Sam (she/her) has been a part of the Toronto yoga community for over 12 years. She challenges students to draw energy from a place of focused clarity while seeking to expand yoga's circle of accessibility to include people of all backgrounds, body types and identities. Her background in sports and training has led her to an active yet playful practice, providing students with a safe place to explore new shapes and transitions with grounded curiosity. It is her honour to share the joy of movement.
Danea Gray (she/her) has been leading group wellness classes across the GTA since 2016. Although her wellness path started with yoga, she has recently dipped her toes into Pilates- having done contemporary mat Pilates training with Muse Movement and mentorship with Jennifer Winter of Have a Nice Day Pilates. Danea aims to present students with sequences that focus on building foundation, strength, and confidence in the hopes of fostering a deeper connection to the physical and intuitive body.
Robbie Fenton’s (he/him) curiosity with Movement seems endless and his bright personality can help push you through his challenging but rewarding classes. As a professional actor and dancer, he has explored his own movement 101 ways - but he has found himself settling on a deep love of sharing Pilates as a tool for that exploration. With a natural ability to create a space that is inherently “come as you are”, Robbie will both challenge your perception of what you can or can’t do, while being sensitive and highly aware to your personal boundaries and limitations. He believes in fostering a space where we listen deeply to our bodies, where we ask ourselves important questions in pertaining to movement while also taking a moment to laugh at ourselves and at life. When we drop our personal guards, when we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we can shine authentically, and our movement might feel like a totally different experience of self-embrace and self-fuel.
Emma Collinson’s (she/her) journey with Pilates started when she endured an injury. At the time she was a professional dancer on the west coast who was looking for a way to rehab her injury as safely and effectively as possible. She fell in love with the low-impact strength training that Pilates provides and has never looked back. Emma has taught dance and fitness for a combined 10 years and loves to inspire others through movement. She hopes to bring creativity and abundance to her classes while focusing on proper alignment and getting a satisfying workout using STOTT method principles.
Jasmine Fairbairn (she/her) is an Afro Indigenous Certified Hypnotherapist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, Reiki Practitioner, Pranayama breathwork facilitator, meditation teacher & sound healer, with a fascination for the mind-body connection and a desire to help others. Jasmine has had a deep connection to spirituality from a young age as she was brought up with sacred Mi’kmaq and Midewiwin (Grand Medicine Society) teachings. She aims to incorporate these teachings within her practice to help clients let go of negative noise, reconnect with themselves , build confidence and provide them with tools to get through life's everyday challenges and cultivate an overall better sense of well-being. Her life goal is to help all those who feel lost, providing a safe non-judgmental environment for all those who seek improvement in their lives. Each individual has their own journey, and she wants to support you through yours. She has always been fascinated with the mind and body connection along with a compassionate and curious nature and a desire to help others.
Valerie Tiu (she/her) is a 500-hr Certified Yoga Teacher, Movement Instructor and Meditation Guide. She offers mindful practices with a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. As a Filipino-Canadian woman, Val seeks to create more accessible wellness spaces for BI+POC and marginalized groups.
Kathryn Gilmore is (she/her) is a lifelong human and lover of movement. Kat aims to create an environment in her classes that encourages strength from a humble & playful place. With a background in contemporary pilates and an overall enthusiasm for dance, Kat hopes to create a space where we can explore sensations through breath connection, rhythm and articulated movement. She encourages us all to remember that we are alive in our bodies and to embrace the joy, the messiness and the unexpected and that every moment, everyday, and every class has the potential to feel just a little bit different.