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 sever back injury. Applying the Pilates concepts, being patient and listening to the bodys 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 intension to decompress the joints and create an ease of movement throughout the body; with the practice of mindful rhythmic movements that are exhilarating when preformed properly. It is a way to self-discovery and adventure!
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 post partum 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 post natal 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.
Noelle Niegsch, born in raised in Brockport, New York, began her love for movement with dance at a young age, and has loved movement ever since. Noelle believes a whole body-mind connection is key to supporting a happy and healthy life, and is achievable for everyone.
Noelle has worked with a variety of clients from 10 to 90 years of age addressing muscular imbalances, back pain, disc herniation, scoliosis, stenosis, osteoporosis, injury prevention and management, as well as health and fitness maintenance. She is also well versed in pre- and post-natal protocols. Noelle provides sessions that are personalized, informative, and fun!
Before teaching Pilates, Noelle attended the State University of New York at Fredonia where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance along with a minor in Sports and Exercise Science. During her time at Fredonia, she was introduced to Pilates and cultivated an interest to study it further. After graduating, Noelle moved to New York City to pursue her love of movement and to begin her professional career.
In New York, Noelle received her Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Erika Bloom Pilates and then continued on to teach at the Erika Bloom Pilates flagship studio in the heart of Manhattan. She was also a part of ASHA Dance Company for three years where she brought her knowledge of Pilates to her fellow company members to ensure their bodies stayed strong and supported through the rigors of rehearsals and performances. Continuing education and ever broadening her knowledge by engaging in the Pilates community is immensely important to Noelle. Now a resident of New Orleans, Noelle is excited to begin this new chapter at Crescent City Pilates and learn all that the New Orleans Community has to offer! When she’s not in the studio, Noelle enjoys balancing adventure and relaxation with her husband and their cavalier, Ellie!
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 with. Some of the things she is trained to work with include pre/post natal, osteoporosis, athletes and performing artists and more. She 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.
Lilah is a fully-certified Stott Pilates instructor. She completed most of her training with Bodycenter Studios in Seattle, but also trained with Marshall Ecklund in San Diego and at Stott headquarters in Toronto. She has studied Pilates since learning about it as a teenage professional-track ballet student. Though Lilah has worked with clients of all types and abilities, many of her clients have been those with back injuries. Lilah believes Pilates is a practice— evolving, not always perfect, and tailored to the body doing it.