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Valerie Patrick - Certified Master Pilates Instructor and E-RYT, Owner

Valerie's passion for Pilates and Yoga began when a congenital back condition slowed down her dance and teaching career. Seeing the benefits it brought to her health she completed her comprehensive and classical Pilates certification through Power Pilates and Balanced Body University while also pursuing her 200 hour yoga training. Valerie is a continuing education provider and member of Yoga Alliance. Her focus is on alignment, balance and symmetry. She specifically works with clients who come to Pilates and Yoga for rehabilitation purposes.

Continuing education is important and vital to bringing the best possible class experience to her students. Valerie makes it a point to attend workshops with the top master trainers in the field. She has worked with Mari Winsor, Alycea Ungaro, Mejo Wiggins, Brooke Siler, Peter Fiasca, Baron Baptiste and Doug Swenson.

Valerie has a warm, safe approach and her teaching style allows students to be at ease from a beginner to advanced level. Valerie has taught at Syracuse University, Crouse Hospital and various other companies in the area. Along with extensive experience working with dancers, gymnasts and athletes Valerie was most honored to work with the Cirque du Soleil Alegria National Touring Performers and the Cirque OVO tour. She hopes that you can experience all the benefits that Pilates and Yoga have to offer.

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Sam White – Registered Yoga Instructor

Sam first started practicing yoga in 2013 as a way to be able to do cool poses. She discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2015, and after her first Led Half-Primary class, she knew that the practice was going to have a major impact on her life. Even with the intention of just getting a good workout and achieving new poses, the magic of a daily yoga practice was working on Sam. She believes that yoga is partially responsible for her recovery from an eating disorder.

Noticing the effect it was having on her, Sam started to explore the other aspects of yoga, and in 2017 she completed a 200-hour teacher training from Boston Yoga School under the instruction of Ame Wren and Tiffany Cagwin. She has also had the honor to study traditional Ashtanga yoga with Harmony Slater and Peg Mulqueen. Sam believes that asanas (poses) are tools for students to get a good look at who they really are and to heal both physically and mentally. Her classes incorporate yogic philosophy, Ayurvedic healing principles, and healthy alignment to give students a safe space to learn about yoga and themselves.

 

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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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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.

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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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Kim O'Connor – Registered Yoga Instructor

Kim began practicing yoga in 2014 and immediately fell in love with yoga. She quickly learned not only did yoga provide health benefits, but also just as importantly she realized her yoga mat provided her calm and balance she needed in her life. Kim completed her training with Boston Yoga School in May 2017 and is a RYT-200 registered yoga teacher.

Her classes incorporate proper alignment, the breath, and moving mindfully through the postures. In addition, students can expect fun as well as relaxation in a safe environment for all levels, regardless of age or ability. Kim loves practicing and teaching yoga and plans to continue expanding her knowledge through continuing education.

 

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Lauren Zacher – Certified Barre Instructor

Lauren has always been one to try different forms of physical activity. Playing sports throughout her life, cheerleading in High School, Yoga classes, kickboxing, running 5ks, hiking and different obstacle races. Group classes were always something she enjoyed due to the sense of community. 

Three years ago Lauren began practicing barre from the comfort of home and soon began finding studios that offered classes. In the summer of 2017 she began training to be an instructor. Barre has brought a joy and passion to her life. Within her barre practice she pulls from ballet, yoga and Pilates. She loves sharing her passion with her students and seeing them build strength and confidence! .