Instructors

Whether you’re getting married, training for a race, rehabilitating an injury or just ready to tackle a new fitness challenge, our instructors are available to design a custom program to compliment your active, healthy and balanced lifestyle.

All of our instructors have completed comprehensive, certified training programs, gaining expertise & knowledge in the history, philosophy and biomechanics of the Pilates Method.

 

DonnaDONNA RILEY

Donna Riley began studying Pilates 30 years ago as a Dance Major at Rutgers University. Upon graduation she went into the world of fitness acquiring many certifications along the way. She moved to Atlanta, connected with Leslie Clayton at Body Awareness Studio and committed fully to the world of Pilates.

Over 20 years of teaching Pilates, including 10 years as a Pilates teacher trainer, she has motivated, inspired, and empowered hundreds of people to fully embrace the brilliance of the human body. She has the gift of seeing beyond what most people can see. Referring to her intuitive style, Mary Bowen affectionately called Donna “divinely inappropriate” in her unique and creative way of finding solutions to her client’s challenges. Donnas’ capacity for thinking outside the box, combined with her vast knowledge and analytical abilities, allow her to guide people deeper into their bodies and achieve things they didn’t think were possible. Donna is passionate about helping people understand that how you move is a metaphor for how you show up in life. As Joseph said, “Find the end result with the least amount of effort”.

As a student of life, Donna is always seeking opportunities for growth. Five years ago she began studying with Bob Cooley, author of “The Genius of Flexibility”. Through her training and experiences with him, she was able to elevate herself and her teaching abilities to another whole level. Now, Donna is known as the “teacher’s teacher”. She derives tremendous delight and satisfaction in mentoring teachers to become the highest version of them so they can fully share their gifts with the world.

Donna has been a faculty teacher for Balanced Body for 8+ years in their teacher training program. She is a member of PMA (Pilates Method Alliance).

She has studied and achieved the following certifications :
Workshops with Elizabeth Larkam –
Balancing the Slings in the Pilates Studio
How the Organs Affect Movement in Pilates Practice
Fascia Oriented Training in the Pilates Studio

Workshop with Madeline Black –
Support the Arms – Upper Thorax to Hand – From Wrist to Spine

Workshops with Shari Berkowitz –
Twisted and Rotated Pelvises
Thoracolumbar Fascia – the Second Brain of Movement

Workshop with Nancy Myers –
Assessing and Correcting Gait

Workshop with Karen Clippinger –
Hip and Knee Biomechanics on the Reformer

In addition to these workshops Donna presents the following workshops on tour –

Progressing Your Clients to the Edge and Beyond
Returning to the Essence of Pilates
How to Take it to the Edge and Beyond: The Art of Progression
Resistance Stretching: A New Look at Flexibility Training
Biotensegrity vs. Biomechanics: A Contemporary Approach to Movement

 

 

KaraCARA CUPIT

Cara received her 600-hour comprehensive Pilates certification in 2006 through Physical Mind. She began her instruction in a local physical therapy studio where she was privileged to work with many different body types with various conditions. She enjoys helping her clients achieve their physical goals whether they are moms, professional athletes, computer programmers, or casual fitness buffs. She is committed to working with each individual at their level, and strives to improve their performance in whatever activities they are involved in.

This year Cara completed another Pilates certification through Balanced Body and is fully certified through this highly regarded company in the Pilates industry. She is also a member of the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). Along with these certifications Cara has also completed additional advanced Pilates courses that include Pilates for Golfers, Pilates for Osteoporosis, and Pilates for Muscular-Skeletal conditions. Cara is also a certified Gyrotonic instructor.

Outside the pilates studio you can find Cara running in the park, at one of many local coffee shops, or out and about enjoying all of the things the city of Atlanta has to offer. Cara is an accomplished equestrian and used Pilates to maintain her fitness and keep her injury free. She is actively involved in various programs helping under-privileged children both here in the United States and in other countries as well.

 

 

Karin HelfmannKARIN HELFMANN

Karin started her Pilates career in 1998, trying it as a way to heal herself from constant running injuries, and a way to add variety to her workouts which included cycling, running and hiking. She loved the changes it made to her body, using muscles that were underused in her other sports, and also loved the intellectual challenges that every lesson seemed to present. Starting her professional career as a horticulturist in 1992 and then moving into massage therapy in 1995 was a move determined by the physical limitations that a job can sometimes present.

