Owner, Senior Pilates Teacher, Personal Trainer
… was in corporate America for 15 years (and teaching aerobics for fun!) After being laid off in the late 90’s, she spent 2 months in Maui earning a Personal Training Certification. She then moved to San Francisco where she completed her initial Pilates Certification from PhysicalMind through Jean Sullivan (now ITT Training.)
She’s been working in the fitness industry for over 30 years in a variety of settings including big and small gyms, private studios, physical therapy offices, and in-home training. She holds over 10 certifications and has worked with athletes, dancers, singers, celebrities, and kids. She has experience with pre & post natal clients; and those with a wide range of injuries and chronic diseases with a special focus on spinal issues, Osteoporosis, and Hypermobility Syndrome (including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – EDS).
Maria opened the Mind 2 Body Fitness studio at the Plant in Providence, Rhode Island in 2012. In addition to running a busy studio and teaching her long-time clients; Maria has become a “Teacher’s Teacher.” Instructors seek her out to pass on her unique skills to them and improve their success with clients. She assisted for several years in the writing of the Pilates Method Alliance exam (now NCPT) for certifying teachers, and provides mentoring and post-graduate continuing education workshops for newly certified and experienced teachers. She is an approved PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and ACE Continuing Education Provider. She continues to successfully integrate her brand of Pilates and Personal Training into every workout!
Certifications: NCPT (National Certified Pilates Teacher), ACE Personal Trainer
Articles and Press:
- TV Appearance on The Road Show, RI’s local morning show
- Providence Monthly Magazine: “Stretching It: a New Pilates Studio Works the Body and Mind”
- IdeaFit Fitness Library” “What Characteristics Define Good or Mediocre Pilates Instruction”
- IdeaFit Feedback from the Field
From the clients:
“Being both a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor gives her a great toolkit – and she knows how to use it!”
“I learn something new every time I work with Maria that I then pass on to my clients. She makes me a better teacher.”
“It’s always fun and interesting because she mixes things up. Every workout is different. That’s why I’ve been with her for years!“
“I didn’t get Pilates until I started working with Maria. After one session my body felt tighter!”
“Maria has a way of explaining things… she took my pilates practice to new levels.”
Now that’s what it’s like to have a session with the Master!
Senior Pilates Teacher, Heritage Training Graduate
… completed her original Teacher Training Certification from Jen McWalters Studio Teacher Training Program in 2007. She received her Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certification in 2009 and maintains her Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher designation (NCPT).
Like many Pilates teachers, Clary is an education junkie and has continued her studies with Master Teachers all over the country with particular expertise in helping clients recover from spinal issues, Osteoporosis, Diastasis Recti and other postnatal issues. Clary Is a 2022 graduate of the Heritage Training — A post-graduate program for Pilates Professionals taught by Cara Reeser which offers extensive training in the philosophy, vocabulary, techniques, and teaching tools passed along to Cara from Kathy Grant – a 1st generation student of Joseph and Clara PIlates.
Clary graduated from RISD in 1985 with a BFA in photography. She worked as a fine art printer until beginning her successful career in Pilates. She lives with her family in Providence, RI; and spends time restoring her Victorian home and walking her Irish Wolfhound named Tex.
Certifications: NCPT (National Certified Pilates Teacher), Heritage Training Graduate
Senior Pilates Teacher
Amy first fell in love with Pilates as a kid while studying classical and contemporary ballet in Orange County, California. She spent her summers training with the American Ballet Theatre and was on track to become a professional dancer before a severe injury ended her dance career. After surgery, it was Pilates that aided in her recovery and allowed her to remain actively involved in fitness. After college Amy became a certified Personal Trainer, Zumba, and POUND Pro instructor, but it’s Pilates that continues to be her professional passion.
Amy is a Certified Pilates Instructor through Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) and has previously worked at several studios in New York and Providence. Her personal and professional experience has given her a deep understanding and appreciation for the benefits of Pilates. And becoming a mom of 2, has given her a whole new set of knowledge and skills. She aims to help clients work hard and have fun while increasing strength, flexibility and most importantly — learning how to be in-tune with their bodies!
