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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Karen Goldstein

Karen Goldstein

Karen Goldstein was first introduced to Pilates when only 18 years old after developing knee problems while studying ballet in NYC. She was sent to the original Pilates studio run by Romana Kryzanowska, a direct disciple of Joseph Pilates. After returning home to the Bay Area, she continued her ballet training with, as her teacher noticed, “much better alignment”.

There was no Pilates on the west coast for about 10 years, but when Karen continued to have alignment and pain issues from dancing, she resumed her pilates training under the guidance of Jennifer Stacey in San Francisco. She completed her Teacher Training Certification under Ellie Herman and has also studied extensively with Lizz Roman learning rehabilitation techniques based on the principals of Janda.

Karen likes to teach Pilates with an emphasis on form and how it applies to functional life movement. She likes to educate her students to have more freedom in movement, strength, and to learn ways to help themselves when their body/pain issues arise so that they can get along with more ease in their everyday lives.


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Janine Fondiller

Janine Fondiller

Janine Fondiller is a Pilates teacher and educator who has been teaching in San Francisco since 2000. A Senior Trainer at EHS and one of the head educators in the Teacher Training Program, she has led teacher trainings in the U.S and Korea. She specializes in teaching challenging and dynamic classes, training instructors, and also in giving specialized sessions in rehabilitation and conditioning.

Janine’s teaching is inspiring, informed and clear, drawing upon her longtime movement experience as a professional dancer, athlete, aerialist, and yoga practitioner. Having just completed a foundation level yoga teacher training, she is continually seeking to expand her knowledge and understanding of the body and its inter workings. She was assistant teacher to Lizz Roman in the Fall Rehabilitation course, and continues to further her education with many of the gifted master level teachers in the field, including; Ellie Herman, Jennifer Stacey, Nora St. John, and Erik Franklin. She is grateful for all of her students and teachers alike.

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Brigitte Brunner

Brigitte Brunner

Brigitte Brunner is a Balanced Body master instructor and educator as well as a graduate of Ellie Herman Studios. After completing her Pilates teacher training in 2005, Brigitte began teaching in San Francisco. In 2012 she completed the Master Instructor training program with Balanced Body.

Since then she has been one of the educators leading Pilates instructor training programs at EHS Pilates in San Francisco. Relevant Continuing education and training includes: CoreAlign 1 and 2, Lizz Roman rehabilitation intensive, Mary Bowen Pilates and Psyche, Eric Franklin Pelvic Power, Thomas Meyers Anatomy Trains, Marie Jose Blom, Amy Alpers and most recently the Buff Bones Instructor training. Buff Bones is a medically endorsed system for bone and joint health.

In her private and group sessions, Brigitte brings energy, passion and attention to detail. Brigitte has also taught extensively in Italy and is fluent in Italian.

 

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Blane Ashby

Blane Ashby

Blane has been practicing and studying Pilates since 1998 and was certified through the Ellie Herman Institute in 2002.

While the majority of his time is spent teaching at Parkside Pilates he also teaches at EHS Pilates Studio. From 2003 to present has been a Faculty Instructor of the Teacher Training Instructor Program (TTIP) at the Ellie Herman Institute acting as co-head of the program.

In 2007, he became a certified Balanced Body Faculty Instructor. Along with one-to-one fitness training he specializes in injury prevention and recovery. Blane has had much success in assisting and creating programs for clients in their post recovery and injury prevention goals. Through out the week Blane teaches quite a few Pilates based group classes.

His popular classes promote a non-competitive atmosphere while challenging the student to reach their fullest potential. Focus of the classes include precision, control, stability, core strength, increasing flexibility all the while promoting enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment.

Pilates can be quite challenging but should be fun too! Blane has been a dancer for the past 20 years and has performed with Company Chaddick, Huckabay/McAllister Dance, EmSpace Dance, Dance Continuum SF, and 13th Floor Dance Theater.

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Shannon McMurchy

Shannon McMurchy

Shannon McMurchy is a somatic educator (certified in Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, & Craniosacral therapy) based in San Francisco, CA, and has just returned from traveling and teaching in SE Asia. She has worked in the field of movement education and healing for over 20 years, in private practice and as a Pilates-based rehab specialist at the world-renowned Dancemedicine Clinic at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital (2002-2007). She has studied extensively with many SF Bay Area masters, including Jean Claude West, Mercy Sidbury, Lee Morgan, Nora St John, Manuso Manos, and Ramanand Patel. In addition to the afore-mentioned modalities, Shannon draws from influences such as postmodern dance, BodyMind Centering developmental movement studies, Aikido, and surfing.

