Our Team

Marie Hayden

Owner and Operator of Bliss Pilates at Hayden Fitness Studio
“Fitness should be fun and enjoyable, not something you despise!”

Marie’s journey through fitness started with her love for athletics as a youth. marieAfter her sports activities began to slow down the weight gain began… assisted by a few too many scoops of ice cream and orders of fries with gravy.

After always being fit, Marie took a keen interest in weight training to help shed those unwanted pounds. Marie continued to be passionate about fitness and utilized her skills to assist others along the way. She took an interest in naturopathic healing in part to help with her continued digestion issues such as bloating, pain, exhaustion, irritability and gas, which helped to reach a final diagnosis of multiple food intolerances/allergies. After years of misdiagnosis, Marie’s digestions issues were on the mend and now her path to wellness really progressed.

Eliminating her food intolerances helped to significantly boost her energy levels and get her back on track. Two pregnancies less than 16 months apart put a bump in the road, and unlike most fitness enthusiasts Marie was unable to exercise due to extreme low back pain and other complications. Frustrated by the common myths that she would lose weight “after delivering,” “while breastfeeding,” “after the first year,” Marie took control of the situation with multiple conferences and workshops that allowed her to reshape her body and then eagerly began to help others around her facing similar challenges.

Marie has also experienced Hormonal Imbalance and Hypothyroidism which has also led her to create the ReNEWU Plan. Message her for details and take control of your body!!   

Marie looks forward to assisting others find a healthier lifestyle. Let Marie open your eyes to a healthy approach to wellness.


  • General 
    • Human Kinetics (1992)
    • Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Specialist
    • Nutrition Wellness with a Focus on Hormonal Balance
    • BCRPA Personal Trainer
    • Pilates Reformer Beginner/Intermediate
    • Yoga
    • TRX
    • CORE Resist a Ball Level I, and II
    • Pilates on the Mat & Pilates With Props
    • Bender Ball Posture and Body Balance
    • Lebarre
    • HITT
    • Tabata
  • Specialized Training in 50+ 
    • BCRPA Third Age (50+)
    • Active Ageing Certification
    • Menopause and Fitness
    • Osteofit
    • Pilates & Yoga
  • Specialized Training Pre & Post Natal
    • Pre/Post Natal Strength
    • CORE Training for Pregnancy
    • Pregnancy Posture and Exercise
    • Training for Delivery
    • Wired and Tired Prenatal
    • Fitness for Fertility
    • Prenatal Yoga
    • Weight Loss after Pregnancy
    • Strengthening the Pelvic Floor
    • Pilates & Yoga

View the schedule or contact Marie to schedule a session.


Gilian KilgourGilian Kilgour

Certified Dance,Pilates, Barre and Gyrotonic instructor

Ever since I was a little girl growing up in South Africa I wanted to be a ballet dancer. Upon graduating from the Art, Ballet and Music School in Johannesburg I entered the Professional Dance world. After several years as a Professional Dancer, I gained my Licentiate Teaching Certification in the Cecchetti Ballet Method as well as the Final Diploma. While teaching both Ballet and Contemporary Dance, I continued dancing as a Contemporary Dancer and eventually immigrated to Canada in 1981. In Canada I ran my own Dance School on Vancouver Island for 18 years. I then moved to Halifax where I became a certified  Stott Pilates Instructor, allowing me to transfer all my knowledge and love of dance into my Pilates instruction. Moving to Winnipeg in 2001, I taught Pilates full time and also received my Gyrotonic Certification. I moved to Vernon in 2010 where I have taught Pilates for the past 6 years. I’m now excited to continue my teaching adventure at Bliss Pilates at Hayden Fitness.

My Pilates qualifications include all levels of Mat, Reformer & Cadillac.  I instruct private, semi private & group classes with enthusiastic energy and a keen dancer’s eye for detail. I challenge my clients to work their bodies to maximum potential while making sure they are executing correct form and technique. This comes from my 35 plus years teaching and studying Dance, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Barre, Anatomy, Physiology and Body Mechanics.

Due to my unique teaching style and background, my classes are extremely popular and I look forward to working with you in the future.


  • General
    • Pilates Mat 1-3
    • Fluid Strength
    • Therapeutic and Fascial Mobility: Assessment and Corrective Exercise
    • Pound
    • PiYo LIVE
    • STOTT PILATES Intermediate Matwork: Functional Anatomy, Cueing, and Correcting
    • STOTT PILATES Group Matwork Classes: Teaching Skills and Programming Choices
    • Fascial Line Flexibility Flow


Ashley Irving


  • General
    • Bachelor of Kinesiology 2012 
    • Major in Exercise Physiology 
    • IBBFA 
    • Bootybarre




Tima Coad (Maternity Leave)


  • General
    • CanFitPro Personal Trainer
    • Yogafit Instructor
    • YMCA Cyclefit and Aquafit Instructor
  • Specialized Training Pre & Post Natal
    • Bellies Inc. Certified Core Specialist
  • Specialized Training in Youth 
    • CanFitPro Children’s Fitness Coach

Becoming a trainer was a natural extension of my passion for fitness and teaching. I feel strongly about working out with your kids and believe thisis the best way to pass on a love of exercise and fitness for life! I also know how important it is to allow moms the time and space to move their bodies and enjoy the positive mood-balancing effects of exercise. 

After the birth of my son, yoga was such a positive and restorative influence in my life I knew I had to share it with others. I teach a variety of yoga classes including Prenatal and Mom and Baby. 


