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Kira Morin, Basi Pilates Instructor


As a core coach, I am focused on making sure athletes have a strong and stable foundation so they can train harder, safer and improve their performance. I have a background as a Pilates instructor, mental health specialist, and in Organizational Development. I like helping athletes be healthy and strong, and creating systems that help them be successful with their goals in life and sport from the physical to mental. 

I have been on a health and fitness journey my whole life (ask me about it sometime) and I have discovered some key truths along the way. I have found that physical health and mental health are fundamentally linked – connecting to movement and embracing one’s body creates confidence that transcends the gym, and surrounding oneself with the right people and places creates motivation to find movement. 

As a coach, I carry these truths with me and strive to create an uplifting environment where people feel mentally and physically safe to explore and connect to their bodies, find confidence, and develop a passion and habit for movement throughout life. 

My background is in Pilates. I love Pilates because of the emphasis that it places on the mind-body connection. As a Pilates coach, I help people find awareness and activation of their core musculature in order to build strength, balance, and flexibility throughout their body. As a result, we feel physically centered and in control, mentally focused and stimulated, and all the other movements we do in or out of the gym start to feel easier. 

I feel so lucky that I get to coach at Strive & Uplift, a place that values its people and all the things that make us all unique. I am inspired by everyone that comes into our community – they lift me up and motivate me to be a better person. I will always work hard so we can continue to build a strong community together!