Our modest and comfortable studio is one step in the long term vision of the wellness movement. People are taking their health into their own hands by doing activities that make them healthy, empowered, and radiant. With on-going action, the effects will be felt throughout the community, Nunavut and ultimately the world!

Believe it or not, until now there has not been a dedicated place for services such as
Dance, Yoga and Pilates in our capital city.

Evening and weekend classes have been taught out of school gyms, classrooms, church halls, and other locations and are often canceled for various reasons.

This does not foster sustainability at a time when we, especially in Nunavut, need consistency and long-term commitment.

We are proud to announce Iqaluit now has it’s very own wellness centre,
Saimavik Studio! This is truly an exciting time for our beautiful Arctic community and
we are completely ecstatic to share the progress with you!

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“I am grateful that Christine is teaching Yoga in Iqaluit and working toward building Saimavik Studio. I love the physical and mental benefits of yoga practice but have not developed a regular personal practice, so I rely on Christine to guide me along. Place of Happiness, Saimavik Studio, will fill one of the large gaps in wellness facilities that face Iqalummuit & Nunavummiut. I look forward to opening day and the yoga classes between now and then.”
Vicki, Iqaluit, Nunavut

SAIMAVIK MEANS PLACE OF CALMNESS, SERENITY,
PEACE AND HAPPINESS; A PLACE WHERE ONE GOES
TO FEEL GOOD INSIDE.

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CHRISTINE LAMOTHEFOUNDER
Christine Lamothe is a yoga teacher, breaker (break dance), and group fitness instructor based in Canada’s eastern Arctic city of Iqaluit. Devoted to helping Nunavut become a happy and healthy place, Christine’s contagious optimism inspires many. She is passionate about people, movement, healing and contributing to her community. She believes in experiencing everything that life has to offer and to trust your inner voice to lead the way.
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GARY QUINANGNAQ PHILIPCO-FOUNDER
Gary Quinangnaq Philip, co-owner of Saimavik Studio is originally from Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay). He grew up hunting with his family on Baffin Island, Nunavut. His appreciation and understanding of the land is inspiring. He is a natural leader whose teaching style engages listeners; teaching them to connect to the land bit by bit. Gary’s remarkable managerial skills allow him to work with people in a way they understand.