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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, and 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.

SARAH BLANTON

Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor

My fascination with movement began as a young adult after the joy and freedom of moving without pain was taken away from me. At 17 a perfect storm of events caused my health to spiral downward and changed my world as I knew it. I suffered from chronic pain and a neurological disorder that left me mostly bed bound for the next 5 years.

I began to regain health as I worked with an OT that specializes in a form of bodywork called Myofascial Therapy. As my body began to heal it was clear I needed to relearn how to move! That is when Pilates came into my life. I worked with a Physical Therapist who used Pilates as a tool to teach movement. That allowed me to begin to break free from the ties that bound my body and the fear that had restricted my movement for so many years. I began to experience joy and freedom in moving again. That is where my passion and fascination of the human body and its power to heal began.

I pursued an education in both John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) and Pilates through the Balanced Body training program. I believe that these two modalities complement each other in the most powerful way. MFR provides deep, authentic healing and Pilates makes functional movement accessible and fun! Pilates is so much more than an exercise regimen. It is a way to address dysfunctional movement patterns that may lead to injury down the road, or retrain muscles due to an old injury or chronic pain. I love using Pilates as a tool to help people tune into their bodies and find efficient movement that feels good!


REBECCA TATMAN

Pilates Instructor

In 1997, I graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors of science in human nutrition. I went on to get my high school teaching license and, after a short stint teaching high school in Fort Collins, I left teaching to raise my two wonderful kids.

When I first began Pilates, I was drawn to the mind-body connection, uniformly developing the body, and engaging often neglected muscles. Some years later, I committed stronger to the Pilates method for my own personal wellness and to avoid injuries I experienced from playing tennis and HIIT workouts. I love that Pilates is for all bodies and all abilities!

My Pilates training is through the Pilates Sports Center under the direction of the fabulous Lee Cooper. I am now thrilled with the opportunity to work with Maila Rider at The Pilates Yoga Company. I have always had a fascination with the ability to create health and wellness within our own bodies. When we move better, we feel better, and we live better!

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 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.

CATHERINE BURKE

RYT-200 Yoga Instructor

After cultivating a strong personal practice for more than 10 years, I sought to dive deeper into my practice. I received my 200 YTT in December of 2017; completing training to teach multiple styles including Vinyasa, Buti Yoga, and Hot Buti yoga. In 2019 I completed training for both prenatal and postnatal yoga styles allowing me to bring safe movement to all birthing parents who seek to find themselves on the yoga mat. I began teaching and sharing my energy and joy with students throughout Northern Colorado via weekly vinyasa and Buti Yoga classes, goat yoga, and community based classes meant to raise funds for multiple organizations. The cultivation of a strong community with open arms is the goal for each of my classes, encouraging students to come to the space as they are. The goal of classes I lead is to help students develop a powerful and energetic movement practice while caring for the happiness of the individual. Helping students find their power and joy is what brings me back to the mat every time.

AUTUMN SEARS

B.A. in Kinesiology & Licensed Massage Therapist, and Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor

I’m a mom, meditation practitioner, gardener and an empathic healer. Currently, I’m passionate about helping you to connect to your fascial system (the webbing encasing our entire body) through healthy movement. I am Balance Body trained in Pilates and Corealign and am thrilled to be working in this gorgeous studio with these highly skilled instructors! I have past experience of living with aches and chronic pain, I now live with joy and ease. I am honored to have the chance to share some tools with you to encourage your growth and well-being. I strive to be in sync with the nature of life - continually expanding, growing, and surrendering to the greater flow. I look forward to exploring with you!

KRISTIN DENNIS

RYT-200 Yoga Instructor and Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor

Kristin is an energetic and passionate professional motivated to help individuals of differing backgrounds, sizes, orientation, ages and physical abilities experience the full benefits of Yoga. She is very eager to  share and lead experiences in playful joy, body transformation and mental clarity.

Having fun is always a priority, so feel free to laugh and try new things. Some days are epic, other days you just need reassurance that you are still a good human being that is not alone in this crazy world. Kristin wants to be a part of all those moments!

Kristin loves teaching private/semi private sessions/parties, and is skilled in modifications for mobility or injury concerns. Class types are Hatha, Power or Slow Flow, Restorative, Yin, and of course the Aerial silks yoga/Aerialists!! Kristin is joining the Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga instruction team this summer.