Christina Aaron is co-founder of Shine Kids Fitness as well as managing director. She was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and has been in Fort McMurray with her family for over five years. She is married to her amazing husband Matt and they have three wonderful children. Children are the passion in Christina’s life and seeing them succeed and have the best possible start in this world is the most important thing to her. Starting Shine Kids Fitness is a dream come true for Christina. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from UBC Okanagan and extensive experience working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Christina spent many years as a Behavioural and Social Skills therapist for children with ASD and spent time teaching ESL in both Taiwan and Korea. She has also organized after school programs for children and was a recreational gymnastics coach. In Dec 2014 Christina completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with world renowned yoga instructor Nicki Doane. She is now a yoga teacher at oranj fitness in Fort McMurray and was also their childcare manager for over 2.5 years. Christina has completed children’s yoga certification with Jacqueline Maloney in Vancouver, BC. Christina is committed to helping children grow up happy, healthy and loving their own unique selves.
Kaitlyn is one of our NEW DANCEPL3Y Kelowna Instructors! She was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and is a Human Kinetics graduate from UBC Okanagan with a specialty in Health Promotion and Exercise and Wellness. Kaitlyn has always had a passion for health and exercise and shares that energy at oranj fitness Kelowna where she teaches group fitness classes including spin, bootcamp & barre. Kaitlyn is also a City of Kelowna instructor working with children of all ages and teaching different after school activities such as dance & basketball. Kaitlyn danced at the Canadian School of Ballet and Reflections Dance school training in hip hop, jazz and ballet and also grew up as a basketball player playing for the BC Summer Games team and many BC REP teams. Kaitlyn completed her DANCEPL3Y Kids instructor training in May 2016 and her DANCEPL3Y school curriculum training in July 2016. She can not wait to get kids moving and to help them become positive, happier, healthier versions of themselves!
Carina is excited to be one of our NEW DANCEPL3Y Kelowna Instructors! Born and raised in Kelowna BC, Carina received a bachelor degree in Psychology at UBC Okanagan. She works in the tourism and hospitality industry and has two beautiful daughters and a loving husband. Carina has always had a passion for music, movement and a healthy active lifestyle. She grew up dancing and is a group fitness instructor teaching spin, step and core classes. Carina has recently completed her DANCEPL3Y instructor training and school curriculum training. She brings energy, enthusiasm and fun to all of her Dancepl3y classes and encourages kids to be fun, be positive and be themselves!
Brooke Yantzi, (BA Psychology, founder of “Dancing with Life“, DANCEPL3Y Master Trainer/ Choreographer/ Presenter) has a passion for getting kids dancing, discovering their own style and feeling awesome! Brooke has taught kids, presented at conferences and trained instructors to teach DANCEPL3Y in Australia, the UK, Kenya, Mexico and all over North America. She is one of the lead choreographers and is always coming out with the latest moves and songs which keeps classes engaging. Brooke is an energetic, dynamic, playful, passionate, and inspiring instructor. Her classes and workshops are inspiring safe and fun. We are so very lucky to have Brooke as one of the leaders of our Shine Family :)
Taralynn is born and raised in Fort McMurray, AB and is one of the kindest souls you will ever meet! She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2002 and completed her 200 hr Yoga teacher training in 2014. Tara-Lynn is also one of our certified DANCEPL3Y "Engineers of Awesome"! She has 2 beautiful kids of her own and yoga has become a regular practice with them at home. Taralynn loves bringing the joy and love of yoga and dance to children to help build resilience, confidence, compassion and connection in our leaders of tomorrow.
Chelsey graduated from UBC Okanagan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has worked in Vancouver as a School Nurse and in the hospital working with children. She has extensive experience working with children and youth in health and education both locally and internationally in countries such as Italy, Haiti, Australia, Cambodia, Panama, and Malaysia. She has her Group Fitness Certification and is a DANCEPL3Y certified "Engineer of Awesome"! She as a passion to see people of all ages be active, relational and playful! She strives to live out her life quote spoken by Nelson Mandela
“We are all meant to shine, as children do…And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Sabrina Watson is originally from Victoria, BC and has made Fort McMurray her home for over 5 years with her husband and two children to which she is an amazing, loving mother. Sabrina fell in love with yoga in Fort McMurray and in December of 2014 she completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Nicki Doane. Sabrina’s goal with Shine Kids Fitness is to use the yoga practice to help children find confidence and discover their own voice. She is passionate about helping children to feel self-love and showing them that they are amazing just the way they are. Sabrina is looking forward to getting kids moving, having fun and learning to listen to themselves. Sabrina believes that it is important to not let others decide who we are. She is very excited to be teaching kids yoga with Shine!