Check out Amy’s website and instagram page for workouts; information; and inspiration on Pilates, movement, and motherhood.
…is a Rhode Island native who calls herself a “late bloomer” when it comes to fitness. For her prior career, Wendy worked in the Culinary Arts as a private chef aboard yachts; at ski chalets in the Alps; and on English Estates. She and her husband worked as a Captain and Cook team on charters cruising the East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico.
After 16 years of taking care of everyone else, Wendy retired from her culinary career in 2006. She had her first taste of Pilates, Barre, and Lagree studying in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl and Seattle, WA and was quickly hooked by the way it changed her body.
Wendy moved cross-country again to Rhode Island, and completed her Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Master Trainer Zayna Gold at Boston Body Pilates in 2018.
Wendy is a breast cancer survivor — 3 times — which makes her a great resource for post-mastectomy clients (particularly with lat flap.) Having only one lat can be challenging at times but it doesn’t seem to stop her — and puts her at a great advantage in working with these clients!
Wendy lives in Little Compton with her husband Lenny and their two Lucy and Ethel.
Wendy Says: “I love to have fun in my classes. Pilates makes me feel strong, got me through my surgeries, and has dramatically improved my posture… while Barre has brought muscles back to my legs and lifted my booty off the floor. I want to share that with my clients!”
Certifications: Balanced Body
Pilates Teacher, Diploma of Clinical Pilates
Looking for a change after spending her younger years as a dancer, Lindsey’s passion for Pilates began in college when she visited the original Joseph Pilates studio in Becket, Massachusetts. She loved the connection of pilates with dance and transitioned easily into the Matwork. When she moved to the Middle East, she was introduced to the Reformer and quickly saw the benefits of the entire Pilates repertoire. Lindsey became a fully-certified instructor in 2017 through Stott Pilates to share her love of the method with others.
In 2022 Lindsey completed the Diploma of Clinical Pilates from Raphael Bender at Breathe Education in Australia – an intensive year-long program with a deep focus on science-based rehabilitation, pain and injury, whole person approaches and developing coherent clinical framework to help with rehabilitating any client! Graduates of this program are movement coaches skilled in dealing with the following conditions: Breast cancer, diastasis recti, scoliosis, hip replacement, ACL surgery and knee replacement, tendinopathy, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, stenosis, bulging discs, sciatica, ankylosing spondylitis, rotator cuff tears, and frozen shoulder/shoulder impingement.
Lindsey is also a certified Xtend Barre instructor — a fusion of ballet, pilates, and strength training that creates a high energy, low impact workout … and is trained in the Yoga Tune Up-Roll Model Method which uses various sized therapy balls for myofascial release of the muscles. In 2018 Lindsey was a top 10 finalist in the Pilates Anytime annual instructor competition.
Now mother to 2, Lindsey has an athletic conditioning approach to teaching – focusing on whole body workouts that incorporate coordination, balance, and endurance. She likes to challenge her clients by showing their capabilities and helping them build strength and confidence in their own movement.
Certifications: Merrithew™ Instructor Training, Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Breathe Education
Niki has been teaching for over a decade, having opened her own home studio where she has been using Pilates to help her clients recover from surgery or injury so they can return to their active lives outside of the studio.
Niki found Pilates through a friend and, after being a client for a couple years, decided to become a teacher. She completed her initial apprenticeship through the Jen McWalters Teacher Training Program. Like all teachers, Niki has never stopped learning and has focused on an expanded knowledge of anatomy and functional movement patterns; attending many workshops with esteemed teachers from across the globe.
Born in England, she lived in Germany before moving to the States in 1999. She has four grown children and now lives with her husband in Providence. She enjoys spending time on their boat during the summer months and enjoys art galleries, museums and walking.
Niki believes movement is a gift that should not be taken for granted. We are lucky to have such an intuitive and skilled teacher join our staff!
Eve Kerrigan is a former dancer, coast-to-coast Instructor, Teacher Trainer and superstar mom! Eve began taking Pilates in NYC in the late 90’s. She quickly realized that this was the same conditioning exercise she had done in dance classes years before and was excited to be reacquainted with the technique. Eve went on to study Pilates and certify through Body Awareness Studio in Atlanta in 2002.
