Studio Owner, Pilates Teacher-Trainer, Licensed Acupuncturist
An interview with Brooke Tyler, licensed acupuncturist, teacher-trainer of classical Pilates, and the founder of Clasique.
Which came first for you, Pilates or acupuncture?
I first began seeing an acupuncturist as a teenager, seeking support for any bumps and bends in my path. It helped me realize the connection between my emotions and my physical body. The theory of Chinese medicine clicked with me from the start; this is a medicine I know to be true and effective. I continued to receive acupuncture care consistently. So, as a patient, acupuncture came into my life first.
Professionally, though, I started with Pilates. I love and participate in all kinds of sports and athletic events – basketball, cycling, running… So it was that I found myself in a Pilates session with my mom in Idaho in 2002, and I have never looked back. Much like acupuncture, it was love-at-first-experience. I immediately jumped into the teacher-training program with Dorothee VandeWalle in Seattle.
The more I practiced Pilates as an instructor, the more I began to see how my clients would benefit from the rich, healing tradition of Chinese medicine. So I went to graduate school to be trained in classical Chinese medicine. As a career path, becoming an acupuncturist meant offering even deeper healing and opportunities for growth. Chinese medicine and classical Pilates are two rich traditions of mindfulness, authenticity, strength, and a study on maintaining integrity in the face of change. They fit perfectly together.
What does it mean to be a Pilates teacher-trainer?
In a nutshell, it means that I train apprentices to become classical Pilates instructors. Training to be a Pilates instructor at Clasique is a true one-on-one mentorship. It is super comprehensive, of course challenging, and will teach you to become a remarkable, talented Pilates instructor.
During the teacher training program, apprentices learn the deep subtleties of how to read people – learning the art of movement, understanding injuries and modifications for clients with varying needs, and learning how to embody the Pilates method in their own workouts and postures.
Pilates apprentices now receive their complete training with me in Asheville through the Clasique Pilates Instructor Certification Program. It is a comprehensive and rigorous training, taking between one to two years per apprentice, and certifies the most talented classical instructors.
My Pilates mentor is Dorothee VandeWalle in Seattle, she is a remarkable instructor and her talent flows through me in my teaching.
Over the years, Dorothee has helped me find my own way of incorporating grace into strength and cultivating ease within power. Passing on my Pilates teaching knowledge and experience brings me great joy.
What’s Clasique’s story?
In 2009 I decided it was time to open my own business, combining my two vocations into one business, one location, where I could create a unique healing opportunity for Asheville.
Creating is what inspires me – creating space, creating the feeling of being grounded and uplifted at the same time. Here, I love to create an acupuncture treatment experience that deeply nourishes and gently moves. Here, I love to create custom Pilates workouts that build awareness, strength, freedom and enhance your sense of self.
And here, I have created a space where the art of Pilates and the art of Chinese medicine are woven together so naturally that you are supported throughout your whole life as the whole person you are.
I truly believe that we are better together. Being a part of team is what I know and love best. Since early childhood I played on various team sports. When I was co-captain of my college basketball team, I learned about being a leader, experienced struggle and success, and felt the joy of connecting with teammates. So as Clasique has evolved, the team has grown. I’m so proud of my team – they are all strong, talented professionals. And thanks to our teamwork and their skills, we are able to give back to the community and our clients exponentially.
How does being a business owner, a Pilates instructor and teacher-trainer, and an acupuncturist affect your life?
My life is so greatly enriched by my knowledge of Chinese medicine and my cultivation of my Pilates practice.
For years, Chinese medicine and self-care have been the main form of healthcare for my family and me. My kids are growing up with Chinese herbs, essential oils, and kids’ Pilates classes as part of their norm. Their self-awareness and sense of their bodies will help them to grow into strong, confident, healthy people.
As a Pilates teacher, I am forever a student. I am grateful to always be learning from my colleagues, clients and patients, and the traditions of these practices. My aim is to pass this on – to share it with you, give it to you, and encourage you on your own amazing path.