Pilates Mat (Beginner Level)


This class is taught by:

Theresa Schweingruber

Theresa's training through Drexel University, under the direction of Jennifer Morley, has
prepared her to teach students of all levels in mat classes and on the Pilates equipment.

As a dancer since the age of 4, she initially became interested in Pilates as a reliable cross-training practice to support her dance endeavors. Her genuine love for movement and the mind-body connection only enhanced her experiences with Pilates, both as a teacherand practitioner.

She hopes to share her practice and understanding with others who are also looking for support through cross-training.

Marielle Rubin

Originally from Boston, Mari is a recent Philly transplant. Fully trained on the mat through Balanced Body, she is currently enrolled in full apparatus training through the Pilates program at Drexel University. Mari fell in love with Pilates a number of years ago, as the practice taught her to approach her physical and mental health in an intuitive way, and she loved how emotionally empowered and physically strong she felt after each class. She loves how precise and purposeful the practice is, and she wants her students to gain strength, stability and really challenge themselves throughout her classes. While constantly looking to help her clients challenge both their bodies and minds, Mari believes that hard work, discipline and confidence will help them accomplish their goals.

Colleen Kropp

Yin Yoga Instrutor

Colleen is originally from the Greater Philly Region, but just recently moved back in 2010 after spending time in Manhattan, where she earned her BA in English Lit from NYU and later worked in the city while prepping for the grad school life that would bring her back in Philly. She is currently a doctoral student of 18th c. English Lit at Temple University. She maintains both a very active and restorative yoga practice and has been a member of the PPY family since May 2012.
 
Colleen is one of the Yin instructors at PPY, having received her certification in 2011 from Wake Up Yoga in South Philly. Besides reading 18th c. novels and practicing yoga, she enjoys biking and walking around the city with her Shepherd-Rottweiler, Sappho. 

Laura Baehr

Laura Baehr began training in Pilates while rehabilitating from severe hip tendinitis. Since then she has made a full recovery and seeks to share the power of this movement system with others. Laura completed the Drexel Pilates Certification program under the direction of Jennifer Morley.     Laura Baehr is a dance artist and teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her dual degree in Neuroscience and Dance from Muhlenberg College and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Laura's performance background includes concert dance, mask work and dance theater. In addition to performance and choreography, she is an adjunct dance faculty member at Eastern University, Pilates instructor at Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates and Drexel University and a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease instructor.     Laura has a special interest in harnessing biomechanical awareness as a tool to increase strength, confidence, and quality of life.   
This mat class is a great place to start for beginners or those new to Pilates altogether. The slower pace and modified exercises will help you to learn the system and prepare you to join open level mat classes as you progress.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sat Apr 01 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sun Apr 02 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Apr 04 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Wed Apr 05 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Colleen Kropp
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sat Apr 08 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Laura Baehr
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sun Apr 09 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Apr 11 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Wed Apr 12 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Colleen Kropp
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sat Apr 15 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Laura Baehr
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sun Apr 16 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Apr 18 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Wed Apr 19 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Colleen Kropp
    at Thrive Pilates