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Lesley PowellFranklin Method Educator – Level 1, reg. 01/2012
LESLEY POWELL, the founder and director of Movements Afoot, has been a private fitness trainer since 1986. She received her CMA/Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff institute. She shares her knowledge and wisdom in movement therapy with physical therapists, medical practitioners and sports training institutes as an adjunct modality for re-educating patients approach to fitness. Lesley Powell received a BFA-Dance from Temple University in 1978. She choreographed her own work and presented throughout the tri-state. Lesley was on the faculty of Drew University from 1991-2001, teaching classes in modern dance, dance history and choreography. She has been a teacher at Dr. Bacharachís Osteopathic Center for Sports and Dance Medicine and JRW, and a physical therapy practice using Pilates for rehabilitation.
Lesley Powell founded Movements Afoot with the philosophy of teaching people the basic concepts of movement theory: proper movement initiation, integrating breath with movement and spinal integrity, by equipping people with the necessary tools for a lifetime of fitness and wellness. Since itís inception in 1993, the Director of Movements Afoot, Lesley Powell has appeared in many articles about Mind Body Fitness including O Magazine, Self, Time Out Magazine, Elle, Newsday, the Village Voice, Shape Magazine, etc. Lesley also assisted the PhysicalMind Institute in the development of Standing Pilates and the book, ìStanding Pilatesî .
Alissa RaeFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013
Alissa first became fascinated with pilates in 1998 after a horrific car accident left her with whiplash and broken ribs. Her lifetime of being active in dance and sports was suddenly compromised. After choosing pilates as her method of rehabilitation, she quickly recovered her active lifestyle and pilates became a true love. A love that grew as she was able to move and feel more free in her body. Alissa is continually awed by her body-mind connection, and is inspired to learn, share and expand about others connections. Alissa is continually awed by the body-mind connection pilates brings.
Alissa Rae was trained and later employed by PMA certified master teacher Julian Littleford at JL Body Conditioning in San Diego, CA. Julian is recognized globally for his ability to teach original Pilates principals while incorporating modern style. Alissaís clients, while working with Julian, included the San Diego Padres, Cirque du Soleil, and Jenny Craig. Alissa is certified in Franklin Method and plans to attend level two of the teacher training as well.
Tambre RasmussenFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor, has 23 years of experience teaching Pilates fitness, rehabilitation and Franklin Method. She enjoys working with a vast array of clients ranging from healthy people wanting to become better movers to post-MVA clients, prenatal & postpartum women, seniors with osteoporosis, equestrians, elite level cyclists, runners, dancers, competitive figure skaters, & those suffering from chronic pain associated with postural stamina & overuse syndromes. Pilates classes have often been inaccessible to people with serious injuries. Tambre was one of the first to develop lower level Pilates rehabilitation classes in Colorado; making it accessible for those transitioning from passive therapies. She feels it is crucial for patients to believe that they can safely take a more active role in their healing process and rediscover the joy of movement.
Tambre received her Pre-med degree from CU-Denver and completed internships at Health South Physical Therapy and Colorado Center for Physical Therapy. She has over 2000 hours of training with her two Pilates certifications from the Ron Fletcher organization and Polestar Education. Tambre is a Level III Franklin Method Educator. She teached Injury Prevention in the Theatre and Dance Dept. of the University of Colorado and plays an active role in the local dance community teaching workshops on injury prevention to young dancers.
Deborah RedmondFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2008
Deborah grew up in Los Angeles as a contemplative child. She yearned to understand the nature of the human condition. Encouraged by her spiritual grandfather, she spent many hours studying philosophy, psychology and religion. In 1985, her father introduced her to an Indian Yoga teacher. After 8 years with her first teacher, Deborah studied and practiced with other teachers and developed her own teaching style. Using heart, intuition and a keen ability to integrate and simplify healing arts, she helps people experience lasting personal transformations.
. Student of Baba Hari Dass .
. Licensed Marriage Family Therapist: interning in 1988; licensed in CA in 1993; licensed in PA 2002.
. Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy in 1989.
. Cofounder & Clinical Director of Red Mountain Wellness.
