Level 1 Circuit


This class is taught by:

Stephanie Birtig

Originally from Ontario, Stephanie has been practicing Pilates for many years. She has recently moved back to Toronto from New York City to attend Chiropractic school. With her background in dance and kinesiology she has integrated her passion for movement into her Pilates teaching. She sees Pilates as a way to build a strong foundation to excel at any movement and has used Pilates herself to prevent and recover from injuries. With her Classical Pilates training, Stephanie uses the system of Pilates with her clients to adapt to each unique body to ensure a safe and effective workout. Stephanie hopes her sessions are fun, safe, and work toward individual goals. She feels accomplished when her clients leave feeling sweaty!

Stephanie has a BA degree in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario; she is a graduate of Alycea Ungaro's Real Pilates Teacher Training in NYC.

 

Abby Gibbons

Abby has been teaching the Pilates method for over ten years. A former dancer, Abby began her Pilates teacher training in 2004 through Power Pilates in New York City under the tutelage of 2nd generation teachers Bob Liekens, and Susan Moran, and received her certification in 2005. In 2014, she completed her 2nd certification through the United States Pilates Association under the direction of 2nd Generation Teacher Brett Howard. Abby also completed a 9-month intensive with 2nd Generation Teacher Chris Robinson at S6 Fitness in San Diego, CA. Abby is a 3rd Generation Authentic Pilates Teacher.

Abby enjoys being creative with her lessons while challenging her clients to do and be their best. Outside her love of Pilates, Abby enjoys, fashion and make-up artistry.

Siobhan Donnelly

Siobhan is a professionally trained ballet dancer who graduated from Canada's National Ballet School and was first introduced to Pilates while a boarding student there. Siobhan danced and trained around the world until her dance career was cut short by a hip injury. 
 
Siobhan is presently the owner and director of the York School of Dance established in 2001, where she also teaches children in the Lawrence Park Community classical ballet.
Siobhan is passionate about passing on, not only a technical dance foundation to her students, but also a joy within the movement itself. 
 
Siobhan is currently completing her Classical Pilates Teacher Training program at Lili Viola Pilates under the guidance of second generation teacher Chris Robinson and third generation teacher Lili Viola. Her time as a dancer formed a strong mind body foundation which translates well to her current path within the Joseph Pilates method. Siobhan hopes her students take away from her classes an increased confidence to move in harmony with their bodies, and that they continue to build a strong core and body connection. 
 
Siobhan is thrilled to be a part of Team LVP and work at such a vibrant studio in the neighbourhood where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. 

Shareen Woodford

Shareen is certified in Stott Pilates but has been working through the classical system with Lili Viola. She is bridging to the classical system through our Teacher Training program.

Shareen is also a renowned yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer, having led retreats and Yoga Teacher Training programs locally and internationally. She travels regularly to India to study yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy, sanskrit and chanting with the worlds best teachers and gurus.

Formerly a dancer and gymnast, as well as a varsity competitive swimmer at the University of Toronto, Shareen has copious and various experience in the world of fitness and athletics. Her approach to teaching combines all of her areas of experience and expertise. She shares with her students a genuine enjoyment of breath and movement, mind-body connection and always encourages safe and correct technique and athletic precision.

 
This class combines the Reformer workout at the basic level, now done at a faster pace, with basic Mat, Tower, and Barrel exercises for a full-body dynamic workout.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 21 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Amalea Ruffett
  • Thu Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Amalea Ruffett
  • Thu Aug 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Amalea Ruffett
  • Thu Aug 23 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Stephanie Birtig
  • Sat Aug 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Abby Gibbons
  • Tue Sep 04 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Siobhan Donnelly
  • Tue Sep 04 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Lisa Naprawa
  • Thu Sep 06 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Siobhan Donnelly
  • Fri Sep 07 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Shareen Woodford
  • Tue Sep 11 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Siobhan Donnelly
  • Tue Sep 11 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Lisa Naprawa
  • Thu Sep 13 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Siobhan Donnelly
  • Tue Sep 18 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Siobhan Donnelly
  • Tue Sep 18 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Lisa Naprawa
  • Thu Sep 20 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Siobhan Donnelly