We're very excited to welcome new faces to our expert team! We're proud to introduce three outstanding Pilates Instructors and a Client Care specialist. Get to know Alayna, Cynthia, and Maru with a Private Session during your ideal appointment time before their schedules fill up! Heather will be happy to help you with scheduling! You'll find her at our front desk on weekdays.
Alayna had taught Pilates- in Nantucket, Maui and in NYC, where she owns a studio- for more than a decade before her marriage brought her to Atlanta. She has studied at The Pilates Center as well as in the Kathy Grant Heritage Program under Cara Reeser. Kathy Grant was one of Joseph Pilates' primary proteges. Most recently, Alayna completed the Fletcher Intensive, a study of yet another of Pilates' proteges who developed a Pilates-inspired curriculum called The Fletcher Work in LA.
Maru is a native Puerto Rican who started studying Pilates with Lolita San Miguel at age 12 as part of her ballet training. Lolita is one of a handful of teachers still alive who studied directly with Joseph Pilates in New York City. As Maru's ballet career grew, so did her love of the Pilates work, and she earned her certification through Lolita San Miguel's Pilates Master Teacher program. Maru owns two Pilates & Barre studios in Puerto Rico and lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.
Cynthia came to Pilates through Physical Therapy after a lifetime of athleticism, including competitive fencing and bicycle tours throughout the US, led to severe hip pain. The transformative, unique benefits of Classical Pilates inspired Cynthia, at age 58, to pursue Pilates teacher training. Her prior career was in Environmental Consulting. Cynthia earned her certification from world-renowned The Pilates Center's Intermediate Pilates Teacher Training Program, in partnership with Host Studio CORE! Cynthia believes that when someone is more comfortable in their body, they can more freely share their gifts with the world. She loves sharing the unique benefits of Classical Pilates and seeing the positive changes that happen when people commit to this extraordinary movement system.
Client Care Specialist
A native Atlantan, Heather has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 10 years as a hotel acting manager, in both spa and front office departments, with notable brands such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Marriott International, and Sofitel Hotels. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Science with a concentration in pre-medical studies from California State University Northridge. In addition to her extensive hospitality experience, Heather has traveled the world performing, teaching, and adjudicating dance competitions.
Excellent, personalized customer service is important to Heather, especially in the health and wellness industry. She is excited to be a part of the team at CORE and is looking forward to assisting clients with all of their wishes and needs and to personally learning more about Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Redcord methods.
Alayna, Maru, Cynthia, and Heather exemplify our CORE values of authenticity, adaptability, growth, and passion for transforming lives through movement. We're happy to welcome these great new faces to our team!