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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!
Anne Martens is a certified Pilates instructor under Kathy Van Patten (2003) and Bob Liekens (2005). She is also a certified Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Instructor as well as a certified personal trainer (ACE). Anne took her experience as a personal trainer and pilates instructor to develop exercise programs focused on a healthy lifestyle, but also to create a fitness regimen for motherhood…including during pregnancy, at birth, after delivery and well into motherhood with postpartum, perimenopause, menopause and post menopause. Anne has over 10 years of experience as a child birth educator, doula, and training in Midwifery Assistance. She is a Licensed Lamaze Child Birth Educator and has studied as a Postpartum Doula with Midwife Vicki Hedley, and a Birth Doula with Sunday Tortelli. All of these experiences makes Anne a really wonderful and kind instructor.
Pilates and Ballet go hand in hand back to the day when Joseph Pilates worked with George Balanchine. Anne has also combined Pilates and Ballet. She completed her B.F.A. in Dance at the Boston Conservatory, where she graduated cum laude under Emiko and Yasi Tokunaga. Anne is a wonderful edition to both Pilates at Studio 8 and Royal Grace Academy of Dance.
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.