Our Instructors

Get to know them!

Kim Almquist

Kim integrates Pilates, dance training and other bodywork influences to help her clients achieve wellness and balance. Having healed from major abdominal surgery herself, she enjoys helping people of any circumstance feel better and get stronger. Teaching throughout NYC, Kim has gained specific experience with pre/post-natal, geriatrics, osteoporosis, and disc injuries, to name a few. She received her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration and continues her education with a wide variety of teachers and experts. In 2010, she studied at FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries), a cadaver lab workshop for movement professionals at Mt Sinai Medical Center. Kim also co-directs Banana Peel Dance, a collective of dancers, comedians and musicians. She teaches dance in various public schools as well as the United Nations International School.

Kesa Huey

Kesa Huey is a professional dancer, teacher and arts administrator. She has been practicing Pilates for 16 years, and dancing even longer. Looking for ways to stay healthy and strong, she always winds around to more Pilates; she received her Pilates teacher certification with Ellie Herman. Kesa has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance, and currently works with Ana Isabel Keilson (NY) and Anne-Sophie Fenner’s flowingdancecompany (Zürich). Kesa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in anthropology and dance.

Viki Kelly

Viki is a gymnastics instructor who found Pilates through an ad on a laundromat wall. Following this serendipitous beginning, the mental and physical improvements that resulted from her increased dedication to Pilates was astounding. Her desire to share this discovery with others inspired Viki to pursue her Mat and Reformer certifications at Pilates Academy International and training in Pilates through pregnancy with Pilates Method Alliance. Viki’s detail oriented nature comes through during every class as she cues each movement. Viki completed her equipment certifications at Ellie Herman Studios.

Rachel Lynch-john

Rachel Lynch-John moved to New York from her native England in 1989. She is certified in Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga (EDMY), and Embodied Anatomy and Yoga (EAY) and is an Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) through the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has assisted Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (founder of the School Body-Mind Centering®) she taught in the EAY and EDMY yoga teacher training programs in NYC and Berkeley California. Rachel began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1990, and has assisted her Iyengar teacher, Genny Kapuler since 2001. Along with teaching yoga classes to all levels, Rachel teaches prenatal yoga classes and runs infant developmental movement classes for Mothers and Baby’s from birth to walking. She also works with people with scoliosis and back issues. Rachel has taught in teacher training programs in Japan, and presently teaches in teacher training programs in Brooklyn and New York City. Originally trained as a dancer in London England Rachel was the recipient of a 1999 “Bessie” (NY dance and performance award).

Dan Rindler

Dan Rindler, began studying the Feldenkrais Method® in 2000 and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Certified Child’Space Practitioner. He trained with Chava Shelhav to specialize in working with infants and young children and continues to work Dr. Shelhav as an assistant in her training programs. Dan works with all ages and walks of life, from infants to elderly people. He aims to help people out of the pain or difficulties that are limiting their lives and to help them find easier, more coordinated, balanced and aligned action. The method is helpful to a wide range of people: from those with back pain or other chronic conditions, neurological conditions, anxiety, infants with delays, and also performing artists, athletes, & even yoga practitioners looking to improve what they do. Dan is also the director of Child’Space NYC, which offers classes for infants and parents.

Sarah Rivkin

Sarah has been engaged in a lifelong exploration of breath, movement, and the flow of energy, first as a classical singer, and for the past ten years as a practitioner of Chinese medicine. She holds a masters of science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, is a New York State-licensed acupuncturist, and is nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine.

Robin Schiff

Robin Schiff has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1990 and began incorporating Pilates in to her work in 2004. She developed the Alexander Technique and Pilates programs at Brooklyn College for their Physical Education and Exercise Science Department where she has been teaching faculty and students since 2003. Robin is the Alexander Technique specialist for the Division of Complementary Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital. Other local institutions where she has taught include Mannes College of Music (regular and extension divisions) and Kingsborough Community College. She maintains a private studio in Park Slope and enjoys working with a diverse range of students. Robin holds a BA in Music Therapy and certifications in the Alexander Technique (M.AmSAT, ACAT) and Pilates (previously Physical Mind Institute at Movements Afoot and currently through Balanced Body).

Nicole Watkins

Nicole is a modern dancer and certified pilates instuctor. She completed her certification with Ellie Herman Studio, and also holds a Mat pilates certification with Power Pilates. She has a passion for discovering and sharing the complexities of the body, as well as the knowledge it gives us. Nicole aims to help people find greater body awareness while providing a challenging workout at any fitness level.

Lauree Wise

Lauree Wise, (M.S., OTR, IDME, CMA) is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator with over 15 years experience working with infants and young children. She holds a master of science from Columbia University, is a certified Laban Movement analyst and a Body Mind Centering® practitioner. She has facilitated developmental playgroups, workshops on “Tummy Time”, and provided services for children with special needs through public and private settings. Her classes are both playful and layered with relevant information on the developmental process. In addition, Lauree has been an invited presenter at the Citywide Infant Toddler conferences, the Body Mind Centering Association Conference, and has taught on the faculties of the Center for Kinesthetic Edcuationand the Spanda Yoga teacher training. Lauree maintains a private practice working with infants, children, and adults through their lifespan.

Josephine

Josephine  received her Pilates mat and equipment training through Kinected and the Kane School. She works with her clients to develop greater physical intelligence, empowering them to move with grace, strength, clarity and awareness. Josephine is also a modern dancer, a former lawyer, and an avid cook and traveler.