Instructor Bios

Brin Beyer

Brin Beyer

Brin theory on teaching yoga is to encourage each person to listen to their own body and do what feels good for them! Brin has a background as an athlete and knows the importance of taking care of the body and the mind. She wants every person who attends her class to feel welcome and comfortable with themselves!

Jari Chaloupka

Jari Chaloupka

Jari Chaloupka is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour RYT) through Namaskar Yoga School, Registered Yoga School with the International Yoga Alliance (http://yogalliance.org/). She has been teaching yoga since 2009. Jari strives to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion. What is important to her is the harmony between body and mind that comes with practicing yoga, the sense of gratitude and self-realization. Also, she encourages her students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play.

Mary Cheveldae

Mary Cheveldae

SPRA, YMCA certified with CPR-C/First Aid. Mary teaches Cardio, Sculpt, Core, Tabata and Bootcamp style classes. Her workouts focus on training multiple muscle groups with multi-plane, functional movements. By combining cardiovascular exercise with resistance training you get a more efficient workout. Mary focuses on bringing safety to a fun and welcoming environment. All fitness levels are welcome as modifications are given for beginners to advanced!

Karen Dagdick

Karen Dagdick

A registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, Karen has been teaching yoga since 2005. As an avid traveller and respectful explorer of cultures and traditions, Karen's initial introduction to yoga was in 1992 in India where she studied under various teachers. Karen says, "In yoga I knew there was a lifetime of exploration and discovery." Karen owned and operated Yoga Central for 3 years and in that time implemented a 3 year, Yoga Alliance certified, Teacher Training Program. She continues teaching yoga through various community association programs and at SIAST Kelsey Campus. Much like her import business, Karen started teaching yoga to share the things she loves in life. "Yoga has taught me that one must go within in order to explore the magic of the world around.”

Marissa den Brok

Marissa den Brok

Marissa has been dancing competitively for 13 years in the various genres of jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre. She has trained intensively and achieved graded exams in the ADAPT jazz syllabus, as well as the RAD ballet and pointe syllabus. Marissa has also had the privilege of taking classes from former So You Think You Can Dance Canada participants and numerous other highly acclaimed choreographers from across Canada. Marissa enjoys working with young dancers, as she has been a teacher assistant for over 6 years at her dance studio while focusing on helping them find their passion for dance in a fun and friendly environment.

Jamie Eliason

Jamie Eliason

Jamie has been interested in fitness for the majority of her life, participating in a variety of fitness classes and sports. She has been working with youth for the past 5 years, coaching, leading youth nights and working as an EA. Wanting to share her passion for fitness, she has recently become certified through the SPRA, and also has her CPR & First Aid. Jamie would love to help families to spend time together while having fun being active. 

Beth Erker

Beth Erker

Beth danced for 14 years at Sitter School of Dance. She is well versed in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and musical theatre. She has competed for 10 years in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and lyrical. Beth has completed all of her graded and vocational RAD ballet exams and all of her CDTA tap and jazz exams. She was a part of her high schools dance and musical theatre program and loves working with children. She is currently at the U of S studying microbiology and immunology and has been a part of the Rush dance team for 2 years.

Paula Fortier

Paula Fortier

Paula has been a participant in all sorts of movement activities her whole life. As an educator with a love of fitness, it seemed a natural transition to move into sharing her love of movement with others and she has now been teaching fitness for 4 years. Paula is SPRA certified and is also trained in first aid, CPR-C and AED. She has boot camp training, as well as total barre and Physique57 certifications. She especially loves dance, Pilates, yoga and functional movement so she weaves them all together to achieve a toned body from top to bottom. She also believes that great music and great fun is a must!

Sydney Harms

Sydney Harms

Sydney Harms has been with SHCA for ten years coaching a variety of sports, and teaching child and parent classes, which she fell in love with the day she started. Sydney has always been active and has enjoyed playing different sports, but her favourites are basketball and rugby. Having two daughters, her passion is to get families involved in being active together and educating them on the benefits and importance of having an active lifestyle. She has recently become SPRA certified to teach group fitness classes, and pre and post natal group fitness classes.

Diane Hein

Diane Hein

I am a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor with experience in beginner to advanced mat lessons, as well as pre and post-natal and rehab. I obtained my certification in March of 2010 after experiencing first-hand the rehab benefits of Pilates due to a joint injury. I am a firm believer in exercise that works with the body, not against it, and am able to modify most exercises to suit any level or disability. For more information please visit my website at www.newdirectionspilates.ca

Tera Jensen

Tera Jensen

My name is Tera Jensen. Over the years I have enjoyed a variety of sports and fitness classes. I became inspired to become a fitness instructor after falling in love with Zumba®. The music and moves are so much fun it truly is exercise in disguise. I love how Zumba® appeals to so many. All ages and all fitness levels are attracted to Zumba®. My certifications include SPRA Group Fitness, Zumba®, Zumba® Gold, and Zumba® Step. Come join the party!! I look forward to meeting you!

Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn & Bill Kapphahn

Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn & Bill Kapphahn

Bill and Norma have been group fitness instructors for many years. We are YMCA, SPRA, and inMotion certified. We have experience and expertise teaching kettle bells, low impact, sculpt, stretch, boot camp, battleropes, older adult, learn to run - you name it! Our philosophy is "fit for life", and our classes are inclusive and fun. We keep healthy by cycling, running, swimming and skiing, and of course, by participating in fitness classes.

Anita Karmarik

Anita Karmarik

Anita has been a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past 21 years. In 2004 she became a First Aid Instructor for the Canadian Red Cross. She also teaches the Babysitter Course, the Stay Safe Course, and other aquatic courses. When she is not instructing, she operates a dayhome, volunteers as a first responder for the RM of Dundurn, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Sophia Khan

Sophia Khan

Sophia is a Registered Dietitian who loves food, cooking, and exploring new recipes, food cultures, and restaurants. Sophia graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2017. She is now the in-store dietitian at all three Independent Grocer locations in Saskatoon. Being originally from Richmond, BC, a coastal and very multicultural city, Sophia loves all kinds of foods from all over the world and has a special love for seafood and sushi. Sophia’s favorite part of being a dietitian is getting to share her love of food with people of all walks of life! She truly believes food not only nourishes the body, but also connects people and creates happiness.

Rayleen Krysak

Rayleen Krysak

Sports and an active lifestyle were a big part of my childhood growing up in a small town. I moved to Saskatoon after high school, and when I was 19 years old I became a SPRA and YMCA certified fitness instructor. Throughout the years I have enjoyed teaching a variety of fitness classes including cardio & sculpt, circuit training, bootcamp, HIIT, tabata, muscle sculpt, step, ball, core, as well as special programs for children and seniors, and teaching dryland training to kids hockey teams. I also have my strength & resistance training certification as well as annual CPR/First Aid/ AED training. It is my goal to teach fun and challenging classes with a wide variety of total body exercises that can be modified to accommodate any fitness level so that each participant can feel successful. Some of the best comments I have heard after a class are: “ I can really do this!” or “That was fun”, and, “Awesome music!” So come join us for a fun and energizing total body workout to some great music… Don’t make excuses… just do it… your body will thank you!

Rose Palidwor

Rose Palidwor

I have been a fitness instructor for 9 years and am certified through SPRA. I teach a variety of classes from Step, Boxercise, Bosu Ball and the ever popular bootcamps (indoor and outdoor). I am also a certified Piloxing and Piloxing Barre Instructor. I became certified in 2011 in LA, Californa and am only 1 of 2 instructors here in Saskatoon to teach Piloxing. You will find me teaching at various gyms and communities within the city. I enjoy teaching to a variety of age groups at different fitness levels, keeping my classes fun and fresh is always my goal!! Fitness has always been a big part of my life from playing on various organized teams when I was younger, to competitive ball into my early adult years. I have 3 grown children, 2 girls and a boy who were also very active growing up, this was great, becasue it allowed me as a parent and an instructor to be involved in their off ice training (dryland). Myself and a few other parents would run the training off the ice. Everyone is on there own personal journey when it comes to fitness, I believe that the key to staying physically active is to find a class and an insturctor that meets your wants and needs when it comes to classes. Find something fun and you will never dread going to the class!

Ashley Pilon

Ashley Pilon

Certified SPRA fitness instructor, AED-CPR-first aid. Ash has been teaching Bootcamp classes for 5 years. Her classes can consist of tabata, HIIT, cardio and strength. No class is ever the same. Ash strives to motivate all fitness levels and provides fun challenging classes.

Lina Senger

Lina Senger

My name is Lina and I have been teaching Zumba for almost 2 years however my first Zumba class was in the Silverwood Heights community back in 2013. My passion for Zumba has only grown since my first class, which inspired to become an instructor in 2016. I danced my way through childhood and adolescence in which I took jazz, tap and ballet. Instructing Zumba has allowed me to connect with people from many communities within our city as well as share my love for Zumba & dance rhythms from around the world. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned participant, there is always a spot waiting for you, a smile to greet you and a rhythm to capture your love for dance fitness! Come and join the party!!

Cara Spence

Cara Spence

Cara Spence is a well practiced and well taught teacher with over 800 hours in training and 10 years of teaching. Her yoga is both philosophical and physical, and she reaches students of all ages and skill levels. Her unique sense of humour and insightful presence creates a freedom to explore the practices of yoga in a safe and supported space. Cara is dedicated to yoga. Sharing her passion for yoga with others is clear a pleasure.

Tracy Stephensen

Tracy Stephensen

Tracy Stephensen (CYA-E-RYT200) is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga since 2009. She is a Wellness Coach, a Senior Critical Alignment Yoga Therapist and a Yoga Thrive instructor. Tracy teaches a variety of yoga styles and specializes in Yoga for Backs, Restorative and Yin yoga. She works therapeutically with clients especially in the area of back issues, cancer, and chronic conditions.