Teachers

Amy

Amy

Pilates Teacher

Amy’s introduction to Pilates began several years ago while training for a half marathon. As a former competitive gymnast, she was looking for a form of exercise that demanded the mind-body connection that gymnastics provided for many years. Amy quickly found that when performed correctly through body alignment and precise movement, Pilates could be extremely challenging and equally soothing to the body and mind.

Enthusiastic about working with clients from all different backgrounds and abilities, Amy truly believes a Pilates program can benefit each person physically and mentally. Her own practice has been an outlet for pain and stress relief from many work days sitting at a desk. Having worked for over a decade as a event planner and project manager, she speaks from experience about the therapeutic powers of Pilates and exercise. She is excited to introduce it as a compliment to any fitness regimen.

Outside of teaching, Amy is an avid runner, rock climber, and paddle boarder. In the summer months, you can find her outside on the water. Amy holds a degree in Kinesiology and Sport Management from James Madison University and she is a Polestar Pilates certified instructor.

Betsy McLaughlin

Betsy McLaughlin

Pilates Teacher

Betsy aims to give her clients a fun, dynamic, and effective workout while remaining focused on form, technique, and safety. She has advanced Pilates training in modifying repertoires for breast cancer survivors and those with injuries, and particularly enjoys encouraging women to appreciate the power and beauty of their bodies versus identifying with a number on a scale or dress size.

It is Betsy's belief that anyone can discover increased mental, physical, and emotional benefits from a dedicated Pilates practice. Betsy is a STOTT certified instructor and she has been teaching Pilates, Barre, and TRX in the Boston area for over a decade.

Laura

Laura

Pilates Teacher

Laura has a profound passion for teaching people how to move freely and correctly without pain or limitations. She has been practicing Pilates for nearly a decade and from her first experience with the method she has been impressed with its function not only as a mind/body discipline, but also for its capacity to create strength, balance, symmetry, body awareness and connection.

Laura is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor and Functional Movement Screening Practitioner who is particularly skilled at working with clients recovering from injuries. She strongly believes in the benefits of a dedicated Pilates practice for post-rehab and preventative measures to help limit the risk of injury and build greater strength and stability.

In addition to teaching, Laura is enthusiastic about holistic nutrition and wellness, and she uses her background in writing, marketing & communications to provide marketing and education exclusively for health and wellness companies.

Laura’s love of Pilates and its potential to empower people of all ages and stages of life has led her to discover much joy in supporting clients in achieving greater strength, vitality, and overall health that they previously thought impossible.

Leah Principe

Leah Principe

Pilates Teacher

Leah’s love for Pilates and its beautifully fluid movements is a natural extension of her passion for dance. She began her dance training as a young child and has developed her repertoire to include Ballet, Jazz, Acro, and Modern. As a professional dancer, she performs throughout Boston, Las Vegas, and Montreal with her dance troupe. When she isn’t traveling, Leah is teaching Pilates and sharing with her students the many benefits this method has to offer. A student herself, Leah is in the process of completing her Comprehensive Pilates teacher training. Both Pilates and dance provide Leah with the opportunity to channel her creativity in a way that enhances her well-being. Leah wants to inspire her clients to feel this revitalizing power of balanced movement.

Yishiuan

Yishiuan

Pilates Teacher

Yishiuan is a devoted Pilates student who credits the method for making her stronger, healthier, and centered. Practicing Pilates heightens her ability to tune into her own body and move with greater efficiency while teaching it cultivates a love of learning about the human body. With regard for how different bodies moves, Yishiuan connects with clients by sharing her appreciation for Pilates as a means to gain fitness and she aims to provide an enjoyable, balanced, and safe workout. Yishiuan is a STOTT Pilates trained instructor and when she isn’t teaching or taking Pilates classes she works at Harvard University and teaches in the International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations Program at Lesley University.

Sasha Teter

Sasha Teter

Pilates Teacher

Sasha fell in love with Pilates after attending a class wth her mother who used Pilates to fully recuperate from ankle surgery. As a mental health therapist Sasha readily recognized the physical and mental healing potential a Pilates practice offers its participants. Soon after, she graduated from her first comprehensive training through Midwest Pilates Institute. Eager to learn about other methods, she completed yet another comprehensive training with Polestar Pilates.

Currently, Sasha is a mentor for Polestar where she is responsible for training future Pilates instructors. As a teacher she is mastering her own technique. As a student she is learning how to better address the unique goals of clients who are pregnant, recovering from birthing, live with lower extremity pathologies, spinal issues and those with other physical therapy needs.

Drawing upon her knowledge of multi-systemic therapy, Sasha relates to her clients in a thoughtful, caring, and personalized manner. She is focused on proper alignment and precision in movement as a means to feeling good! Having personally dealt with chronic back problems, Sasha speaks from experience when she describes the pain relief one can achieve through a dedicated Pilates practice.

In addition to teaching at Shawn's Studio, Sasha is the studio's client consultant monitoring and responding to emails and phone calls, as well as, handling other communications between the studio and its members. She is a valuable addition to Shawn's Studio team of skilled instructors.

Shawn Giles

Shawn Giles

Pilates Teacher

Shawn has been sharing his knowledge of the body and movement in private and group settings for over a decade.

His passion for Pilates is fueled by the countless positive transformations he has witnessed in his clients. Shawn utilizes his expertise and experience to assist each client in cultivating greater body awareness, strength, flexibility and agility.

His comprehensive approach to Pilates bridges the gap between the classical and modern traditions while staying true to its core principles. Using an innovative and unique teaching style, Shawn tailors each session to the client’s personal goals and needs. Through Pilates Shawn explores the many benefits this discipline has to offer.

Outside of teaching Shawn is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder. He has a passion for music, cars, and fixing things. He has rebuilt classic automobiles and endeavors to teach his sons how to do the perfect burn out.