M O V I
Candace Hayden is our Founder. Her journey with movement started at the age of 12 when she was enrolled in various forms of dance including Jazz, Contemporary, West African, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern. Candace's main focus was Ballet, training privately with Russian ballet mistress, Dina Leisch, for years perfecting her craft. After many injuries Candace began to explore the benefits of Yoga and in 2013 journeyed to Mexico to live in a tent for a month and receive her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training. From here her training continued with hundreds of hours of Fitness Training, Yoga Trainings in Anatomy, Yin Yoga, and Pre Natal Post Natal.
Candace opened MOVI in January of 2016 with a goal to unite her community and showcase the wonderful benefits both mentally and physically of Yoga and Fitness.
Ownership of MOVI transitioned to Simi Chacko in June 2022. Simi grew up in India and Moncton has been her home since 2011. Simi's journey with fitness and movement started from her passion for dancing. During her childhood in India she practiced a dance form that originated around the same time as Yoga called Bharathanatyam. The connection between this dance form and yoga is something that is truly remarkable as they both originated from Sanathana Dharma. To pass down this divine art form to the next generation of kids Simi founded a Dance School in Moncton that offers classical dance lessons called Izzsi Dance Studio.
Throughout her profession as a Molecular Biologist she had always found time to keep her passion for dancing and fitness alive. Yoga practice was a part of Simi's life due to her history with chronic back pain. Simi is also a certified instructor for Bollyx, a fitness dance form which uses the upbeat music for Bollywood industry. Bollyx is a unique fitness class in Moncton and has gained popularity ever since Simi launched it through Izzsi Dance Studio.
Simi's vision for MOVI is to maintain the essence of yoga foundation that Candance Hayden has built and to grow MOVI in unique ways for the community to benefit from.