Sensi Jon obtained his Shodan (1st) black belt in August of 2009 and was awarded his Nidan (2nd) black belt this October 2015. He has been actively training with Renshikan Karate-do since moving to Fort McMurray 17 years ago. During this time frame he trained in both Chito-Ryu and Shito-Ryu. Since early 2007 Jon has been engaged in training the colour belts basic Katas and Kumite. His Karate Master is a second generation founding heir of Shito-Ryu living in Japan. Kenei Mabuni is a 10th Dan and head of the Shito-Ryu organization. He is still active today and is celebrating his 98th birthday in early 2016. Jon trains under Sensi Auktagawa a Rokudan (6th) Dan here in Canada. Sensi Auktagawa is also a second generation karate practitioner. Jon is so excited to have FUN with your kids while teaching them basic karate skills as well as discipline and respect.
Nicole Rankin grew up in Fort McMurray after moving here 14 years ago with her family from a small town in northern Ontario. Growing up, she couldn’t wait to get home from school so she could spend time with her younger cousins and other neighborhood kids. Nicole graduated in 2013 from the Educational Assistant program at Keyano and has been working with the Catholic School Board as an educational assistant ever since! She loves being with kids of all ages. While helping them to learn and explore, Nicole feels that kids also show her new ways to look at learning and exploring the world! Nicole is proud of the new healthy lifestyle she has adopted and is excited to inspire children through our Shine Kids Fitness programs.
Shelby's yoga journey began when she was four years old, in her grandmothers basement. Little did she know that the many 7:00am tree poses and downdogs would become a life long journey and passion. She completed her 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Vancouver School of Yoga in October 2014, and her 25hr Kids Yoga Teacher Training with Little Hippies in October 2015. Shelby has always loved working with kids- whether that be teaching swimming lessons, babysitting, working in the Mini Boogier room at Oranj or now as a full time Family Support Worker at the Hub Family Resource Centre! She believes that the more we can empower children and help them to believe in themselves- that our world will be a brighter and better place. Shelby can't wait to share her practice, laughter, and big heart with all the kids at Shine!
Amanda is from Prince George, British Columbia where she grew up in love with nature. Amanda has a Diploma of Forest Resource Technology from the College of New Caledonia, and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, so if she starts talking about plants or wildlife be prepared to having your ear talked off. Amanda lives in Fort McMurray with her husband, her greater Swiss mountain dog Karl and her one-year old son. Amanda completer her first 200 Yoga Teacher Training with Semperviva in Vancouver, British Columbia and has also had the opportunity to take additional training including yin, prenatal, post-natal, and kids yoga. Amanda is excited to share her love for nature, yoga and fun with you at Shine Kids Fitness!
Ana is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She defines her self as a Gypsy soul with a big kid heart. Passionate traveler and adventurer she left the corporate world to venture the seas where she met her husband David while both were working for Carnival Cruise Lines. They moved to Fort McMurray exactly 10 years ago and now raises their two kids Miguel and Nina here.
Ana discovered Yoga when she decided to join her mother's classes when she was 7 years old and fell in love with it. Willing to deepen her practice she completed her 500 hour Teacher Training with South Okanagan Yoga Academy in 2014. A year earlier she found her path when she took her Rainbow kids yoga training in Victoria, BC. She then implemented Yoga for Kids program at The Hub Family Resource Centre. Ana knew that she could get a better connection between parent/ child when she brought a program that would engage connection not only through gross motor activities but also through the Yoga philosophy.
When she is not at her mat you can find Ana exploring Birchwood Trails with her dog Kitt, cooking and dancing with her friends or traveling around with her family. She loves her community and she is beyond excited to be part of Shine Kids Fitness family.