Born in New Orleans Louisiana, Amy Gage Yildizli studied at the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Turkey in 1999. While in Seattle Amy completed training to become a DONA certified Doula with the amazing Penny Simkin and the Seattle School of Midwifery, she also trained to be a postpartum Doula and a childbirth educator. Amy’s passion for Pilates began in 2004 and led her to complete the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course in Athens, Greece in 2009. After completion of her certification training, Amy went on to complete pre and postnatal Pilates training with Carolyne Anthony and the Center for Women’s Fitness in Costa Mesa, California.
She has continued her training and attended many workshops and seminars. In October on 2012 she had the privilege of attending the BASI mentor program taught by Rael Isacowitz the founder of BASI. In 2014 she became a certified Buff Bones Instructor, Buff Bones is a medically-endorsed workout that combines Pilates, functional movement, strength training, and therapeutic exercise with bone-strengthening and balance techniques to optimize the health and safety of your bones. Amy also completed a course with Anthony Lett and Innovations in Pilates which focuses on flexibility development within the Pilates repertoire. She also is a certfied instructor on the Core Align, a newer apparatus designed by a Physical Therapist that takes the Pilates principles into an upright and dynamically challenging position.
Amy recently completed two of a four part series of week long workshops by Madeline Black, author of the “Centered”. These workshops focused on fascia release and alignment using Pilates in 2020 she hopes to continue this part of her journey. This year she has attended a conference in London by James DiSilva and Madeline Black on fascia, articulation and bone.
Alaina grew up on the Great Plains of Kansas and relocated from Los Angeles, CA to New Orleans in 2014. Alaina has over 15 years of teaching experience. She is certified through Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and trained by Michele Larsson, a protege of Eve Gentry. This program focuses on Pre-Pilates exercises and specializes in relief from chronic pain as well as classical exercise programing for the healthy body. These Pilates principals became immensely important to Alaina just a few years after receiving her certification when she experienced a sudden and severe back injury. Applying the Pilates concepts, being patient and listening to the body’s guidance she was able to recover, heal and rebuild the confidence and agility of her body.
Alaina teaches the Pilates method of movement with the intention to decompress the joints and create an ease of movement throughout the body; with the practice of mindful rhythmic movements that are exhilarating when performed properly. It is a way to self-discovery and adventure!
Jessica Tzur has a love and fascination for movement. She found an outlet for this in Pilates and she hopes to share these feelings with her clients. Jessica has been a Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor since 2009, originally drawn to Pilates as a way to deal with her personal injuries and improve her own movement abilities. Jessica continues to learn different skills and specialties to expand the client population that she can share her love of movement. Some of the things she is trained to work with include pre/postnatal, osteoporosis, athletes and performing artists and more.
Jessica strives to help you find your joy in movement, whether that means the ability to move through daily tasks in a pain-free way or to execute demanding physical movements with precision. Jessica also professionally pursues physical prowess as an aerialist and acrobat as is delighted by most physical challenges. She looks forward to the opportunity to help you feel like your strongest self.
Janine Theodore is a dedicated practitioner of Classical Ashtanga Yoga and is committed to excellence in teaching Yoga and in preserving the Classical tradition in her lessons. She received her Teacher’s Training Education Certificate in Trimbak, India at the Yoga Vidya Gurukul and placed First Class With Distinction. She also studied extensively with the world respected silent monk, Baba Hari Dass in Santa Cruz, California, with Iyengar Master Kofi Busia and with Yoga Master Mark Tanaka. At CCP she will be teaching yoga and meditation.
Debbie has a B.S. in Chemistry and worked in various areas of research for
25 years. She also taught high school physical science. Debbie started
Pilates after a knee injury. She has since been certified in Core Mat I and
Core Mat II through Power Pilates and is currently working on Comprehensive certification.
Having been a student at Crescent City Pilates for over 5
years, Debbie is excited to join the staff sharing the philosophy that movement heals.
Owner Ric Stewart acquired Crescent City Pilates in early 2019 and holds true to our founder’s vision of offering top notch pilates, while expanding CCP into new areas of holistic health and well being. With lifelong back issues, and 34 years of yoga experience, Ric sought the mobility with stability offered by Pilates as the ultimate way to achieve and maintain mind-body balance. Keeping the customer’s point of view close to heart, Ric looks forward to serving the local community further by offering mat pilates, meditation, yoga and other sought after modalities. In this way, and via events which share knowledge, art and culture with our neighbors, CCP can remain a vital source of the inspiration we all seek in our daily lives.
An alumnus, professor and DJ at Tulane, Ric has deep New Orleans and Gulf Coast family ties stretching back over 120 years, and knew what it meant to miss New Orleans when living on the West Coast. A digital music entrepreneur, he has worked closely with artists for over a quarter century – currently via the Blues Center, an interactive roots music discovery brand.
In cultivating a unique culture atop the legacy of CCP, Ric hopes you too can share in the benefits of improved mobility and peace of mind made possible by the natural light of this lofty space, your drive to self-improve and our talented team of instructors.