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!
Allison received her 200 hour Interdisciplinary Teacher Training from Nosara Yoga Institute, with a background in comprehensive asana, pranayama, meditation and professional ethics training in the techniques, methodology and philosophy of vinyasa. Her practice and teachings have taken her to New York, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Virginia; all of which have uniquely influenced her style and desire to share yoga as a form of self-expression and self-care for all bodies of all levels, all over. With a background in holistic health & integrative nutrition, she believes that combining physical movement with proper diet and lifestyle practices creates the foundation for optimal health and well-being. Allison's teaching style emphasizes music, creativity, breath and elements of meditation, creating an experience that benefits both physical and emotional well being.
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.
Ashley Haley has been teaching many different styles of yoga since 2011 when she received her 200-hour certification. Her flow style classes are mindful, lighthearted, fun, and accessible to all. She believes that everybody, no matter how old or young can benefit from the greatness that is yoga! She and her husband welcomed their first child into the world this past February, which peaked her interest in the pre and post natal fitness industry. She is in the finishing stages of becoming a certified pre/post natal corrective fitness specialist and will also be going through the reformer apprenticeship here at Niche Studio. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer.
Charis Nordberg began teaching Pilates in college and fell in love with the practice and helping clients reach towards their fitness goals. One of the things that Charis loves about Pilates is that it's so versatile and can be practiced by people of all levels of fitness abilities. She is so excited to be an apprentice at Niche to begin working on her Pilates certification and building friendships along the way!
My name is Courtney Moran, I'm a stage 4 breast cancer survivor and Pilates has been life changing to me. I found Pilates a couple years ago, lost it (life happens) then found Jaclyn in January and fell completely in LOVE with Pilates and became obsessed with niche. I'm becoming one with my body and learning to LIVE with cancer the best I can. The more I learn about Pilates the more I want to help others find it as well. (Helping is kinda my thing, I've been a Labor & delivery nurse for almost 12 years). Ps... I'm also the wife of the most amazing chiropractor in Richmond.