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!

Kristin Schneider

Kristin Schneider

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!

Shelley Stuart

A lifelong athlete, Maryland native, avid traveler, outdoor enthusiast, dog lover, mom of three and loyal client to RTR from the beginning, Shelley found that Pilates complements her active lifestyle. Pilates increases core strength, improves muscle imbalances, flexibility and can transform a body from bulky to long and lean....who cannot benefit from all of that?! Shelley's love of Pilates led her to complete Rock The Reformer Pilates instructor training. She hopes to help clients find their Pilates passion (and powerhouse!) while attending one of her classes.

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.

Cyndi Hann

Cyndi Hann found that Pilates complimented her running, and decided to become an instructor. Cyndi is a marathon and relay runner, she was injured with a foot injury that stopped her from doing what she loved the most. Pilates helped her surpass this injury and this inspired her to get certified to become a Pilates instructor. She got certified through PHI Pilates with additional training through Body College. PHI Pilates Studio is located in Pittsburgh and emphasizes focusing on your body, good posture, and healthy movement patterns. Cyndi has been teaching at Potomac Pilates for 4 years now, and is a local Potomac resident. She has four children and has a degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Maryland, College Park. She loves to teach Pilates classes and help clients achieve their goals.

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?

Rachel Petruccelli

I found Mat Pilates in early 2000 after a car accident. I couldn't dance ballet any longer and I needed something that lengthened and strengthened just like dance. Instantly I was hooked to the mental and physically benefits of Pilates. I brought Pilates to everyone I knew, my family, friends, and fellow Washington Redskins cheerleaders. People through to was a little crazy because back then it wasn't main stream, now they all do it!
In 2012 after practicing many different types of yoga and Pilates, I became certified through balance body and made my home at Potomac Pilates.
No matter how busy life gets at home or at work I am committed to Pilates once a day. The benefits are real, and they will change your life. Come take a class with me, I promise you will love it!
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:

  • Sat Nov 17 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Sat Nov 17 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Sara Latham
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Sat Nov 17 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Ketrina Sharp
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Sat Nov 17 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Sat Nov 17 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Naomi Hanfling
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sat Nov 17 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sat Nov 17 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Shelley Stuart
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sun Nov 18 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sun Nov 18 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Cyndi Hann
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Sun Nov 18 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Sara Latham
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Sun Nov 18 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Sun Nov 18 2:15 pm - 3:10 pm with Sara Latham
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls
  • Sun Nov 18 3:15 pm - 4:10 pm with Naomi Hanfling
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Sun Nov 18 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Shelley Stuart
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Sun Nov 18 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Mon Nov 19 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Mon Nov 19 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Ketrina Sharp
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Mon Nov 19 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Rachel Petruccelli
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Mon Nov 19 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Ketrina Sharp
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Mon Nov 19 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Great Falls