Olga Akgun

Classical Pilates Instructor

Responsive. Cheerful. Sincere.

 

Language options for Pilates instruction: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish

 

Olga has been teaching Pilates classes to individuals and groups since 2013. She’s been uniquely dedicated to her craft even before officially embarking on her career. Prior to entering her teacher training program, she spent nine months, from 9am-4pm five days per week, observing several instructors teach Pilates classes. She did this on her own time, without credit being given towards her teacher training.

 

She started to do Pilates herself for her personal enjoyment and wellbeing. Through Pilates, Olga came to understand the importance of movement. She has discovered the essence of this revolutionary system created by Joseph Pilates: precision and rigor of the execution of the exercises to create a well-balanced physical and emotional state.

 

Olga is a graduate of Lolita’s Legacy Pilates School, which was founded and is monitored by an elder of the Pilates method – Loita San Miguel (Lolita was a student of Joseph Pilates himself). After completing the program, she was tested by an international jury before being granted her diploma. The tests lasted three rigorous days.

 

Olga has deep knowledge of human anatomy and movement patterns. She’s attended various certification programs for specific human conditions such as scoliosis, MS, hernias, joint pathologies and pre-post natal Pilates. She always designs Pilates programs according to individual needs.

 

In 2018, Olga opened her own boutique studio, “Pilates Home” located in Istanbul, Turkey. She worked with people of every age from children to elders. In Instanbul, she had many doctors and physiotherapists as clients who appreciated her anatomical knowledge and individual program buildups. She takes great pride in observing improvements in her clients.

 

In 2021, she moved to Vancouver with her husband and son.

 

Olga is passionate about Pilates and living a healthy lifestyle. She looks forward to helping you increase your quality of life.

Olga Akgun

Classical Pilates Instructor

Responsive. Cheerful. Sincere.

 

Language options for Pilates instruction: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish

 

Olga has been teaching Pilates classes to individuals and groups since 2013. She’s been uniquely dedicated to her craft even before officially embarking on her career. Prior to entering her teacher training program, she spent nine months, from 9am-4pm five days per week, observing several instructors teach Pilates classes. She did this on her own time, without credit being given towards her teacher training.

 

She started to do Pilates herself for her personal enjoyment and wellbeing. Through Pilates, Olga came to understand the importance of movement. She has discovered the essence of this revolutionary system created by Joseph Pilates: precision and rigor of the execution of the exercises to create a well-balanced physical and emotional state.

 

Olga is a graduate of Lolita’s Legacy Pilates School, which was founded and is monitored by an elder of the Pilates method – Loita San Miguel (Lolita was a student of Joseph Pilates himself). After completing the program, she was tested by an international jury before being granted her diploma. The tests lasted three rigorous days.

 

Olga has deep knowledge of human anatomy and movement patterns. She’s attended various certification programs for specific human conditions such as scoliosis, MS, hernias, joint pathologies and pre-post natal Pilates. She always designs Pilates programs according to individual needs.

 

In 2018, Olga opened her own boutique studio, “Pilates Home” located in Istanbul, Turkey. She worked with people of every age from children to elders. In Instanbul, she had many doctors and physiotherapists as clients who appreciated her anatomical knowledge and individual program buildups. She takes great pride in observing improvements in her clients.

 

In 2021, she moved to Vancouver with her husband and son.

 

Olga is passionate about Pilates and living a healthy lifestyle. She looks forward to helping you increase your quality of life.

Alexandra Nicolas

Classical Pilates Instructor

Language options for Pilates instruction: English, French

 

Alex first came to Pilates in 2011 because of low back pain induced by many years of sitting at a desk. After one too many episodes of acute pain, she shifted her mindset, going from a wait & see attitude to a proactive approach meant to tackle the causes of the problem. She started taking a Pilates mat private session once a week. Her teacher patiently reintroduced breathing and movement into her body and helped her build abdominal strength. After a few months, she started feeling better and her low back pain was on its way out.

 

Her next step was to read Joseph Pilates’ book Return to Life Through Contrology. She was both shocked by his observations on the health situation of the NYC population in 1945 and blown away by his method to correct it. Most of all, she loved that Joseph Pilates’ vision was about empowering people to take care of their physical and mental health in a proactive manner through breath and movement.

 

As the pandemic hit, the opportunity presented itself to dive deeper into Pilates. Thanks to a classically-trained teacher who was offering mat classes on Zoom, Alex kept her mental health in check and was inspired to enroll in The Pilates Center Teacher training program, a well-respected institution that has been training Pilates teachers for 30 years. Fast forward 18 months and 600 hours+ of training later – and 10 years after taking her first Pilates class – Alex is graduating from the program and looking to inspire and empower people to take care of their physical and mental health in a proactive manner through breath and movement.

