About | Pony Locale

Learn about our community journey
to date along with our reason why

Learn about our community journey to date along with our reason why

Pony Locale Pilates studio
Pilates • Kinesiology • Massage

The heart of our spirit
// Pony Locale Studio

Mindful • Transformational 

Owned and operated by Sarah Joy Stoker and Michael Luke, Pony Locale is a fully certified Pilates, Kinesiology and Massage Therapy Studio, specializing in high performance training, restoration and rehabilitation. The emphasis and philosophy are on functional movement and strength based on sound mechanics and a clear understanding of how the body works and moves.

The work of Pony Locale promotes
movement with assurance, freedom and personal power

The work of Pony Locale promotes movement
with assurance, freedom
and personal power

Through focused, diligent, patient practice, you’ll discover personal relief of pain and tension, along with an overwhelming feeling of strength and confidence in your body and its ability to support itself.

Our individually tailored work trains and conditions the body, brain and nervous system for optimal movement and strength. When we move optimally it is without pain or discomfort, it is with power, strength, confidence and ease.

Through focused, diligent, patient practice, you’ll discover personal relief of pain and tension, along with an overwhelming feeling of strength and confidence in your body and its ability to support itself.


Our individually tailored work trains and conditions the body, brain and nervous system for optimal movement and strength. When we move optimally it is without pain or discomfort, it is with power, strength, confidence and ease.

To achieve a level of synchronicity and balance, we must develop an active relationship and dialogue between our body and brain through incorporating all aspects of our physiology.

The brain and nervous system control movement, conscious and unconscious. Only with an active and stimulating interplay between our physical body and brain can we achieve the optimal results that we want in our health.

Train + condition your body, brain, and nervous system for optimal movement & growth.

 
 
 
 

 

Sarah Joy Stoker and Michael Charles Luke

A time shot from our humble beginnings in 2012,
Today we are continuing to proudly transform lives throughout our community.

Established in 2012

We are dedicated to helping our community discovery the unique joy of movement through Pilates & Kinesiology

We are dedicated to helping our community discovery the unique joy of movement through Pilates & Kinesiology

Established in 2012

We are dedicated to helping our community discovery the unique joy of movement through Pilates & Kinesiology

We are dedicated to helping our community discovery the unique joy of movement through Pilates & Kinesiology

Community driven

Co-owners Sarah Joy Stoker and Michael Luke have over twenty years of experience between them working in the fields of physical training, movement and rehabilitation, and are two of the most respected and sought after movement educators in St. John’s. Along with their staff of highly trained and experienced Kinesiologists, Exercise Physiologists, Pilates instructors and Registered Massage Therapists, Pony Locale offers an exceptionally effective range and breadth of knowledge and expertise.

Our community and nature inspired studio offers private and semi private training/conditioning sessions, group reformer classes, dynamic pilates and core conditioning classes for multiple levels, along with restorative classes designed for people with chronic pain, injury and or low bone density conditions including Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. Also available are Neuro classes designed for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke and brain injury, along with other pathologies or conditions.

 

 

Pony Locale Pilates studio layout



Ready to make the impact on your body and mind through movement?

Learn how you can get started



Ready to make the impact on your
body and mind through movement?

Learn how you can get started

The stories behind our passionate team

Sarah Joy Stoker

Co-owner, Certified Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics Specialist, Certified Post Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist, Certified Pilates Instructor

A St. John’s native, Sarah is an accomplished professional contemporary dance artist (gutsink.nf.ca) with over 20 years of professional experience, performing nationally and internationally, since graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 1996 . One of the first to teach Pilates in St. John’s, Sarah is one of only a small number of fully certified Pilates Instructors in the Province. After ten years of independent and contract teaching she opened her own Pilates studio, Pony Pilates, in 2011 and since 2013 co-owns and operates Pony Locale with Michael Luke.

