Carol Le Maitre
Pilates Training: Carol LeMaitre first experienced the Pilates Method as a desperate dancer with a back injury. Pilates was so successful at healing her back that she became a teacher to help other people, as she was helped. She also found the method incredibly effective to prepare for and recover from the birth of her two sons. Looking to balance her Pilates practice with more release, she discovered the MELT method in 2015 and has been hooked ever since. The combination of Classical Pilates and The MELT Method have been instrumental in giving her students the tools to be amazingly strong and flexible at all ages. Carol believes that it is never too late to feel better and enjoys nothing more than sharing her passion for sweat filled fun. Carol is the founder and head of Sanchez Street Studios, a full service Pilates and MELT Studio in San Francisco and Co founder of PIlates Education Lab, a Pilates Teacher training program. She has taught workshops for Pilates teachers worldwide, her audio recordings are available through iTunes and Balanced Body and her writing has been featured in Balanced Body Coreterly and PilatesBridge.
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: Beth is passionate about using Pilates to help people of all ages and abilities increase their strength, flexibility and awareness. She loves teaching Pilates because it lifts people’s spirits and makes their bodies strong and agile. “When we feel good, we do good, and this is what the world needs,” she says. After 12 years as a professional wire walker in the circus, Beth began her Pilates journey in 2006 at the Pilates Education Lab at Sanchez Street Studios with Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher-Rivera. From 2007-2018 she was co-owner of the Pilates Collective of SF where she worked alongside and studied with second generation teacher Jennifer Stacey MS. She completed The Master’s Program and various workshops at The Pilates Center of Boulder from 2009-2013. In 2018, she was part of Cara Reeser’s Heritage Program, learning the work of Pilates elder Kathleen Stanford Grant. She continues to study with Cara.
Favorite Quote: “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; and there are a thousand ways to go home again.” – Rumi
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Watching Great British Baking Show with my 11 year old, snorkeling in warm water, clearing clutter.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: Occupational therapist, Broadway stage manager, retreat center staff
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: 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: 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: Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Workshop, a licensed teacher training studio of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.
Favorite Quote: “Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.” Moshe Feldenkrais
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Drinking beautiful wine with my friends.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Teacher: In addition to being a pilates instructor I’m also a home goods buyer. I feel like I have two dream jobs!
Pilates Training: Romana’s Pilates NYC
Favorite Quote: “Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things”- Joseph Pilates
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Music, Food, Family, Friends, The Sun, The Ocean and The Trees
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I’d be a Star Fish
Pilates Training: Danielle Williams was introduced to Pilates in 2000, when her then-boyfriend and now life partner was just completing his Pilates Teacher Training program. It was love right from the start—of the boyfriend and of Pilates. Her love for Pilates became even stronger when she met Sharon Gallagher-Rivera and experienced the transformative power of the Pilates Method in a deeper way than she ever had before. Danielle began her comprehensive teacher training in early 2020 with the Pilates Education Lab, under the direction of Sharon and Carol LeMaitre.
Favorite Quote: “When one bell is rung, by the sound of that one bell other bells will also vibrate. So it is with the dancing of the soul…it produces its reaction, and that again, will make other souls dance.” Hazrat Inayat Khan
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Being on or near the water—letting all worries and cares drift away and feeling unbounded.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: A Zen art dealer. Actually, I am, but in a quiet sort of a way.
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.