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Corinne Letts

My Story


I grew up in the interior of beautiful British Columbia.  I am a mom to two boys and have been married to my husband Tom for 20 years.  Soon after marrying we relocated to Australia where we spent the better part of 10 years before living in Singapore from 2008-2012.   During my time and experience abroad, I cultivated a passion for health and fitness while striving to find life’s balance. I  was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend much time developing my practice and technique in Yoga and Pilates with several professional teachers.

I have been practicing Pilates since my son was born in 2000.  In 2009 I took my love one step further and took my mat certification with Stott Pilates.  Recently I completed Reformer training with Balanced Body and am pursuing my Core Align instructor training as well. I am also a certified Yoga Instructor with close to 1000 additional hours of study. Both practices are such an important part of my life that I can’t imagine it without them.  Both Pilates and yoga allow us to move more effortlessly as we age and I encourage everyone to try them.  I am fortunate to live in beautiful West West Vancouver where I teach in my studio as well as at Esprit de Core.   If you are interested in learning more about Pilates or Yoga I’d love to speak with you.


Fascial Conditioning


The word “Fascia” has become somewhat of a hot topic lately, but how many of us know what it is or how we can use it to our advantage?

Let’s start off by defining what Fascia actually is;


Fascia is strong connective tissue which performs a number of functions, including enveloping and isolating the muscles of the body, providing structural support and protection.

Fascia is thin, but very fibrous and strong. Anyone who has skinned chicken breasts or trimmed meat has encountered it, the whitish colored thin sheets of tissue between the skin and muscle of the meat. This tissue forms directly under the skin and serves as a strong layer of connective tissue between the skin and muscles underneath it.

The top layer is superficial fascia, which may be mixed with varying amounts of fat, depending on where it is on the body. The skull and hands have a particularly noticeable superficial layer that connects the skin to the tissues and bone underneath it. By wriggling your scalp, you can see that superficial fascia is strong but flexible, keeping the skin firmly anchored while allowing its owner to move freely.

Underneath lies deep fascia, a much more densely packed and strong layer. Deep fascia covers the muscles in connective tissue aggregations which help to keep the muscles divided and protected. On occasion, it can create tight knots or connective adhesions which act as trigger points which can cause pain.


It’s difficult to understand how a support structure can also be a fluid/flexible structure, but Fascia is just that- Juicy fascia is happy fascia! The best analogy I can give is of a sponge. When a sponge dries out it becomes brittle and hard. It can easily be broken with only a little force because of how crispy it has become. However, when a sponge is wet and well hydrated it gets springy and resilient. You can crush it into a little ball and it bounces back. You can wring it and twist it, but it is difficult to break.

This is where our Fascia Training class comes into play. Using the principles of Fascial Conditioning and breath work, the aim of this training session is to release fascial tension, strengthen your diaphragm and access your deeper core.

           → You will feel relaxed, light in your body, stand taller and feel stronger ←


  • Deepen your breath
  • Strengthen your diaphragm
  • Release tension
  • Feel relief from pain & stiffness
  • Increase core strength & stability

Does this sound like something you could benefit from? I think everyone could use a little more Fascial Conditioning in their lives!

Please call in to book a trial class with Joan. We want to hear first-hand all the benefits you experience with this course.


Svetlana Lipnitskaya

My Story


With over 7 years of experience in the dance and yoga industry and over 4 years in Pilates, I’m excited to pass along my passion to you, the clients at Esprit de Core!

I was born and raised in Russia. I started my journey in the health industry with Hatha Yoga and became a certified instructor in 2006. I became increasingly interested in Pilates during this time as there was a growing need for a method to better prepare clients for Yoga.

In 2004 I took Fitness Theory and Mat Pilates courses through BCRPA. I trained in the Balanced Body Pilates method which allowed me to work with clients on the Reformer and Cadillac machines, mat, arc barrel and many other types of Pilates equipment.

My teaching style is geared towards safety, effectiveness and fun! I’m as comfortable teaching a class of 6 as I am being one-on-one. My repertoire of new exercises is never ending, and I enjoy keeping clients on their toes (quite literally). I want to make sure whoever I’m training is working their mind as much as their body. You never know what is going to come next!

The most rewarding part of my profession is seeing the huge progress my clients show in their bodies and lives! Pilates and Yoga are very adaptable and I therefore welcome any level. I know my job is done when my clients experience body awareness and control and learn to love and respect their bodies.

I hope to train with you soon!

Bone Density Clinic!

Bone Density Clinic


Quick, Painless, and Accurate Osteoporosis Testing!

Esprit de Core is offering a 2nd clinic on Friday, March 31st!

Location: Esprit de Core

Time: 1:30 – 5:00 pm

Cost : $49.95 + 5 % tax

Time slots are limited, so to book yourself in please contact the office by email or 604 926 2858

Sign-up today!

Spring Term 2017

Coming Soon!

Spring is around the corner and so is the start of our new term!

The Spring Term 2016 will start on April 3 – July 2, 2017.

Priority Registration will begin on Monday, March 13.

Open Registration will be available for ALL clients on Monday, March 17


Please contact the office at 604 926 2858 to confirm your spot or email

All Levels MELT Method Group Classes

Do you have a stiff neck, tight shoulders, back pain and need help?

We have the most effective solution for stress release, body aches and pains. 

Join our 7 week MELT Method group series and experience a real MELT down!

MELT Group Classes

Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm

7 week series: Fri, Feb 17 – Fri, Mar 31

Fee: $210 (7 x $30), Drop-in: $35

Contact the office at 604 926 2858 /

MELT Method Benefits 

  1. Eliminate stuck stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains and unwanted signs of aging.
  2. Experience positive changes in how your body looks and feels.
  3. Learn simple self-treatments to remain active, healthy and pain free for life.
  4. Master soft roller techniques to simulate the results of manual therapy.
  5. Practice using the specialized MELT hand and foot balls to release stress and tension.



Come join the fun!

Now Offering Teen Groups! 

Pilates, CoreAlign or Combo

Thursday, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Pilates and CoreAlign is great for anyone looking for a new fitness program, participating in sports or in need of a cross-training workout!

Benefits of a Combo Class:



Core Conditioning


New clients receive the 1st class for $15 and all levels welcome!
Spots available now

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For Online Schedule, CLICK HERE

Join us today!

Keeping focus is key!


If you are interested in starting Pilates or CoreAlign, but not sure where to begin we always suggest our Introductory Package!

The personal program is tailored to YOUR needs and what YOU are looking to achieve.

Get started today!

Click here for more information or contact the studio office at 604 926 2858!