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KIM GRADY,

STUDIO OWNER

Kim first found her love for Pilates in 2003 as a tool to manage chronic lower back pain. She had almost instant relief and missing a week or two of her Pilates practice made clear the affect it was having. The physical and mental challenge from Pilates helps someone with a busy mind and busy life stay grounded. Pilates also played an instrumental part in life both during and after her two pregnancies, as it helped retain fitness. 

Kim began attending sessions at Pilates on 10th in 2006 and found the instructors to be well trained and challenging, all while making participation fun. In 2015 she decided to become certified, and to deepen her own practice. 

The hard work with Amie Baca paid off. Kim became a certified Level 1 instructor in Peak Pilates® and has taught a weekly Mat Class at a studio in Mukilteo, Washington. She plans on taking Levels II and III shortly.

She firmly believes that the benefits of Pilates are real and can be achieved by anyone at any level of fitness. She looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge of Pilates with others.


 
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Alison

Williams, 

Instructor

Alison completed her Pilates certification in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York at BodyTonic Gymnasium.  She studied under master teachers Jennifer DeLuca, certified by Romana Kryzanowska, and Caitlin Cook, certified by Madeline Black. Throughout a lifetime of studying dance with various masters of the craft, Alison has studied the body with passion. She has trained and performed in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco and most recently has been focused on choreographing her own work.  In 2006, she moved to San Francisco to earn her Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition, she has completed Lizz Roman’s Pilates for Rehabilitation course, is a certified Massage Therapist from the San Francisco School of Massage, and has completed two yoga teacher trainings, one with Ana Forrest and the other at Laughing Lotus in San Francisco. She is undoubtedly fascinated by the correlations between physical health and overall well-being and her many foundational studies have given her a well-rounded approach to her teaching and practice.

 

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Nancy Ayala, 

Instructor

Nancy has always had a compelling curiosity in movement and a deep interest in holistic health.  In 2008, as the stresses of her modern life increased she found solace in the deepening of her personal yoga and pilates practice.  Nancy began an extensive self-study and rapidly grew a tenacious passion for educating herself about the miracle of the human body, mind and spirit.  She is a graduate of the Instructor Certification Program at Vitality Pilates, the Samarya center for yoga teacher certification, and a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Nancy has used these healing practices to heal and transform her own body and life after spinal and brain injury from several auto accidents.

Her teaching incorporates a strong knowledge of alignment and sequencing to ensure safety while allowing students to develop to their full capacity in the exercises.

She encourages students to work at their own pace in a comprehensive and compassionate environment while also challenging them to move beyond their perceived limitations . She is passionate and devoted to living and breathing wellness, and is grateful to share these trans-formative practices of empowerment with her clients. 


What clients are saying about Nancy...

“Nancy is a wonderful instructor. Challenges for the regulars, while not overwhelming the newbies.”
— N.D.


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NICOLE

PIERATT, 

Instructor

Philosophy 

I am most inspired by the way Pilates develops and deepens the connection between our minds and our bodies.  I have always loved to exercise and challenge my body, but it took surviving breast cancer to shift my focus from working hard to working smart and taking care of my body in the process.  I work with my clients to change ingrained movement patterns by taping into all the their senses.  I believe Pilates has the ability to allow our bodies to work smarter and more efficiently ultimately enabling us to enjoy all the activities we love for years to come.

Client Base

I believe every body can benefit from Pilates. I enjoy tailoring challenging sessions for my clients based on their particular movement history. I have worked with people recovering from knee, hip, ankle and shoulder injuries as well as spinal issues and back pain.  I like finding a balance between healing and strengthening for the best possible outcome.  My favorite part of teaching is helping my clients discover and feel a difference in their bodies that carries over into their everyday lives.  My specialty is getting the brain on board so that the work we do in the studio results in both a mental and physical shift leading to an overall improved quality of life.

Experience and Credentials

I am certified as a Vitality Pilates Instructor; Pilates for MS Advanced Training; received training in Brain-based Education for Movement Professionals, and volunteer weekly at Swedish Hospital teaching MS patients and patients with neurological disorders.

Personal Interests

Hiking, Mountaineering, Biking, Snowboarding, Camping, Dogs and BooksJ

 

 
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GORDON

OVERBYE, 

Instructor

Gordon was a long-time competitive distance runner who discovered Pilates in 2000, began teaching in 2003, and joined Pilates on 10th in early 2006. Following rehabilitation from an automobile accident, Gordon became fascinated with the design structure of the human body, leading him into Rolfing (structural integration), yoga and finally Pilates. Gordon sees the human body as a superstructure of interconnected elements. Much the way a suspension bridge depends on the integrity of every cable for its strength, so it is with the human body. Should one muscle be slack and not carry its load, another muscle will be overloaded, pull the body out of alignment, causing imbalance and eventually failure and injury.

 

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CRYSTAL

BROOKS, 

Instructor

Crystal first fell in love with Pilates in 2003 and was immediately hooked with the mind/body challenge that every exercise required. She continued to deepen her appreciation for the Stretch, Strength, Stamina, and Stability that Pilates developed in her body and completed her classical Pilates training with Power Pilates in 2005.