. Practicing & studying Yoga since 1985. Practicing Yoga Therapist since 1996.
Teaching Yoga since 1993 and training Yoga teachers since 1999.
. Certified Yoga Teacher in 1993 in the lineage of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.
. Certified Pilates Instructor in 1997. Introduced to Pilates in 1994. Completed first training in New York in 1997.
. Completed second training in PA in 2001.
. Certified American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor in 1997.
. Completed Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in 1994.
. Studied Viniyoga for 18 months.
. Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator in 2007.
. Certified Franklin Method Level II Educator in 2009.
. Other influences: Bihar Yoga, J. Krishnamurti and Swami Venkatesananda.
Patrick RedmondCertified Franklin Method Level II Educator
As a teenager, Patrick longed for deeper meaning in life. Then, his father died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 49. This led Patrick to become a vegetarian. A few years later, while buying his groceries at Avatar’s Golden Temple in New Cumberland, PA, he saw a flyer for Siri Neel Singh Khalsa’s Kundalini Yoga classes. Feeling a “natural high” from his first class, he found that Yoga offered a holistic way to inner peace. Patrick continues to study and practice Yoga and he primarily teaches Pilates Equipment Classes and Franklin Method Classes & Workshops.
. Student of Baba Hari Dass .
. Graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University in 1986.
. Worked in commercial insurance underwriting for 15 years after college.
. Began studying and practicing Yoga in 1987; began teaching Yoga in 1999.
. Certified Yoga Teacher in 1999 in the lineage of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.
. Completed a 32-week Tantra Yoga Initiation.
. Studied Viniyoga for 18 months.
. In 2003 began Pilates Instructor Apprenticeship under Deborah Redmond.
. In 2004 began teaching Pilates as an Apprentice Instructor.
. Certified Pilates Instructor in 2007 after accumulating 6,000 total apprenticeship hours including 4,000 hours teaching classes.
. Completed the following Stott Pilates Instructor Training Programs: Intensive Mat; Advanced Mat; Intensive Reformer; Injuries & Special Populations.
. Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator in 2007.
. Certified Franklin Method Level II Educator in 2009.
. Favorite book: Fire Without Fuel by Baba Hari Dass; favorite magazine: Pilates Style; favorite pastime: playing piano at home.
Iddy RichardsonFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2014 Movement Teacher
Born to move, Iddy began her life happily bouncing in a springy chair and energetically dancing off the couches of her parents’ living room. Many years later, Iddy discovered the wonders of Pilates while studying dance at Saint Mary’s college. Continuing her Pilates training, Iddy studied Pilates Mat with Integrated Teacher Training (ITT) and equipment training with Tom McCook through Physical Mind Institute.
Iddy continues to grow her library of expertise with continued studies in Pilates, human anatomy, massage, Alexander Technique, The Franklin Method, yoga, Gyrotonic, Feldenkrais, dance, TRX, trampoline, swimming, surfing, functional movement patterns, tabata, muscle confusion, and total body fitness. She has studied with many teachers and mentors along her journey ~ Jessica Adams, Tom McCook, Deborah Marcus, Liz Donahue, Nicole Dessoye, Francis White, Carol LeMaitre, Sharon Gallagher, Morten Dithmer, Shannon McMurchy, Kathy VanPatten, Cindy Buff, Nora St. John, Elizabeth Larkam, Dana Lawton, Janice Garret, and Christine Cali to name a few.
Iddy is certified in Pilates Mat from Integrated Teacher Training, in Pilates equipment through Physical Mind Institute, and completed the Teacher Training program at Pilates Education Lab. Iddy is also certified in Level 1 Gyrotonic, and Level 1 Franklin Method. In Addition to teaching Pilates, Iddy combines her many interests teaching Gyrotonic, The Franklin Method, Dance for the Rhythm & Motion dance program, and GIT Fit at The Corner Studio in San Francisco. Iddy also has an extensive background teaching children swimming, dance and physical education.