Sarah has trained with internationally renowned movement, Pilates and anatomical educators, Margot McKinnon (Founder of Body Harmonics,Toronto), Thomas Myers, anatomytrains.com, and Elizabeth Larkan, pioneer and innovator within the international contemporary Pilates community.
Sarah’s lifetime of dance and innate sensibility and understanding of bodies and movement make her a gifted facilitator of body and movement education. Ongoing for almost a decade Sarah has been studying Pilates Teacher Training, post rehab, specialized anatomy and bio-mechanical protocols and work with diverse populations at Body Harmonics in Toronto, the internationally acclaimed Pilates Teacher Training Facility, and she has recently become the first and only affiliated teacher trainer for Body Harmonics east of Quebec.

Sarah distinguishes herself as one of the few Pilates Instructors in the City and Province that has “Soft Tissue Release” certification, a vital tool in full body maintenance as well as rehabilitation work. Sarah is also trained and experienced in working with people with neuromuscular conditions as well as bone density issues like Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis.
Sarah’s Certifications / Training
• All certification levels of Pilates Equipment for Reformer, Chair, Ladder Barrel and Cadillac equipment •
• All certification levels of Pilates Mat work •

• Protocols for Spine •
• Hip and Shoulder Rehabilitation •
• Advanced Postural Assessment and Analysis •
• Pilates for Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis •
• Myofascial Lines of Movement, Neurology and Pilates, Core Integrity, Posture and Gait •
• Foot and Ankle, The Mighty Psoas, Vertical Pilates •
• Pilates for Pre and Post Natal •
• Body Harmonics, Toronto, 2006 – 2014 •
• Assisting and shadowing the Neuro Pilates program at Body Harmonics, 3 months, 2010 •
• Soft Tissue Release, Jim Bilotta, 2011 •
• Body Reading, Assessment, Touch Cuing, Neck, Shoulder, Thorax Manual Release, Fascial Fitness, Thomas Myers, Toronto, 2013 •
• Rehabilitation for poly-trauma, amputee and brain injury victims, Elizabeth Larkan, Boston, 2013 •
• Brain Plasticity and Reflex, Lee Saunders, St. John’s, 2016 •

• All certification levels of Pilates Equipment for Reformer, Chair, Ladder Barrel and Cadillac equipment •
• All certification levels of Pilates Mat work •

• Protocols for Spine • Hip and Shoulder Rehabilitation • Advanced Postural Assessment and Analysis • Pilates for Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis • Myofascial Lines of Movement, Neurology and Pilates, Core Integrity, Posture and Gait • Foot and Ankle, The Mighty Psoas, Vertical Pilates • Pilates for Pre and Post Natal • Body Harmonics, Toronto, 2006 – 2014 • Assisting and shadowing the Neuro Pilates program at Body Harmonics, 3 months, 2010 • Soft Tissue Release, Jim Bilotta, 2011 • Body Reading, Assessment, Touch Cuing, Neck, Shoulder, Thorax Manual Release, Fascial Fitness, Thomas Myers, Toronto, 2013 • Rehabilitation for poly-trauma, amputee and brain injury victims, Elizabeth Larkan, Boston, 2013 • Brain Plasticity and Reflex, Lee Saunders, St. John’s, 2016 •

To contact Sarah Joy Stoker, please e-mail info@ponylocale.ca or call (709) 237-7487.


Michael Charles Luke

Co-owner, Certified Kinesiologist,
Soft Tissue Release Provider,
Certified Pilates Instructor

Michael, a Certified Kinesiologist with the Newfoundland & Labrador Kinesiology Association, was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He possesses a Bachelor of Kinesiology from Memorial University (2004) and studied Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta (2005-06).

