Meet Our Instructors

Maila Rider

Maila Rider

Pi-Yo-Co Director, Pilates and Yoga Professional and Franklin Method Level 1 Instructor

I began my journey in 1996 studying Ashtanga Yoga at Aims Community College, I later received my Yoga teaching certification through AAAI/ISMA. In 2003 I completed my Pilates training at the world renowned Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.

I have been blessed with the amazing experience to run and operate my own studio for 7 years out of the Health Club at Pelican Lakes from 2003-2010 and to birth the Yoga Pilates Center at the Fort Collins club directing and managing their program for 2 years, from 2007-2009. The opportunity to take on The Windsor Pilates Yoga Studio in June of 2010 added to the unbelievably divine and fortunate events of my journey.

I am grateful and look forward to providing outstanding service to current clientele as well as giving new clients the experience of these modalities.

Alicia Atkinson

Alicia Atkinson

Certified Pilates Professional

I’m passionate about Pilates! For me one of the best feelings ever is seeing my clients successfully and safely executing exercises they never thought possible. I love being part of those “light bulb moments” where someone really gets what Pilates is all about and how it can help. When I’m working with a client, I focus on using breath to lead and assist every movement. I gently and consistently help clients find and take control of their bodies, with movements that start and end in what Joseph Pilates called “the Powerhouse.”

For me, coming to the Pilates studio is about letting go of the many things that tug on a person throughout the day, and for the hour simply breathing and moving and being in your body. Inevitably we leave feeling more refreshed, taller and all around better than when we first came in. I received my Pilates education though The Pilates Fitness Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sarah Blanton

Sarah Blanton

Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor

My life path brought me to Pilates about 5 years ago. I had suffered from a back injury and subsequent health problems. The traditional route of Western medicine did not offer me any relief. When I found Pilates my body found relief and I found purpose. I have done my Pilates training through the Balanced Body program. Pilates has taught me so much about the body and I can’t wait to share that knowledge with others and help them to connect with their bodies. I have a fascination with how the body functions as well as how the mind connects and supports the practice of Pilates. I am enthusiastic to assist my clients transform their mind and body through Pilates.

I live in Fort Collins with my yellow lab George. We love Colorado and all it has to offer. If I’m not in the studio or in Massage Therapy school George and I can usually be found enjoying a hike or skiing.

Candace Solano

Candace Solano

RYT 500 50-Hour Aviana Aerial Yoga Certified

After attending her first yoga class in 2011, Candace Solano immediately knew she had participated in a life changing event. She was mesmerized by the experience and fell in love with the exploration and connection of the mind and body through movement and breath. Yoga spoke to Candace’s physical and spiritual soul and became the guide for living her life from that day forward.

Deciding she wanted to learn more about yoga and possibly teach someday, Candace completed her initial 200-hour yoga teacher training in the Viniyoga tradition in 2015. To deepen and expand her knowledge of yoga to meet the physical and emotional needs of her students, Candace completed both her advanced 300-hour certification in Hatha Integrated Vinyasa Flow from the Colorado School of Yoga, and 50-hour Aviana aerial yoga training in June, 2016.

Candace teaches a variety of classes including Aerial Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Viniyoga, Gentle/Restorative Yoga, and Chair Yoga to facilitate the deepening of self awareness and helping students move towards their highest potential.

Her students are wide-ranging in experience, age, and mobility from high school student athletes to retired active adults. When attending one of Candace’s classes, expect encouragement and playfulness while exploring and deepening one’s own practice. She brings to her classes a mixture of compassion and caring inspiring students to deepen the connection of their mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath.

Candace is dedicated to championing the whole being, and offering choices and alternatives so ALL students feel success, whether a seasoned “yogi” or a new beginner.

Kelly Toth

Kelly Toth

Certified Yoga Teacher

Yoga stumbled into my life in an unexpected way. I had never been inside of a yoga studio when I decided to become certified. I don’t have an athletic background, I didn’t play any sports growing up, and grace and coordination do not come to me without some serious effort. My favorite part of yoga is that none of that mattered! I know now, and what I want to share with you, is that grace and coordination can be learned! They can be mastered through practice and commitment! I first began practicing yoga in my parents basement after my daughter was born in 2008. I was experiencing post partum depression at the time, hating my new-mom body and barely motivated to get up in the morning, much less exercise. I know that showing up to a class is a total victory in itself and should be acknowledged and celebrated as such. Yoga of course, improved my physical body… but more importantly yoga taught me to go with the flow, remember to breath, and introduced me to an amazing community of men and women. I have been teaching since 2009 all over the northern Colorado area and still continue my education taking workshops and upper level trainings yearly. I am so excited to be a part of the Pilates Yoga Company, and can't wait to practice with you.

