Level 1 | Pilates Class

This class is taught by:

Eden Ellis

Using the skills I have learned from being a Rock The Reformer client first and certified thru Balanced Body, I get to help clients discover what they are truly capable of physically and mentally. The longest and most important relationship we have during our lives is the one with our mind and body, Pilates is designed to bring both together to help us focus on being present in the moment. One of the crazy blessings in having emergency open heart surgery is how Pilates had kept me in shape before and helped me recuperate quickly after. It makes me so happy when a client achieves their true potential and has that beautiful “A-ha” moment in understanding what Pilates has done for them. I am so lucky to be a part of their journey!

Cathy Sharma

Cathy discovered Pilates as a way to improve her strength and flexibility. After years spent weight training, playing golf, downhill skiing and practicing Tae Kwon Do, she loved the way Pilates helped improve her knee and hip injuries and improve her muscle strength while promoting balance and alignment. But more importantly, she discovered that Pilates is fun!

Trained in mat and reformer through Balanced Body and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, Cathy loves teaching ALL levels of Pilates because of the results it provides as well as the way it connects the mind and body. Cathy has a Master’s degree in speech/language pathology and loves to spend time with her husband, three children and three dogs at their home in Potomac.

Lisa Johnson

I joined the RTR Pilates team in 2011 as a trained Pilates instructor through Balanced Body. I have an extensive background in exercise, dance and yoga with experience teaching students of all ages and levels of ability in both studio and private settings. I also teach structural and functional anatomy for both yoga and pilates teacher trainings and I hold a BFA in Dance from the University of California.

Jordan Matosko

Jordan is a teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She found that her job, while rewarding, could also be pretty stressful. She was never super into fitness, but was looking for something to help calm her mind and spirit after those long stressful days. Jordan had tried many different workouts and classes, but nothing ever stuck. Then her friend, who was an instructor at the time, recommended trying a class at Potomac Pilates. After that first class, she was hooked. Jordan loved that she had an hour every day where she could unplug, unwind, and focus on getting her mind and body healthy. Her love for Pilates, and the entire Potomac Pilates team never stopped after that. She continued to take classes regularly and decided that she had to join this hardworking, dedicated team! She hopes to help other’s find the amazing release that Pilates has brought to her own life.

Naomi Hanfling

Naomi walked out of her first Pilates class and realized she had found something that she was truly excited about even though she was sore where she didn't know muscles existed. Ever since then she's been an avid RTR Pilates client, and now instructor. Originally from Portland, OR, Naomi has been in DC since 2010 and loves the city. After graduating from American University she now works in federal consulting and spends her free time exploring the DC restaurant scene, with friends and, of course, at Pilates!

Leeor Kelly

Leeor's passion for Pilates began the moment she looped up for her first class. The emphasis on muscle lengthening and core provided a challenging workout that she couldn't get enough of, she was hooked! Leeor trained with RTR Pilates Training in Fall 2013 and fell in love with Pilates even more. So much so, that in May of 2014 she left the corporate world to join RTR Pilates full time as the Director of Instructor Development. In fall 2017 she trained with STOTT Pilates as well to further develop her skills. 

Inspiring others to become Pilates instructors and overseeing the on-boarding process brings Leeor happiness and increases her drive to become a strong instructor in the class room and an even stronger trainer for her colleagues. 

Tanya Edwards

Tanya discovered and fell in love with Pilates a few months after moving to Maryland. She attended both Mat and Reformer Pilates classes and was amazed at the “whole body” approach and results… leaving her with a feeling of strength and rejuvenation. She believed in the practice and the results so much that she wanted to share it with others and began teaching Mat Pilates and Yoga classes four and a half years ago. Since then, Tanya participated in and completed the inaugural Potomac Pilates instructor training course and now teaches reformer Pilates classes regularly for Potomac Pilates. She loves the relaxed atmosphere and family feel at the studios with both clients and fellow staff. Tanya especially loves meeting new clients and helping them progress in their Pilates practice. “I am continually amazed at how quickly a client can improve and see results from Pilates. That ‘aha moment’ is such a joy to see and I love being able to help our clients find their just-right challenge.”

Valerie Wiest

New mom and longtime fitness enthusiast, Valerie, began doing Pilates over 10 years ago at age 14. A former dancer and self proclaimed “gym rat” Valerie’s dedication to fitness is apparent in her classes. Although Valerie graduated as a language triple major from the University of Maryland in 2009, she found her true passion in teaching fitness classes. Driven by her desire to instill a love of exercise in others, she got certified to teach through PHI Pilates. In her pursuit of being a better instructor, Valerie also got recertified through Peak Pilates in 2013. In addition to her Pilates certification, Valerie is an ACE certified personal trainer, certified Beyond Barre instructor, and a certified spin instructor.

As the mother of a young child Valerie knows that the best workouts are efficient, making the most out of the time you have. Her teaching style is a testament to the fact that fitness classes can be challenging, efficient, effective and fun. Valerie practices what she preaches and uses a combination of Barre method, pilates and cardio and weight training to stay in shape. And it works!-- Who else do you know that walked out of the maternity ward wearing their pre-pregnancy jeans?

New to Pilates? Need a gentler workout? This class is for you. This 55-minute long Pilates class uses the Balanced Body Allegro II Reformer to teach proper alignment and the fundamentals of Pilates. We incorporate traditional Pilates principles with innovative strength training and cardio exercises to give you a total body workout that will strengthen and lengthen your muscles. This class focuses on the basics and is designed to leave you feeling refreshed while also helping to improve strength, flexibility and core stability. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jan 22 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Jan 22 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Cathy Sharma
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Jan 22 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Jan 22 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Julie Smith
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Jan 22 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Jan 22 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Jan 22 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Rachel Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Jan 22 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Naomi Hanfling
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Jan 23 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Jan 23 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Jan 23 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Monica Dowling
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Jan 23 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Cathy Sharma
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Wed Jan 23 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Jan 23 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Jan 23 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Jan 23 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Jan 23 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Jan 23 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Sheri Foxman
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase