I first landed on my mat in 2006 through a registered class put on by the corporate company I work with. Over the next 6 years I practiced yoga with one teacher in small groups and the odd private session. That teacher introduced me to a foundation of asana, pranayama, and bandhas. Many years later these remain the foundation of my personal practice and what I love to teach. I believe that cultivating energy, creativity and functional movement in our practice brings greater agility to our bodies and our minds. Yoga has taught me that everything is a choice and that if we choose to show up for ourselves anything is possible.
I believe that Illume is community. That our team and our clients are an extension of our own families. That this is a place where people come to learn, to grow and to connect. When not teaching or taking classes you’ll find me supporting our Illume team from behind the scenes. Join our community and be illuminated!
I have lived quite an active lifestyle from a young age, and because of that, have cycled through many different phases and practices. I have always loved when I can make it to my mat, but my true love for yoga began while dealing with a serious knee injury. For the first time in my life, I felt completely lost. I was desperate to find myself again, physically and mentally. I was forced to slow down and to heal. I remember one class in particular; really pushing myself to flow through postures and a stubborn state of mind. We were near the end of class and it took one big cry in savasana to realize this practice is exactly what I had been searching for. I continue to be grateful for the way I feel connecting mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually each time I roll out my mat. It is my humble hope that I can encourage and inspire others while sharing pieces of me with every class I teach. I hope to help people recognize their endless potential and achieving goals so they are able to continue to grow into better versions of themselves. In my classes, I try to blend my background in science with knowledge I have learnt though my practice and teachings while keeping classes light hearted and fun — so expect funky beats, big smiles and juicy flows!
I can't wait to meet you and to see you on the mat!
When Nadine is not sitting at her desk crunching numbers or being a wife and mom of twins, you’ll find her encouraging others to challenge themselves outside their comfort zones, whether that be in boot camp or her new found love of spin. Nadine’s attention to form will help you succeed physically and unleash the strongest, most vibrant version of yourself, all while rocking out to the tunes and having fun on the bike or on the mat.
I want my team to feel energized and realize their power is limitless. “Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.”
By day I am a part time stay at home Mom to my 2 amazing kids and yellow lab Cruz and the rest of my week is spent working as the admissions coordinator at a private school for the coolest students on the autism spectrum.
I am passionate and love all 3 of my jobs.
SurfSet fell into my lap and after my first class I was hooked. I hope that when people come to my classes they too fall in love with the board and leave feeling stronger!
My guilty pleasures are ice cream, red wine and sloth videos. I love the lake and heading to the mountains with my family.
I am constantly striving to be the best me I can be, not only to be the best role model for my kids but so I can be the best Mom to them, the best wife, sister, daughter and friend. Taking time to better yourself every single day is something that is so important to me and I celebrate all my surfers who spend those 45 minutes each day for themselves! That post surf glow is real!
Meeting my mat has been the most amazing thing that happened to me. From the first time I practiced, I knew that there was more to this thing called yoga then the postures.
My journey with yoga has been beautiful, challenging, exhilarating, trying and tearful but most of all rewarding.
Sharing yoga is my passion. Guiding people through a practice and being there for them while they find peace or let go of fear and find their strength is an honour.
Yoga is not just a physical fitness practice, regardless of your physical goals, yoga will seep into all facets of your life. I provide practices that are challenging for both body and mind, from mindful movement to faster paced flow classes. They allow you the opportunity to explore your body, emotions and mind in a safe and empowering environment.
One of my favourite aspects about yoga is that you are always a student. Attending over 700 hrs of training and Self study intensives since 2010 has refined how I share the knowledge I have to share. Even when seated at the front of the room, I attend the practice with curiosity of learning from each person how to hold the space they need each time they step on their mat.
When I am not in the studio, my fun and free time is spent getting youthful with my Nephew, watching him grow and spending time with my family. On a toe line, refining my Dart skills and playing in a weekly league with my friends. Or on a easel, getting to know a new passion of Pastel Painting. Meditation is the forefront of my home practice and current studies.
