Joanna Asher

Joanna Asher is a STOTT trained professional Pilates instructor with 12 years of experience who has been living and working in the Whistler / Pemberton area for the last 30 years.  Joanna is totally focused on her client and has a complete awareness of  modern principles, exercise science and rehabilitation.  She works from an inner place of peace and compassion that creates a safe, non-judgemental environment that give her clients a unique self-awareness of mindful, strengthened movement.

Joanna has chosen to prioritise those with injuries and general health conditions. She has a solid understanding of how Pilates can build strength while teaching the Neuromuscular system re-patterning techniques to recover from injuries and improve general fitness and well-being.

Joanna focuses on Pilates equipment, using special apparatus not mat work, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and enhance mental awareness. This method is especially beneficial for sport specific conditioning training & rehabilitation.  Her sessions are private, focused one on one sessions which allow for individualised needs. 

Joanna operates out of the Local Motion gym space which is outfitted with specialised STOTT equipment that includes Reformer, Cadillac, Stabilising Chair, Spine Corrector and Ladder Barrel that are Pilates aids to facilitate strengthening and healing.

To book an appointment with Joanna click here.

 Rya Letham.

BHKin, BEd, Certified by The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

I help clients empower themselves through the mindful movement practices of Pilates and yoga, both online and in-person.


Inspired by the healing power of movement and nutrition, I have studied and worked in the field of health education for over 25 years. I hold a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics, program Exercise Science, from U.B.C., a Bachelors of Education from S.F.U. and studies in nutrition. Icompleted my advanced yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India, studying Akhanda, including meditation and restorative training. I have worked with diverse groups of people, including children, seniors, prenatal and postpartum mothers and English as a second language students. My understanding of the body and love for learning shines through in my practice.

As a mother of 2, I am forever grateful for the Pilates system which has assisted me in regaining my physical strength and agility postpartum. I completed my Classical Pilates apprenticeship at Whistler Pilates. I am also certified in the Core Confidence program; exercises designed to help retrain your centre postpartum.

I currently teach Pilates and yoga privates and group classes both online and in-person. I am happy to join the Localmotion Team in Pemberton!

To book an appointment with Rya click here.

To book in to the mat class click here