I have been practicing Pilates for 12 years and yoga for 5; I am a certified personal trainer with certifications in Pilates, Yoga, Barre, TRX, RIPPED and Cycling. I’ve been teaching since 2010—I started because I wanted to overcome my fear of speaking in front of people. Then it turned into wanted to help people. Once I found yoga, it completely changed my life. In 2012 I was injured while training for the NYC Marathon. Again, yoga saved my body. I feel like with yoga I can be the best me I can be for myself and my loved ones. Vinyasa is my favorite because of the creative sequencing. I love to teach because I want to help people reach their goals—the look on someone's face when they achieve something they never thought was possible is priceless and makes my career choice so worthwhile. My only hobby is exercise! I used to weigh 200 pounds. I know the struggles of weight loss on your body and mind. I want to share my experience with as many people as I can reach. I want people to feel strong, physically and mentally, and know that whatever the goal, it is achievable! The simple reason I teach at Elev8 — it’s a family and I love my family. Everyone who teaches and works here cares about the students and each other!
Linda Collie instructs the following:
A Barre is a handrail that is placed securly so that it can provide you support during different types of exercise. Typically used in Ballet to provide dancers stability and balance while performing both fast and slow exercises.
These exercises are performed to warm up and strengthen muscles, but also encourages proper body form and alignment. Practing at the Barre will strengthen your feet & legs, improve flexibility and help your over all alignment throughout your core. In Barre class, expect your instructor to incoporate a wide variety of other activities to increase your stamina, and stimulate your core as well! Many students report that Barre classes have improved their yoga practice and depth.
Total body workout designed to tone and chisel taking your body to the level. A combination of heat, weights and HIIT will keep your body moving and your mind guessing. Learning the proper technique it key. This is NOT a yoga class, but is accessible to all fitness levels.
An energetic flow of postures. In this class you will learn to move and flow through the series of postures that are synchronized with each breath cycle. The class will vary and include Sun Salutations, standing sequences, balancing postures and seated postures. This is a combination of stretch and strength. Designed to clear your mind and tone your muscles. Prepare to sweat and significantly change your body and awaken your senses. Performed in a heated room, to warm up your body and encourage release of toxins through your sweat.
Pilates are controlled movements designed to build ﬂexibility, develop a solid core, and improve coordination and balance. Hot Pilates is a combination of invigorating vinyasa flows with Pilates core for an challenging overall practice.
26 postures, 2 breathing exercises. Each posture is executed individually with emphasis on alignment and stillness. Each breath allows the opportunity to intensify the posture. You will hold the posture for many breaths before moving on to the next. The sequence is designed to work your entire body inside and out, increase your strength, flexibility, balance & stamina. Class is held in a heated room to warm up your muscles, and help you release toxins both mentally & physically.