Michael has studied with Thomas Myers, http://www.anatomytrains.com, and is working towards certification as an Athletic Therapist. Spending much of his life involved in sport, Michael took a keen early interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Using rehabilitative techniques, including Soft Tissue Release, as well as his 10 years experience working in the fields of health and wellness, Michael ensures that through his unique, challenging and exciting approach to movement, he helps clients and patients reach their goals as well as enhance both their performance and quality of life. Michael’s personal mission is to provide the absolute best service to others, to set high, achievable standards for himself and to offer what he can to help and support his community. Michael completed the Body Harmonics Mat work Pilates level 1 certification spring 2017 and the Body Harmonics Reformer work level 2 certification fall 2018.

To contact Michael Charles Luke, please e-mail info@ponylocale.ca or call (709) 237-7487.


Anne Troake

Certified Pilates Instructor,
Movement Coach
• Mat and Equipment •

Anne Troake is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist and documentary filmmaker. Her introduction to body-mind training based on the work of Joseph Pilates was at Canada’s first Pilates studio, the Vancouver Pilates Centre, shortly after its founding in 1985. It was here that she began integrating the principals of classical Pilates syllabus into her practice as a professional contemporary dancer. Anne continues to work as a movement coach and has recently completed a Masters degree in social anthropology. She received her Pilates equipment certification through the Physical Mind Institute and Body Harmonics under the instruction of Susan Greskevitch and Margot McKinnon.

Anne has subsequently worked as a guest instructor at the Bermuda Health Coop and Lee Saunders Pilates. Anne’s approach to movement training is rooted in Pilates fundamentals and is influenced by her studies in Feldenkrais (Frauke Voss, Olena Nitefor), Ideokinesis (Irene Dowd) and Authentic Movement (Judith Koltai, Andrea Olsen, Tedi Tafel). 

To make an appointment with Anne Troake, please e-mail Anne directly at anne@ponylocale.ca.


Alan Hamilton

Certified Kinesiologist,
Certified Exercise Physiologist

Born and raised in St. John’s, Alan has a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) at Memorial University. Initially intent on becoming an engineer, everything changed in 2003 with the realization due to personal health challenges that health is the greatest wealth. This realization transformed his focus and helped direct it towards helping others enhance their own health and well being.

Constantly searching for new information and ways to help clients, Alan shares information and utilizes techniques from the latest quality research as well as more traditional systems such as yoga. With over 5 years of experience in the areas of rehabilitative training and ergonomics, and corporate health program facilitation, he has helped a wide-range of clients work towards and achieve their goals.
Alan strives to deliver the most accurate information and compassionate service possible to clients. He believes that balance in the body is necessary for optimal health, strength and energy, and so, blends functional strengthening, stretching and myofascial exercises for a comprehensive and rejuvenating experience.

Alan is currently a Certified Kinesiologist as well as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and is working towards his Masters of Science degree in Work and Exercise Physiology at Memorial University. He lives in St. John’s with his wife Karly and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, hiking and playing a wide-range of sports regularly.

To make an appointment with Alan Hamilton, please e-mail Alan directly at alan@ponylocale.ca.

 
 

 


Holly Strong

Registered Massage Therapist,
Certified Pilates Instructor
• Mat and Equipment •

Holly was born and raised in St. John’s, and was introduced to Pilates in 2002. Instantly she fell in love with this special form of exercise, which led to a career in health and wellness. She began teaching in 2003 with the University at The Works, and the YMCA.

In 2005 she became a mom, and continued to train and take class. Her infatuation for movement mechanics and helping others achieve physical barriers grew and grew. In 2007 Holly began massage therapy training in St. John’s. She excelled in the program because of her Pilates experience.
After finishing the program in 2009, and becoming an active member of the College of Massage Therapist’s of Newfoundland and Labrador, Holly traveled to Toronto to study at Body Harmonics, internationally recognized and considered the most renowned Pilates teacher training centre in Canada. She is a certified Pilates Mat Work instructor and will continue her training with Body Harmonics into the future.

Since starting her massage therapy practice, teaching a variety of classes, and having a second child, life is certainly busy, but her positive energy continues to shine through her classes and treatments. Holly specializes in pre-natal massage, myofascial release, and deep tissue techniques. Also available is seated massage on the specialized massage chair.