Alexandra Nicolas

Classical Pilates Instructor

Language options for Pilates instruction: English, French

 

Alex first came to Pilates in 2011 because of low back pain induced by many years of sitting at a desk. After one too many episodes of acute pain, she shifted her mindset, going from a wait & see attitude to a proactive approach meant to tackle the causes of the problem. She started taking a Pilates mat private session once a week. Her teacher patiently reintroduced breathing and movement into her body and helped her build abdominal strength. After a few months, she started feeling better and her low back pain was on its way out.

 

Her next step was to read Joseph Pilates’ book Return to Life Through Contrology. She was both shocked by his observations on the health situation of the NYC population in 1945 and blown away by his method to correct it. Most of all, she loved that Joseph Pilates’ vision was about empowering people to take care of their physical and mental health in a proactive manner through breath and movement.

 

As the pandemic hit, the opportunity presented itself to dive deeper into Pilates. Thanks to a classically-trained teacher who was offering mat classes on Zoom, Alex kept her mental health in check and was inspired to enroll in The Pilates Center Teacher training program, a well-respected institution that has been training Pilates teachers for 30 years. Fast forward 18 months and 600 hours+ of training later – and 10 years after taking her first Pilates class – Alex is graduating from the program and looking to inspire and empower people to take care of their physical and mental health in a proactive manner through breath and movement.

Oliver Giving

Owner & Head Instructor

Oliver discovered Pilates as many of his students do: through injury. But found himself and his calling through his practice. 

 

A purveyor of an active life, Oliver’s experience with therapeutic movement began in 1999 with Yoga. For 15 years he maintained a disciplined daily practice, teaching Yoga for 5 of these years. 

 

In 2009, after running a half marathon, Oliver was stricken with tendinitis in one of his knees; which forced him to seek medical attention. 

 

A firm believer that an active lifestyle is the most natural lifestyle for us to live as humans, removing activity was out of the question. However, a visit to a physiotherapist opened his eyes to a humbling fact: the muscles surrounding his knees weren’t strong enough to withstand the amount of running he had been doing, so something had to change. 

 

His physiotherapist recommended strength training as a solution; which set Oliver down a new path. 

 

After finding a personal trainer, he began strength training. He loved the feeling of getting stronger, and his tendinitis didn’t return. But injury would strike him once again. This time affecting both of his arms. A direct result of the weights he had been lifting. It was here that Oliver found Pilates, after a friend suggested it to him. 

 

Within a short time of starting Pilates classes, Oliver’s arms were back to normal; which gave him tremendous respect for the fitness system. 

 

After two years of taking classes, he enrolled in the Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pilates from the Centre in North Vancouver. There he trained under the watchful eyes of Matilda Christensen, Veronica McClurg and Katherine Denham. He completed the 950-hour program in June of 2015—though he logged closer to 1,200 hours.

 

What started as a recommendation from a caring friend, transformed into a calling. He built Tone Pilates with a mission: to help people unlock their true physical potential and gain mastery over their body as he had. He believes what Pilates brings to the table is 100% positive. To him, “there’s a kind of magic to it.” He considers it a gift to be able to share that magic with his community and be an active part of the Pilates movement.

Oliver Giving

Owner & Head Instructor

Oliver Giving, head pilates instructor

Oliver discovered Pilates as many of his students do: through injury. But found himself and his calling through his practice. 

 

A purveyor of an active life, Oliver’s experience with therapeutic movement began in 1999 with Yoga. For 15 years he maintained a disciplined daily practice, teaching Yoga for 5 of these years. 

 

In 2009, after running a half marathon, Oliver was stricken with tendinitis in one of his knees; which forced him to seek medical attention.

A firm believer that an active lifestyle is the most natural lifestyle for us to live as humans, removing activity was out of the question. However, a visit to a physiotherapist opened his eyes to a humbling fact: the muscles surrounding his knees weren’t strong enough to withstand the amount of running he had been doing, so something had to change. 

 

His physiotherapist recommended strength training as a solution; which set Oliver down a new path. 

 

After finding a personal trainer, he began strength training. He loved the feeling of getting stronger, and his tendinitis didn’t return. But injury would strike him once again. This time affecting both of his arms. A direct result of the weights he had been lifting. It was here that Oliver found Pilates, after a friend suggested it to him.

Within a short time of starting Pilates classes, Oliver’s arms were back to normal; which gave him tremendous respect for the fitness system. 

 

After two years of taking classes, he enrolled in the Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pilates from the Centre in North Vancouver. There he trained under the watchful eyes of Matilda Christensen, Veronica McClurg and Katherine Denham. He completed the 950-hour program in June of 2015—though he logged closer to 1,200 hours.

 

What started as a recommendation from a caring friend, transformed into a calling. He built Tone Pilates with a mission: to help people unlock their true physical potential and gain mastery over their body as he had. He believes what Pilates brings to the table is 100% positive. To him, “there’s a kind of magic to it.” He considers it a gift to be able to share that magic with his community and be an active part of the Pilates movement.

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Tone Pilates is moving away from Vancouver. The Vancouver studio is now closed.

Tone Pilates is moving away from Vancouver. The Vancouver studio is now closed.