Shareen is certified in Stott Pilates but has been working through the classical system with Lili Viola. She is bridging to the classical system through our Teacher Training program.
Shareen is also a renowned yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer, having led retreats and Yoga Teacher Training programs locally and internationally. She travels regularly to India to study yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy, sanskrit and chanting with the worlds best teachers and gurus.
Formerly a dancer and gymnast, as well as a varsity competitive swimmer at the University of Toronto, Shareen has copious and various experience in the world of fitness and athletics. Her approach to teaching combines all of her areas of experience and expertise. She shares with her students a genuine enjoyment of breath and movement, mind-body connection and always encourages safe and correct technique and athletic precision.
Shareen instructs the following:
Once you have mastered the Reformer 1 and Tower 1 classes, you are ready to kick it up and do a faster paced workout incorporating the entire system: Reformer, Towers, Mat, Barrels, Pedi Pole and more. This is a full-body workout that takes the foundational moves and challenges you to work them to goal.
The Wall Unit Tower is loaded with arm and leg springs, and a couple of bars that assist with spinal mobility. This class will target abs, glutes, hips, shoulders, and back.
A very challenging workout on the Reformer that introduces balancing exercises coupled with strength and flexibility training.
Yin Yang Yoga
The perfect balance for mind, body and spirit.
Half of the class is Yin Yoga which focuses on flexibility, mindfulness and softness. Yin aspects of yoga focus on the deeper, denser tissues of the body - the joints, bones and connective tissues. We hold poses for longer periods, releasing into them with mindful awareness of the sensations and thoughts which arise.
The other half of the class is Yang Yoga which focuses on strength, stamina and balance. Yang yoga is more of an active, dynamic flow of postures where the movements and breath are rhythmically connected. The poses and sequences will focus on the fitness of the muscles, skin, organs and blood.
Learn the basic exercises on the Reformer, an apparatus outfitted with a moving carriage loaded with springs for strength and flexibility training.
Many new exercises are added on at this level. Inversions are introduced, and greater mobility in the spine, as well as the other joints, is the focus.
A strong foundation is key to getting the most out of your Pilates practice. Begin with the Reformer and allow it to teach you how to move your body with grace and efficiency, while improving your posture. Safe for beginners who do not have any injuries or conditions that preclude them from regular exercise.
Following a vigorous and fast paced mat warmup, continue to build upon the sequence of exercises taught in Tower 1. New exercises include inversions, more leg spring exercises, and greater upper body involvement. A full-body workout that will require mind-body connection, precision and fluidity.