Hi my name is Alaria Ritchie, Somatic Movement Educator; what this means is I help clients to learn about their bodies; from sensory awareness and anatomy to incorporating holistic movement practices into their daily lives. Specifically, Pilates, Yoga and Hanna Somatic Education.
Using whole body movements and learning to voluntarily control your muscle functions through awareness and motor-sensory reprogramming.
My history in movement is as a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and Hatha Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar (also known as Viniyoga). Influenced by Esther Meyers and Vanda Scaravelli.
I found my love of movement through dance (recreational), and as a server (yes, waitress!), and have been working in the movement industry as a Pilates instructor for over a decade.
I have been teaching yoga professionally since 2012. I previously worked as a Rehabilitation Assistant in Physiotherapy clinics for several years. At that time Specializing in Hydrotherapy programs. Aqua-fit and supervised Aqua-Therapy, which I still offer privately.
Today you can find me in Cobourg, ON, as I own and operate a private Pilates studio and am the Director and Lead Instructor of a movement centre called Living Well Movement Centre. Our Private Pilates studio is; in a clinical setting, which has a post-rehabilitation focus, and is the only fully equipped Pilates studio in Northumberland, Ontario.
Originally I planned to teach in studios abroad but as it happened I got married and settled down in 2007 into a beautiful country life which we now consider our home base in rural Ontario, Canada. I have taught internationally in Gstaad Switzerland, West Sussex England, Ayrshire Scotland, UK and San Francisco California, USA.
My goal as an instructor is to offer students and clients a fulfilling and valuable experience where they can take what movement skills they have learned and apply them to their activities of daily living. To teach locally in Ontario but also to take my skills around the world and provide retreats and special events. I have also started mentoring other movement instructors.
I continue to develop my movement knowledge and skills annually through a variety of continuing education programs. I feel this is very important in an ever changing and developing science.
Currently I am continuing my studies in the field of Somatic Movement Education in the lineage of Thomas Hanna (Hanna Somatic Education®), I will be completed my studies in 2021! I offer Clinical Somatic Movement sessions one-on-one and in groups.
For more information on Clinical Somatics click here.
My intention in all directions in life is to operate from a place of integrity, love and respect. I am a feminist, animist and creator.
These are some causes I feel passionate about and aim to bring light to and facilitate positive growth within our community.
I am forever bound to recognize this great land on which I am able to operate my business, I give thanks to this Native Land, and “We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples”. My goal is to forge relationships with local indigenous peoples and learn all I can to become better neighbours and friends to all.
Human Rights and Resources
I donate complimentary Pilates, Yoga or Somatic Sessions to persons in need. Either sufferers from abuse, addiction or cancer patients/survivors and more. If you are in need of some private body work, or know of someone in need, I also take donations that help to cover the cost of these sessions.
I am a lover of the Sea and want to see it cleaned up! The sea represents unity of consciousness to me and I believe this is required to aid the earth and all of its Oceans. I donate to WWF and sign petitions regarding the Oceans and Whales (to which I have a deep affinity). I am an advocate for these creatures and all sentient beings that are subjected to unnecessary cruelty on earth.
Below is a list of my credentials, I firmly believe training plays an integral role in an instructors teaching skills and abilities, the fitness industry is unregulated and buyer beware, do your research and ask questions to determine whether an instructor is right for you. If you do choose to work with me, I look forward to meeting you soon!
Hanna Somatic Movement Educator currently in training 2017, Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training, Eleanor Criswell-Hanna, Phil Shenk, Susan Koenig, complete 2020
Fascial Movement Instructor Level 1, Kim Kraushar, STOTT PILATES 2017
Seniors Fitness Instructor Course, University of Western, 2014
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200Hr 2012 & Advanced 300Hr, Trauma Sensitive Yoga component, 2015 Caroline Owen, Wavelengths Yoga
Rehab (Physiotherapy) Assistant, 5 years, Therapacc Physiotherapy, Closing the Gap HG, Sharpe Physiotherapy, trained by Jennifer Palmer PT, Kathy Thompson PT, & Doreen Sharpe PT
Bone-Fit Trained by Osteoporosis Canada
YES - Yoga Exercise Certificate, 12Hrs TT, Suzanne Henning, P3Yoga 2008
Yellow Belt in Mixed Martial Arts, Black Belt Leaders, UK 2006
BA Commercial Music, University of the West of Scotland 2005
STOTT PILATES Comprehensive Certification 2004-2005
Yellow Belt in Tae Kwon Do, ALBORZ Taekwondo Academy, Master Hamid Hajioghli 2003
Diploma in Recording Arts Management, Harris Institute for the Arts 1999
Additional continuing education courses not included in this list. It is an ongoing journey. I encourage you to read and learn about movement for yourself. As a starting point I highly recommend the book titled Somatics by Thomas Hanna. You can purchase it here.
Affiliations and Membership
ISMETA - International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (America)
STOTT PILATES®, a division of Merrithew International Inc. (Canada)
Pilates Method Alliance (America)
Off the Mat and Into the World
Thank-you so much for taking the time to view my page. I am wishing you much Health & Happiness on your journey through life.
Please contact me with any questions
and start your movement journey TODAY!
Sincerely yours in good health,
“In only a month, Alaria has already helped me regain some long-lost mobility in my spine. Her deep and comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and the mind/body connection, along with her experience with a wide range of clients, allows her to accurately assess her clients’ abilities and tailor exercises specifically for their issues. Moreover, she teaches how to be aware of your own body and how to recognize when it is in optimum alignment. The result for me has been increased strength, flexibility and overall wellbeing.”
Jane G. Sept, 2016
Get In Touch
Living Well Movement Centre
271 Spring Street, Cobourg, ON, CA
\\ Tel: 905.396.YOGA