Tier 1

  • Jennie Groom

    Jennie Groom

    Owner/Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master and Second Generation Instructor/Mentor/Prenatal and Postpartum Specialist

    Certifications

    I was originally certified comprehensively in Pilates through Body Arts & Science International™. In 2012, I was chosen by Pilates elder Lolita San Miguel to participate in her Pilates Master Mentor Program. In 2014, I graduated from the program after 2 years of intensive study. I am now considered a disciple of Lolita’s. I am also a certified prenatal and postpartum specialist working with mothers during all stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

    Mentorships

    When Pilates teachers started coming to Studio Flo Pilates for instruction, I wanted to create a separate continuing education program for them. I created an extensive program that bridges certified Pilates instructors from contemporary to classical Pilates.

    Education

    – B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University
    – NYU Tisch School of the Arts – Summer Residency
    – American Dance Festival/Durham, North Carolina – Summer Residency
    – Body Arts & Science International™ Learn from the Leaders Summit
    – Lolita San Miguel’s Pilates Master Mentor Program
    – Mentorship with Patricia Russell, Urban Body Studios, Atlanta
    – Advanced Pilates Seminar, Atlas Pilates, Seattle
    – Student of Andrea Maida, Pilates Master
    – DONA-trained Birth Doula

    Teaching experience

    Since 2008

    What can a client expect from your class?

    We get to business fast in my classes, but we like to keep things light hearted and fun. I love to challenge my clients with new twists on exercises and I request that my clients ask me questions. Once I see that you want to improve and are committed to it, there is nothing I won’t do to get you there. My classes have a strong sense of community, I make it a point to get to know you personally and to care deeply about your goals.

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    Joseph Pilates was a genius who created a method truly for everybody, it changes your body and then your life. He believed that Pilates would change the world if people began to practice the integration of mind, body and spirit. My mentor Lolita San Miguel, has spent her life educating others in this method and she truly lives and breathes its philosophy. I can only hope to be 80 years old, and as vivacious, healthy, and sassy as she is!

    • Jennie Groom

      Jennie Groom

      Owner/Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master and Second Generation Instructor/Mentor/Prenatal and Postpartum Specialist

      Certifications

      I was originally certified comprehensively in Pilates through Body Arts & Science International™. In 2012, I was chosen by Pilates elder Lolita San Miguel to participate in her Pilates Master Mentor Program. In 2014, I graduated from the program after 2 years of intensive study. I am now considered a disciple of Lolita’s. I am also a certified prenatal and postpartum specialist working with mothers during all stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

      Mentorships

      When Pilates teachers started coming to Studio Flo Pilates for instruction, I wanted to create a separate continuing education program for them. I created an extensive program that bridges certified Pilates instructors from contemporary to classical Pilates.

      Education

      – B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University
      – NYU Tisch School of the Arts – Summer Residency
      – American Dance Festival/Durham, North Carolina – Summer Residency
      – Body Arts & Science International™ Learn from the Leaders Summit
      – Lolita San Miguel’s Pilates Master Mentor Program
      – Mentorship with Patricia Russell, Urban Body Studios, Atlanta
      – Advanced Pilates Seminar, Atlas Pilates, Seattle
      – Student of Andrea Maida, Pilates Master
      – DONA-trained Birth Doula

      Teaching experience

      Since 2008

      What can a client expect from your class?

      We get to business fast in my classes, but we like to keep things light hearted and fun. I love to challenge my clients with new twists on exercises and I request that my clients ask me questions. Once I see that you want to improve and are committed to it, there is nothing I won’t do to get you there. My classes have a strong sense of community, I make it a point to get to know you personally and to care deeply about your goals.

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      Joseph Pilates was a genius who created a method truly for everybody, it changes your body and then your life. He believed that Pilates would change the world if people began to practice the integration of mind, body and spirit. My mentor Lolita San Miguel, has spent her life educating others in this method and she truly lives and breathes its philosophy. I can only hope to be 80 years old, and as vivacious, healthy, and sassy as she is!