Certifications and Modalities Practiced:

  • 2015—Z health Essentials training
  • 2014-NKT Level training (Neuro Kinetic Therapy)
  • 2013-2015—Redcord Suspension Training System—Active Intro, Multi suspension and Advanced Corrective
  • 2013- Qualified Level 1 TRX Suspension and Group Fitness Trainer
  • 2012 – Balanced Body Certified Instructor 2nd certification process 488 hour
  • 2005 Orthopedic Massage 1 & 2 training with Whitney Lowe
  • 2000 – Pilates Inc. 600 hour Pilates training program under Romana Krysanowska, an original student of Joseph Pilates
  • 1995 – ASHA 630 hr. Therapeutic, clinical sports and neuromuscular massage training

Over the years my trainings have taken me down a path of helping people overcome debilitating injury, surgeries, spinal fusions, poor biomechanics, sitting at a desk for long periods of time, or just wanting to have more body awareness. The beauty of Pilates is that it works so well with other movement/corrective based systems like Redcord, TRX and Z-health, taking you to a new level of fitness, health and mindfulness.

When not working you can find Karin and her boyfriend Mike stand up paddle boarding on a lake, river or ocean near you!

 

 

Kathy-Morris_headshotKATHY MORRIS

Kathy began her Pilates practice after college, where she was an All-American swimmer and team record holder at Loyola University. Post college, she was looking for an exercise discipline that would give her the long lean muscles she desired, and Pilates was the answer.

After quickly falling in love with Pilates, Kathy began teaching in Baltimore in 2005, and used teaching as a way to achieve a work-life balance from her Marketing career.

Kathy is a Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, and her approach to the discipline is one of an athlete… “how can I challenge and push my body, to become more efficient, stronger, faster and leaner.” Kathy is also certified in Pilates for Golf.

Kathy is happiest when she’s moving! Whether it’s training for a triathlon or marathon, or playing golf or tennis, she uses Pilates to compliment her training and improve her strength and flexibility as an athlete.

 

 

jackie.jpgJACKIE ROSENTHAL

Jackie Rosenthal has been a fitness instructor and trainer for 27 years teaching everything from water fitness to step, high impact, boot camp, stretch and sculpt classes. She is certified by the American College of Exercise (ACE).

In 2000, Jackie received her 600-hour comprehensive mat and apparatus certification in the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning under the tutelage of Katy Roelle from Reformation Pilates. She has received additional training and continuing education from: Power Pilates, STOTT Pilates, Peak Pilates and recently, in 2015, through classically trained teachers Dana Santi, Murat Berkin, MeJo Wiggin, Brooke Tyler and Jay Grimes.

Jackie, who has a Master’s Degree in Health Policy, works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Health Communications Specialist in the area of Reproductive Health.
In her free time, Jackie loves to exercise taking other teacher’s classes and trainings in an effort to stay current and innovative. She spends her free time with her husband, Adam, and two children Ellie and Alex.

 

 

Jenna 2015 HeadshotJENNA SAGRAVES

Born and raised in Indiana, Jenna Sagraves attended Indiana University to pursue a B.S. in Ballet with and outside field in Exercise Science. While at Indiana University, she became interested in Pilates through her ballet training. In 2008, under Corinna Cosentino at Lotus Pilates in Bloomington, Indiana, Jenna became fully certified in Pilates.

In 2008, Jenna moved to Atlanta, Georgia to join Atlanta Ballet. Jenna began teaching for Intown Pilates Atlanta in January of 2009. In August 2010, Jenna moved to Milwaukee when she was accepted to dance with the Milwaukee Ballet. Jenna moved back to Atlanta and back to Intown Pilates in June of 2011, where she started the process of bridging her certification over to Balanced Body. She finished this process and achieved a second certification from Balanced Body in December 2015. In January 2016, Jenna started at Georgia State University to finish her degree in Exercise Science, with a goal of attending Physical Therapy school.

Other than her interest in Pilates and dance, Jenna also enjoys volunteering with the Shepherd’s Center, where she has been a volunteer since January 2016.

