PMA Certified Master
Teacher **Wait List**
Over the years I’ve been
an elementary school teacher, a financial advisor, and a stay home
mom to my two amazing daughters. All of these endeavors
prepared me to become a small business owner, creating the
opportunity and platform to teach this incredible movement system
invented by Joseph Pilates.
I fell into Pilates back
in 2000, when Pilates was making its way to the Twin Cities.
My personal trainer was getting certified and needed to
practice teaching on a willing body. Always up for a new
experience, I said, “Sure!” When I first saw that strange
piece of equipment call the Reformer, I remember thinking, “What on
earth did I get myself into?” But once I experienced the
incredible resistance/assistance of the springs, I was hooked!
As the Pilates industry continued to grow in Minneapolis, I
took lessons at various studios. One of my teachers asked me
if I’d ever considered becoming an instructor. No, I honestly
hadn’t. But then I got to thinking: my daughters are
teenagers now, I love everything about Pilates, teaching is in my
blood, so YES! I’d love to help people move and feel good in
After three years of
training through Peak Pilates, I earned my Comprehensive
Certification. I taught at a gym studio for a year and then
opened my home studio. A year and a half later when my
students were ready for more, I opened Studio L2 in Eden Prairie in
September 2012. Wearing my entrepreneurial hat is sometimes
challenging for me as the actual teaching and working with my
students is where my passion lies.
To be the best teacher
possible, I believe it’s imperative to stay a student of the work.
I attend weekly private lessons with my own trainer/mentor in
addition to practicing 2-3 times a week on my own or with my fellow
Pilates “Nerds.” Someone asked me recently if my
impression or perspective of Pilates has changed over the
years. Yes, because when I first started practicing Pilates I
did it for the fitness aspect. I was in my late 30’s and
loved feeling my flat stomach and strong, flexible muscles. Fast
forward to living in my 50’s…now it’s less about how I look in a
bikini and more about not falling on my keister while walking my
dogs on an icy winter day. Balance is yet another Pilates perk.
Try as I might, I realize I can’t stop the aging process, but
with a consistent Pilates practice I can slow it down.
As Joseph said, “You’re only as young as your spine is
I love helping
people feel healthy, strong, and confident in their bodies
while moving in their body's natural alignment with grace and
ease. I also love when a student makes that true
mind/body connection and finally executes an exercise they’ve been
working on or my students share examples of how they’ve taken
Pilates out of the studio and into their every day lives.
I look forward to
sharing this life-changing movement system with you.