Carol Le Maitre
Pilates Training: I started learning about Pilates from Michele Larson, during a mixed dance/pilates class in the early 80s. I suffered a back injury while dancing and in 1985 went to St Francis Hospital, the first hospital to offer Pilates within their dance medicine division. Pilates healed my back injury and I was able to resume dancing professionally. That experience inspired me to become a Pilates teacher, a journey I began under the direction of Jennifer Stacey. I finished my formal training with Ellie Herman in 1999. I completed The Masters Program at The Pilates Center of Boulder in 2012. I am an advanced MELT Instructor and have studied the Janda Method of Neuro Muscular Re-Education.
Favorite Quote: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Samuel Goldwyn
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Gorging on TV shows like Broad City, Louis, Transparent and sooo embarrassing…Call the Midwife.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I would be a doctor. I am a bit of a medical junkie; I love reading the mystery disease column in the NYT. Or, maybe a musician, I love playing music with my family.
Pilates Training: Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher, Comprehensive Pilates Training, SF 2008-2011
Sue Hitzmann, MELT Hand and Foot Certification, NYC Oct 2014
Favorite Quote: “A year form now you may wish you had started today.”
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Drinking wine with delicious appetizers
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I’d be a yoga instructor. I may get certified one day.
Pilates Training: Comprehensive Pilates Training with Pilates Education Lab under the direction of Sharon Gallagher and Carol LeMaitre since 2010 and began teaching in 2013.
Favorite Quote: “Ain’t nothin to it, but to do it”
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Apple pie. Joke! It’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I would probably be a chef.
Pilates Training: Quilet was a professional dancer for 17 years and former member of ODC dance company, Parsons Dance, and TRIP Dance Theatre among others. She experienced the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates while recovering from a dance injury. This inspired her to dive right in and become a Pilates instructor. She studied the Classical Pilates Method with Pilates Education Lab under Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher. To complement her enthusiasm for healthy movement, she is also a Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator. She incorporates the Franklin Method’s focus on dynamic imagery to create awareness, embody functional movement, and therefore facilitate change from the inside out.
Favorite Quote: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Einstein
Favorite Non PilatesIndulgences: Dancing, traveling, and making pastries!
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I’d probably be a pastry chef.
Pilates Training: Nadia began her comprehensive teacher-training in 2012 at the Pilates Education Lab in San Francisco, under the direction of Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher-Rivera, whose classical training comes from direct lineage to Joseph Pilates. She graduated in 2014 and additionally did continuing education in: anatomy and physiology, diastasis recti rehabilitation, fascial web and lines, pelvic floor and breathing, spine, hip, shoulder and core musculature. To gain clinical experience, Nadia interned in physical and occupational therapy at the John Muir Medical Center, and in 2015 she began her study of Orthopedic Manual Therapy with Tom Hendrickson.
Favorite Quote: “when in doubt, radiate love”
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgences: her 3 kids and coffee
What would you be if you weren’t a Pilates Teacher: an international top secret agent, a Shakira backup dancer, or a doctor of osteopathy
Pilates Training: Aaron has been a movement instructor since 2011 teaching barre classes in San Francisco, and dance classes around the world. In January 2019 Aaron began training as a Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Education Lab under Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher-Rivera.
Favorite Quote: “Do what you love to do, and you’ll have a happy life” – My dad, David Perlstein
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Knitting is my most important non-physical life. I specialize in sweaters knit in both the Icelandic and fair-isle traditions. Check out my work on Instagram, @rockonaaron
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Teacher: I have always been and will always be a teacher. While the subjects I’ve taught have often changed, my biggest satisfaction comes from helping others awake to the joy of learning. When I’m not teaching, I thoroughly enjoy being a student.
Pilates Training: My Pilates journey started in 2009 in Mexico when I took my first reformer class and I was hooked. For the last decade I have been moving around the world with my husband and became a mom of two girls; during this time I always tried to keep an active lifestyle and included Pilates workouts. While living in Sydney I started practicing Pilates in a more profound and constant way under the wing of Jenny Burgess a 2nd generation Pilates Teacher. In 2017 we relocated to San Francisco where after a thorough research I came across to one of the best classical pilates studios in the city: Sanchez Street Studios. Carol and her team inspired me to go deep into the Pilates method and in January 2019 I began training as a Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Education Lab under Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher-Rivera.
Favorite Quote: “Do not be afraid of your difficulty. Turn toward it. Learn to lean into the wind.” Jack Kornfield
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Traveling, cooking and drinking Aperol Spritz.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Teacher: I would probably be a holistic nutritionist, I find it extremely interesting how food impacts our physical and mental health and also its healing powers.
Pilates Training: I learned everything I know from watching the amazing teachers at Sanchez St. while distracting their clients with my massive cuteness.
Favorite Quote: “Dinnertime!” Carol LeMaitre
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Eating everything that I can get my paws on.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Watchdog: I’d be an indulgent retired person’s dog who feasted on caviar and slept on the bed.