Christine Ivy, Studio Owner 2nd Generation Teacher, LSM Pilates Master, BASI certified-Dance Specialization, TIER 1 Instructor Balance & Grace Pilates is the result of Studio Owner Christine Ivy's passion for using fitness as a tool to help clients connect with their best and most authentic selves. Christine is a Second Generation Pilates Teacher and a Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master. Originally mentored by Karen Clippinger and BASI certified with a specialization in Dance Conditioning, Christine has been training a diverse range of clientele through private, semi-private, and group pilates sessions since 2006. She also has a rich background of teaching Pilates Mat, Indo-Row, Booty Barre, Group Reformer, and Group Fitness. She studied intensely with her mentor 1st Generation Elder Lolita San Miguel in her 2 year Pilates Master Mentor Program and currently maintains an active practice with Carola Trier's prodigy, Jillian Hessel.
Drawing upon a background in dance performance and teaching, Christine enjoys working with a wide range of clientele including athletes, pre/post natal, elderly, obese, those with rehabilitation concerns, and those in the trauma community. With a B.A. in Dance, Dance Science from CSULB and a love for biomechanics and anatomy, she is well known by clients for her hawk-eyed ability to read and fine-tune the body as well as for using vivid imagery. Understanding that every body is unique Christine is able to quickly adapt to the needs of clients, regardless of age, level, or ability. She enjoys helping her clients reach goals with specifically tailored strategies. Christine understands that physical fitness is one piece of the puzzle towards creating a balanced life and she encourages clients to enjoy the process while embracing grace along the way. At Balance & Grace Pilates clients are able to, through challenging training coupled with empathetic coaching, experience transformative results. It is Christine's goal to see each of her clients discover and recover the best lives they were designed to live!
She is currently working on bringing her 1 year thesis study of "Trauma, PTSD, & Pilates: Using Contrology in the Understanding & Healing of Trauma" to the greater Pilates Community. Christine is the Legacy Educator for Lolita's Legacy Program at Balance & Grace Pilates where she teaches, mentors, and coaches the next generation of Pilates teachers in a 500 hour Comprehensive Program that fuses classical and current Pilates approaches. She recognizes the importance of remembering our heritage and past while still evolving with the future of body-mind science in the field of Pilates.
For more information on Lolita's Legacy Comprehensive Training Program or to apply to the Program: visit the Certification Page or email the studio, Subject line: Lolita's Legacy. To request a workshop or speaking engagement with Christine, please email the studio, Subject line: Workshop Inquiry
Kelly Reck, Instructor (BASI Certified, TIER 2 Instructor) Kelly has been dancing for 18 years and has studied jazz, modern, ballet, and tap extensively. During high school she attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she furthered her training in dance. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Cal State Long Beach. It was in college that Kelly became deeply fascinated with Anatomy, Dance Science, Biomechanics, and Injury Care and Prevention. In 2013 Kelly was severely injured in a traumatic car versus bike accident. After intense rehabilitation she began taking Pilates consistently to gain adequate strength and stability in order to dance again. Today she is feeling strong, pain free, and extremely grateful to be alive. Kelly recently completed the BASI Pilates certification program with a Specialization in Dance. She truly believes that Pilates can do incredible things for the body, mind and spirit, and that her experience with major injuries has given her a unique perspective when working with her clients. With first hand knowledge, an active and deepening understanding of the Pilates method, and an immense passion and appreciation for the power of this method, Kelly feels that her purpose in life is to help her clients gain strength, flexibility, body awareness and self love through their Pilates practice.
Evelynn Korszyk Instructor (BASI certified, TIER 2 Instructor) Born and raised an Angeleno, Evelynn has always enjoyed living in beautiful Southern California. After earning a B.A. in Communications & Public Relations from Cal State Fullerton and spending seven years running her own wedding planning & design company, Evelynn discovered Pilates and was forever changed. She fell in love with the therapeutic mental and physical benefits of Pilates which allowed her to escape from the stresses and pressures of daily life. Believing in obtaining a more balanced and peaceful lifestyle, she decided to make a leap and change careers to pursue a Pilates teaching certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI). Evelynn believes that the mind and body benefits of Pilates are for anyone – from professional athletes to those in need of stress & tension relief. With an impeccable attention to detail and experience working with people from all different types of backgrounds, Evelynn tailors every session according to individual clients' needs. She believes that everyone can benefit from achieving a more active lifestyle and encourages others to feel empowered to enhance their own lives – mind, body and spirit. Evelynn enjoys staying active outdoors, has a fascination for American History and loves to read, Disneyland is her second home, and she adores her family and her Bichon pup.
Maura Riley, Substitute Instructor (TIER 1. BASI certified) Maura received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 1992. She has been teaching and practicing Pilates across Southern California for the past 18 years and has been a teaching as a BASI certified Pilates Instructor since 2007 to a diverse clientele. As a former professional dancer, she developed a passion for Pilates right away. She loves teaching and seeing her clients reach their full physical potential. Maura brings joy to life and instills confidence within her manner of instruction. And as Pilates has changed her life in so many positive ways she strives to bring the limitless potential of the human spirit to her teaching methods. With her teaching experience she has earned many friends and loyal clients due to her rare combination of passion, creativity, trustworthiness, resourcefulness, and encouragement. To shed light on what makes her such an in demand Pilates teacher Maura explains, "I love to see my clients smile when they suddenly realize the strength they have gained through this practice. My students continually challenge me to become a better teacher, I want to live up to it!” Because of this and her boundless commitment to the Pilates methodology Maura’s loyal clientele continues to grow.