    • Abla Hamza

      Abla Hamza

      Certification

      As a former professional opera singer, dancer, and fitness professional, movement has long been a part of my life. I started her journey with a group fitness certification and soon found myself drawn to methods that were more mind/body oriented. I received her first Pilates mat certification in Dallas, TX and, following a move to the east coast, continued my Pilates education by earning a Power Pilates (Classical) Comprehensive Certification on Pilates apparatus in 2011 and later becoming a part of the global Pilates community obtaining a certification with the Pilates Method Alliance (National Certified Pilates Teacher) in 2012. From gyms to boutique studios, I have taught Pilates in Dallas, Philadelphia, Manhattan, Santa Monica, and now Carlsbad/Encinitas. I've worked with a wide range of clientele including athletes, television personalities, dancers, individuals recovering from injuries, and those seeking to improve their overall fitness and well-being. 

      Education

      – Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification

      – Pilates Method Alliance (National Certified Pilates Teacher)

      Teaching experience

      Since 2011

      What can a client expect from your class?

      My teaching style is challenging yet compassionate as I encourage clients to become stronger and connect to their bodies through this dynamic, life-enhancing approach to total body transformation.

    • Caitlin Sullivan

      Caitlin Sullivan

      Certification

      I completed Club Pilates' 500 hour teacher training in 2018 and completed a 6-month mentorship in classical Pialtes with second generation master instructor Jennie Groom in 2019.

      Education

      - A.S. Business Administration, Southern New Hampshire University, 2017

      - Trainee Program, Joffrey Academy of Dance, 2010

      Teaching Experience

      Since 2018

      What can a client expect from your class?

      I have been a mover all my life and I am happiest when I am able to share my love of movement with others. I strive to make clients feel welcome, capable, and challenged in class and hope they leave class feeling stronger and accomplished. My goal is that my love of Pilates will motivate, educate, and inspire my clients to continue working at their practice.

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      Joseph Pilates had an innate sense of what the human body needs and the mind to create an incredibly effective exercise method. His ingenuity alone is inspiring. 

      Jennie came into my life at just the right time, when I was feeling a little lost in the world of Pilates. Her expertise caught my attention and her commitment to the Pilates method, her clients, and staff drew me in. She constantly inspires me to leave no stone unturned as I continue my journey as a practitioner and teacher of Pilates.

    • Cassie Nevitt

      Cassie Nevitt

      Certifications

      I completed my 900 hours of training and certification at True Pilates New York (formerly Drago’s), under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska’s daughter, Sari Mejia- Santo in February 2007. I feel blessed to have trained there when Romana was alive and a frequent visitor, and TPNY was the world-wide hub of Romana’s Pilates.

      I have continued taking workshops and continuing education with instructors including Cynthia Shipley, Cynthia Lochard, Lori Coleman-Brown, Kathi Ross-Nash, Rhonda Celenza, Juanita Lopez, and the wonderful instructors at Studio Flo.

      Education:

      • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
      • Romana’s Pilates Certification Program, True Pilates New York, 2007
      • Art of Feminine Presence Teacher Training, Levels 1 and 2, 2011, 2013
      • Rossiter Coach Training - connective tissue stretching for pain relief, 2011
      • Red Cord Practitioner Training, 2013

      Teaching Experience

      12 Years

      What can a client expect from your class?

      Pilates awakens the deep, inner core muscles that make you walk taller and feel strong from the inside out. My teaching style is hands-on with attention to detail so you get the most out of each movement.

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      Romana Kryzanowska was incredibly inspiring to be because she embodied all that Pilates is meant to achieve. She had an easy grace and playfully commanding presence. A workout with her was thoroughly challenging, commanded your full attention and effort, pushed you to new levels of strength, and was delivered with lighthearted warmth and ease.

    • Christie Wang

      Christie Wang

      Certification

      I completed a 1000 hour comprehensive classical Pilates certification with Julie Erickson, of Endurance Pilates, in 2017. 

      Education

      - B.A. in Sociology and Communications and Media Studies, Tufts University, 2016
      - Barre Trained through Equinox, North End Yoga, and Endurance Pilates 

      Teaching experience

      Since 2016

      What can a client expect from your class?

