Carla was first drawn to pilates in 1998 while recovering from injuries that did not improve after years of traditional physical therapy approaches. She found a Pilates studio that offered a rehabilitative approach to Pilates and her life was changed. She spent the following years in a long, involved training to learn how to teach movement retraining to others. In 2002, she became a certified Pilates instructor through The Physical Mind Institute and has also studied the STOTT PILATES method extensively. She studied and worked at The Albemarle Center for Health & Rehabilitation and found that years of working with an injured population taught her the art of seeing structural imbalances clearly.
Holding a BA in Philosophy and Religion, Carla returned to school to study the sciences in 2005 and continues to study movement analysis and physical therapy techniques. She opened Posture Studio to keep others from developing chronic pain in their own lives.
Carla currently works with a range of people, varying from post-rehabilitative clients to athletes. She also enjoys mentoring other instructors by teaching them the art of seeing and correcting postural alignment. She has a clear way of instructing that leaves clients feeling more knowledgeable about ways to approach movement in daily life and in exercise.
Liz first discovered Pilates as a way to deepen her awareness of mind/body techniques and anatomical knowledge, and continues to study movement analysis and postural retraining techniques.
In 2005 while dancing for a company in New York City, Liz received her comprehensive Pilates certification at Sal Anthony's Movement Salon, a program which encouraged developmental dexterity. While earning her masters in dance at Temple, Liz also began practicing yoga and fell in love with the physical, mental and spiritual journey that each practice offered.
Liz holds a MFA in dance from Temple University in Philadelphia and has studied movement in various forms for most of her life. Liz has been a dancer in companies in New York and Philadelphia and an adjunct professor for dance at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Liz offers a unique perspective on movement. She has the aesthetic eye of a dancer, the postural and anatomical knowledge of a Pilates teacher, and the calm and clear presence of a yoga practitioner. She also enjoys teaching other forms of movement including both yoga and Pilates.
Faith has spent most of her life studying movement. She began studying dance at the age of 5. By 17, Faith had discovered that running, strength training, hiking, and practicing yoga & Pilates fed her love of moving while also supporting her dance training.
After receiving her degree in modern dance, Faith lived in Portland, Oregon, where she taught dance, mat Pilates, yoga, strength training, and worked as a personal trainer while also dancing professionally.
Faith moved to Charlottesville in 2010 and has continued teaching in the Charlottesville area. Faith holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She has been a dance faculty at Piedmont Virginia Community College and also at teaches at ACAC.
Faith's teaching is easily described as lovely with the intellect to accompany her teaching gift. Faith approaches her classes with a comprehensive knowledge base and a calm awareness that is palpable.
Heidi has been a group exercise instructor since 1997 and a personal athletic trainer since 2008. Heidi has a natural gift for working with people. Her knowledge base allows her to offer a strength training approach to teaching Pilates.
Heidi has pursued a life of physical and emotional health and works to empower others on their healing journey. Her Master's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and her Strategic Intervention Board Certified Coach training come through in her nurturing way of approaching her clients while also pushing them to go farther.
With a knack for postural analysis and movement retraining, Heidi is great at assisting people through difficult movements with a sense of humor that keeps even her hardest classes lighthearted and fun. Heidi's classes are initially focused on form and function, and quickly shift to challenging the student to break through both physical and mental barriers.
Bettina received her B.A. in Dance and Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College in 2007, and has danced with both ballet and contemporary companies from New York to Los Angeles. Bettina was first introduced to Pilates as a teenager as a way to rehabilitate her body after an injury, and has continued classes ever since.
In 2010, Bettina received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing an emphasis in dance medicine during her graduate studies. As dance is a passion of hers, Bettina incorporates her movement background into her physical therapy treatment and has gone even further by blending Pilates training into her practice.
Bettina received a comprehensive Pilates for Rehabilitation certification through Polestar Pilates, and has loved being able to integrate her studies to educate people on posture, alignment, pain management and injury prevention.
Currently, Bettina works as an orthopedic physical therapist at ACAC, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 small boys.
Sarah started her daily yoga practice about 5 years ago, but has been active most of her life. Since receiving her teaching certification in 2016, Sarah has discovered a passion for anatomy and movement science. A lifelong student, Sarah has studied with Ray Long and participated in distance learning with Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff. Sarah received her BS in Psychology from George Mason University. She hopes to combine her love of neuroscience with her love of biomechanics by learning more about neurocognitive control in movement perception. She uses her personal experience and training to influence the content of her classes and help her students discover mindful movement. Sarah enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities.
Monica began practicing yoga in 1996 in a successful effort to stop chronic back and rib pain that she had her entire life. Over the past two decades, yoga has taken her on many journeys, both spiritually and physically. Focused on healthy alignment, her classes bring awareness to the body in space and the relationship between engagement of the body and movement. Monica has been teaching full time since moving to Charlottesville in 2011 and continues her studies in anatomy, breath, and movement.
Challenging her students both mentally and physically in her rope wall classes, she blends core activation, conditioning movement, strength building, alignment and relaxation. The techniques learned can be applied off of the rope wall and onto the mat for any other physical practice.