Whether it is a hard working hot practice or sweet still space, I look forward to sharing yoga with you soon!
My first spin class was back in 2010. I remember feeling nervous and unsure of what to expect. It was a great sweat, to good music, in a motivating group atmosphere that kept me coming back. A few years later I was introduced to spin class in a dark room with club lighting and the latest in sound technology. It was a next level experience for me - a fantastic workout that felt like a pumped up party! I have been a spin ADDICT ever since, and finally built up the courage to be on stage and share that passion with others. My classes are high energy and fast-paced to the hardest beats. If you like good hard beats, plus love to sweat, come ride with me! Outside the studio you’ll find me being a busy husband and dad, snowboarding, playing golf, or traveling every chance I get.
Melissa’s journey at Illume started on the surfboard. She was instantly drawn to the studio because of its welcoming vibe and community feel. Soon after, she was talked into trying a spin class and immediately loved it! Melissa enjoys the fast-paced workout and upbeat tunes followed by that amazing post-spin high!
While riding in Melissa’s class, expect to be motivated to push past your own personal barriers to reach higher goals, there are no limits!
Melissa is a mortgage underwriter by day, spin instructor by night!! She is also a mother to a sassy little 2 year-old daughter Emryelle, and wife to Faustino.
Melissa has a deep-rooted love for all things music and dancing, you can always count on her to be the last one on the dance floor! Her passions include travelling, camping and Latin dancing!
Melissa’s amazing playlists and awesome choreography makes any class feel like a dance party on a bike! Catch her fun and empowering classes, throwing all kinds of tunes including her most favourite...country!!!!
Desiree always knew fitness would be a big part of her life ever since she was a child as she learned about dance, gymnastics, figure skating and cheerleading. However, her yoga & barre journey began with Illume a few years ago. It was her desire to be more active, build strength and flexibility, as well as gain confidence and self-empowerment that first brought her to the mat and barre.
After completing her barre instructor training through barre movement, she wants to share with everybody how the barre, ball and band can work out the entire body. Her main focus during her classes is to make sure her students never doubt what they are capable of as well as feel stronger and better about themselves. She believes that there is always room for growth and progress!
When she is not at the studio teaching classes, she is working as a primary care coordinator educator, walking her dog, or spending time with friends and family.
Catch her classes on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons!
Kat has a strong passion for fitness and music. The combination of both ledto her great love of Spin. Kat is a strong believer that exercise and activity fuels us with energy and revives happiness and that spin does just that by elevating our physical self through music and movement. The spin room is a place where she can share her passion, and energy, challenging herself and others to push past their minds and bodies as far as they are willing to go.
Fitness has always been a way of life for Kat. From soccer and kickboxing to competitive bodybuilding as a Fitness model in WBFF have all helped to fuel a desire to find her best self. Shortly after competing in WBFF Kat became pregnant with her son, and while trying to get back into shape she discovered Spin and found a new passion. A few years of spinning as a rider grew into her journey of becoming an instructor. Outside of the studio Kat holds down a full time corporate career, is a mother and wife to an amazing family and an active part of our community.
I’m a mountain girl at heart and when I’m not spinning you can find me in the mountains hiking, paddleboarding, skating and enjoying that summit beer!
I am so grateful to be part of the Illume team and to be up on that podium each and every week. I am so inspired by those who show up to class day after day, constantly challenging themselves and working towards their goals. It pushes me to show up for them and to try my best to share that passion for spin with every pedal stroke!
I strive to create a judgement-free environment for all students to find focus, a deeper understanding of breath, and self-love by combining the knowledge gained through a career in opera and a demanding yoga teacher training.
My favourite yoga classes are those where I smile, learn something, feel seen, and surprise myself – it is my goal to afford the same opportunities to the yogis I am privileged to guide.
Yoga is very personal to me as I started my own practise at a very emotional and difficult time.
My very first teacher held space for everything I brought with me and I desire to do the same for my own students.
My favourite thing about yoga is that it can be meditative in nature, allowing one to turn inward and connect with their body and breath.