      With a thoughtful mindset around exercise choice and progressions, my hope is that clients feel challenged, inspired to work harder, and energized. As an athlete myself (marathoner), I love to help clients push their limits, find balance in their exercise routines, and focus on moving better instead of more. 

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      What I love most about Joseph Pilates is that he knew exercise and physical fitness was more than just physical. A man ahead of his time, Joe Pilates knew that his method would strengthen the body and the mind. Today, we know that your mind body connection is so important in overall health and wellness. A limber and strong mind and mindset is just as important as a limber and strong spine. 

    • Jenn Brady

      Jenn Brady

      Certification

      I'm honored to have participated in the inaugural Lolita's Legacy teaching program at Studio Flo Pilates.

      Education

      – BA in Communications, University of California, San Diego, 1995

      – California Ballet School & Company Dancer, 2000 - 2014 

      – Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program, 2016

      – Advanced Pilates Seminar, Atlas Pilates 2018

      Teaching experience

      Since 2016

      What can a client expect from your class?

      Clients can expect a high energy, fun and thoughtful class. Clients feel invigorated rather than of exhausted after a session, like they are ready to "rule the world!"

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      "Everyone is the architect of their own happiness," said Joseph Pilates. As a breast cancer survivor, I couldn't agree more. As a sickly child who went on to become, quite literally, a brand and byword for physical fitness, Joseph Pilates realized that people are able to effect radical personal change, if they are willing to commit to it.

    • Laetitia Serricchio

      Laetitia Serricchio

      Certification

      I completed Lolita San Miguel’s 500-hour Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training program under Jennie Groom, Second Generation Pilates Teacher and Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master in 2016. I am honored to have been personally certified by Lolita San Miguel, one of the only two people known to have been certified by Joseph Pilates.

      I am a forever student who is passionately curious about Pilates. I have continued taking workshops and continuing education with instructor’s including Moses Urbano, Lori Coleman-Brown, Jerome Weinberg, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Kathi Ross-Nash, Dana Santi, Suzannah Cotrone, and Mariano Dolagaray. I also continue a regular private practice under the teaching and mentorship of Angela Leone.

      Education

      - B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2001

      - M.S. Molecular Microbiology, 2006

      - Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program, 2016

      - Advanced Pilates Seminar, Atlas Pilates 2018

      - Spring Fling, Cotrone Pilates 2018 and 2019 

      - Jerome Weinberg Workshop, Trish Garland Pilates 2020

      - Wunda Chair Intensive, Bridge Pilates 2020

      Teaching Experience

      Since 2016

      What can a client expect from your class?

      Through personalized and authentic instruction, I aspire to inspire you to unlock the capabilities of your body through a supportive practice of self-discovery and empowerment. Pilates is the perfect combination of mental and physical coordination capable of transforming your mind and body through a complete system of fundamental movements. It naturally removes tension patterns and replaces it with vibrant energy. Whether you are managing the daily stress we put on our bodies, recovering from injuries, managing conditions, or looking to deepen your practice, I would love to work with you.

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      My gratitude for the balance and strength this beautiful method created by Joseph Pilates has brought me is what inspired me to become a Pilates instructor. It inspires me to continuously evolve my practice and myself. It not only strengthens your body, it strengthens your mind and it teaches you that one can not be achieved without the other. It gives you an awareness of yourself that makes you better at everything you do. Joseph Pilates was a genius....and Pilates is Magic!

    • Nadine Levy

      Nadine Levy

      Certification

      I completed a comprehensive 500-hour teacher training through Club Pilates in 2016. In 2021, I completed a Classical Pilates mentorship with Jennie Groom, at Studio Flo.

      Education

      – B.S. in Industrial Engineering, 1999

      – B.A. in Psychology, 2005

      Teaching experience

      Since 2016

      What can a client expect from your class?

      Clients can expect a structured and thoughtful class. I prefer to keep things simple and straightforward, progressing exercises as needed, but push boundaries. Clients are always stronger than they believe and I want them to find that confidence.

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      Joseph Pilates was a man way ahead of his time. I admire how there is always something for every single one of us in his system. He created a full practice for mind and body.

