Oranj Express Castlegar

Oranj EXPRESS is our tiny “bite size version” of our Oranj fitness studios that targets markets which aren’t quite large enough to sustain a full 6500 square foot studio…but still have wicked awesome guests who love to boogie☺ Our location is at 1502 Columbia Ave, Unit 6. We offer approximately 50 classes each week including fitness, spin, zumba, bellyfit, barre and HOT and regular temperature yoga classes. There are plenty of great options to choose from and ways to get involved. With lots of fun extras like childminding, vegan super-food smoothies and a custom retail store, there are so many great reasons to pop into our studio and say "hello!".



Oranj Express Castlegar

6-1502 Columbia Ave
Castlegar BC, V1N 4G5

P: 778-460-3333 E: castlegarstudio@oranjfitness.com


Monday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday       9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm


Bring someone who's never been here before and YOU get your class for free!

We offer direct withdrawal payment option for six month and yearly unlimited memberships.
DROP - IN $24.00/class
Punch Pass 5 Punch Pass $90
10 Punch Pass $170
20 Punch Pass $320

*Punch cards never expire*
New to Studio 1 Month Unl. Trial $95
2 Week Unl. Trial $55
3 Punch Trial Pass $35*

*expires in 10 days

*Student rate 20% off unlimited passes*

*Corporate rates available!! Please call the studio to inquire further*


Our Family


Mandy Chutskoff - Co-Owner, Yoga Instructor

Mandy Chutskoff was born and raised in South Slocan BC. She has been a highly recognized 300hr yoga instructor for over five years and has trained directly under world renowned yoga instructor Nicki Doane from Maui. Mandy has taught at her own yoga studio in South Slocan for over four years and has lived and worked at our Fort McMurray and Kelowna studios as well. Mandy is Co-Owner and Managing Director of the oranj EXPRESS Castlegar studio and is a passionate instructor who is inspired to see all of her students push their edge and have personal break throughs in class! Come on out and enjoy Mandy's class...push your boundaries, have compassion for your body and most importantly...don't take yourself too seriously!

Sheila Chutskoff - Founder, Co-Owner, Studio Manager

A born entrepreneur, Sheila Chutskoff is the founder of oranj fitness, as well as a yoga instructor, public speaking guru and goal coach. When Sheila graduated from Royal Roads University in 2002, she immediately started working at lululemon athletica what was then a small, privately owned yoga apparel company. In the beginning, lululemon had less than 100 employees and only four stores. Sheila worked with lululemon for more than six years, during which time she helped take it from four stores to over 150. Her blissful lululemon life consisted of managing stores, being the regional marketing manager for Western Canada and working with all of lululemons Olympic athletes. In October 2007 Sheila decided to venture out on her own and achieve her long-time dream opening her own studio oranj fitness. Sheila has spent more than seven years coaching staff and friends on how to achieve their goals. Her true passion is seeing everyone around her succeed in life. A person who is achieving his or her own goals in life is a happier employee, friend and loved one too. In her day-to-day encounters with people, Sheila makes it abundantly clear how much it means to her that she see them succeed.

Jason Barisenkoff - Co-Owner

Jason is a fun, smart, and ambitious man who was born and raised in Krestova, BC. He is a Co-Owner of oranj EXPRESS Castlegar, as well as oranj fitness Fort McMurray. He has a wide variety of interests ranging from traveling, keeping fit, camping, golf, and technology. He’s worked in the IT industry for over 13 years and also has a passion for entrepreneurship and investing. He has close relationships with his friends and family and loves to travel back to the West Kootenays and visit all his cousins, aunties, uncles and high school friends. He believes in living life to the fullest and is not afraid of taking risks, such as sky diving, white water rafting, and a motorcycle trip to Hells Canyon in Baker city. One of his favorite quotes is: “Don’t regret anything you’ve ever done – because at one time, it’s exactly what you wanted”.

Lisa Conroy - Assistant Manager

Lisa is a born and raised Kootenay girl through and through! She absolutely LOVES being outdoors fishing, hunting, snowboarding or finding any old dirt road to cruise. Lisa left Castlegar right after high school to spread her wings and see the world and attend school at UBCO where she got her BA.  She travelled to Sabie, South Africa and had the privilege of spending time with local orphanages and a life changing preschool / elementary for children living in extreme poverty.  Lisa spent summers traveling and winters working at Big White Ski Resort.  Lisa moved back to Castlegar after she left and met her now husband. She later attended school in Nelson to earn her Plant Operator Certificate in hopes of later completing the 4th Class Power Engineering Degree. Lisa got married in 2015 to her bestfriend and planted their roots in 2016, buying their first house. Lisa is loving her new Oranj Family and is looking forward to our future adventures!

