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Valerie Patrick is the owner and director of Core Pilates & Yoga.  She has an extensive fitness and dance background and over 25 years of teaching, performing and choreography experience. Valerie has been dancing since the age of 4 and has years of experience in body mechanics, alignment and technique.

Valerie is a 3rd generation instructor through Balanced Body University and Power Pilates and is one of the only instructors in the area to achieve her Full Comprehensive Certification in Pilates.  Valerie is also a certified 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a member of Yoga Alliance.  She is also trained in Yoga Seniors, Kids and Prenatal.   Valerie has worked with master trainers such as Brooke Siler, Mari Windsor, Alycea Ungaro, Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste and Doug Swenson.

Valerie has been an instructor at Syracuse University where she trained the women's crew team in Pilates and Yoga.  She was the past director of dance at the CNY Gymnastics Center and the National School of Gymnastics.  Valerie has also trained the Cirque du Soleil Alegria National Touring Performers.  Valerie continues her education with her focus specifically in rehabilitation by taking courses at Upstate Hospital and other certified Pilates & Yoga education institutes.

Some of her choreography credits include ChicagoFiddler on the RoofJesus Christ Superstar and Bye, Bye Birdie. In addition to choreographing several local stage productions, Valerie has also played numerous roles in many musical theater productions, including Chorus LineChicagoCabaretAnything Goes and The King and  I.  Valerie is also a contributing fitness writer for Syracuse Women’s Magazine.

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Tracey Gregory – Certified Pilates Instructor

Through Pilates I’ve discovered an entirely new way to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle; a way that makes it easy to look and feel your best. I am truly amazed at what Pilates has done for me! Through my 4+ years of practice, I have relieved years of lower back pain due to 12 years as a gymnast, and I have gotten leaner, stronger, and more toned all over.

Beginning in March of 2012, I decided I wanted to share the principles, joy and restorative power that Pilates has brought to me, with others. Through Balanced Body University, I have taken the Mat Pilates Instructor Training.  I’ve come across 2 big misconceptions about Pilates. 1. You have to be flexible, and 2. The workout isn’t effective because you may not be dripping with sweat. In my opinion, both are untrue – I will work with your flexibility level which naturally improves as you learn the exercises and become stronger, and I do my best to ensure that each student will break a sweat! I want to make this is as challenging as possible for your fitness level, so that you will see improvement and results.

Anyone can benefit from Pilates; those seeking positive changes in self-image, those looking to increase athletic performance, and even those just looking to ease the ability of performing everyday tasks. Like anything, change takes time, but if you are dedicated to regular Pilates sessions, positive changes in your life are inevitable! I look forward to meeting and working with each and every one of you. Change starts today!

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Kristin Weigl – Registered Yoga Instructor

I received both trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I began practicing yoga years ago as a skeptic with the intention of just getting in shape but what I acquired from my first class was much more. I discovered that yoga was an invitation to try something, see what happens and accept whatever occurs. With the calm and compassionate mind I gained for myself and others I knew this would now be a part of me.

Keeping in mind that yoga is practice, I strive to take it with me once off the mat. I hope to remain in awe of the world around me taking in my experiences and sharing what I've learned. As a teacher I cannot tell you what you will experience, your experience is your own. I am simply a guide.

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Rachel Belair

Rachel has twenty years of dance experience which has expanded into the realm of fitness. Rachel studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop while growing up and studied modern dance at LeMoyne College. After college, Rachel found Zumba as a way to continue dancing and became a certified instructor in 2010, wth a few months of her first class. She has taught at numerous facilities but has found a new studio to call home at Core Pilates & Yoga. Rachel is very appreciative of Valerie for allowing her the oportunity to return to her dance roots and teach Hip-Hop Cardio Dance classes. Rachel loves helping others acheive their fitness goals while having fun. She is continuing her fitness education by studying to become a Pilates instructor through the Balanced Body program. Rachel would like to invite you to take part in one of her classes - have fun, work out & dance!