    • Summer Broyhill

      Summer Broyhill

      Certification

      I began my Pilates journey studying under Sean Gallagher and Kim Shemer-Kurtzman at The New York Pilates Studio in 2008.  I certified in Mat and Barre in 2012 and began teaching at Physique 57, NYC and elsewhere.  I received my Advanced Mat Certification from Core Pilates, NYC and my 500-hour Comprehensive Certification in all apparatus from Balanced Pilates, NYC under the direction of Anna Howington.  I am also certified in Yoga and Barre and am studying to become a Somatic Movement specialist.  

      Education

      – Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Old Globe/ University of San Diego

      – Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Florida State University

      – Barre Instructor, 200-hour training at Physique 57, NYC

      – Pilates Instructor, 500-hour comprehensive certification from Balanced Pilates, NYC

      – Advanced Mat Pilates Instructor, certification from Core Pilates, NYC 

      – Hatha/ Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, 200-hour certification from Prana Yoga Center, La Jolla 

      – Somatic Movement, Laban, and Bartenieff Mentorship with Amanda Penaloza-Banks, San Diego

      Teaching experience

      Since 2012

      What can a client expect from your class?

      I teach a highly hands-on class with an emphasis on personal corrections, anatomical cues, and kinesthetic awareness.  I love to encourage a playful and lighthearted atmosphere in which clients feel safe to connect deeply and holistically with their own bodies and I love to help clients recovering from injuries or managing conditions to regain a sense of empowerment and agency. My goal is that clients receive the nuanced attention of a private lesson and the energy of a group setting all at the same time.

      What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

      Joseph Pilates developed his first apparatus while working in a hospital during World War I in order to help rehabilitate patients with injuries, and nearly a century later I found the Pilates method healing me after my own injury.  I was dancing in a Broadway show in 2008 when I tore my hamstring and worried that my whole life and career would be completely derailed.  When I began working with Pilates' system as part of my physical therapy, I felt like I became a better dancer than I had been before the injury, and I felt closer to my body and filled with gratitude for all its capability.  He gave me that gift years after his death and his method continues to inspire me.

  • Abla Hamza

    Abla Hamza

    Certification

    As a former professional opera singer, dancer, and fitness professional, movement has long been a part of my life. I started her journey with a group fitness certification and soon found myself drawn to methods that were more mind/body oriented. I received her first Pilates mat certification in Dallas, TX and, following a move to the east coast, continued my Pilates education by earning a Power Pilates (Classical) Comprehensive Certification on Pilates apparatus in 2011 and later becoming a part of the global Pilates community obtaining a certification with the Pilates Method Alliance (National Certified Pilates Teacher) in 2012. From gyms to boutique studios, I have taught Pilates in Dallas, Philadelphia, Manhattan, Santa Monica, and now Carlsbad/Encinitas. I've worked with a wide range of clientele including athletes, television personalities, dancers, individuals recovering from injuries, and those seeking to improve their overall fitness and well-being. 

    Education

    – Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification

    – Pilates Method Alliance (National Certified Pilates Teacher)

    Teaching experience

    Since 2011

    What can a client expect from your class?

    My teaching style is challenging yet compassionate as I encourage clients to become stronger and connect to their bodies through this dynamic, life-enhancing approach to total body transformation.

  • Caitlin Sullivan

    Caitlin Sullivan

    Certification

    I completed Club Pilates' 500 hour teacher training in 2018 and completed a 6-month mentorship in classical Pialtes with second generation master instructor Jennie Groom in 2019.

    Education

    - A.S. Business Administration, Southern New Hampshire University, 2017

    - Trainee Program, Joffrey Academy of Dance, 2010

    Teaching Experience

    Since 2018

    What can a client expect from your class?

    I have been a mover all my life and I am happiest when I am able to share my love of movement with others. I strive to make clients feel welcome, capable, and challenged in class and hope they leave class feeling stronger and accomplished. My goal is that my love of Pilates will motivate, educate, and inspire my clients to continue working at their practice.

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    Joseph Pilates had an innate sense of what the human body needs and the mind to create an incredibly effective exercise method. His ingenuity alone is inspiring. 

    Jennie came into my life at just the right time, when I was feeling a little lost in the world of Pilates. Her expertise caught my attention and her commitment to the Pilates method, her clients, and staff drew me in. She constantly inspires me to leave no stone unturned as I continue my journey as a practitioner and teacher of Pilates.