Cassidy Verigin - Assistant Manager, Yoga Instructor

Cassidy is a born and raised Kootenay Kid! Raised in Thrums, the youngest of three, she spent her childhood swimming, riding bikes, building forts, picking wild fruits & mushrooms, fishing, and just about anything else that could be done in the backyard (And not much has really changed since then). Shortly after graduating from Mount Sentinel in 2015, Cassidy moved around BC and Alberta, before returning back to the Kootenays where her heart was happiest. She has worked at Oranj since November 2015 and has had the pleasure of working at our sister studios, Oranj Express Penticton and Oranj Fitness Kelowna. Cassidy has also completed Oranj Fitness's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training! Cassidy couldn't be happier to have found this wonderful Oranj Family and is beyond excited to see everyone apart of it grow and be the best that they can be!

Stacy Nichvaladoff - Childcare Manager, Yoga Instructor

Stacy was born and raised in the Kootenays. She is a lover of nature, simple pleasures and yoga. Her passions are vast involving natural product making, knitting, reading, music, hiking, gardening, travelling and living a yogic lifestyle…but above all helping and healing others so that they can find their own inner spark and joy. Stacy holds certification in yoga and Ayurveda teaching from Sacred Seed Yoga and Ayurveda College. Stacy works with children in the community through Kootenay Family Place and values living a balanced life that caters to connections of the body, mind and soul.

Tori Nevakshonoff - Front of House

Tori is a true small town girl, having grown up in Castlegar all her life. She is currently attending Selkirk College ad wants to become a nurse. One of Tori's passions is travelling, and hopes to have the opportunity to study in Norway during her nursing program. Tori has been to Europe twice, and hopes to explore Southeast Asia by backpack once she completes her schooling. Another one of Tori's passions is dancing. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old! Tori has specialized in, ballet,m jazz. musical theatre, modern, hip-hop, and improve. Although she has not been a dancer for a few years, she is very excited to be back in an environment where the status quo is boogying!

Charlotte Ferreux - Spin Instructor, Fitness Instructor

Charlotte took her first spin class back in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the 'Party on the bike!!' She started taking her spin certification through QUAD in Toronto. After establishing her business, family and roots in the amazing Castlegar community, Charlotte completed her spin certification!! Searching for the same feeling she had in prior studios, she decided to bring this fun style to Castlegar!!! Charlotte will take you on a journey that connects mind, body and soul; you will leave her class feeling pumped, strong and inspired!!! 

Melissa Knoop - Yoga & Fitness Instructor

Melissa is a certified yoga instructor and a mountain lifestyle enthusiast. Her first Ashtanga class 17 years ago was love at first Savasana. In 2007, she completed the 200-hour teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas. In 2009, another teacher training journey led her to Lake Tahoe, CA, where she studied under Doug Swenson, Sadhana Yoga Chi, and gained another 500 hours of teacher training. Inspired by her teachers, community, and personal practice, Melissa aims to offer classes that leave each student with a unique sense of empowerment and a feeling of energized renewal. Her unique style of teaching will have students flowing into a synchronized state of body, breath, and mind connection. She is ecstatic to be part of the Oranj family, and being of service to her community. 

Andrea Peel - Fitness & Spin Instructor

Andrea was born and raised in Pass Creek. She and her husband have four beautiful children and were blessed with two sets of twins. Andrea breathes and understands the importance of taking care of yourself – mind, body, and soul. With many years of experience in fitness classes, kettle-bell classes and Crossfit, she knows what it takes to push the body and mind to do amazing things. She is a firm believer in keeping yourself accountable by setting goals and crushing them. Andrea’s classes include Bootcamps and Tabata which always focus on form and alignment and will no doubt push your limits and give you those ass-kicking results.

Stasia Rezansoff - Zumba Instructor

Stasia has called Castlegar her home for nearly her whole life. She is passionate about music and is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She plays guitar, piano, and just about any instrument she can get her hands on. Stasia is currently studying holistic nutrition and is working toward a career in holistic healing. She also loves to dance, be outside, create art, and take pictures; basically anything that peaks her interest. Stasia has an Energy Exchange position, plays guitar and sings for the Guitar Flow Yoga Class, and teaches Zumba!

Drea Dokuchie - Fitness/Yoga Instructor

Drea is a kinesiology graduate who spent the majority of her adult years in Prince George, BC.  This is where her enthusiasm towards fitness and education began.  Sparked by an energetic, dance fitness instructor, her interest unfolded into a career in the group fitness industry.  Studying anatomy and biomechanics ignited a passion for all things human movement. Designing, leading, and promoting classes such as dance fit, cross fit, and dry landing has given Drea a wide range of instructional skills.  Her last travel destination was to Costa Rica where she obtained her 200hr YTT in Hatha/Vinyasa yoga.  She continues to develop her own personal practice with her newborn baby girl Rayla Sol, and enjoying looking at a whole new playing field.  Andrea is delighted in watching people succeed and hopes to motivate and inspire others to achieve their goals in all aspects of life.  A fun-loving, positive, and genuine new mom, Andrea is sure to have your heart pumping, booty shaking, and face smiling all throughout your workout, leaving a lasting impression on your body and mind.