Enthusiastically, Iddy shares with her clients the pure joy of movement, while also finding whole body wellness and boosting self confidence. Known for her warm, passionately intense personality, Iddy combines athleticism and fluidity, to form an integrated approach to teaching that results in freedom and precision of movement. Her classes have been described as “challenging and delightful”.
Megan RobertsonFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2016
Moving for the joy of it – creating a healthy body and mind. This is what attracted me to both Nia and the Franklin Method after being a competitive rhythmic gymnast.
I consider it an honour to guide people in discovering just how amazing their body can be: how it can move, how it can heal, and how good it can feel!
Lindy RoyerFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2010
I’m an outdoor enthusiast from Australia who now lives near Denver, Colorado. I trained and worked in physiotherapy in Sydney, Australia, before moving to the US to pursue my life-long passion for skiing. After spending a few years as a ski Patroller in Steamboat Springs, I returned to the practice of Physical Therapy in 1987. Many years later, having experienced the limitations of the traditional medical model as both patient and practitioner, I began to explore a more balanced body/mind approach to health, fitness and rehabilitation. This lead me to studying The Pilates Method, where I discovered an amazing teaching and treatment system, which opened a whole new world of possibilities. Over the last decade, I’ve developed a unique therapeutic program that focuses patient awareness, movement understanding, the latest research in brain science, and imagery, to restore balance to the whole body for natural healing. This process of finding new and improved ways to facilitate the healing process resulted the opening of Park Meadows Pilates & Physical Therapy in January, 2005. I enjoy spending time in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, as well as travelling to new places with my husband and my two amazing “boys”. Oh yes… and I love “Dancing With the Stars”. It’s a good thing it’s not on TV all the time!
Cheri Dostal RybaFranklin Method Educator Level 3 Certified, reg. 03/2015 Yoga Therapist, WriterCPT and Yoga Therapist, Specializing in therapeutic private lessons and large group workshops
Cheri Dostal Ryba, CPT, RYT 500, and Franklin Method Movement Educator, has been teaching adults about their bodies, brains, and movement since 2000. She completed her BA degree in Dance, and has mentored with and served as a teaching assistant to internationally respected Yoga Educator, Donna Farhi, since 2010. Cheri’s creative, intuitive approach is blended with direct, clear teaching that challenges each student to grow. She’s known for her natural exuberance.
Cheri created RunnersTuneUp.com and the Runner’s Tune Up Online Program in Spring 2014 because she believes in our capacity to run, perform, and compete at high levels without strain, stress, and inevitable injury. Through therapeutic techniques, movement education, and science-backed imagery strategies from The Franklin Method, runners learn how to self-care and sharpen their focus, and improve their gait, efficiency, posture, functional strength. The Franklin Method insights she used personally allowed her to safely complete her first ultra in September 2014, the Superior 50 Mile Trail Race in Lutsen, MN.
Cheri specializes in private 1:1 lessons, helping adults reclaim their body as their home, understand pain and the healing process, and improve their embodiment. Her students are ready to challenge their fitness, and most importantly, love the way they LIVE and celebrate every day with vitality.
Cheri offers large group workshops and master classes around the US in anatomy, Yoga Therapy, somatics practice and self-care for dancers, and, of course – The Franklin Method. She also has a few writing projects up her sleeve. She currently lives in Texas with her husband, and offers 1:1 services online, as well.
Learn more about Cheri at livewellevolve.com and RunnersTuneUp.com.
Christa RypinsFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Founder of Intelligent Body Movement Studio in Murphys, California
Christa is the founder of Intelligent Body Movement Studio in Murphys, California, where she offers private and group instruction for all levels. She is from the Kripalu yoga tradition, which focuses on meditation through movement. She became a Pilates instructor with Tom McCook at The Center of Balance, and taught at his studio for three years, during which time it was voted Best Pilates & Yoga Studio in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine. She has developed a line of yoga clothing and produced three movement DVDs, including Yoga for Meditators, Yoga for a Better Back (with sports medicine chiropractor John Sousa), and Yummy Yoga: Gentle Stress Relief for the Hips, Back and Neck.
