Our instructors and therapists come from a wide variety of experiences and training. All are talented and well trained in their field and share the same objective; to help you reach your goals! Please peruse our team biographies or call us and we will help you find the team member that best meets your needs.
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Pilates & Dance Instruction
A native of the valley, Christina has always been active and enjoyed movement, whether its through sports or dance or outdoor activities. She danced with Footlight Dance Centre here in Hailey, studied the power of movement through dance ministry in Sydney and received her Pilates Certification through BASI in Orange County, California in 2008. Christina believes the body was created to move and life was to be lived integrated. You'll find her challenging friends, family and coworkers, and the occasional stranger to go out for a walk, participate in a quick Series of 5 or asking if they've worked their pelvic floor today. She enjoys Pilates because it's inclusive and beneficial to all body types, and she is currently interested and exploring in seeing how it benefits the pre and post natal population.
Denise has been involved in movement training and exploration for over 30 years and believes a strong and fluid body transfers to ones attitude and helps to navigate life. Denises dance training began in the 70s, Pilates in the 90s and Gyrotonic Expansion System came in the early 2000s. The gentle hands on healing of Cranial Sacral Therapy completes her education as a compassionate and educated practitioner. Denise loves sharing her discoveries with her clients and leading them to find their own.
Jacqui Shanklin-Terra’s interest in movement of the body began when she witnessed her first ballet class at age 3. A love affair with dance ensued and she practiced ballet, jazz, modern and tap in the Wood River Valley and then continued through college. During high school she began dabbling in yoga and Pilates to further her dance practice. In 1998 she completed Kelly Kane’s Physical-Mind Institute Pilates certification. Jacqui is also an E-RYT 500 registered through the yoga alliance since 2008. She was certified through Shanti Yoga School of Idaho in the interdisciplinary approach, and now serves on Shanti’s Teaching staff. She is a committed student of yoga and the Pilates method and hopes to deliver the gift of mindful movement in an approachable, fun and interesting way. Jacqui teaches: vinyasa-flow, gentle yoga, introductory yoga, group mat, and private sessions in yoga, pilates and cranial sacral.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Jen moved to the Wood River Valley in 2000 and began practicing Pilates in early 2009 after her first son was born via C-section. After pregnancy and surgery, she felt out of touch with her core and originally approached Pilates as a way to get her body back after having a baby. What happened instead was unexpected and life changing. Jen’s athletic background was in gymnastics, running, and snowboarding- high impact and one-sided activities, and over time she had sustained stress injuries, experienced recurring tendinitis, and had regular neck, shoulder, and hip pain that limited mobility. As she practiced Pilates, she became aware of significant imbalances in her body that were contributing to, if not outright causing, the pain she was experiencing. As Jen committed to her Pilates practice and began to strengthen and increase the flexibility of her whole body, the imbalances diminished and the persistent pain disappeared. Her focus shifted and she began to see Pilates less as a workout and more as an integral piece of a healthy lifestyle. Jen believes that Pilates is healing and that committing to a regular practice allows you to build a strong, flexible foundation from which to lead an active life and enjoy it fully! She is committed to helping her clients achieve their fitness goals and feel happy, mobile, and strong in their bodies. Jen began the intensive Balanced Body 500 hour instructor training program in January 2015 and has completed all anatomy, mat, reformer, and apparatus modules.
Mari is fantastic. She teaches Restorative and makes fabulous baked goods. Find her at Pure Body Bliss on Mondays at 5:30
Studio Owner and Director
Senior Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor ERYT200, ERYT500, Swedish, Clinical Sports & Neuromuscular Massage Therapies MASG-131, BURN creator and instructor, and Modern Dance Instruction Alysha Oclassen is a lover of movement. At age 7, she couldn't stop dancing along with the radio, prompting her mother to enroll her in her first Jazz Dance class and she has been exploring the amazing possibilities of the human body ever since. Alysha’s family first moved to Idaho in 1981 and she returned in 1989 to spend here formative years in the Wood River Valley. She discovered Pilates and Yoga in 1991 and the profound physical changes she experienced with these systems made her an instant devotee. Alysha received a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA and spent the next 22 years performing in Seattle, Atlanta, Ireland, and Hailey. Alysha completed the Authentic Pilates training program under direction of Roman Kryzanowsha in 2000. She achieved certifications in Swedish, Clinical Sports, and Neuromuscular Massage Therapies in 2002, and completed her 200 hour yoga training at Hailey Yoga Center in June of 2011. Alysha finished her next 300 hour Yoga training through Shanti Yoga in 2014 and is now ERYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. Alysha is fascinated by bodies in movement and is deeply dedicated to the promotion of a healthy body and mind, and the conscious connection between the two. She combines her knowledge of the body and her compassion and love of life to assist her clients in discovering their greatest potential. Alysha created Pure Body Bliss in 2006 to provide a gorgeous space in her hometown of Hailey to foster the knowledge and love of movement in all. “As a Pilates and Yoga instructor, I get the opportunity to create room for my clients to empower themselves, release self-judgment and find the amazing strength they each possess. I find a huge amount of joy assisting my clients in uncovering their most radiant, authentic selves. Discovering the joy of movement has been a great gift in my life, and I am so blessed to have the opportunity share what I have learned and support my students in their journeys.” When not at Pure Body Bliss Studio, Alysha loves to dance, garden, and spend time in the beautiful outdoors with her new baby, husband, friends, family, and wonderful dogs.
I use my teaching to create space, foster knowledge, and encourage playfulness in my students. A Twin Falls native, I trained in Brooklyn, New York, and taught there through mid-2016 before moving back to Idaho. My classes are dynamic and alignment-aware, with a focus on mindful, breath-focused sequences that challenge the body and calm the mind. I draw inspiration from a variety of styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Ashtanga. I believe the body is a great teacher and want to facilitate the relationship between mind and body so students can use yoga to explore exactly who they are.
Lauren Svoma grew up in Scottsdale Arizona where a back ground in dance and yoga led her to a career in massage therapy. For over 25 years Lauren has worked as a licensed massage therapist specializing in several modalities including: Swedish, Therapeutic, Aroma- therapy, Reflexology, and Hot Stone Massage. Though she enjoyed working in many of Scottsdale's' finer resort Spas, Lauren feels so blessed to be residing in the beautiful cool climate of Hailey. Services with Lauren *Hot Stone Massage *Aromatherapies *Deep Tissue Massage *Reflexology
Tyia Wilson brings an inclusive philosophy to her teaching, embracing each student exactly where they are. This transformative mentality creates space for each practitioner to take full credit for their development and to be fully engaged in the process of personal growth. She is a 200 RYT certified yoga instructor, a professional singer/songwriter, jazz singer, kirtan leader, model, actress, and single mother. Her work with using mindfulness to enhance performance is applied through yoga to offer her students new insight into centeredness for competition, stage work, and every day life.
Yoga Asana & Pranayama
Victoria Roper was first introduced to yoga in 1969, and it has become a constant unifying thread in her life. She began teaching yoga formally in the 1990’s. Having studied with a wide range of esteemed teachers, she holds E-RYT 500 certification with Yoga Alliance. Believing that yoga is accessible to all, Victoria loves introducing students to Pranayama, the Yoga of the Breath.
Yvonne completed massage school in 2001 after discovering she could combine her fascination with the musculoskeletal system and her love for making people happy. Grateful to have found a passion she could call her work, she also loves to get fresh air on the Idaho trails, follow her musician husband on tour and watch her two teenage daughters learn life. Calling the Wood River Valley her home since 2010, there’s no where she’d rather practice massage. 208-721-2557 email firstname.lastname@example.org license MASG-1008