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Nichole is a certified Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) instructor as well as an Educator for Polestar Pilates Education. Nichole brings a wealth of knowledge to her students as well as to other instructors through her history with Pilates. Nichole uses science-based techniques to thoughtfully assess the whole person and assist them in accomplishing their goals.
Nichole says she loves movement and the power it has to bring awareness to self, community and the world around us. She believes in the power of movement to facilitate healing both inwardly and outwardly. Her goal is to assist others in finding the same joy in both moving and facilitating movement that she has.
Nichole can create programs for you that will fit your goals. You can move together or meet to talk about philosophy over a cup of tea. Try one of Nichole’s classes on a Thursday. She will truly inspire you as a person and also in the Pilates studio.
Rena has practiced Pilates, yoga, and barre for 18 years in New York and in North Carolina. She received her master’s degree in journalism from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering but became actively interested in Pilates after her children returned to school. An avid exerciser, she received her Pilates comprehensive certification and Pilates mat certification from the Equinox Teacher Training Institute in New York and moved to Durham, NC in 2014.
Rena is passionate about Pilates and helping her clients reach their fitness goals. A motivational instructor, she truly believes that exercise increases longevity, overall health, and positive feelings of self-accomplishment. Her instruction technique is challenging and varied, and she loves contributing to the health of her Studio 8 clients. You will not be disappointed if you join one of Rena’s classes today!
A former rower and lifelong athlete, Emily understands the important balance of increasing mobility and flexibility while strengthening and toning your body. She brings her years of strength and cross-training into her contemporary Pilates classes, focusing on proper form and injury prevention while improving your overall athletic performance. She is known for making you break a sweat during class, cultivating a safe and supportive environment where you are pushed to your limits to successfully overcome any obstacle.
She will continuously challenge you to go harder, push further, and reach your athletic potential.
Carey Taylor, Pilates instructor and Personal Trainer, has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is classically trained in the Pilates Method through the PhysicalMind Institute for all mat and Pilates Apparatus work. She is an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
Carey is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Sports and Fitness Association. Over the span of her career, she has completed several workshops and certifications in several wellness modalities including: HIIT, Spinning, Kickboxing, Water aerobics, Barre, Prenatal and Youth exercise, Functional Training and Sports Nutrition. She continues her education in order to keep current with the latest in wellness research and best practices.
Originally from southern Maryland, Carey has had a Pilates practice in various locations around the country, and has worked with private and corporate clients. She has worked as a Fitness Contractor with the U.S. Navy, designing and implementing fitness programs for active-duty service members as well as their dependents.
Carey and her family have recently relocated to the Raleigh, North Carolina area, where they are enjoying the many perks of southern living, including the warmer weather. Currently, Carey travels between Maryland and North Carolina to serve her Pilates and Personal Training clients.
Cathy is certified from the International Sports Science Association. She is an experienced Group Fitness Instructor in Aqua Arthritis, Yoga, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Water aerobics, Mom & Tot, Firm & Tone, Obese Fitness Instruction at Duke University NIA, Seniorcise, Women & Weights, and Barre.
She grew up in New Jersey and is married to Tim, who is the Assistant Head Coach of Football at UNC. Cathy has lived in 11 different states in the past 34 years and is the proud parent of three boys.
Pat grew up in New York, but lived in Pennsylvania for 19 years. She relocated to North Carolina and absolutely loves it here. The weather and the people are beautiful.
Pat has been an athlete all her life and she discovered Pilates after an injury. Being astonished by the results, she pursued her education, completed her certification, and has been practicing and teaching Pilates since 2001.
Pat specializes in both classical and contemporary approaches to achieve certain goals – optimal musculosketal performance is one of them. Her philosophy is that if you have the patience to do difficult things perfectly, then you will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily. When she is not teaching Pilates, you can find her playing tennis, playing volleyball, bike riding, or paddleboarding.
A Pilates body is a healthy body! See you at Studio 8!