She then moved to Los Angeles where she honed her skills under studio owners Mari Winsor, Sue Aglietti and Carlos Requeijo before opening her own studio, Reform School Pilates in Santa Monica, CA. At her studio, Eve partnered with a Physical Therapist to build and deliver a Pilates teacher training program for healthcare providers.
Eve eventually relocated once again to her hometown of Rhode Island where she has worked at several local studios – including her own – for the last several years. When not in the studio – you may find her teaching writing to children and adults … and running around town with her beautiful daughter, Pearl.
Eva began as a dancer at a young age in the Virginia Williams Ballet Studio — which became the Boston Ballet Company. In college her focus turned to education and she became a secondary school foreign language teacher (French.) While raising her children and teaching, she was active in several forms of physical exercise and eventually became a Certified Group Instructor and later a Personal Trainer.
While taking Mat Pilates classes, she knew she had found where she belonged and became certified in Mat. She then continued her training in Pilates Reformer with Jen McWalters, and taught privates, semi-privates and classes at CORE Fitness in Providence.
Always interested in expanding her knowledge and skills, Eva got more training from Club Pilates in East Greenwich and began teaching there to full classes — often with a waitlist. In addition, Eva completed her 200 hour yoga certification at the Kripalu Yoga center in the Berkshires.
Eva has traveled extensively around the world, and in addition to Rhode Island, she has taught Pilates and fitness in Santa Fe, Florida, California, New Zealand, and Alaska.
Eva says, “My passion is using my pedagogic skills, acquired through years of classroom teaching to help clients achieve their physical goals and build a positive self image. I also work at using humor to help clients enjoy each exercise experience.”
- AFFA — Group Exercise, Senior Fitness, Pilates Mat
- Jen McWalters — Pilates Reformer
- Club Pilates — Reformer, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Pilates Arc, BOSU, TRX, Jumpboard
- SCW Fitness — Aqua Fit, Ballet Barre
- Silver Sneakers — Classic Fitness, CardioFit, Yoga
- AAAI & ISMA Personal Trainer
- CPR & AED
Emily is currently completing her 300+ Apprentice hours for the Balanced Body Comprehensive Training Certification through Boston Body Pilates. She works a full-time job as a Marketing Mix Analyst helping customers make sound decisions based on their specific market data. She’ll be available for apprentice sessions at Mind 2 Body Fitness on evenings and weekends.
Emily was born in the US, but her family roots are from Taishan, China. She speaks fluent Mandarin and Taishanese — and can teach Pilates in these languages!
Emily is excited about becoming a Pilates teacher to help “get people moving.” She says, “I want to help people focus less about their weight or how they look, and more on how they feel; and how they can get stronger with Pilates.”
Emily is also a master at designing and building Lego projects. She loves to “… put the pieces together to complete a whole.”
Amanda is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Functional Range Conditioning® Mobility Specialist, Pre/post-Natal Exercise Specialist, Somatic Exercise Instructor, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Amanda believes that we can reach whatever health and fitness goals we desire without the “no pain, no gain” mentality but rather through learning to move our bodies in ways that promote strength, resilience, and adaptability. Basically, ways to keep our bodies and minds happy and healthy for the long haul.
Amanda began her fitness journey in her early 20s when she began running marathons. She quickly realized that adding strength and mobility training to her exercise routine was a must if she wanted to continue running long distances and stay injury-free. She fell in love with the world of strength and conditioning and made a career change to reflect that passion. Amanda spent the first seven years of her training career in New York City working for industry giant, Equinox – and later for the much-loved Brooklyn-based strength and conditioning gym, Breuckelen Athletic. In 2023, Amanda moved to Rhode Island, her home state. She is ecstatic to be a member of the Rhode Island community again.
- Certified Personal Trainer – American Council on Exercise
- Pre-/Post-Natal Certification – American Council on Exercise
- Registered Yoga Teacher – Yoga Alliance
- Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist – Functional Range Systems
- Certified Somatics Exercise Instructor – Somatic Movement Center
- Nutrition Coach – Precision Nutrition