Level 2 | Pilates Class


This class is taught by:

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.

Kristin Schneider

Kristin Schneider

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.

Joanne Gavula

Joanne’s journey to Pilates began as a client in 2013. An avid fitness enthusiast, tennis player and runner, Joanne began to feel that her weight training and cardio regimen had hit a plateau. Her work out routine had become too predictable and was getting stale. She needed a jump start so she set her sights on Pilates.
 
After her first month, she began to see uniform changes in her body that was the result of challenging specific muscles groups in a different way. More importantly, she had renewed energy and a deeper focus during her sessions that proved to be the key difference. Her strides piqued her interest to understand more about the discipline, so she enrolled in the training course offered through Potomac Pilates. “I learned that when you work your body without fully engaging your mind, fitness goals can be left unmet. The manner in which exercises are performed is much more significant than time spent." With a Master’s Degree in Education, Joanne’s decision to instruct was a natural progression. “My goal is to help clients realize that Pilates strengthens and nurtures the mind as well as the body, and is beneficial for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. It improves flexibility and develops a strong powerhouse which is the corner stone of movement in our daily lives.”
 
Joanne has two children who have since left the nest and lives in McLean with her husband Steve.

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.”

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.

Leeor Pilo

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. 

When she is not training instructors or in the class room you can find her on 14th St. listening to local music, making jewelry for her company Vylet Collections, or at home curled up with her cat.

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?

If you're looking to kick your workout up a notch, then this 55-minute intermediate Pilates class is for you! Designed for the more experienced Pilates-goer, our Level 2 classes incorporate new exercises and increased repetitions to keep your workout challenging and fresh. Traditional Pilates principles are combined with innovative strength-training and cardio exercises to give you a serious full-body workout.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon May 22 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Cyndi Hann
    at The Palisades
  • Mon May 22 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at The Palisades
  • Mon May 22 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Shelley Stuart
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Mon May 22 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Isabel Andreasen
    at McLean
  • Mon May 22 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Mon May 22 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Mon May 22 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Monica Dowling
    at McLean
  • Mon May 22 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Eden Ellis
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Mon May 22 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Shelley Stuart
    at The Palisades
  • Tue May 23 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Isabel Andreasen
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Tue May 23 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Felicia Curry
    at The Palisades
  • Tue May 23 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Cathy Sharma
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Tue May 23 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at McLean
  • Tue May 23 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Tue May 23 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Leeor Pilo
    at The Palisades
  • Tue May 23 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at Potomac Promenade
  • Tue May 23 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Leeor Pilo
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase
  • Tue May 23 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at McLean
  • Tue May 23 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Elizabeth Sage
    at Wisconsin Place - Chevy Chase