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 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 issues, 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 over 14 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.

 

Amber Weintraub

Amber Weintraub is a classically trained and certified Pilates instructor. She earned her certification through BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium in 2010 under Jennifer DeLuca, and continues to deepen her knowledge through regular training and continuing education with master instructors. Amber loves to share her passion for the classical Pilates repertoire in sessions that are challenging, flowing, and fun, and that develop her clients’ strength, flexibility, confidence and love of movement. Amber enjoys working with individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities, including both athletes and those with injuries, and also has special expertise in Pilates for prenatal and postnatal clients. She is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and now lives in Kensington with her husband and two young children. 

 

Alexa Thorson

Alexa Thorson is fully certified in Pilates Equipment from the Kane School of Core Integration.  She currently teaches Pilates and dance at New York University and Pilates at the New York Athletic Club. Alexa took a scoliosis workshop from Kuan Chew and a pelvic floor workshop from Kelly Kane. She also takes workshops with Irene Dowd and is trained in prenatal and postpartum Pilates by Debra Goodman, MSPT. A native New Yorker, Alexa has a dance and water sports background.  As a teenager she had her own business teaching private swimming and surfing lessons out on the East End and was an ocean lifeguard at the Georgica Association.  She takes ballet regularly from internationally known ballet teacher Janet Panetta.

 

Kit Bihun

Practicing for over ten years and teaching since 2015, Kit‘s passion for Pilates has remained constant. The focus on breath and centering as well as the physical advantages of Pilates prompted her decision to become a full time instructor and pursue certifications in bodyART and personal training. Outside of Pilates, Kit is a writer and designer.

 

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. 

 

Grace Grochowski

Grace Grochowski has been teaching yoga since 1992 after completing a 2 year apprenticeship with her yoga teachers, Diana Treglia and Judi Hamsa DeCrescenzo, pioneers in the field of adaptive yoga. Grace has since studied a variety of forms of hatha yoga and meditation. Her classes spring from a wealth of knowledge and experience. Join her for a gentle vinyasa yoga class. Vinyasa yoga focuses on flow in the practice. Breath and movement can create both lean muscle and a calm mind. Grace has been a registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2004.