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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 30 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.

“I turned to Pilates to help with a congenital back condition after nothing else worked. When I realized how rehabilitative Pilates was I decided I wanted to help other people the way it helped me. Practicing yoga kept me calm, flexible and focused. Even though both disciplines are different they work beautifully together to keep my core strong and flexible.”

Valerie is a 3rd generation instructor through Balanced Body University and Power Pilates and is one of few 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 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 training the women's crew team. She has also taught at Crouse Hospital, the Syracuse Post Standard, AXA , Upstate and National Grid. Valerie was the past director of dance at the CNY Gymnastics Center and the National School of Gymnastics along with many local dance studios and fitness centers.

Some of her choreography credits include Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus 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 Line, Chicago, Cabaret, Anything Goes and The King and I.

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Rachel Belair

My passion for the uniqueness of the human body stems from 20+ years of taking and teaching dance lessons.  I had become aware that each person's body is unique and not everyone is built to perform each task the same.  This realization has become even more evident with my immersion into Pilates practice and instruction.  Not everyone has to flexible and strong to practice Pilates; you just have to have the will to improve your well-being at your own pace.

I originally started as a Zumba instructor at the studio in 2010, but quickly fell in love with Pilates.  I took a Pilates course in college and enjoyed the way my body felt re-energized after each practice.  I wanted to share that feeling with others.  I have been trained to instruct Barre and Mat classes through Balanced Body University and am currently working towards my certifications.  I welcome you to join me for a Pilates Barre or Mat class and enjoy the fun atmosphere I like to create!

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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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Tracey Gregory – Certified Pilates Instructor

Through Pilates I have discovered an entirely new way to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle!  Over the 6+ years of my own Pilates practice, I have relieved years of lower back pain due to 12 years as a gymnast, and have gotten leaner, stronger, and more toned all over. Now, as a Balanced Body University certified Mat Pilates instructor, and trained Barre instructor, I am able to share the principles, joy and transformative power that Pilates has brought to me, with others.

One of my many passions is working with people and helping them to reach their goals. 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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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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Rachael Dydyk – Registered Yoga Instructor

Rachael Dydyk, has worked in the medical field for over nineteen years and is a registered 200 hr yoga instructor with The Yoga Alliance. Rachael, initially fell in love with yoga through cross training for marathons. Wanting to deepen her understanding of the practice and share her mind body awareness with others, she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program at the Lotus Life Yoga Center in Dewitt, NY.

Rachael’s classes will incorporate all the fundamentals of traditional yoga by combining deep breathing, physical practice and meditation, as well as help find a peaceful balance for life experiences.

Drawing upon both her medical and yoga expertise, Rachael also provides yoga training to individuals experiencing a wide range of physical and medical challenges associated with mobility and stress related problems.

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Rebecca Alexander – Certified Yoga Instructor

Rebecca is a certified Yoga Instructor and student of the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health. Her practice is a blend of yoga postures, relaxing breathing techniques, meditation, philosophy, and spirituality. In addition to yoga she studies abstract art and is a Physical Therapy doctorate student. Rebecca is passionate about her practice and dedicated to sharing a challenging, introspective sequence with each class. She draws from her experience as a student of the musculoskeletal system, art and philosophy to create unique sequences designed to invite students to peer within.

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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 physical and 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