Megan Krauszer was first introduced to Pilates in high school as a part of her dance training. After receiving her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she moved to NYC and began dancing professionally. Pilates kept Megan moving and performing through various dance-related injuries; she decided to share these benefits with others, and began teaching Pilates in 2008. Megan completed her classical certification through Power Pilates, under Susan Moran and Bob Liekens, and continues to train in continuing education workshops and with Peter Roël, Jan Phillips, and others.
Megan is also a TRX qualified trainer, completing a TRX Group Suspension Training Course in 2014. She continues to dance professionally and draws on her lifelong movement experience to enrich her classes and sessions.
"What I love about Megan's practice is the way she incorporates movement and balance into the exercises. Her classes explore the relationship between precision, strength, and movement. "
"She's so sweet, you can't possibly hate her for how hard she makes you work! Megan pushes you to your limits and beyond, but always with a smile."
Sasha Welsh is a dancer and choreographer who began her study of Pilates in 1994 to help improve her technique and heal from injury. She has been teaching Pilates since 2004 and has vast experience working with clients with special conditions, including pregnant and post-natal clients, and those suffering from a variety of spinal and orthopedic problems.
Sasha specializes in injury prevention, alignment, and conditioning for dancers. She is currently on the faculty of the dance program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has also been a student of, and assistant/demonstrator for, anatomist Irene Dowd for many years.
Besides HSP she has also taught Pilates at DeSales University, The University of the Arts, and Swarthmore College; to the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria; and at some of the best Pilates studios in New York including Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates and Bridge Pilates.
She is a proud mother of two and is a long-term Brooklyn resident.
"Sasha's teaching style makes me feel like my body is a musical instrument and she is the conductor. She fine tunes each of us differently and pays such close attention to our performance. She is always trying new, challenging, exercises that are simple yet very effective. "
"The best at fine-tuning. With Sasha, the focus is on form. She can pick up on anything and make the tiniest adjustments that change everything."
Benjamin Stuber has been involved with the Pilates community for seven years. After over seventeen years of fascinated study of numerous bodymind integration methods (The Six Viewpoints, Butoh, Suzuki Actor Training, Body Mind Centering™, Shamatha meditation), Pilates has become the central focus of his teaching.
Benjamin believes that good movement is inherently healing for the total self, and continues to pursue a contemporary understanding of the original teachings Pilates brought to the world. He holds a Pilates certification from The Art of Fitness in NYC, a BA in Theatre from Oberlin College, an MFA in Theatre – Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, and in 2015 graduated from the Kathy Grant Heritage Training® taught by Cara Reeser. Benjamin continues to study with various master teachers in New York and abroad to further enrich his understanding of Contrology.
He writes about all things Pilates at www.newcontrology.com.
Like Joseph Pilates, Diana came to the Pilates method from injury and athletics. Years of training Kyokushin karate, working sedentary jobs and a family history of spinal stenosis had taken its toll. She felt such relief from taking Pilates lessons that she got certified through Core Pilates NYC's comprehensive program. As Diana gained teaching experience at several studios throughout NYC, she deepened her knowledge of the body and its amazing capacity to rejuvenate, earning certifications in Gyrotonic levels 1 and 2, Gyrokinesis, and the complementary TRX Suspension System. Diana strives to help others achieve their goals, whether to relieve chronic pain or win the next marathon.
Amy Korb discovered Pilates through her experience with pain. With injuries to her knees, shoulders, hips and spine, traditional exercise and the rigors of daily life became intolerable. Pilates provided the solution, returning strength and stability through which she could maintain health and movement and continue her career as a performer and an artist. She received her classical certification through the Equinox Institute, training with Ben Degenhardt and Carry Macy and continues to learn at studios around the city with an expressed interest in rehabilitation.
"Love taking classes with Amy! She's attentive, motivating, and knows how to challenge you while keeping it fun. I always leave her class pouring sweat and feeling super strong."
"Amy's classes are also original, intense and painful! She teaches at night so getting the after work crowd moving at the end of a long day takes commitment and ingenuity and kind of an attitude. Helps that she channels her tough chic on a Harley often."
Exercise has always been how Germain Phanord reduces stress in his own life . When not working with clients, he is usually biking long distances, running half marathons, training for triathlons or simply playing basketball with friends.
He started his career as a personal trainer at New York Sports Club, before moving on to La Palestra, an elite fitness facility on the Upper West Side. It was there he developed his interest in using fitness to correct physical imbalances, working with trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors .
Germain is certified in NASM with a specialty in Corrective Exercise, and is TRX Certified. He is also currently enrolled at the Swedish Institute, pursuing studies with a specialty in corrective posture.
"TRX is just a butt-kicking class everyone should try. Many of the postures are based on Pilates alignment so that will give you a head start. It's challenging and fun and a great way to get in shape! Everyone needs to break a sweat like this once and awhile! It feels great!!! Germain is very inspiring and makes this work out a blast!"
"Germain is a rock star. I have taken lots of TRX classes with him and every time it strikes me that he can deal with people at different ability levels in the same class. He can break the ones who keep wanting more (that's me) even while he makes a new-comer feel supported and comfortable. Doesn't hurt that he looks fab doing it as well!"