Mary has been teaching classes at Pilates Plus for over 10 years. She became inspired to teach yoga after developing her own practice and became certified to teach through Yoga Fit. Her training has included Yoga Fit levels I and II in addition of completion of Anusara Yoga training workshops with Mitchel Bleier and Baptise Power Vinyasa Yoga workshops with Baron Baptiste. Mary is a full time resource teacher for grades 7-12 in the Rochester City School District and enjoys shopping, hiking, biking and traveling in her spare time.
Maria has followed her passion in fitness and martial arts for many years, more recently devoting her time to crossfit. Her main goal in life became balance. Since many people tend to be work/family oriented, Maria decided to become a fitness instructor in order to engage and help promote health and balance in her community. Her current teaching schedule includes: cycling, body conditioning, boot camp, ab/core classes, butts&guts, kick boxing and step aerobics. In her spare time she is an active volunteer at the local Red Cross chapter.
In addition to being very involved in fitness Maria also has an active international performing career as a violinist. She is currently a performer, teacher and a Doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).
Jessica has wanted to be a fitness instructor ever since she was a young girl watching Jane Fonda and Olivia Newton-John in their leg warmers and spandex. She was thrilled to be able to achieve that dream when she received her teaching certification in the full Pilates Mat repertoire in 2012. Since that time she has been teaching people from all walks of life and levels of fitness to integrate Pilates into their lives. She has enjoyed seeing her students improve in their ability as well as in their over all physical well being. She is a firm believer in listening and working with your body. She always looks forward to the privilege of teaching those who are willing to put time and effort into their health and wellness. Jessica loves doing fun physical activities with her husband and children. Having a background in music (classical piano/voice) she finds Pilates a good artistic outlet.
Carla is an avid outdoor cyclist who especially enjoys riding long distances and exploring new routes. She came to Pilates Plus when the Trixter bikes were first introduced and knows they are large part of how she is able to hit the ground pedaling each Spring. Carla loves to share her cycling addiction with class participants, whether they are coming for fun, exercise or to prepare for their first century ride. When not in the studio or on her bike, Carla is a licensed social worker at the Golisano Childrens Hospital.
Sarah has been practicing and studying yoga for over 15 years. She completed a 500 hour training intensive in Vancouver, B.C. in 2005 that included further studies in Yin and Restorative Yoga. In 2010, Sarah went to Thailand to get further certification in Yin Yoga. Sarah's classes and practice infuse Yin with Iyengar and Restorative based poses. Yin is a style of yoga that deepens the opening in the connective tissue, releasing longheld tensions in both body and mind. The practice involves a more meditative state and elicits a sense of deep peace in the mind and heart, along with a profound physical release in the body and heart.