Marcy SchaflerFranklin Method Educator Level 1
Marcy Schafler, owner, Mind Over Movement Pilates Studio, is an International PMA Certified Pilates instructor. Marcy is Balanced Body Faculty for Comprehensive Pilates, Anatomy in 3D, MOTR and a CoreAlign Master Instructor.
With a background in movement as a teenager, she always put movement in her life, but not as an educator. When her corporate career didn’t fulfill her desires, she contemplated a career change. Her career as a Pilates instructor began at the ripe young age of 45. Marcy’s Pilates training began at Movements Afoot in New York City. There she trained with Doris Pasteleur Hall (a student of Carola Trier) and Lesley Powell.
In 2006, Marcy participated as an instructor in a study led by Urogynecologist, Dr. Patrick Culligan, of the Atlantic Healthcare System on the rehabilitation and support of the pelvic floor. Marcy is a cancer surthriver (her own coinage). Surviving both uterine and breast cancer. Pilates has had a huge an impact on her ability to come through the challenges of surgery, radiation and rehab. “Continuing education is such an important part of our growth and often gets overlooked when we are teaching for awhile. I love working with and taking other instructors workshops. There is always something new to learn.” Which led her to studying with Elizabeth Larkam in 2010.
Marcy’s has just become a Franklin Method Level 1 Educator. The Franklin Method uses imagery and bone rhythms to enhance movement to be more efficient, better balanced and prevent injury. Look for workshops coming to the studio soon.
Richard SchleinFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2008
Richard is a certified Franklin Method instructor. He was a gymnast for seven years and a professional ballet dancer for nine. Formerly a principal dancer with the Cleveland Ballet, he is a Level 2 certified instructor in the Franklin Method through the Franklin Institute in Switzerland and a certified pilates instructor through the Physical Mind Institute in New York. He has also been certified through the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and as an athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His Franklin Method seminars have been approved by both the American Council on Exercise and the California Board of Registered Nursing for continuing education credits (CECs).
Robyn SchonellFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2014 Pilates Health and Fitness Instructor
Hi my name is Robyn and I have a little integrated Pilates studio in Bali Indonesia (est. 2004) . I started my professional career as a Marine Biologist and then shifted to movement after requiring some rehabilitation. I have never looked back! I love to include all forms and styles of movements in my classes and I am very excited by the door that the Franklin Method has opened to me. I look forward to continuing to learn this method and widen my perspective and knowledge on both the body and the power of imagery in creating positive movement.
Yvonne SchüllerFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Studio Zuid voor Pilatestraining en Franklineducatie
Charemaine SeetFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2014 Dancer, Choreographer and Movement Educator
Charemaine Seet was born in 1966 in Singapore, was raised in a Chinese-Australian household in Malaysia. Her dance practice has involved work in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia, and she now works from a base in Sydney and New York. After graduating from The Place (London Contemporary Dance School) she was principal dancer and choreographer for Union Dance in London. She also collaborated independently with dance artists such as Gilles Jobin, Maria Ribot, Laurie Booth, Ron Howell, Anna Williams, and Ian Spink.
In 2000, Charemaine moved to New York to study with Merce Cunningham and joined Doug Elkins Dance Company. Charemaine was a soloist and rehearsal director for Doug Elkins Dance Co and continues to collaborate with him in New York. Charemaine’s choreography has been performed at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre and The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Since returning to Sydney in 2009, Charemaine has founded Seet Dance in Surry Hills. Seet Dance is an educational and artistic long-term project for young dancers that integrates physical training (technique) with intuitive movement studies (improvisation and imagery) to facilitate choreographic thought at an early developmental stage. The aim is to engender artistic processes early in young dancers, thus equipping them for the creative rigour of contemporary dance making. Charemaine is a member of the 1st graduating class of Franklin Method educators in Australia
Roland StimpsonFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2015 Pilates Teacher
I am a pilates teacher and a franklin method level 1 teacher, I came from a personal training background. I love movement, I’m into brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and Ving Tsun, working out and acting. I came to Pilates through injury and rehab and then to Franklin method to better understand movement and to improve teaching skills. The subject is fascinating to me. When I’m not moving, I am pursuing acting work and socializing as I am a gregarious sort of chap 🙂