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Shawna is the founder of Empower Pilates, a private studio located in the Highlands neighborhood of Edmonton, AB.

She studied under Bonny-Lynn Russell at Embody school of Classical Pilates, the only licensed accredited vocational school of Pilates in Canada. Here she received over 850 hours of comprehensive training on all Classical Pilates apparatus. Shawna discovered the endless benefits of Pilates after years of living with lower back pain brought on by degeneration as well as long hours spent working as a nurse. After trying many different modalities which only provided temporary relief, the Pilates method which focuses on developing proper movement patterns, core stability and strength not only eliminated any ongoing discomfort for her, but has changed her life. She is dedicated to the authentic teachings of Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates and it is her passion to share it with others.

Aside from Pilates, she loves spending time with her husband and her rambunctious dog, Charlie.

"The Pilates method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy." - Joseph Pilates