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Meet Our Teachers

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Abby

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Charlyn

Charlyn is a comprehensively trained and certified Pilates Teacher with Body Arts & Science International (BASI) and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).  She's also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling, Yamuna Foot Fitness & Yamuna Face Saver, is a BalleCore Master Teacher & Teacher Trainer and is currently earning both Performing Arts Teacher and Health/Nutrition Coach Credentials. Her training and background also include CoreAlign and more than 20 years of training and experience with the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, swim instruction, dance and yoga.  She has created Pilates programs including HydroTone Pilates (since 2002) and Core Body Knowledge Education (since 2001) and co-created Walk-n-Roll Pilates (2005).  Charlyn worked in numerous physical therapy clinics for 12 years and specializes in post-rehabilitative core strengthening and movement education. 

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Claudia

A freelance writer and curator of contemporary art, Claudia brings a rich background and passion for fitness to her work as a Pilates teacher.  She will lead you through a Repertoire Mat Class that will inspire and motivate you!

We welcome Claudia as a graduate of the Core Body Knowledge© (2015), Mat Pilates Teacher Training & she is currently working toward comprehensive Pilates training in our Mastery/Apprentice Program here at Playhouse Pilates!



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Leora

A dancer since childhood, Leora, brings 23 years of Pilates experience combined with her knowledge of meta-physics, health and wellness to teaching Pilates.

She has developed an keen understanding of the body-mind-connection through her own journey managing the pain of scoliosis and arthritis.

Mentored by a protégée of Joseph Pilates, the late Romana Kryzanowsk, Leora also worked for Mari Winsor at Windsor West Pilates as well as Equoinox Gyms. Leora’s disciplines include Pilates, Yoga, Dance and Aqua Aerobics. Her knowledge and nurturing nature bring results for her clients – all while having fun!

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Lupa

Lupa is a certified Yamuna Body Rolling, Yamuna Face Saver, Yamuna Foot Fitness and Yamuna Table Work Teacher and is Comprehensively trained in Fletcher Pilates  She brings many years of experience, a astute understanding of the body and passion to her teaching practice.

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Melinda

A native Californian, Melinda became a Pilates client in 1998 and by 2003 she had completed comprehensive training and got her certificate to teach through Body Arts & Science International (BASI).  She continues to learn from her students, colleagues and her own experiences to further deepen her understanding of the mind-body connection.  Melinda loves to see the life changing effect Pilates can have on peoples lives, whatever their background and goals.

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Melissa

Melissa is Stott Certified for the Pilates Reformer apparatus and is beginning the process of comprehensively certifying in Pilates.  She comes to us with a rich background in fitness and exercise science. She is also available to teach Private Reformer sessions at Playhouse Pilates.

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Samantha

A native SoCal girl, Samantha was always active and interested in the performing arts, but laughably clumsy.  She'd heard about Pilates, and began as a client in the mid 90's.  Finding a newfound strength and agility, Pilates became her passion, completing her first teacher training program that year and quickly became a sought-after instructor.  A few years and certifications later, she began specializing in Classical Pilates, as taught by Joseph Pilates.  "Other styles certainly have a valuable place in the Pilates world, but I love the emphasis on strength and technique in the original work."  Samantha is known for her energetic instructing style and love of 'teaching' the work to clients and other instructors.  "I have two favorite quotes about Pilates that I live by...'Aging is giving up to gravity, Pilates fights gravity' - Romana K. and 'Our muscles should obey our will' - JP."