 

 

CarolineCAROLINE WEBSTER

Caroline lives in a world of art, science, and all of the magic in-between. A former professional dancer turned scientist, her critical eye for detail and a sensitivity to the spirit have made her a well-loved movement instructor.

She has worked with clients of all ages, with varying backgrounds, careers, and physical conditions, to help re-discover the joy of movement, to connect to their body (and themselves), and to establish healthy movement patterns and alignment.

Caroline is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher and a Licensed GYROTONIC® Trainer. She was first introduced to Pilates as part of her ballet training at 14, and she began a more intense practice of Pilates in 2002 to help stay in shape while dancing professionally. Her first exposure to GYROTONIC® was in 2003, with Naomi Relnick, while studying at the Kane School in New York City. Caroline began teaching Pilates in New York City in 2003, and taught at several studios in the New York area before relocating to Atlanta. She has experience working with a variety of clients with many different goals, ranging from professional athletes, to reintegration of exercise following physical therapy or illness, to preparation for swimsuit season. Caroline received her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. There she studied with Kelly Kane, Renee Jimenez Orona, and Kuan Hui Chew. She completed her GYROTONIC® foundation course with Bradley Kreamer in 2008, and certified in 2009. Caroline’s teaching has also been shaped by experiences with a variety of ballet and modern dance teachers, choreographers, and other movement instructors.

Over the years Caroline has pursued additional training and continuing education, including topics such as Pilates for Osteoporosis, Post-Rehab Breast Cancer Exercise, Pre- and Post-natal Fitness, and Pilates for MS. She graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance. She has also studied at the Sorbonne, in Paris, and holds a MS in Bioscience Technologies from Thomas Jefferson University.

 

 

SUSAN LEEDER

After taking a few sessions of Pilates, Susan fell in love with how the practice helped her body to move with ease, strength, and grace. Wanting to help others experience what she had, Susan decided to pursue a career as an instructor and started on her journey of completing the 500 + hours required by the Balanced Body Teacher Training Program. After becoming a certified instructor, she was presented the with an opportunity and hired to teach at the same studio of which she obtained her training.

Under the Mentorship Program of BBU Teacher Trainer, Donna Riley and several other BBU teacher trainers, this allowed her the unique opportunity to continue to grow as an instructor as she observed, practiced and taught under their tutelage; giving her invaluable skills.

Susan has been a certified Instructor for the past 5 years in Atlanta. Her love of Pilates is what she shares with her clients, teaching them not just the exercises but showing how the method of Pilates movement and the mind all affect and improve their overall experience. She encourages her clients to go beyond what they think they can do and to trust what their bodies are capable of doing. “I love how empowered a client feels when they have achieved a goal that they didn’t think they would ever be able to do. It feels rewarding for both of us and is the main reason I wanted to start teaching.” said Susan.

Susan has lived in Atlanta for over 35 years. When not teaching, she enjoys spending her time exploring art, botanical gardens, hiking, traveling, pursuing new interest, and spending time with family and friends.

 

ELIZABETH WALLER

Elizabeth was introduced to Pilates in 2007 while traveling on the road as an account executive in the apparel industry. Her unpredictable schedule made it hard for Elizabeth to find the time to exercise. Practicing Pilates allowed Elizabeth to have a studio wherever she traveled. The only ‘equipment’ needed was a mat or towel and 15-25 minutes – the time it takes to flow through the mat work series!

Elizabeth recognizes the positive way the Pilates discipline has impacted her life: challenging both her mind and body. Pilates not only strengthened, lengthened, and toned her body, but helped Elizabeth relieve daily stress and lower back pain.  The aches of past injuries from being an athlete diminished!

Elizabeth apprenticed more than 900 hours under Patricia Russell and Dana Santi. She received her Classical Pilates Certification in 2014. She is a member of the Authentic Pilates Union and has continued her studies in Pilates with Brooke Siler, Mari Winsor, Bob Liekens, Murat Berkin, and MeJo Wiggin. 

Elizabeth is also certified in TRX: Suspension Training and ActivMotion Bar Training. 

Elizabeth lives in Morningside with her husband, J.J.; her daughter, Miller; and golden-doodle, Miss Jones.