Hali Fiano BS, PMA® CPT, RYT200, FRCms, Kinstretch®
Hali has long been interested in physical activity, healing, and growth. An avid skateboarder and snowboarder in her youth, she regularly suffered from bumps and bruises – plus a few more serious injuries, including ACL reconstruction, bunion surgeries, and cancer. She coped with the pain and worked through rehabilitation, feeling frustrated but recognizing these challenges presented opportunities for growth and positive change.
In 2003, she received her first Pilates certification from the PhysicalMind Institute with Michael Wright in Washington, DC focusing on mat work. The following year she began her first comprehensive Pilates training, also through the PhysicalMind Institute, with Cynthia Clark at the Thinking Body studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. After completing the coursework and a one-year apprenticeship, Hali was fully certified and began teaching on all Pilates equipment.
In 2006, Hali began working with Krysia Witkowski, an Integrative Manual Physical Therapist. During this time, she completed a second comprehensive training through Polestar Pilates in Miami, Florida with Dr. Brent Anderson. Having completed two full comprehensive certification trainings, Hali was invited to serve as a mentor for Polestar, assisting new Pilates students who were completing their certification. This was a wonderful experience for Hali working under and learning from physical therapists.
In 2011, to further compliment her hands-on Pilates instruction experience and her therapeutic training, Hali completed her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
In 2013, Hali opened a Pilates studio, Vim, in Norfolk, Virginia. Her studio was a welcomed addition to the Ghent community and become well known as an inviting space filled with positive energy, strength and healing. Clients praised Hali’s enthusiasm and supportive, empowering instruction style.
April 2016, Hali completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in Maui, Hawaii with ZFlow Power yoga. This amazing experience gave Hali insight and perspective on here personal practice and teaching power yoga in a heated environment. The training was transformational. It brought Hali a new sense of power and strength to incorporate into her personal practice and as well as her teaching style.
In 2018, Hali completed the Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist Training, Functional Release for Spine, and Kinstretch Level 1 Seminars to help aide her athlete clients in mobility and strengthening at end ranges.
Hali is a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and Certified Kinstretch Instructor. You can research more about this movement enhancement system at www.Kinstretch.com
In July of 2015, Hali’s family relocated from Norfolk to Leavenworth, WA to open the Watershed Café, a farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of Washington’s Bavarian village. They now have a sister restaurant providing nourishing and healthy broth bowls while staying environmentally ethical to food sources. Yodelin Broth Company is a favorite among locals and visitors in Leavenworth. You can look at the restaurants at http://www.yodelinrestaurantgroup.com
Hali offers private sessions and group classes at Mission Movement in Cashmere, WA. She also teaches group classes and workshops out of Evolve Yoga Studio in Leavenworth. Hali continues her eduction in Pilates and mindful movement practices through master coursework, attending conferences and workshops frequently.