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Jamie Kravitz

Jamie Kravitz

I’ve practiced Pilates for over 20 years. Originally I started Pilates as a way to exercise after a severe back strain – I learned how to move in a safe, strong, and stable manner, and have never had lower back problems since. My movement background is in dance – modern/jazz and some ballet – Pilates has both complemented that and also deepened my understanding of our bodies and how we move. My approach to teaching Pilates is to help clients gain core strength and confidence, to move gracefully and purposefully, and to have fun while getting a great workout.


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Stephanie Forster

Stephanie Forster

Stephanie Forster is the founder of Preggo Pilates and the Director of Pre and Postnatal Education at EHS Pilates in San Francisco. She brings over 20 years experience as a Pilates practitioner, dancer, body worker, anatomy and yoga student and choreographer to her teaching, which is infused with irreverence and humor.

Her first hand knowledge of pregnancy, birth and Mamahood and deep connection to the local birthing community make her a natural at serving pre and postnatal women.

Stephanie is a qualified teacher of the Tupler Technique, and has studied a variety of modalities for healing diastasis recti (split abdominals) and a founding member of the Mamas Resource Network, an eclectic Bay Area network of professionals who serve, support and educate pregnant and postpartum women and their families.

She has an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College and has been a dance faculty member of the Rhythm and Motion Dance Program since 2000. When she is not busy in a Pilates or dance studio you can find her chasing after her two young children.


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Elsa Oppenheim

Elsa Oppenheim

Elsa Oppenheim has been teaching Pilates for 12 Years. Elsa’s first induction into the Pilates method started when she was expecting her first child. She was a dancer and wanted to find solutions to stay fit while pregnant. A dancer since she was six years old, she firmly believes that stretching and strengthening her body is an everyday way of life!
Hailing from France, she has a dance teacher degree from the National Center of Dance in Paris, France; a Balanced Body University (BBU) mat certification from A-Lyne (also in Paris); and comprehensive certification from EHS in San Francisco, USA. She has completed workshops with Martine Curtis-Oaks, Kelly Moriarty, Jennifer Stacey, Helena Bartley, Nancy Meyers, Blane Ashby, and Janine Fondiller, and Ellie Herman.

When she started teaching, she realized that helping people improve their movement gave her immense satisfaction and now, nothing makes her happier than seeing people feel better and more in tune with their bodies. For Elsa, she believes Pilates is a great baseline of exercises for athletic, older, and people recovering from injuries alike.


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Moana Luna

Moana Luna

“Change happens through movement, and movement heals.” — Joseph Pilates

Moana began exercising to battle stress while attending graduate school at SFSU. After graduating with a degree in counseling, she worked in the mental health field and continued to practice yoga, boxing, weight training, and Pilates. She completed the Pilates Teacher Training Program with Ellie Herman in 2007.

Relevant training and continuing education includes Buff Bones® Instructor Training; ACE personal training certification;Foot and Gait Therapy Mentorship Program with Nancy Myers; CoreAlign Teacher Training; Balanced Body University (BBU); Pilates Rehabilitation Intensive with Lizz Roman; Preggo Pilates Workshops with Stephanie Forster; Pelvic Power seminar with Eric Franklin; Exercise as a Cure for Anxiety & Depression Seminar (Orinda College); and ACE Personal Training Certification.

She enjoys working with a diverse group of clients and providing a fun total body workout that incorporates Pilates principles such as coordination, concentration, and alignment. She is especially interested in the positive impact of exercise on her clients’ mental and emotional wellbeing.


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Megan Gulbahce

Megan Gulbahce

Megan’s personal Pilates journey began three years ago, and she has been teaching Pilates since May 2017.

It all began with a knee injury while running and her doctor recommended Pilates as a way of to build strength, correct alignment, and to help with pain management from a genetic hip disorder. She fell in love after her first session, and never looked back!

Megan received Balanced Body University (BBU) training here at EHS, graduating to our Apprentice program shortly after completing her training and to a Level 1 instructor in the Fall. Her professional background prior to joining the Pilates community includes Education and Retail, which helped hone her skills in public speaking, training, and instruction.

She enjoys working with clients who are new to or rediscovering Pilates, ensuring they have the foundational knowledge to be successful throughout their journey. Megan believes that Pilates is for everyone and works hard to ensure each client has a clear understanding of the repertoire through direct and concise cueing. She strives to make each session challenging, yet achievable.


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Karen Moore

Karen Moore

Movement is life! Karen is a multi-disciplinary wellness professional and former attorney. She is passionate about the Pilates method and its ability to positively transform body, mind and spirit as means to live a high quality life. Karen completed two comprehensive Pilates trainings at EHS Pilates in San Francisco and Innerstellar in Berkeley.

She has completed Level 1 and 2 Foot & Gait Therapy training at EHS Pilates with Nancy Meyers. She is trained on the CoreAlign and uses it an additional tool to assist clients with gait corrections, balance and functional movement. She is a certified yoga instructor, ACE group fitness instructor and National Association of Sports Medicine personal trainer.

She has taught group classes since 2012, including yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX, Power Plate and boxing conditioning. She privately trains Pilates, Yoga and personal training clients. Karen’s teaching objective is for each client to develop their own sense of personal power, fitness and spiritual well being in order to actively pursue their life passions.


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EHS holds Community Christmas Bazaar and Chili Cookoff

Mindy Ross Photography exhibit: Dec 5, 2009 through Jan 31, 2009

Fire Relief

On March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day at 5:45pm, a fire broke out on Valencia Street in San Francisco, two doors down from EHS Pilates. The four alarm fire displaced 60 of our neighbors.

In response, EHS Pilates, spearheaded by trainer Christopher Nelson, launched a week-long fundraiser and drive. We held pilates classes all week and donated 100% of proceeds to the American Red Cross. The effort culminated in a “Pilates in the Park” BBQ and raffle on Sunday, March 30th at 1:30.

We were so touched by the generosity of our trainers, clients, neighbors and community as a whole. We had over 75 incredible donations from local retailers for our raffle, food was donated by local markets, labor volunteers came from the neighboring Teen Challenge, Dolores Park Church and local celeb M.C. Jon Fast.

 

Our event was wonderful, I have attached some photos as well as other articles that were written about the fire.  We raised funds of over $5,500 that went directly to our displaced neighbors.

EHS Mission Collective

The owners of EHS Pilates would like to invite you to our next “Mission Collective” party!
EHS Mission Collective is a bi-anual party that showcases local artists, musicans and performance artists. We feature 2 local artists  and have live performers and DJ’s at each event. The parties are super fun and have been known to go on all night.