Instructor Bios

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!

Aaron Chubbs

Aaron Chubbs

I am a co-founder of SUDS with 23 years of ultimate playing experience. I was one of the first Saskatoonians to be introduced to the game and fell in love with it at first flight. It was soon evident to me and a few others that we would want a league and that this game could grow beyond available field space. I have given countless volunteer hours to teaching and organizing ultimate in Saskatoon and beyond. I am honoured to help improve the quality and quantity of ultimate in Saskatoon and beyond because I believe that ultimate is a tool that develops and exemplifies healthy citizenship and strong communities. Beyond that, ultimate is a brilliant celebration of life and one of the most fun sports in the world.

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.

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!

Penny Fox-Knudtson

Penny Fox-Knudtson

Penny totes a passion for fitness and dance to the stage each and every class. She will lead you on a journey that challenges your body and frees your mind while the stress of the day melts away. Penny receives ongoing training, is evaluated on a regular basis, and is, of course, CPR certified. If you’re looking for someone to motivate you to your potential and uplift you along the way, I got you. For more information visit www.jazzercise.com, search Facebook Jazzercise Saskatoon, or contact Penny at 306-230-5529 or penny.knudtson@shaw.ca

Sydney Harms

Sydney Harms

I enjoy sharing my love of sports and have been fortunate enough to be a Sports ABC's instructor for the past four years.  I like to instruct in a non-competitive environment where children feel that they can come, have fun and make new friends!

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!

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!

Deanna Lagace

Deanna Lagace

Deanna Lagace has a passion of food and loves sharing her knowledge with others. Deanna is a self-taught chef but has a degree in Food Science. Deanna has taught several cooking classes over the years for all ages. She has volunteered teaching cooking skills at a fly in camp and participated with programs like Jr. Chef with Frontier college. She also currently has her own Monthly Budget Cooking class at CHEP available for all ages.

Crystal Lawrence

Crystal Lawrence

Crystal grew up in a small town east of Saskatoon and moved to Saskatoon in 2001 after graduating from high school. She currently works at the hospital in a clerical position which she absolutely loves. In her spare time she is a First Aid/CPR instructor for the Red Cross and Heart and Stroke Foundation as well as a Youth Leader Instructor for the Red Cross.

Bati McComas

Bati McComas

Bati is a Certified Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 Hours RYT, through International Yoga Alliance. Certified Vinyasa Yoga for Youth Instructor 75 Hs. through One Yoga Studio. She holds a 20 Hs. Kids Yoga Level 1 Certification by Donna Freeman, Founder of Yoga In My School. Bati, received Yoga Nidra training by Brenda Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies, and completed further training with Eddie Modestini and Fr. Joe Pereira, they are so called “the teachers’ teachers”. She passionately advocates for Youth, with 32 years teaching experience in Bueno Aires, Argentina and in Saskatoon at a Montessori School, and since 2007 until present time as a co-founder of Alerces Spanish Preschool and Kindergarten. Bati dearly loves Silverwood Heights, her home neighborhood since 2002.

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.

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.

Alicia Vassell

Alicia Vassell

Alicia is SPRA certified and has been teaching fitness classes for approximately 14 years.  Alicia as been involved with fitness from a young age - dance, running and weight lifting are the basis of her passion for fitness.  Her motto is "Making fitness fun while getting stronger inside and out".

Grant Yao

Grant Yao

Grant Yao is a Tennis Canada Certified Instructor and member of the Tennis Professionals Association of Canada. Grant had a successful junior tennis career, representing Saskatchewan at two Junior National Events. Since transitioning to coaching, Grant has worked at Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre while he attends the University of Saskatchewan.