I’ve been a speech-language pathologist for the past decade and specialize in treating orofacial myofunctional disorders. Partly to keep from going crazy, I became a registered yoga teacher during the pandemic, then went on to complete additional training as a certified breathing coach. I use breathing techniques learned with my patients everyday, but knew others needed help with this as well!
I firmly believe that how you think, move, and live has the power to transform our lives, but just like everything, it takes practice and patience.
I’m excited to take on this journey, and hope you join me, one breath at a time.”
Rileigh was a part of the Flying High Circus at Florida State University where she performed hand balancing, the teeterboard, and the flying trapeze. When her time in the circus was over, she needed a new physical hobby. Yoga became much more than a hobby for Rileigh, it became a way of living that connected mind, body, and spirit in pursuit of wholesome health. Rileigh began her teacher training when she was 15 weeks pregnant. Being from a competitive background, having to accommodate for her changing body taught Rileigh the deeper meaning of yoga. It taught her that yoga was not about flexibility, or being able to do a perfect handstand, but yoga is about connecting with where your mind, body, and spirit are at today, at this moment. Rileigh’s favorite snack is avocado!
Brenda, along with her husband and fur-kids relocated to the Greenville area in 2018 after having lived most of her adult life in Atlanta. Prior to undertaking a career in Pilates, she served as an operations executive in the communications and healthcare industries while maintaining fitness through Pilates, yoga, strength training and frequent hiking. Her commitment to Pilates was born of a desire to continue to build physical strength and endurance despite joint issues and chronic muscle injuries. Her passion for Pilates took root after she left the corporate world and began to realize its significant rehabilitation capabilities and ability to promote spinal flexibility and full body movement. As she progressed, her passion deepened for bringing the many benefits of Pilates to individuals as well group fitness environments.
She was awarded a 500-hour Pilates instructor certification by Club Pilates and has consistently taught both private and group reformer and mat classes since. Brenda is also certified to teach Barre and enjoys bringing elements of this discipline to her Pilates flows. Her primary teaching goals are to inspire in others a commitment to Pilates-based breath and movement as primary vehicles for building life enhancing core strength, muscle flexibility and overall stability. She works to bring a sense of wonder and fun to each class she teaches.
I first learned about Pilates in a continuing education class while working as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I loved it so much I took the leap to change careers to pilates instructor and further my education through STOTT.
In addition to my professional experience I am a dedicated athlete who has competed in many running and Triathlon races over the past 10 years. I am a true believer in the effectiveness of Pilates and the roll it plays in keeping any active body strong and healthy!
Daron found Pilates at a young age while studying dance in Jacksonville, Florida and has been practicing ever since. In 2015 she was certified through the Kane School in New York City under the amazing Kelly Kane. Over the last five years she has had the honor of teaching at Pilates of Sag Harbor under Lauralee Bruce in the Hamptons and has been an instructor at several studios throughout the five boroughs. She has also guest taught at several studios around the US and the Caribbean. Before becoming a full-time Pilates Instructor Daron danced professionally under Shelly Hutchinson, Marlena Wolfe, and Kristin Sudeikis. Her career as a dancer and dance teacher has lead her to a strong knowledge of body mechanics, anatomy, and injury prevention. She loves watching clients become both physically and mentally stronger through gaining a firm hold on their mind-body connection.
Rachel is one of our amazing Reformer Pilates instructors here at C.O.R.E. grow strong. She believes listening to your body is the best way to heal, rejuvenate and grow. She has been helping people on their path to wellbeing through mindful movement for over a decade. Her class style is alignment-based, breath-centered and joyful. She has full certification through the Stott Pilates Method including Injuries & Special Populations, and is a 500-hr RYT, NASM PT and certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant.
Mara found Pilates early on in life at the age of 14 as a cross training technique for her love of dance. Throughout her time at Florida State University as a dance major she regularly took Reformer and Mat Pilates to grow stronger as well as rehab back from injuries. What she loves most about Pilates is how it is meant for all people of all abilities and how quickly you can feel your body become stronger after finding Pilates. After graduation she sought out to get her certification through Balanced Body. Her classes focus on trying to gain a full understanding of each exercise with lots of breathing cues as well as encouragement to reach your full potential. After teaching in Greenville for the past year she is really excited about joining the C.O.R.E. team and looks forward to watching the clients become stronger and more confident in themselves!