The C.O.R.E. Team
Where Confidence. Optimism. Resilience. & Energy. are promoted and encouraged. We are a mindful movement + meditation studio focused on teaching unique, results-driven workouts through the principles of Pilates, yoga, meditation and strength training. Our goal is to create a special place where people not only connect to the community, but more importantly, to their selves and their own hearts. Your mat is waiting!
I fell in love with Pilates almost 20 years ago after an unfortunate back injury and quickly realized it was a movement principle that I had to do for the rest of my life. My favorite part about it is that its benefits are endless, and can be tailored to every body, every level, and every skill. Movement for me is about self-care and connecting to my mind and my breath in my otherwise hectic lifestyle.
Our goal at C.O.R.E. is to help people feel like the best versions of themselves, even if just a tiny bit, every time they walk out of our doors. I am most excited about creating a special place where people not only connect to community, but more importantly, to their selves and their own hearts. Sometimes by slowing down and being purposeful in our whole-body health, we can actually go further in reaching our goals.
Bri has always been fascinated with what the body and mind are capable of. She’s so excited to share the magic of mindful movement with you to feel comfortable, connected and at home within your body again. She is a forever student and is the kind of instructor who enjoys turning anything into a learning moment for everyone. Bri loves creating a comprehensive practice for everyone by bringing moments of playfulness, creativity, and discovery within--for you to take what you learned and apply it to everyday life outside of the studio. Her favorite movement/pose is anything that feels strong, stable and long - some days it's an elephant stretch, other days it's a star or snake! Her favorite go to treat is anything covered in dark chocolate!
Emma Finly Alonso
"As a skier and cyclist, I know the importance of functional cross-training for sport performance but even more so for life. It’s my greatest privilege to help others delve deeper into their bodies and minds to help them train for life’s curveballs. After an accident resulting in multiple herniated discs, I found the utmost importance in strengthening/mobilizing the spine. The combined modalities of yoga and Pilates helped me heal and can help you, too. When I’m not on the mat, bicycle, or a pair of skis you’ll find me playing the piano, enjoying a glass of wine, and snuggling my two rescue hound dogs."
"I’ve been in the fitness industry since 1988 and I am passionate about helping people move their bodies as they are intended to be moved. As a previous competitive runner I found balance by incorporating Mat pilates and TRX strength training to my fitness routine and to those of my clients. I believe all you need is your body, an awesome playlist, and a desire to move freely finding balance in life and growth over time. Yes, music is everything!"
“Through my own journey towards better health, I discovered a passion for understanding how to care for the mind as well as the body! Self care starts with caring for the self!
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.”
As powerful and graceful as yoga and yoga sculpt are, what I enjoy the most is how quickly and effortlessly they help me reset mentally. My goal is to help students unwind, disconnect from their busy routines and be fully present doing one thing at a time. Off the mat you can find me sipping an iced latte or with my pup and husband at Community Tap!
"I believe that your body is filled with healing energy, and that movement and breath is the key to unlocking all the magic inside. My goal as your instructor is to help you discover some of that healing energy that lives within so you can shine your brightest on and off the mat. I love creating a space that is empowering, fun, and playful. You can absolutely expect to laugh with (or at) me each and every practice - because life is too short to be serious all of the time. And when I'm not teaching yoga... you can probably find me enjoying a glass of wine in the sunshine with my big ol' pup."
Stephanie found yoga in 2008 in an effort to increase flexibility and in adjunct to playing beach volleyball. What she didn't expect to find was a greater peace of mind and steadiness off the mat. The physical, mental and emotional strength gained through yoga was the encouraging factor to pursue a 200 hr teacher training at Yoga One in Charlotte in 2009. Stephanie's intention when teaching is to share the transformative and healing power of yoga. Stephanie’s classes focus on using breath and movement to quiet the mind and transform the body.
Kelly found Pilates while searching for the perfect complement to the rigors of her aerial training and her continuous struggle with hyper mobility. She completed a comprehensive contemporary Pilates teacher training through Club Pilates in 2018, and has been teaching between 15-30 classes a week since then. Kelly loves teaching in layers, offering customized progressions for everyone in class, breaking down complicated moves into attainable steps in order to keep students challenged, and keeping everyone encouraged in the process.
A Rhode Island native and Furman alum, Alissa first stepped into a yoga class in 2015 and fell in love with the practice instantly. She loves yoga for the healing it brings to body, mind and spirit. Yoga has helped to ease anxiety and stress in her fast-paced life over the years, as well as strengthen her body and mind.
Alissa's goal as a yoga teacher is to guide her students to experience that same relief, fulfillment and personal growth within their yoga practice, and have some fun while doing it! In her class, you'll experience dynamic movement linked to breath, and probably find yourself in Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle - her favorite yoga pose) at least once. When she's not on her mat, you'll find Alissa working at a local marketing agency here in Greenville or spending time with her husband and two dogs.
A South Carolina native, Marsha spent the majority of her life in Greenville until she moved to Atlanta, Georgia for college. While in Atlanta, she received a degree in fashion merchandising and management from the Art Institute of Atlanta. It was in Atlanta where she rediscovered her love for yoga. She found her mat as a place she could feel safe and free from all things. A place that she could fall down, celebrate wins, laugh, cry, and later transform. This feeling was so special to her that she wanted to share this gift of yoga, and her passion for it with anyone willing to listen! So there she began her journey as a teacher. She received her 200 hour training certification from Infinity Yoga in Atlanta, GA. And 300 hour certification in Greenville SC, she is also certified in prenatal yoga and sound healing. Her goal is to share the lifestyle of yoga with as many people as possible!
Rileigh Puckett Murray
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.
Lauren's interest in dynamic exploration of body and breath started in 1999, when she began operatic studies that lasted for more than a decade. She found yoga in 2007 at an Iyengar intensive, and ten years later, went to study yoga for alignment and back care in New York City. Once yoga cured Lauren's own chronic back pain and overworking nervous system, she knew it was a practice she wanted to share.
Today Lauren specializes in yoga for back pain, hyper-lordosis, hyper-kyphosis, herniation, scoliosis, and fusion. She also teaches general alignment and restorative classes designed to nurture body, mind, and spirit. In every class, she offers combinations of yoga, meditation, and breathwork that she hopes will bring students a sense of embodied peace and grounding in the everyday.
"I'm super passionate about the value of connection. Every day I use yoga to reconnect with myself and to connect with others, as both a teacher and a student.
Growing up, I always felt disconnected and weak - physically and mentally. Through yoga, I learned that by prioritizing my health and wellness, I could reconnect with myself which in turn allowed for deep and meaningful connections with others. As I gained strength through my physical practice, I began to also recognize the strength that I've had within me all along. That same empowerment that I found on my mat and learned to carry with me off of my mat is what I hope to help others find and feel through the connection of movement, breath, and mindfulness. When I'm not practicing, teaching, or learning as much as I can about the practice and principles of yoga, you can find me spending time with my Fiance and my dog doing anything spontaneous and in the sunshine."
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.
Brooke Mills, Studio Manager and Wing Girl
I am so excited to be working with C.O.R.E. grow strong as their Social Media and Studio Manager. In 2016 I moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where I received my A.A. degree in Merchandise Product Development. Upon graduation, I decided to move back to the south to attend Liberty University where I completed my B.A. degree in Graphic Design. I am so grateful that I am able to interact with all the amazing people I come in contact with day in and out through the studio. I can’t help but feel encouraged as I am surrounded by such strong, supportive and empowering women. I am thrilled to be taking on this role, and I look forward to working with each of you and answering any questions you may have!
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.