Martina has been practicing Pilates for 20 years and teaching in Ditmas Park for over a decade. She did her basic training with Ellie Herman, author of many Pilates manuals and books, including “Pilates for Dummies.”
Martina’s approach uses Pilates as a workout as much as a tool for analyzing one’s body in its strengths, weaknesses, alignments and new or reoccurring issues. She believes that anybody can practice Pilates and likes to relay to her clients the importance of bringing learned techniques and exercises into their everyday lives to address and break bad habits, or simply get stronger and more aligned. Her client’s ages range from ‘in utero’ (hallo moms to be!) to 97 (RBG should integrate Pilates into her program…). Her favorite clients come with aches and pains and discover how to improve with the powerful tools of Pilates. She enjoys finding those tight spots that need attention as well the little and big misalignments that Pilates can correct so beautifully.
Martina continuously takes advanced workshops with experts in various fields related to the human body, such as Doris Pasteleur, Denise Small, Irene Dowd, Erik Franklin, Ellie Herman, Liz Koch.
Martina has been living and working in Ditmas Park for 16 years. She is happy to be a vital part of the community, helping neighbors and friends connect with each other through her studio and achieve healthy lifestyles.
Yuko Kodama has been teaching yoga since 2001. She has studied Ashtanga yoga since 1996. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in Fine Art. She is also certified in Level One Gyrotonic. She began her study of Pilates with Martina Nevermann and Ellie Herman to maintain her Ashtanga yoga practice. She is also a long time student of Maureen Fleming, certified in Fleming Elastxx. Her practice of yoga, art and meditation create a class with a focus on breath, awareness, and creativity. Her classes spring from a wealth of knowledge and experience. Join her for a mindful Reformer class or a vigorous Barre class.
Courtney Cochran was born in Sacramento, California and began her dance career at the age of 5. She attended Dominican University of California as part of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She then spent two years in Dance Theatre of Harlem's Professional Training Program under the direction of Robert Garland. She is now in her third season with Brooklyn Ballet. Courtney was introduced to Pilates during her dance training. She found it to be a great way to cross train and wanted to learn more. Courtney received her Pilates Mat Certification in 2017 through Power Pilates and her full certification for all apparatus at Ellie Herman Pilates.
Maddie was born in Australia and recently moved to the United States to further her dance career. After an injury during her formal dance training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia, Maddie found Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and fell in love with the holistic, mind-body approach to wellness, as well as the focus on alignment and posture. Maddie is certified with STOTT Pilates. She is currently in her second season with New Chamber Ballet, and looks forward to helping others with their wellness goals.
Madeline grew up in Tampa, Florida where she began dancing at the age of 3 and has never stopped. She attended a performing arts high school in Tampa and then received a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2018. Madeline recently moved to Brooklyn, where she continues to pursue movement, specifically modern dance, choreography, and Pilates. She was certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2017. While she has classical training, she enjoys integrating the healing techniques she has learned in order to heal her own dance injury. Cultivating wellness through movement to prevent and heal mental and physical injury is her passion.