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Jodi has been teaching Pilates since 1999 and has over 3,000 hours of traditional Pilates training.  She is IM=X (Integrated Movement eXercise) certified and is also the only person in Western New York who is trained in Yamuna Body Rolling. Jodi is also the creator of GyroMovement. As the founder and owner of Pilates Plus Jodi has received acclaim as the creator of the ‘P3 Pilates Plus Power’ DVD as well as serving as the fitness expert for Channel 8 News and as a regular contributor to the Democrat and Chronicle.  Jodi offers her own training program for Pilates instructors and personally trains all of the Pilates instructors at Pilates Plus.  Jodi has a Masters degree in Nutrition and is working on her PhD.  Jodi has two children, Devyn and Hart.

Ethan is a Rochester area native and alumnus of Hamilton College, Ethan has spent most of the last ten years deep in the Manhattan restaurant scene, most notably for his role as co-owner of the much beloved Lower East Side restaurant and winebar ‘inoteca.
In 2011, Ethan relocated back to Rochester. Shortly thereafter, he starting practicing at Pilates Plus and was immediately hooked – he loves the efficiency of the Pilates method and the mental concentration required to practice Pilates well. In winter of 2014, Ethan decided to seize an opportunity to begin teacher training with Jodi and could not be happier that he did. Ethan is a firm believer that anyone at any level of fitness can and will benefit from Pilates and he finds great satisfaction in sending clients forth from the studio feeling better than when they came in.
Ethan also holds a black belt in the Olympic sport of Judo, enjoys cycling, running,cooking, gardening, and most of all, being dad to his young son Wesley.

Maureen was introduced to Pilates while completing her bachelor degree at the University of New Mexico where she received a double major in both Dance and Languages. This form of exercise greatly intrigued Maureen due to Joseph Pilates' great emphasis on focus and awareness of the body. Because her dance training involved these same principles of using focus to control and strengthen the body she took to Pilates to further investigate what it means to have complete control of ones muscle groups while using them in the most efficient way possible. Through the outstanding instruction of Jodi Stern, Maureen has been trained in Pilates Mat, beginning through advanced, and is able to teach Joseph Pilates' sound philosophies concerning exercise and way of life to people around the Rochester area. Maureen continues to see herself as a student of contrology in order to pose questions and to further seek ways in which to help people gain control and strength in their own bodies. Maureen and is currently pursuing her Pilates Apparatus Certification at Pilates Plus.

Karah is a Pilates instructor and dance teacher with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Dance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has studied the art of dance for 19 years, ranging in techniques from ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop, as well as African and Jamaican dance. Karah has a passion for holistic health and healing. She will be pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Columbia in the fall. Recently certified in Pilates Mat, Karah finds this method embodies aspects of mindfulness while also providing a functional form of exercise that translates into healthy movement for everyday life. As an advocate for the Pilates Method, Karah is excited to be working with members of Pilates Plus to serve the Rochester community.


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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. 





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