  • Cassie Nevitt

    Cassie Nevitt

    Certifications

    I completed my 900 hours of training and certification at True Pilates New York (formerly Drago’s), under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska’s daughter, Sari Mejia- Santo in February 2007. I feel blessed to have trained there when Romana was alive and a frequent visitor, and TPNY was the world-wide hub of Romana’s Pilates.

    I have continued taking workshops and continuing education with instructors including Cynthia Shipley, Cynthia Lochard, Lori Coleman-Brown, Kathi Ross-Nash, Rhonda Celenza, Juanita Lopez, and the wonderful instructors at Studio Flo.

    Education:

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
    • Romana’s Pilates Certification Program, True Pilates New York, 2007
    • Art of Feminine Presence Teacher Training, Levels 1 and 2, 2011, 2013
    • Rossiter Coach Training - connective tissue stretching for pain relief, 2011
    • Red Cord Practitioner Training, 2013

    Teaching Experience

    12 Years

    What can a client expect from your class?

    Pilates awakens the deep, inner core muscles that make you walk taller and feel strong from the inside out. My teaching style is hands-on with attention to detail so you get the most out of each movement.

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    Romana Kryzanowska was incredibly inspiring to be because she embodied all that Pilates is meant to achieve. She had an easy grace and playfully commanding presence. A workout with her was thoroughly challenging, commanded your full attention and effort, pushed you to new levels of strength, and was delivered with lighthearted warmth and ease.

  • Christie Wang

    Christie Wang

    Certification

    I completed a 1000 hour comprehensive classical Pilates certification with Julie Erickson, of Endurance Pilates, in 2017. 

    Education

    - B.A. in Sociology and Communications and Media Studies, Tufts University, 2016
    - Barre Trained through Equinox, North End Yoga, and Endurance Pilates 

    Teaching experience

    Since 2016

    What can a client expect from your class?

    With a thoughtful mindset around exercise choice and progressions, my hope is that clients feel challenged, inspired to work harder, and energized. As an athlete myself (marathoner), I love to help clients push their limits, find balance in their exercise routines, and focus on moving better instead of more. 

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    What I love most about Joseph Pilates is that he knew exercise and physical fitness was more than just physical. A man ahead of his time, Joe Pilates knew that his method would strengthen the body and the mind. Today, we know that your mind body connection is so important in overall health and wellness. A limber and strong mind and mindset is just as important as a limber and strong spine. 

  • Jenn Brady

    Jenn Brady

    Certification

    I'm honored to have participated in the inaugural Lolita's Legacy teaching program at Studio Flo Pilates.

    Education

    – BA in Communications, University of California, San Diego, 1995

    – California Ballet School & Company Dancer, 2000 - 2014 

    – Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program, 2016

    – Advanced Pilates Seminar, Atlas Pilates 2018

    Teaching experience

    Since 2016

    What can a client expect from your class?

    Clients can expect a high energy, fun and thoughtful class. Clients feel invigorated rather than of exhausted after a session, like they are ready to "rule the world!"

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    "Everyone is the architect of their own happiness," said Joseph Pilates. As a breast cancer survivor, I couldn't agree more. As a sickly child who went on to become, quite literally, a brand and byword for physical fitness, Joseph Pilates realized that people are able to effect radical personal change, if they are willing to commit to it.

  • Laetitia Serricchio

    Laetitia Serricchio

    Certification

    I completed Lolita San Miguel’s 500-hour Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training program under Jennie Groom, Second Generation Pilates Teacher and Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master in 2016. I am honored to have been personally certified by Lolita San Miguel, one of the only two people known to have been certified by Joseph Pilates.

    I am a forever student who is passionately curious about Pilates. I have continued taking workshops and continuing education with instructor’s including Moses Urbano, Lori Coleman-Brown, Jerome Weinberg, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Kathi Ross-Nash, Dana Santi, Suzannah Cotrone, and Mariano Dolagaray. I also continue a regular private practice under the teaching and mentorship of Angela Leone.