When Monica isn't teaching and practicing; she's busy taking care of her family, trying to be cool enough to hang out with her teenager, and searching for the best dessert in Charlottesville.
Elizabeth Beasley (apprentice teacher) is a Community Relations at UVA Health System who is passionate about helping others and has felt privileged to work in community health in Charlottesville since 2005. When Elizabeth is not working, she loves to sing, cook, hang with family, play tennis, garden, and she loves Pilates! A student at Posture Studio for many years, Elizabeth recently underwent her Stott Pilates training and is continuing to study at Posture Studio. We are honored to have Elizabeth join us at the studio.
Meredith began taking Pilates in 2008, after her second of three c-sections as an attempt to learn how to use her core after a traumatic surgery. Eleven years later, one more c-section, numerous marathons, and a new found addiction to tennis, Meredith had chronic injures and was feeling the pains of aging. As a certified barre instructor with an avid interest in body mechanics and anatomy, Meredith began researching how to heal herself and her clients to help reach their athletic goals while being injury-free. This is how she came to Posture Pilates Studio.
Meredith holds a BA in Art History and Comparative Literature, a BS in Biology from the University of Georgia, and a Masters in Art History and Educational Psychology. She completed her STOTT Pilates Intensive Reformer Instructor Program training in to November 2018. She is also a local real estate agent with Real Estate III, a former teacher, full time mom to 3 kids and 2 Newfoundland dogs, and is still wondering what she is going to be when she grows up.
Emily is a dancer and teacher with a passion for the transformative power of movement. She began her training at Dancers' Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee in German expressionist and Graham-based modern dance techniques under the direction of Irena Linn. Emily has an MFA in Dance (with an emphasis in Performance & Choreography) from Arizona State University and a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman's University.
Using a combination of experiential anatomy and creative imagery, Emily challenges her students to build strength, power, agility, balance, and flow. As a socially-engaged artist, a key part of her practice is developing collaborative environments in which all voices, bodies, and experiences are valued. When she isn't dancing or writing about dance, Emily loves running, hiking, eating great food, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with her family.
Shannon Slovensky Wells
Shannon holds a BS in Health Sciences and a M.Ed. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia. She has been teaching movement in Charlottesville since 2000, both in group and individual settings.
Shannon has worked with adults of all ages, but mostly elderly adults in a cardiac population. She first discovered Posture Studio as a client while working to help correct sports-related misalignment. Shannon continued to study Pilates and posture as a compliment to running, yoga and other activities.
Shannon brings a wealth of information to her clients with her compassionate teaching style.
MaryAnn’s adoration for movement education and awareness began in 2009 when she attended her first ashtanga vinyasa yoga class at ACAC. Originally hooked by the challenge of the postures, she found a gentle means to build strength throughout her body, alleviating chronic back pain and headaches she’d had since adolescence. Beyond the physical benefits, she realized the impact the practice was having in her day-to-day life and her mental and emotional well-being. Since then she’s dedicated her energies to an in-depth self-exploration as a means to share knowledge and understanding with others. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012 through Charlottesville Yoga School, and her 300 hour in 2016 through Om On Yoga in Richmond. In 2015 she completed a 50-hour barre teacher training through Spark Yoga in northern Virginia. MaryAnn is passionate about helping others find strength and understanding of their bodies and minds through the practices of yoga and barre. They are highly complementary to each other, but also to any fitness or mindfulness regime.
Elaine started her yoga practice as a college student in Colorado in the mid-90s. She became certified to teach in 2008. Over the past decade, she has taught in studios, corporate conference rooms, to senior government leaders, in schools, and at music festivals. These years of teaching Integral Yoga and Vinyasa classes gave Elaine opportunities to teach beginners, families and seasoned practitioners alike.
With a desire to be more inclusive in her teaching and increase her ability to help students with challenges both physically and emotionally, Elaine continued her training, becoming certified in yoga therapeutics, yoga for trauma, and myofascial release techniques.
Elaine is newly Stott Pilates trained and is continuing to study at Posture Studio. Pilates is the next step in the path to providing deeper and individual focus on anatomy, body awareness, and long term functional movement for her students.
Elaine's teaching is delivered with warmth and calm clarity. Her classes are often described as soothing yet quite challenging. She currently teaches yoga classes, workshops and special events for UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center.
In addition to being a movement teacher, Elaine works as a graphic designer, web developer, and doula.
Laura was born and raised in upstate New York, and trained to be a professional ballet dancer for 15 years. After dancing professionally, she began working as an Administrative Assistant with the Charlottesville Ballet, and as a freelance photographer.
Laura is now the Studio Manager at Posture Studio. She is utterly grateful about this position! When she's not working at the front desk, she loves learning about anatomy and how functional based training can help strengthen our bodies, prevent injuries and sustain stability.
A Functional-Based Training Approach to Pilates
Posture Studio Pilates is located at 218 West Market Street, on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VA. There are two unique studios:
Studio A is our rope wall, yoga, Pilates chair and workshop studio. This studio is located on the Market Street side of the building, next to Dinner At Home.
Studio B is our Pilates reformer, Pilates tower/cadillac and Pilates private/duet studio. This studio is located to the left of the Artful Lodger, towards the downtown mall.