Jaclyn Forrester has enjoyed movement and biomechanics since she was a teenager. She studied Exercise, Sport, Health and Education in college. After graduation she found that she was searching for additional skills and information to help her clients. She found Pilates was applicable to a wide range of clients, pre and post injury, post natal, general strength, breath work and posture. Jaclyn dove into practice. She was trained in mat and reformer through STOTT Pilates in 2008. The mind body practice led Jaclyn to study yoga as well. She completed RYT 200 in 2012. In 2016 Jaclyn was accepted into the Balanced Body Pilates Master teacher training program. In January of 2017, she completed the training and will begin offering Pilates teacher training courses at the studio.
Karen Hansen has been practicing and teaching yoga in it's many forms for over 20 years. Karen is known for her safe, strong, and dynamic classes, all within a non-competitive space. Students can expect to be challenged on many different levels while maintaining a sense of humor. In addition to a 500hr certification, Karen continues to study yoga and meditation as a holistic practice. Her intention is to offer yoga as a tool to greater self understanding.
Heather has been a fitness instructor for over six years. She enjoys helping others get the best from their own bodies, and watching them getting stronger. Heather prides herself on the relationships she builds with her clients and helping them achieve their goals. Her classes are fun, challenging and a little bit like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get! She is certified in STOTT Pilates, TRX, Core Barre, Total Barre, as well as Active Isolated Stretching.
Physical activity has always been an important part of Kristen's life and well-being. A dancer for 11 years, she found a similar outlet in group fitness classes after college. She has been a certified group fitness instructor since 2013 teaching a variety of classes that incorporate cardiovascular and strength training in functional movement patterns. She believes that exercise should be fun and enjoyable and brings that attitude into her classes. Expect high energy, a good time, and a great workout!
Amanda has been a yogi for several years, finally taking the leap to complete her 200-hour certification earlier this summer. Her style is alignment-based and playful with a balance of strength and stretchy. The focus on alignment has fueled her desire to continue studying the body and safe, functional movement – so she is beyond excited to become a Pilates instructor and to continue her journey with Niche. Amanda is truly passionate about all things “wellness”! She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.
Aoife moved from Dublin, Ireland to Richmond with her husband in 2009, leaving a corporate career of several years behind. She decided to take time off and went on to have two children, now 5 and 7. After her first child was born she wanted to get back in shape and joined a gym. Working out became such a great part of her life she wanted to share it with others. She decided to peruse a personal training certificate with AFAA. Since then she has also received her group exercise certification with AFAA as well as TRX and indoor cycle. Her passion for wellness drives her to push herself and her clients. She believes in moderation in everything and loves to encourage others to try their best! Often we don't know with how far we can push ourselves until we try!