Shannon completed Balanced Body’s CoreAlign I training in 2017, as well as Pilates on the CoreAlign, and Foot & Gait Mentorship levels I & II with Nancy Meyers. She also completed 150 hours of Yoga Therapeutics and Advanced Yoga Therapeutics with Harvey Deutsch, MPT. Shannon was a senior instructor and rehab specialist at Spring Pilates & Yoga for eight years, and also maintained a practice at Mission Creek Pilates for the past three years.

She is a passionate teacher and believes that mindfulness is “the cure for all evils”; in that spirit, she delights in helping people to develop a more mindful and informed engagement with their own bodies, and to find ease, empowerment, and joy in movement.


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Ruthie Wahlborg Scott

Ruthie Wahlborg Scott

Sharing words and tools for experiencing muscle systems with focused movement, Ruthie confidently coaxes out each person’s ability to swim tranquilly inside their own shapes. The supple, strong muscle is where a person learns to float, truly and metaphorically.

Changing someone’s relationship to gravity in a beneficial way is one of the most electrifying aspects of Pilates, as well as it being a sure recipe for grace. Further effects of this sound method include the long, pleasing journey which can deliver a lifetime of a-has, along with lots o’ fun.

Ruthie’s Experience:

  • Teaching Mat and Equipment Pilates steadily since 2003
  • Certified Training with Ellie Herman in 2002
  • 2006 worked for Tom McCook at Center of Balance, absorbing an unparalleled amount of true movement wisdom through staff workouts and working on the floor.

Her Other Loves:

  • bicycles
  • microphones
  • swimming pools
  • dance floors are real stand-outs for this gal!

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Chris Black

Chris Black

Chris has over 13 years of experience teaching Pilates in the Bay Area. Chris Black was certified by Ellie Herman, and has done extensive rehabilitation training with Lizz Roman. She also has studied with Jennifer Stacey and Carol LeMaitre.

Chris is also skilled in working with women through all stages of pregnancy, including post-natal.

Chris Black has made it to my short list of things that make San Francisco a great city. Three years ago I discovered that I had AS, a debilitating back condition, and began trying various treatments with mixed results. Chris has been the first person to give me a feeling of control over how my body feels each day. From the very first lesson, she inspired trust and confidence in her approach. She has a deep understanding of body mechanics, but never gets ahead of what my body is able to do. There’s no such thing as a panacea for back problems, but if you’re willing to put in the work, Chris is the closest thing to it.
– Unsu Lee, Bay Area filmmaker


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Nancy Myers

Nancy Myers

Nancy has been a movement practitioner for over 20 years. Her injuries due to teaching dance and running were rehabilitated with Pilates at St. Francis Dance Medicine Center with Elizabeth Larkam in 1989.

In 2000, she certified with Ellie Herman Studios in San Francisco. Nancy has extensive knowledge in anatomy and kinesiology, and she has dedicated her Pilates career to an emphasis on posture and gait analysis and how it applies to the Pilates work. Nancy has experience teaching all types of fitness populations including dancers, professional athletes, pre and post natal, senior citizens, and clients with injuries and special issues. It is her belief that functional movement is the key to pain relief through better body mechanics.

Over the years Nancy has studied with 1st and 2nd generation Pilates teachers that have inspired and deepened her understanding of the system. In addition, the work of Vladmir Janda, Thomas Myers, Sherry Brourman, Eric Franklin and other masters have influenced and inspired her perspective on how she approaches her practice.

She is inspired and learns everyday from the bodies she encounters and is grateful to be able to follow her passion to make a difference in a person’s life with every step they take within the inspirational atmosphere that is EHS Pilates.

Nancy is also a consultant for MBT shoes, a certified personal trainer and group exercise director. She has a BS in International Business and is currently working on her masters in Holistic Nutrition. Her Foot and Gait Mentorship program is underway at EHS and she constantly teaches internationally, both teacher trainings and continuing education workshops. She has been interviewed and written about several times in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nancy’s current projects include authoring “Fabulous Feet”, and “Pilates on the CoreAlign” and Owner/Operator of Yelapa Oasis Retreat Center which includes a fully equipped studio.

Merits

  • Director of EHS Pilates Institute’s International Teacher Training Program
  • PMA Certified Senior Pilates Trainer with special focus on Gait Therapy
  • Director of EHS Pilates Institute
  • Faculty member of Balanced Body University
  • CoreAlign Master Instructor
  • MBT Trainer/Educator
  • EHS Retreats

Specialties

  • Postural alignment
  • Essential Posture and Gait patterning
  • Foot problems
  • Pilates-based rehabilitation
  • Author of “Fabulous Feet” and “Pilates on the CoreAlign”

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