For the past 12 years, she has enjoyed sharing the brilliance of the system with everybody: from people rehabilitating injuries to world-class athletes, by helping them to challenge their bodies safely to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination in their bodies and daily activities. She knows that, for herself, Pilates is a lifetime practice necessary to have the strongest, most flexible and injury-free body she can have and she wants every client to be able to experience that as well.

 
 
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Naphtali

Beyleveld

Instructor

Naphtali began taking ballet at age 4 in Southern California and has continued her study and love of dance throughout her life. Her passion for dance took her to Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi; where she received a B.A. in Biblical Studies and minor in dance. There she was first introduced to Pilates. Pilates has helped her find a deeper mind-body connection, heal and prevent injuries, and took her dancing to the next level. After graduating, she continued on with her practice of Pilates, when she moved to Houston, Texas to dance with Psophonia Dance Company. She became certified in Pilates Mat in 2004 and Pilates Reformer through Balance Body University in 2008. She taught dance and Pilates throughout the Houston area and at River Oaks Pilates, LP since 2006.

Her passion for fitness and extensive experience in movement arts influences her teaching style greatly. She loves teaching a challenging and flowing class that helps clients find strength and a deeper connection with their bodies. Naphtali moved to Seattle with her husband in 2009. She began teaching Pilates at Maya Whole Health, the downtown YMCA and Vera Fitness. Naphtali also teaches fusion fitness classes and Above the Barre. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge of Pilates, combining dance and movement, fitness and whole health in her classes. Naphtali has continued her training in the other Pilates apparatus through Vitality Pilates. Since moving to Seattle, she has been dancing with Karin Stevens Dance Company, DanceJENKINSDance, Elizabeth Mendana Productions, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, and MaryAnn McGovern and dancers.

 

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SCOTT

MILLER

Instructor

Scott completed his Pilates certification at Metropolitan Pilates under world-class teacher/trainer Dorothee VandeWalle, who helped him refine and strengthen his skills as a Pilates Instructor as well as challenge his abilities as a practitioner. Scott’s past teaching resume includes Metropolitan Pilates, Momentum Dance Academy and Sonia Dawkins Segue (a local dance company).  He was just recently Director of the Pilates program and lead instructor at Highline Club, Pilates Studio in Burien Washington.  He has also taught mat class at Burien Park and Recreation Community Center and the Sea-Tac YMCA.

Scott has taught Kinesiology, Business/Ethics, and Massage Theory and Practice in WA massage schools since 1995. He was a Chairman of the Washington State Board of Massage and served a board member on the Federation of Massage Therapy Boards.  This experience has given him a unique ability to understand, identify and train according to a client’s specific postural imbalances and needs. He is the proud father of 2 young adults and just recently completed a climb to the summit of Mt Rainer. He has been a student of Pilates for the past 12 years and is an avid martial artist.

His hobbies include kayaking, roller blade, skiing, pickle ball, kick boxing, dancing and recently hiking and mountain climbing.

 

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LAUREL

LEVASHEFF

Instructor

Laurel was recommended Pilates as a method of support for her scoliosis by her teacher, past principle dancer for Martha Graham Co. and dean of Modern Dance at University of Oklahoma.  In 2000, she was certified at the original Pilates Studio in NYC by Pilates' protégé Romana Kryzanowska, who taught her to teach from the heart. Mentorship under Dorothee VanDeWalle of Metropolitan Pilates influenced her in the art of teaching.  After continuously teaching Pilates for 5 years professionally, Laurel took a four year post graduate training in somatic re-education and became a certified Feldenkrais® Teacher and Practitioner of Functional Integration through Feldenkrais guild of North America in 2006.  She has continuously supplemented her practical teaching skills by working with neuromuscular therapists and physiotherapists in order to utilize sports medicine and A.S.I. (assisted isolated stretching) in Pilates based rehabilitation. The Feldenkrais Method's idea of harnessing one's Awareness to enhance and enable restorative and transformative self-healing forms the heart of Laurel's practice.  She has had the pleasure of teaching in India, London, New Zealand, and North America to all walks of life. On the weekends you can find her practicing Noguchi, (Japanese Gymnastics) or Nei-kung, (internal martial arts) with her five-year-old daughter. She continues to use Feldenkrais and Pilates as the primary tools for her own health.

*The Feldenkrais Method is based on the principles of physics and biomechanics, an empirical understanding of human physiology and the connection between mind and body.

 

SAMANTHA ARBELO,

SUB INSTRUCTOR

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Samantha Arbelo has been teaching Pilates and practicing Massage Therapy for over 7 years. After graduating from Educating Hands Massage School, Samantha completed the IMX Pilates and Fitness training program to create a fusion of body work and calisthenics.


The combination of kinesiology, Pilates and restorative movements allows Samantha to work with a wide variety of ages and body types. Influenced by the teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and Dr. Milton Trager, Samantha approaches fitness with a creative mind and a focus on corrective exercises.

 

Additional training and education :

  • Madd Dog Spin Certification
  • Active and Isolate Resistance Stretching
  • Barre
  • Multi Dimensional Movement Arts Therapy
  • The Trager Approach
  • Currently enrolled in the Feldenkrais program.