    Education

    - B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2001

    - M.S. Molecular Microbiology, 2006

    - Lolita's Legacy Teacher Training Program, 2016

    - Advanced Pilates Seminar, Atlas Pilates 2018

    - Spring Fling, Cotrone Pilates 2018 and 2019 

    - Jerome Weinberg Workshop, Trish Garland Pilates 2020

    - Wunda Chair Intensive, Bridge Pilates 2020

    Teaching Experience

    Since 2016

    What can a client expect from your class?

    Through personalized and authentic instruction, I aspire to inspire you to unlock the capabilities of your body through a supportive practice of self-discovery and empowerment. Pilates is the perfect combination of mental and physical coordination capable of transforming your mind and body through a complete system of fundamental movements. It naturally removes tension patterns and replaces it with vibrant energy. Whether you are managing the daily stress we put on our bodies, recovering from injuries, managing conditions, or looking to deepen your practice, I would love to work with you.

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    My gratitude for the balance and strength this beautiful method created by Joseph Pilates has brought me is what inspired me to become a Pilates instructor. It inspires me to continuously evolve my practice and myself. It not only strengthens your body, it strengthens your mind and it teaches you that one can not be achieved without the other. It gives you an awareness of yourself that makes you better at everything you do. Joseph Pilates was a genius....and Pilates is Magic!

  • Nadine Levy

    Nadine Levy

    Certification

    I completed a comprehensive 500-hour teacher training through Club Pilates in 2016. In 2021, I completed a Classical Pilates mentorship with Jennie Groom, at Studio Flo.

    Education

    – B.S. in Industrial Engineering, 1999

    – B.A. in Psychology, 2005

    Teaching experience

    Since 2016

    What can a client expect from your class?

    Clients can expect a structured and thoughtful class. I prefer to keep things simple and straightforward, progressing exercises as needed, but push boundaries. Clients are always stronger than they believe and I want them to find that confidence.

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    Joseph Pilates was a man way ahead of his time. I admire how there is always something for every single one of us in his system. He created a full practice for mind and body.

  • Summer Broyhill

    Summer Broyhill

    Certification

    I began my Pilates journey studying under Sean Gallagher and Kim Shemer-Kurtzman at The New York Pilates Studio in 2008.  I certified in Mat and Barre in 2012 and began teaching at Physique 57, NYC and elsewhere.  I received my Advanced Mat Certification from Core Pilates, NYC and my 500-hour Comprehensive Certification in all apparatus from Balanced Pilates, NYC under the direction of Anna Howington.  I am also certified in Yoga and Barre and am studying to become a Somatic Movement specialist.  

    Education

    – Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Old Globe/ University of San Diego

    – Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Florida State University

    – Barre Instructor, 200-hour training at Physique 57, NYC

    – Pilates Instructor, 500-hour comprehensive certification from Balanced Pilates, NYC

    – Advanced Mat Pilates Instructor, certification from Core Pilates, NYC 

    – Hatha/ Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, 200-hour certification from Prana Yoga Center, La Jolla 

    – Somatic Movement, Laban, and Bartenieff Mentorship with Amanda Penaloza-Banks, San Diego

    Teaching experience

    Since 2012

    What can a client expect from your class?

    I teach a highly hands-on class with an emphasis on personal corrections, anatomical cues, and kinesthetic awareness.  I love to encourage a playful and lighthearted atmosphere in which clients feel safe to connect deeply and holistically with their own bodies and I love to help clients recovering from injuries or managing conditions to regain a sense of empowerment and agency. My goal is that clients receive the nuanced attention of a private lesson and the energy of a group setting all at the same time.

    What do you find most inspiring about your mentor or Joseph Pilates?

    Joseph Pilates developed his first apparatus while working in a hospital during World War I in order to help rehabilitate patients with injuries, and nearly a century later I found the Pilates method healing me after my own injury.  I was dancing in a Broadway show in 2008 when I tore my hamstring and worried that my whole life and career would be completely derailed.  When I began working with Pilates' system as part of my physical therapy, I felt like I became a better dancer than I had been before the injury, and I felt closer to my body and filled with gratitude for all its capability.  He gave me that gift years after his death and his method continues to inspire me.