My story

Joan LittlejohnI have a framed picture on my wall of a little red headed girl wearing a tutu doing an impressive arabesque. I drew it when I was five and recently rediscovered it while going through old photos and memorabilia.  While I didn’t come close to finding a career as a ballet dancer, I spent many years in the dance world (contemporary) achieving a Minor in dance and a Degree in PE and Recreation. I am still involved in the dance community and sit on the board for a local dance company.

Despite some enlightening starts in other areas I believe my life plan was somehow connected to creativity and movement.  Like many of my peers, I started teaching “aerobics” when I was 16 with minimal training but lots of enthusiasm! After extensive training I continued on my journey in the fitness industry teaching, presenting, opening fitness clubs and teaching courses to certify fitness, aqua and personal trainers. During that time I competed in body building and competitive aerobics and triathlons.   Pursuits that were, in hindsight, poor choices for the longevity of my joints. I am currently waiting for a new knee but am working hard to hang on to the one I have – I am kind of attached to it and will hate to see it go!

I found a calling for Pilates in the 80’s after giving up my legwarmers and pursued training and teaching in a variety of schools of Pilates. Having been exposed to the classical approach to Pilates and respectful of the principles, I chose to add education and training that I found to be more user friendly and functionally useful to my participants. I believe our evolving lifestyles of sitting too much, computers and lack of exercise requires a more broadened approach to Pilates training. Incorporating my expertise in Yoga Therapy and a variety of other disciplines ensures my clients are offered a well-rounded and unique movement and flexibility experience.

Joan Littlejohn pilatesIn my fitness career I have lived and taught in just about every municipality in Vancouver, from Hope to Tsawwassen. More recently I decided to move to Calgary and pursue a teenage dream of becoming the world’s oldest flight attendant. The lesson learned there was that my heart and passion was truly into teaching fitness. My current home is West Vancouver, where I’m often seen with my two furry companions in the dog park. My grown son is now living in Toronto.

I look forward to sharing my many years of teaching skills and helping you find a passion that supports a healthy lifestyle.