Aditi is a registered yoga teacher with more than 300 hours of Yoga training as well as has several other certifications to her credit, like Rainbow Kids and Family Yoga, Yin, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Barre and AFLCA.
Twenty years ago, Aditi's Grandmother introduced her to yoga and she has been in love ever since. She took her first teacher training at Tandava Yoga Institute in Kelowna, BC and since has taught across Calgary. Her 2nd child Om, was born with a rare skin disorder and through the process of becoming a yoga instructor, Aditi found a place to heal, release stress, grow as a parent and ultimately become a stronger parent.
As an instructor, Aditi creates a relaxed and safe environment for students to experience the benefits of a balanced yoga practice. With a strong emphasis on alignment and tuning to the body's own wisdom, she guides all levels of practitioners to acknowledge the individual needs and aim for mindful movements. Her favourite pose is Sarvangasna (shoulder stand) because it's queen of all the postures. She finds it both stimulating and grounding at the same time.
Amanda Iandolo is a new instructor to Illume, and currently teaches Barre Movement.
She is a 2017 University of Calgary graduate and has studied abroad in New York and England!
Amanda is an actress, teacher, dancer, writer and director here in Calgary and is so excited to share her
passion for movement through Barre classes with you.
Amanda has experience in ballet, jazz
and modern dance and currently is conducting her own movement research in Embodied and
If you love working up a sweat, feeling inspired and want to build a
dancer body, join Amanda for Barre Movement class on Sunday’s at 4:15PM.
Chantelle first fell in love with spin back in 2015 after feeling exhilarated from her very first class.
The moment she walked in the room, she was terrified but felt so accomplished after completing her first class that she knew she had to share her experience with everyone she knows!
She completed the 50-Hour Om Cycle Indoor Cycle training under the beautiful sun in Costa Rica where she learned how to create the safe space she loves while getting your body moving!
In her spin class, she focuses on structure and proper form while delivering a fun, kick-ass sweaty workout!
When Chantelle isn't on the bike, you'll catch her at home cooking delicious meals and spoiling her fur babes! She also has a passion for essential oils and enjoys a good glass of wine, because it's all about balance!
Nicole Found herself on a yoga mat for the first time in 2012. She joined her sister in a hot yoga class. It was not love at first downward dog, but week after week something kept bringing her back to the mat. As she noticed changes in her body, she also noticed changes in her mind and spirit. Yoga became a part of her life. It gave her the space where she could let go and just be. In the spring of 2018 an opportunity arose for her to complete her 200-yoga teacher training and she dove in full force.
When not on her mat, this mom of two, can be found working on her Social Work diploma at Mount Royal University, or at the gym hitting the weights. Her happy place is being with her husband, son and daughter. Lover of nature and all things outdoors, you can be sure her classes will challenge you, while at the same time bringing a “don’t take yourself too seriously” attitude!
Kelly is a Calgary born adventure seeking sport enthusiast. She committed most of her life playing competitive soccer which led her to complete her BSc. Kinesiology. Now as a Physical Education teacher her passion is to inspire her students to be the best versions of themselves through fitness and health.
Three years ago Kelly discovered SURFSET Fitness and has been teaching classes ever since. She loves sharing how much fun working out can be on the board no matter the fitness level. With a work hard, play harder kind of attitude Kelly brings a ton of energy to her classes and will leave you sweating.
When she is not teaching you can find Kelly in the mountains snowboarding, hiking, planning her next surfing adventure, running with her dog or enjoying craft beer with her friends.
Erika took her first Bikram-style yoga class in the summer of 2014, and something inside her changed. After struggling with a diagnosis of anxiety and depression, Erika quickly became hooked to the positive changes that yoga empowered. Three months after this first class, Erika enrolled in the Alberta Hot Yoga teacher training, addicted to the dramatic improvements in her confidence, patience, and determination. Most of all, she was eager to share this with others. Erika's goal is to encourage her students to connect to their health, both physical and mental, finding strength through every breath. A favourite quote: "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." - B.K.S. Iyengar.