THRIVE INSTRUCTORS

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Teacher, Owner

Stephanie Garner

Stephanie developed a passion for Pilates after a debilitating back injury. She worked as a Manager and Account Coordinator in the cosmetics industry for years. This is when an onset of chronic low back pain resulted in 3 major back surgeries. Years passed, and Stephanie was still in terrible chronic pain and was desperate to find relief. She began to practice Pilates several times a week and after a few short months, the results were so profound, Stephanie knew she wanted to pass on this knowledge and practice to others.

​Stephanie's training included a 500 hour comprehensive program including the Reformer, Cadillac RTC, Mat, Springboard, EXO Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, TRX, Functional Standing Movement and Myofascial Release through Balance Body.

​When not practicing and teaching Pilates, Stephanie spends her time cooking fresh healthy food and gardening.

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Certified Pilates Instructor, Community Volunteer, Tech Consultant

Lindsey Chitwood

Lindsey is a 15+ year resident of Birmingham, moving here from Dallas after attending Wake Forest University.  After a career in banking and an MBA from Samford, she found pilates as the only way to keep her back from hurting while trying to get herself back in shape after carrying and caring for twins full time. She has always  been very active, enjoying various aerobics classes and when the weather was nice hiking and biking. After many years of incorporating pilates into her weekly routine, the opportunity to become certified and teach others how to transform their lives and bodies for the long term was a natural fit.
Lindsey has completed and passed level 1 & 2 of the comprehensive pilates system certification and Pilates Mat Certification through Joel Crosby at the Vitality Method Studio-- learning the original work of Joe Pilates with the Classical Pilates Education coursework. She has also completed more than 60 hours of Kathi Ross-Nash Foundation & Core Level Red Thread workshops. She has over 800 hours of teaching, training, and study as she works towards Advanced Certification. She is also certified in L1 & L2 Pilates Suspension Method (PSM) and BarreAbove Method.

Yoga Instructor, Training: Rishikesh Yogpeeth in Rishikesh, India, HR/Educator

Ally Leonard

Ally is a native of Birmingham and after attending Randolph-Macon Woman’s College she lived and worked abroad. She finally settled back in Birmingham and worked as a Spanish teacher and school administrator for many years. While pregnant with her daughter, she began practicing yoga, then took a break from it when her kids were young. As her children got older, life got busier, and having consistent low back pain, she decided it was time to start practicing again. A passion for yoga began…

Her teaching experience and passion for yoga led her to marry the two – she attended 200 hour yoga teacher training this past summer at Rishikesh Yogpeeth in Rishikesh, India. The depth of her training included asanas (poses), yoga philosophy, anatomy, meditation and pranayama breathing. She is eager to share her passion for yoga as a way to not only build strength but to connect the mind and body. On weekends and evenings, you can find her spending time with her husband and two children.

Certified Pilates Instructor, Golf Fitness Instructor

Kristi Thornton

Kristi is a Certified Pilates Instructor and a Golf Fitness Instructor who earned a 500 hour comprehensive Pilates certification program including the Reformer, Cadillac RTC, Mat, Springboard, EXO Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, TRX, Functional Standing Movement and Myofascial Release through Balance Body. 

 

Kristi is also Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified and will help you improve flexibility, stability, balance and posture on and off the course.  If you want to hit the ball father and more accurately, play more efficiently, avoid injury, improve balance, coordination, power and strength.

 

When Kristi is not practicing and teaching Pilates, she enjoys cycling, paddle boarding and playing golf.

Certified Pilates Instructor, Sales

Ginny Webb

Ginny first discovered Pilates when recovering from a hamstring repair. She quickly realized it was the perfect cross training regimen to strengthen her core, tone and stretch her body as well as focus her mind. Having a great outcome from practicing Pilates, Ginny became an advocate for the benefits of Pilates and obtained her Mat Pilates Certification from Vitality Studio Method in Atlanta. She is actively working on her comprehensive certification with Joel Cosby at Vitality Studio by learning the original work of Joseph Pilates through Classical Pilates Educational Coursework. Ginny grew up in Columbus, Mississippi and has a BS Degree in Business from the University of Mississippi. After receiving her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Millsaps College she worked in advertising and pharmaceutical sales. Ginny enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. When she is not teaching, she loves hiking, walking her dog (Belle), reading and playing tennis. As an instructor, Ginny has a great appreciation for Pilates adaptability and being able to meet her clients at their current level and create a program to meet their specific personal needs. Ginny has over 600 hours of teaching, training, and study. She has completed Level 1 & 2 of the comprehensive classical Pilates system certification from Joel Crosby of Vitality Method Studio in Atlanta.