 

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Dr. Scott Treatment – Pilates Instructor

Core Pilates & Yoga is pleased to introduce Scott Treatman as a new instructor.
Dr. Scott Treatman is Director of Employee Health at Crouse Hospital and is a specialist in Occupational Medicine. Has been a student of Val’s for many years. He has embarked on Balanced Body Pilates training program and has been teaching “Hard Core Pilates” and Sculpt & Tone Pilates at Crouse for over a year. Scott blends his Pilates teaching with mindful awareness of posture, movement, and core engagement. He is also a certified physician acupuncturist and teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction programs and may offer that training at Core Pilates & Yoga this coming Spring.  Please join him on this path.

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Gina Galli – Registered Yoga Instructor

In August 2012, I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Life Institute in Devon, PA. The program is a yearlong intensive that includes theory-practice continuum that goes beyond anatomy and physiology and includes the spiritual/philosophical groundwork of yoga. I was honored to be a student of Dr. Bob Butera, Ph. D. and his wife Kristen.

I went through several specialized workshops that included breathing techniques, relaxation and stress reduction, meditation, Yin Yoga, partners yoga, yoga nutrition, Aryvedic practices, Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga Therapy, wall yoga, Yin Yoga, vocal practice in yoga, Yoga Nidra and several workshops in class sequencing.  I had the great pleasure to start my program with a 4 day intensive with the master gurus from Yoga Institute in Santacruz, Mumbai, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and Smt. Hansaji Yogendra. 

As far as my personal journey through yoga, I started taking classes in 2003 when I was riding on a long distance cycling team. I began to see the physical benefits of yoga and also great benefits from breathing techniques.  I enjoy teaching others and encouraging them through their personal discovery. In my teachings I blend various breathing techniques, meditation, guided relaxation, restorative, spiritual teachings as well as beginner and more vigorous asanas and vinyasa. I like to end my class with an inspirational reading or blessing to inspire you as you go on your own personal journey~ Namaste~

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Emma Gonzalez – Registered Yoga Instructor

Emma Gonzalez received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Dancing Mind Studio located in Falls Church, VA, in February 2014. Emma began her yoga journey in the summer of 2013, where she instantaneously felt a deep passion and drive to seek more of what yoga had to offer.

Shortly after completing her teacher training, she moved to Syracuse, NY from Maryland. In her classes, Emma incorporates joy, ease, and self inquiry. Her source of reward is being able to help her students feel the physicaland spiritual benefits of yoga while finding their edge, no matter where that may be. Emma invites you to open up your heart, and to lay it all out on the mat.

'In order to be truthful, you must embrace your total being.' - Rumi

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Allison Woznica – Registered Yoga Instructor

Allison has been practicing yoga since 2009 when a friend introduced her to yoga therapy. She loved feeling the healing power of her own body and wisdom, so she decided to learn more about the mind-body practice by attending regular Hatha and Kripalu based yoga classes.

The beauty of meditation-in-motion and tuning in to what the body is saying has helped Allison overcome many of life's common stressors, including anxiety and an eating disorder.
She is grateful to have completed her 200hr YTT at Kripalu School of Yoga & Ayurveda in the beautiful Berkshires Mountains of Western Massachusetts. She is now a member of the KYTA and RYT through the Yoga Alliance.

Allison's motto for yoga is: No flexibility, no problem. The only flexibility required is your mind. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and learn to love yourself again from the inside out. Namasté.

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Erin McDonald – Pilates Instructor

A native of Long Island, Erin, along with her husband Doug and two dogs, made Liverpool their home. Erin has owned her own business since 2006 and during that time, was introduced to Pilates.

Erin has been practicing Pilates since 2009 with Valerie Patrick.  Tired of the gym scene, she was looking for something different and challenging.  Becoming inspired and seeing how Pilates had helped her to destress from everyday life, Erin decided to become an instructor and began her studies in 2010.   She looks forward to helping others get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday demands with a great overall workout. In addition to running her own business, Erin now teaches part time for Core Pilates and Yoga.

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DJ Hellerman – Certified Pilates Instructor

DJ is a Balanced Body trained Pilates Instructor. After running Cross Country in college, he began incorporating Pilates exercises into his training as a way to prepare for long distance events. Since 2003, DJ has been an American Council on Exercise certified Personal Trainer and teaches cycling and bootcamp-style classes. He started teaching Pilates in 2011.

Truthfully, endurance training is an amazing excuse for him to listen to as much music as possible.