Kristi Mason

Upon finishing high school I decided to pursue a career in nursing, which was a large part of my life. After 8 years of my nursing career I began to grow my family and take a break from the busy nursing lifestyle. Through my pregnancy I learned the importance of taking care of your body and having and active lifestyle. I then began my love for Pilates through attending prenatal pilates classes while pregnant. While I was taking my pilates certificate I developed interest in Personal Training and ones fitness development.

  • General
    • Matwork Pilates Level 1,2,3
    • Pilates Reformer Beginners
    • BCRPA Personal Trainer
  • Specialized Training in Pilates 
    • Therapeutic Pilates and Facia Mobility; Assessment and Corrective Exercise
    • Pre Post Natal Pregnancy Posture
    • Weight Loss After Pregnancy
    • Training For Delivery

Melissa Mitchell

I am compassionate and sensitive to the personal needs of my clients and want nothing more for them then success!

With my upbeat attitude and persistent drive to achieve success, I focus on designing personalized workouts pertaining to my client’s needs. I am so very excited to train at Hayden Fitness Studio teaching Fitlicious & Mommylicious. As a recent post natal Mamma I am very familiar with getting back that pre baby body. If small group isn’t where you are at I can also train you privately 1:1 if you prefer.

  • General
    • Personal Trainer
    • Kettle Bell Trainer
    • Pilates Reformer Beginners

Sharmon Shaw


  • General
    • Yoga Training


Amelia Sirianni

Originally from Vernon Amelia has spent the last decade as an Actress travelling all over. Lucky for us her amazing personality connected with us in our Fitlicious classes. After being our amazing Front Desk and Childminder we are excited to have Amelia now trained in Pilates Matwork. We are thrilled to have her energy and vibrance in the studio!!

  • General
    • Pilates Matwork Level 1,2,3


Jessica TannerJessicaTanner

I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and raised here in Vernon. After university, my husband and I moved to Whitehorse to work for a year. We ended up staying for 7 years and loved it! 2 Years ago, we moved back to Vernon to have our daughter and be around family.

My passion for yoga and maternity and newborn care began around the same time. I graduated from UBC Okanagan in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a specialty in perinatal and neonatal nursing. I was introduced to yoga shortly after as a way to relieve pain and improve mobility after a car accident. I became intrigued with prenatal and Mom and Baby yoga after attending the classes during my first pregnancy and in the first 6 months postpartum. I graduated from my 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training in Kelowna in June 2016 and am excited to expand my career and passion of working with Moms and Babies into yoga. I have worked with women and families as a Maternity Nurse in the hospital as well as in the community as a Public Health Nurse and Lactation Consultant. I look forward to working with you on your journey through pregnancy and fitness at Bliss Pilates at Hayden Fitness.

Reduce the stress and discomforts of pregnancy with Prenatal Restorative Yoga. A peaceful, gentle yoga practice that promotes relaxation and improves concentration and energy levels. The classes will focus on yoga poses that relieve low back and hip discomfort as well as breathwork and meditation to encourage relaxation and focused awareness to help prepare for labour and birth. For all yoga levels and pregnancy trimesters.

  • General
    • Yoga Trainer


Kessa Schroeder (Maternity Leave)

Kessa was born and raised in Vernon and has always had healthy influences around her.  She spent her childhood in the dance studio while accompanying her family to triathlons and her adult life as a dancer/surfer/yogini. She’s spent the last 12 years travelling around North America, teaching surf lessons in Hawaii and establishing and owning one of the first hot yoga studios in Atlantic Canada.

She enjoys being in a positive environment where people can learn, grow and cultivate a healthier way of living. She has a brilliant approach to assisting clients heal and progress through poses in small group and private sessions.


  • General
    • Owned and operated studios in Eastern Canada
    • Bikram
    • Vinyasa
    • Yin 




Emma Wheeler

Hello, my name is Emma! I’m a Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor and mother of 3. My passion for birth started when my now 13 year old daughter was born. I knew after her birth that I had desperately needed someone by my side offering support, information and reassurance, helping me to navigate medical terminology and protocol and to diplomatically communicate with the hospital staff. There were so many “unknown’s” and I was left feeling out of control and unsure of why my first birth experience had not been as I thought it would be. I took my DONA Birth Doula training soon after, and have been devotedly working to support families in my community of Vernon, B.C. ever since. My goal is to help resolve some of the “unknowns” that I felt, to help parents understand their choices and build confidence for this life changing event. I am a trained breastfeeding counselor and I have been teaching Lamaze based Childbirth Education Classes since 2008, emphasizing birth as a normal event and how informed decision making can lead to a more positive birth experience.

I believe a woman’s needs through childbirth are complex and that care needs to be individualized based on each woman’s circumstances. I believe that a labouring woman and their support team truly benefit from having emotional, physical and informational support. I believe this because I have seen, and felt, the benefits time and again. The difference in the birth experience of a secure, cared for, informed, and empowered woman is unarguable. My passion is to share the tools that I have learned on this journey with families, and help to make their birth an empowering event.

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Email: emma@rootedbirth.com

Join Our Team!

Are you a Certified Personal Trainer? Do you teach Barre, TRX, Pilates, or Yoga?   Bliss Pilates at Hayden Fitness Studio, located in Vernon BC, welcomes you to submit your resume and credentials info@blisspilates.ca