Marita Harinen - Fitness & Yoga Instructor

Marita Harinen is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Holistic Nutritionist, with a bachelor's degree from the University of Guelph. She has been working in the fitness/nutrition industry since 2010. Marita's specialty is helping people improve their energy, vitality, strength, confidence, body image, relationship with food, happiness and overall health. Her favouite quote is "Here and Now" which to her is a reminder to be present and enjoy every precious moment of this beautiful life!

Laura McNab-Coombs - Fitness & Spin Instructor

Laura was born and raised in the beautiful Kootenay Region! Having spent most of her youth playing various sports, at 14 she found her sports-passion and began training in Muay Thai. She moved onto MMA in her later teen years to start her amateur MMA card. However, her career in MMA was put on the back burner as her beautiful daughter, Ava Nicole, came into the world on Feb. 11th, 2012. Since that time, Laura has attended post-secondary in hopes of gaining acceptance into medical school to become a general practitioner. When she's not in class or at the park with her daughter, you can find her hitting the weights and training for athletic performance. Hit up one of her classes if you want to have a blast with her intense spirit and get into the best shape of your life!

Tiffannie Pierson - Yoga Instructor

Khushali Mashruwala - Childcare

KJhushali grew up in Gujurat, India and in 2013 she travelled across the world to complete a diploma in Business Management at Selkirk College, Castlegar. Since then she has fallen in love with the Kootenays, the community, and now calls Castlegar home. She has worked in Customer Service and Recruitments for more than 6 years, but her favourite work experience was in a Montessoriu school in India, an educational approach that emphasizes independence freedom within limits and respect for a child's natural, psychological, physical, and social development. Khushali is caring, genuine, fun, and has a unique way to connect with children. She is a valued member of the childcare team at Oranj, and is excited to grow her skills and experience.

Celina French - Childcare

Celina was born and raised in Castlegar. She studied cooking and Resort & Hotel Management, and worked in kitchens in Whistler, Edmonton, Calgary and Kelowna. When she moved back to Castlegar she realised she needed a change and started working at Kootenay Family Place, as well as doing behaviour intervention for some children with autism. She worked for KFP for 5 years before getting her Early Childhood Education and infant/toddler certifications. She has worked in the community doing spring break camps, and cooking camps at the Complex. She loves teaching cooking to kids because it combines her two loves - cooking and children. She recently started her own food trailer business with her husband so they travel around to different festivals all summer slingin her X-Treme Grilled Cheeze. Celina is super excited to be working in the Mini Boogier room with all your little ones!

Tracy Madge - Childcare

Tracy is a hometown girl both born raised right here in Castlegar! She has been married to her high school sweetheart Joel for 15 years, and has two very much loved boys Levi and Luke. Tracy has a great love for all sports, but she has a special love in her for hockey!! She is very family orientated, and loves watching lil' ones, she has worked in childcare for over 20 years! Hence her decision to become a member of the Oranj Mini Boogiers family. If she's not spending time here in the mini boogiers room, she can often be found in a spin or bootcamp class working her butt off! Oranj has become her home away from home. Always smiling, shopping, and enjoying the Oranj atmosphere Tracy is always giving it her all in every thing she does! Tracy's goal is to buy her own house so she can start up her successful childcare business again and of course win over the hearts of all the mini boogiers she adores watching.

Brittany Armstrong - Childcare

Brittany was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and recently moved to Castlegar to attend the Nursing Program at Selkirk College. Since moving here she has fallen in love with the Kootenay's and looks forward to her upcoming years here. She has travelled to many places and has lived in Baltimore, Maryland for a portion of her life. She loves to figure skate and be very active both at the gym and outdoors. She wants to travel to Greece and Europe once completing her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She is very excited to be a part here at Oranj and looks forward to the future.

Heidi Smee - Childcare

Heidi is a woman of many talents and skills. Not only does she rock out
hard in the mini boogiers room, she is also a hairdresser around Castlegar,
allowing her to get creative with her work. But her creative spirit does not
end there. She also makes jewelry, enjoys dressing up to any occasion,
perfoming and acting, and she even use to teach dance. So don’t be surprised if
you see her dancing and singing around the studio. Heidi also enjoys fire spinning,
playing piano, hula hooping (she teaches Hoop Fit as well), and hanging out
with all the mini boogiers of Oranj.