Pilates encourages flexibility, control, balance, strength and prevention of injury. It integrates both strength and flexibility which will ultimately make you feel both alive and centered. You will feel your posture improve, blood flow increased, and a general sense of ease in everyday movement.
We require everyone to do at least one private before entering a group reformer class. For a healthy and safe body it is recommended to take anywhere from five to ten private sessions before taking reformer classes. Please call or visit us to schedule your first Private Pilates session!
artsy, simple, centered
Owner and Pilates instructor. Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Business Administration Degree from Loyola Marymount University. Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Participant in Yogaworks 200 HR TT and Leslie Howard Pelvic Floor TT. Current student at BASI Pilates.
"I grew up a dancer and always felt I understood and felt life best when I was dancing or moving my body. I've always been fairly private and quiet by nature, so for me, movement has always been my therapy and I've always used my body to navigate and understand my feelings. Yoga and Pilates helps us access and strengthen our inner world, while tapping into our true essence. I guess I just fell in love with the way Pilates and Yoga made me feel. Always evolving, always learning...I am forever a student." - Carly on why she does Pilates and Yoga
big hearted, creative, fashionable
Katherine Slay’s love for movement is infectious. With over 15 years teaching experience, she is a senior level Teacher Trainer in the Pilates industry and a master Teacher Trainer with BarreWRX USA teaching internationally and appearing in multiple modeling and fitness projects. Her dance career started in New York City at the age of 16 with the Joffrey Ballet, and her dance resume includes the title of Miss Dance California for Dance Masters of America, industrial performances with Tiffany and Co (Las Vegas, NV), and the movie The Big Lebowski (Hollywood,CA). She has served as a senior Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates and Classical Pilates Education and has been a presenter at both Pilates Method Alliance and IDEAfit conventions in the US. Katherine can be seen teaching a variety of workshops and classes in and around southern California including Pilates, Barre, and Yoga.
"I love Pilates. It is a lifestyle that is about empowerment through movement: strength and flexibility in both the body and mind. Throw in some laughter to that equation and you have the perfect practice."
posture, breath, fun
Cassie Piasecki is a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates teacher. Her upbeat but athletic classes are a mix of classical and contemporary exercises. Cassie has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is an AADP Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutritious Life certified. When she isn't teaching Pilates or practicing herself, you can find her running at the beach, making her own protein balls, or recharging her crystals under the full moon.
"People who do crazy acts of strength with their bodies and people who have patience and fortitude to reach a long term goal." –Cassie on what inspires her
grace, challenge, flow
Ginny Quick has been a life-long devotee to the art of movement. She grew up competing as a nationally ranked equestrian vaulter (a unique combination of dance and gymnastics on horseback) and discovered Pilates in 2002 to be the perfect complement to the physical demands of her lifestyle. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2007, she received her Pilates certification from Julian Littleford of JL Body Conditioning in Del Mar, CA. Ginny currently lives in Newport Beach with her husband where she teaches locally. In addition to teaching Pilates, she continues to pursue her passion for health and wellness as she pursues a holistic nutrition certification through the Nutritional Therapy Association.
"I found Pilates at age 16 and completely fell in love with it as it supported the physical demands of my lifestyle and helped me with alignment, balance and strength. I retired from vaulting years ago, but have carried Pilates with me and know that I will continue to practice and teach it the rest of my life."
length, kindness, warmth
Certification through Body Arts and Science Institute (BASI) October 2013
From her very first Pilates session, Rene knew she had found a passion. The more she practiced, the more she wanted to know, going deeper into what Pilates was, where it was from, and what it meant to her. This led her to study at the Body Art and Science Institute (BASI). She decided with all the training that you needed to be an instructor, teaching was what she needed to do. She loves sharing her joy and her passion of this practice with others and hopes to encourage each person she meets to find their balance, their purpose, and to understand their body through Pilates. Her sessions are formatted intuitively, whether more core work, lengthening and strengthening, or just a good stretch. Rene has an amazing husband and beautiful, witty teenage daughter that encourages her all the time.
detail oriented, intention driven, light hearted
Jill Ann was first introduced to mat Pilates and yoga as part of a modern dance training at the age of 13. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was exposed to many forms of movement theories and philosophies. She continued taking Pilates and Yoga as a conditioning tool for dance throughout college, where she was encouraged by her mentor, Karen Clippinger MSPE, to get a BASI Pilates with dance specialization certificate, which she did in 2004. In 2009, Jill Ann also received her 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks. Other than through dance conditioning bringing these beautiful art forms to her life, she also began practicing Pilates and Yoga to help balance out the musculature imbalances she had as child. It also helped fuel a passion to help others help themselves – a passion that continues as she expands my knowledge base to nutrition and other aspects of health.
"I am inspired by the children I've been blessed with. They teach and constantly remind me to stay present, resilient in mind and body and to be."
form focused. sweet disposition
As a former dancer, Tianna started practicing Pilates 16 years ago and has been in love with the benefits of Pilates ever since. She has been with Villa since 2010, and loves everything about the Villa community and the special place it is. Tianna is a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor, and has trained in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, barrels, and injuries and special populations. Tianna has a great passion for health, wellness, and fitness and is always looking for ways to optimize her health and share her knowledge with those around her. Tianna graduated from the University of Southern California where she received her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Nutrition and Health Promotion. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and her two labs Louie and Lola.
"What inspires me is our clients who make the time to come to the reformer or their mat and do something good for them no matter how busy their lives may be. I am also inspired by all the incredible staff at Villa who not only are great teachers, but great people who inspire me to be a better person and teacher."
form + fun, a sprinkle of sauciness
Val found Pilates in college. Opposed to anything cardio, she looked for a workout that would lengthen and tone her muscles without making her bulky. She had a knee issue, so anything that involved impact was out. Pilates was the perfect alternative. After having her first son, she decided to become certified in Pilates and began teaching. Becoming a mom meant making heath a top priority for her family. Practicing Pre and Post Natal Pilates was essential in keeping me in good shape so that she could keep up with her kids physically. Living with 4 boys, she now practices Pilates for her emotional heath, too.
"My 3 boys. You’ve got to lead by example." –Val on her source of inspiration