Mara’s mission is to help you discover how Pilates can increase your body and mind connection and empower you to God's gift of a healthy lifestyle. Mara is passionate about Pilates and in 2009 she completed the Fletcher Pilates Licensing Courses on Matwork, Towelwork, Spine Corrector, Reformer, Advanced Reformer and Floorwork. In 2012 she obtained her Comprehensive Program certification at Lonestar Pilates with Laura West and Tammy Jones as her mentors, and became a Fletcher Pilates® Qualified Teacher. She continued to follow her desire to grown as an instructor and in April 2013 she earned her Worldwide PMA®-CPT Certification. Among her CEU's include Pilates and ADHD, Pilates multiple sclerosis and other Neurological Conditions and Cancer Exercise Trainer Certification. Mara also has certifications in CPR and First Aid. In addition, Mara has taken several yoga workshops, and is on her way to obtain her 200 hours Yoga Certification from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute with Beryl Bender Birch, under Nydia's Yoga Therapy mentor ship. Prior to joining Club Pilates Atascocita, Mara taught Yoga and Pilates at different Health Clubs like Spectrum, Gold's Gym, Triton Sports Center, YMCA. She also worked at Pilates, Yoga and Dance Studios and as an in-house health programs for Corporations like Zachry in San Antonio, TX and as private instructor. Mara earned a Degree for Business Administration and is married for over 30 years to her love, a former pilot and together they have 3 wonderful girls.
Margaret combines her love of yoga and Pilates to bring her clients an unique approach to fitness. She has been practicing Pilates since 2007, studying various method and styles. She has also practiced Lyengar Yoga since 2002. Margaret has completed the comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Margaret’s mission is to use the principles of Pilates & yoga to help clients find strength, flexibly, and a healthy body while making Pilates innovative, challenging and fun!
Wendy Hepguler first fixed her sights on Pilates while teaching Group Exercise in NW Houston. It was the flow and the ease of movement that created a breathtaking experience for her. Now after years of taking and teaching classes, Wendy’s come to Club Pilates Atascocita to share her will and desire for Pilates and its Principles. Wendy took Stott Mat IMP & AP training classes while studying Pilates on equipment in Katy, TX with Pam Blangy. Then while in Denver, she studied at Amy Taylor Alpers’ and Rachel Taylor Segel’s The Pilates Center, which lead to taking classes at The Pilates Loft with Jamie Ward who trained two years with Ron Fletcher himself. Wendy came home to Texas and began her formal Pilates equipment teacher training program at The Gulf Coast Pilates in Kingwood. She procured a position at Life Time Fitness as a Mind & Body Instructor teaching Pilates in the Personal Training Department. It was there she was introduced to the Peak program. With all these disciplines under her belt she enjoys nothing more than diving head first into training, teaching, and sharing her knowledge of Pilates.
Trina, is a Louisiana native, while in the Oil & Gas industry she was transferred to Texas, and for 18 years has been calling our close knit community home. In 2008, she left corporate America to be a stay home mom, between her and husband Devin; they have 5 children and 2 grand-kids and she wanted to spend some quality time with them. Trina fell in love with Pilates after taking some classes, not only did she benefit immensely from this type of mind-body exercise, but she also saw firsthand how Pilates could improve everyone’s lives. Trina practiced and trained on her own prior to become one of our original members in the Atascocita studio and take her passion to the next level by getting her comprehensive certification through Club Pilates. Trina brings some spunk to the team, and you will love her enthusiasm and sense of humor as she helps you build strength, flexibility and balance.
Katharine is from Great Britain and has a degree in Women’s Studies, she moved from London to Houston 10 years ago and is a Kingwood resident. After her move she worked in a gym as a personal fitness trainer and it was there she discovered her passion for Pilates. Katharine loves the emphasis on control, precision, and form you can get from Pilates. It’s about getting back to basics, connecting your brain with your body and build strength from that solid foundation you are getting from the workout. Katherine holds the following certifications: ACE certified Personal trainer, Stott trained Pilates instructor, REPS The Register of Exercise Professionals UK level 3 Advanced Instructor, Bender Barre certified Instructor, MELT Method certified hand & foot pain management Instructor, Certified Vibro kinetic trainer level 1 & 2 and Pink Ribbon certified breast cancer Pilates instructor. In her free time, she loves to walk, play golf and tennis.
Pamela lives in Liberty near her precious grandchildren, she was one of our original members in Atascocita studio. After benefiting from her classes and learning how to exercise with the movement principles established by Joseph Pilates , she was inspired to become an instructor. Pamela saw firsthand how much Pilates was helping her and her classmates, all of whom had different backgrounds and different needs. It was clear Pilates was good for anyone and everyone, and she wanted to be a part of it. Pamela followed her new found passion and pursued mat and reformer training and got her certification from Balance Body. Pamela is continuing her learning to become a comprehensive certified instructor. Creating a positive and safe environment in her classes is always her top priority. Come see her at the Club!
Jennifer is a Houston native that found her passion with Pilates in 2010 after being referred by a Dr. for pain issues. Being a cancer survivor, she was always looking for better ways to live a healthier life. After the great outcome she had with her practice of Pilates, she became such an advocate for its benefits that she wanted to deepen her knowledge and share it with others. Jennifer completed the comprehensive training program through Balanced Body University and has studied with multiple teachers, physical therapists and movement educators. She current maintains CPR and AED certifications as well. Jennifer passion has been rehabilitation and she continues to advance her training in this area. She loves helping our members see the benefits of Pilates; improving muscular strength and endurance. She focuses on teaching members to get a good workout while still maintaining alignment and body awareness. Jennifer loves to create a comfortable environment in her classes, which brings better communication. Her goal is to teach others the importance of keeping a good exercise routine as well as the satisfaction that comes from carving out a small piece of time in the midst of a busy life!
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