our teachers


Martina Nevermann

Martina has been practicing Pilates for 20 years and teaching in Ditmas Park for over a decade.  She trained 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.

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 and Liz Koch.

Martina has been living and working in Ditmas for 15 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

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 and 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. 



Simona was born and raised in Italy and studied both classical and modern dance at the Balletto di Renato Greco in Rome. She began performing professionally on Italian live TV for RAI UNO and MEDIASET. Her theatre performances include Dance with Raffaele Paganini and Salvatore Dali with the Pierre Cardin dance company in Paris. She began performing with MOMIX dance company in 2005 as Co-Creator, Dance Captain and soloist for Sunflower Moon and Bothanica, touring the US, Europe, Australia and South America. Simona has a Master in Physical Education & Sciences University Institute of Motor Science, Rome Italy ( IUSM). She has completed her comprehensive certification with Pilates Master Teacher Ellie Herman to share the Method and its benefits with others. 

Simona currently owns Lyceum, a dance school in Gaeta, Italy.

Her most rewarding and challenging role is being a mother of her 3 years old son, Noah


Courtney Cochran

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. She is currently finishing her full certification at Ellie Herman Pilates.


Maddie Williams

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 in her home country, Madeleine found Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and cross-training, and fell in love with the holistic, mind-body approach to wellness, and the focus on alignment and posture. Madeleine is certified in Mat and Reformer with STOTT Pilates, and is continuing her education to become certified in all studio equipment. Currently, she is performing with New Chamber Ballet, and looks forward to helping others with their wellness goals.

Winifred Chin

Winifred Chin is a former professor of East Asian Studies at New York University. She has practiced martial arts since childhood and has taught Tai Chi to various age levels in programs in Brooklyn . Her Tai Chi classes incorporate Daoism and the principles of yin-yang which form the basis of its graceful, meditative movements.