To book a massage please contact Holly Strong at holly@ponylocale.ca or call her cell, (709) 699-5178.


Shannon Weitzel

Certified Pilates Instructor
• Mat and Equipment •

Growing up in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Shannon spent the majority of her youth outdoors. While continuously active in numerous forms of sport she fostered a keen interest in personal health and fitness. After high school she continued on to attain her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from TRU in Kamloops, BC. Shannon is married with two young children whom she has dedicated the past 8+ years to raising as a stay-at-home mom.

In 2014 her husbands career moved their family from BC to Anchorage, Alaska, where she took her first Pilates class. It was then that her admiration and passion for Pilates began.

“I love the mind-body connection in Pilates. Slowing things down, really feeling your body in the movements, and developing an understanding of how and why the body moves the way it does. All while getting a killer work out!” In 2016 their family was again relocated here to St. John’s and with her youngest in school, Shannon decided to pursue her new found passion on a professional level. She recently completed her Mat Work training through Body Harmonics and is eager to continue to expand her resume. She is excited to bring her knowledge and energy to her classes at Pony Locale, and to share with others the benefits of Pilates she so passionately enjoys.

To book a session with Shannon Weitzel, please contact the studio by e-mail info@ponylocale.ca or call (709) 237-7487.


Alison Wilson

Pilates Instructor
• Mat and Equipment •

Alison was born in St Johns but moved with her family to Perth, Australia when she was 12 years old. She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental and Marine Sciences, loves baking, traveling, the beach, bushwalking and generally being out in nature. Alison discovered Pilates after chronic low back pain from sitting at a desk most of the day. She found the Pilates Method to be particularly helpful in relieving her lower back pain and improving her overall posture. She continued going to group classes and private sessions for many years and finally made the decision to train as a Pilates Instructor. 

 

 

Alison completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction at the Pilates Training Institute in Perth, Australia in 2019, and has experience teaching Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Ladder Barrel and Cadillac.After being away for over 20 years, and an 18 month super long distance relationship, she has followed her heart back to Newfoundland to live with her partner Dan in Paradise.

To book a session with Alison Wilson, please contact the studio by e-mail info@ponylocale.ca or call (709) 237-7487.

 

 


Kathy Simmons

Pilates Instructor, Physiotherapy, Acupressure, and
Acupuncture expert

Kathy recently retired her position as Physiotherapist with Eastern Health after 28 years. She has studied acupressure and acupuncture for over thirty years, integrating them into her physiotherapy practice, with acupuncture being used for acute and chronic pain and acupressure for release of muscle tension, relaxation and for self treatment.
Most of her acupuncture studies were with Acupuncture Canada as well as a month spent in China in 2007. She studied Jin Shin Do Acupressure in the 1980’s in the Vancouver, BC region.

 

 

She has always loved studying new information and recently completed the first level of Body Harmonics Pilates Mat Teacher Training program taught by Sarah Joy Stoker. This has helped her improve her own ten year Pilates practice. Kathy is very interested in keeping healthy and promoting mental and physical health into the ‘ Golden Years’. Kathy has also recently been studying chronic pain and Mindfulness. Pilates has helped Kathy to continue enjoying a healthy and active, high quality of life with hobbies, including her dogs and arts and crafts.

Kathy teaches two Beginner/restorative/gentle touch Pilates mat classes a week at Pony Locale. She is also available for Private sessions that would integrate Pilates along with her physiotherapy with options for Acupressure and Acupuncture. Please contact the studio to book!

To book a session with Kathy Simmons, please contact the studio by e-mail info@ponylocale.ca or call (709) 237-7487.

did you know..

We offer complimentary

Parkinson's strength classes

// All Levels

Free to all participants with curtesy & support from Pony Locale and the Parkinson's Society of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Tuesdays & Fridays @ 2:00PM