South Tampa Pilates Instructors

Owner Kelly Griffin is a PhysicalMind Certified Pilates instructor and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Her B.A. in Social Sciences from SUNY Buffalo led her to develop the South Tampa Pilates community where students get solid results. She followed her passion for health and wellness and completed extensive formal training, earning mat and comprehensive apparatus certifications through the PhysicalMind Institute. Kelly’s commitment to continuing education has allowed her to participate in advanced workshops, training directly under Shelly Power and Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates.

Sarah Holmes has been teaching Pilates for the past ten years. She received her certification on all Pilates apparatus as well as mat, from Half Moon Pilates (currently The Fitness Guru) in Brooklyn, NY. She also did continuing education with Teri Steele at Dance New Amsterdam and Lizbeth Garcia in San Diego. Sarah received her MFA in Dance from New York University where she had the opportunity to study pedagogy in various somatic therapies such as Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and Yoga. She also did her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training with Abhaya Yoga, Brooklyn. Her years of dancing professionally and teaching has given her an in depth knowledge of anatomy and proper movement patterns. She also recently ran the NYC Marathon and used her Pilates training to prevent injury and gain optimum timing. Sarah works with each client's individual needs to balance an invigorating workout with proper alignment, as well as, release of pain and tension. She loves working with students of all levels and has expertise in helping them recover from various injuries. Sarah is also passionate about helping Moms maintain their strength with Pre and Post Natal workouts that are safe and empowerin

Sydney Soschin is comprehensively trained by Balanced Body, is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, has completed more than 500 hours of Pilates training, and has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona. She started her career in the world of fashion and special events in San Francisco, and after about a decade of special events, decided to become a mom and stay at home to raise her son.

Over the past five years, Sydney suffered numerous shoulder dislocations which resulted in two painful shoulder surgeries. It was during the most recent course of physical therapy that she was introduced to Pilates. Like most moms, Sydney struggled with staying fit and being healthy. Through Pilates, she was able to bounce back, become full of life, and was inspired to reboot her outlook. Pilates was the answer - helping build core strength, improving mobility to reduce injury, and paving the way for a clearer, more focused mind.

Sydney was born and raised in Northern California, and enjoys spending time with her wonderful son and husband, biking around South Tampa, collecting antique buttons, and occasional kite flying sessions in Clearwater. Sydney is passionate about Pilates Fitness and helping men and woman from all walks of life, improve the quality of their lives, one day at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa Williams is a member of Pilates Method Alliance and is a Power Pilates Certified instructor. Power Pilates is a classical system of training which stays true to Joseph Pilates original teachings. She trained under the direction of Tess Whelan, a student of Romana in NYC. She is an avid sports fan whose background includes 6 years as a personal trainer at the YMCA as well as running several of their athletic programs.  She also launched the YMCA's first  self-defense classes for women and children.  Her passion for the mind-body connection started with martial arts, where she was a national karate champion and a member of the US team.  Her 6 year study of karate led her to an instructor position where she taught the physical as well as philosophical teachings of the style.  Pilates, much like karate, is a discipline that takes years to perfect.  Your pilates workout constantly evolves as your core becomes stronger.  Teresa enjoys helping others live a healthier and happier lifestyle through a strong body and mind.

Colette Cannova is Pilates certified through Balanced Body, yoga 200RYT trained, TRX, and also a graduate of Park University with a BS in Communication Theory. Colette discovered Pilates after researching different methods of exercise. She gravitated towards the mind/body connection of Pilates after experiencing the benefits of balance, flexibility, and strength. Colette believes the benefits of Pilates can transfer over into our daily lives by promoting inward mental focus and discipline along with the outward benefits of long lean muscles, improved posture, and flexibility. She believes the beauty of practicing Pilates is that every session is unique and different depending how our bodies are feeling at that moment. Her passion is helping you to achieve not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind.

Liz Meyer is both a Balanced Body trained Pilates Instructor and a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. As a graduate of South University's rigorous PTA program, Liz utilizes her extensive knowledge of human anatomy and Pilates to individualize a Pilates fitness program that can both promote rehabilitation and improve strength. Liz's goal is to create flexibility and muscle balance to obtain a pain free and functional life for her clients.

When Liz is not teaching Pilates or helping clients as a PTA, she is a Table Games Dealer at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in Tampa. Liz enjoys traveling and discovering the most incredible waterfalls and hiking mountains. She has a passion for live music, loves to dance, is an avid reader of Harry Potter and a Taco enthusiast.

Clare Vesecky is fully trained in the entire Pilates repertoire. She began teaching mat Pilates in 2009 and later completed a comprehensive 450 hour training program through Pilates Academy International when she was living in Chicago. She has completed continuing education in pre-natal and post-natal Pilates as well as Pilates for scoliosis.Clare initially was attracted to Pilates after discovering what an effective cross-training method it was. Years later, she found her way back to Pilates after sitting all day at an office job left her feeling sluggish and tight in her back. Pilates revitalized her body and mind and she loves being able to share the benefits of the practice with others through teaching.
Clare holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Ohio University. She has also taught Cardiolates®, Zumba®, spinning, cardio kickboxing and suspension training. Her teaching style is friendly, functional and personalized. She strives to have every session leaving you feel stretched out, stronger and invigorated for the rest of your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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