Marisa Johnson

Marisa Johnson

Pilates Instructor

I began my love of Pilates while cross training for Ballet in high school. When I started Pilates I was amazed by how much better and stronger I felt even though I was dancing almost 30 hours a week. I had a fairly severe injury while dancing in college and was thrilled by how I was able to reset how I worked though my Pilates practice, and have been nearly injury free ever since! After this experience I became a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Sports Center. This method takes a progressive approach to the classical Pilates repertory, adding modern anatomy and movement ideas to the work. It is such a joy to see my clients improve their alignment and reduce pain while gaining strength and awareness of how their own bodies work. I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology shortly before finishing my certification, and I also continue to dance as well as teach ballet.

Elizabeth Kueny

Elizabeth Kueny

Certified Yoga Instructor

My name is Elizabeth Kueny and I am a 500-hour Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance. I also have a BA in Psychology and a MS in Human Services.

My journey into yoga began with an illness. In June of 2007 I was stricken with an autoimmune reaction that affected my joints and muscles and caused me tremendous pain. I went to several specialists, however, none of them were able to determine the cause of my illness.

After a few months, of unsuccessful pain management I decided to become more proactive with my healthcare. I read articles that suggested yoga could help ease my symptoms. That is when I walked into my very first yoga class. Eventually I was able to work out my aches and pains. With the regular practice of yoga I remain symptom free.

After going through this experience I realized that one day I wanted to help people achieve their optimal health and wellness through yoga. I bring a unique style to my yoga teaching. I teach a serious practice without the serious environment. My goal is to create an atmosphere that is not competitive or intimidating.

Namaste!

Sarah Broussard

Sarah Broussard

Yoga Instructor

My love for yoga began in 2011. My past job required hours of driving and stressful deadlines. My body was in need of restoration and my mind was in need of peace. I gradually started to include more and more mat time into my life and, soon enough, yoga became a necessity for me. After I was bit by the ‘yoga bug,’ I started to expand my horizons with all different types of yoga styles.
I received my teacher training from Om Ananda Yoga Studio here in Fort Collins. I am currently registered with Yoga Alliance with a 440-hour Hatha Yoga Certification. My training only enhances my background in yogic methods and techniques. I am forever a student and will always continue attending trainings not only to enhance my own practice but also to teach my students the newest methods to help accomplish their physical and mental goals.
My love affair with inversions is never-ending but I have learned more than just the simple ‘headstand’ or ‘handstand.’ Through years of practice I have learned when to listen to my body and when to hold back (even when my ego begs me to keep going). Finding trust in the process of yoga is a crucial component that I try to communicate to all my students.
I cannot stress enough to all aspiring yogis that yoga is not just a physical practice but also a mental one. I value the yoga sutras and you will find that many of my classes are based on these friendly moral principles. I truly believe that yoga is not just for the flexible or fit; yoga is for anyone at any age. My classes are catered to not only seasoned practitioners but also beginners. I will challenge every one of my students because only when we escape our comfort zone is when we learn and grow. I enjoy practicing as well as teaching Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Hatha, and Kids/Teen, SUP Yoga, and Barre. I value creating a balance between these styles of yoga and the balance it helps to create in my life.

Summer Jennings

Summer Jennings

Yoga Instructor

I found yoga in a not-so-traditional way. I started going to yoga classes in hopes of becoming stronger and more flexible in the aid of my Mixed Martial Arts passion. I knew that yoga helps one gain overall body strength and flexibility, but I didn’t realize what an effect it would have on my mental state as well. After going through Yoga Teacher Training, I quickly discovered that yoga is so much more than just a form of exercise; it’s a mind-body connection and a form of self expression. Not only did Yoga help me physically in the pursuit of becoming a Mixed Martial Artist, it helped me gain the mental clarity, focus and self trust of one as well.
Overall, my favorite thing about yoga is the fact that there is no ego in yoga, and that it is for everyone. I believe that yoga is about diving deeper inward and becoming more connected with the energy of ourselves and the Universe. It helps us live more mindfully, and find balance within ourselves and our lives.
As an instructor, I hope to challenge my students physically, mentally and spiritually while still inviting them to let go of the ego of trying to be “better” and instead tuning in with their bodies and honoring what is right for them that day.
Since completing my SUP yoga certification this June, I am excited to bring yoga off the mat and out onto the water this summer.