Meet The Team
Born in Brazil and living in the US for over 20 years, Ingrid began her personal Pilates practice and was in awe of the depth of the mind/body connection. Stunned by the amazing results she got from the method, she is now on a mission to encourage others to experience Pilates for themselves. As a mother of three amazing children, Ingrid uses Pilates to achieve a clear mind and a healthy body. As an instructor, she has a great appreciation for Pilates adaptability. Ingrid is able to meet her clients' individual needs - pregnant mommas, athletes, children, teens, seniors - so they can continue to build a healthier lifestyle with focus, perseverance and dedication. She enjoys spending time with her family, encouraging them to be active and experiencing the benefits of Pilates in their own bodies. She feels grateful to be able to help others achieve their fitness goals and motivate them to broaden their perception of their own physical and mental abilities through Pilates.
Ingrid has completed the comprehensive certification program at the Art and Science of Contrology™ Pilates Instructor Training Program under second generation Master Teacher, Simona Cipriani, from whom she continues to be mentored. She is also pursuing the Advanced Contrology Program for Certified Teachers at The Pilates Studio® Brasil under the tutelage of Inelia Garcia.
A long-time Chappaqua resident and graduate of NYU School of Law, Jill has been practicing tax law for over 20 years. While working and raising her three children in and following a rigorous fitness regimen, she discovered and fell in love with the practice of Pilates. Noting the improvements in her own body's core strength, flexibility and posture, she decided she wanted to help others discover these benefits as well. In 2012, she began her official teacher training with Simona Cipriani at the Art of Control at SUNY Purchase and went on to become a fully certified Pilates teacher. Jill has a passion for fitness and health and has recently earned a certificate in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell University. She brings an enthusiastic and fun vibe to teaching. She is committed to helping her students reach their goals of increased flexibility, strength, and muscle toning using the Pilates method to benefit their lives each day.
Samantha fell in love with Pilates after the birth of her first child. A former personal trainer and self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast, she felt that no other form of exercise produced the results she wanted while also encompassing the mind/body connection. Samantha has completed the comprehensive certification program at the Art and Science of Contrology™ Pilates Instructor Training Program under second generation master teacher Simona Cipriani. A true believer in the method, Samantha loves teaching Pilates just as much as doing Pilates!
Leah Finkelstein has always been passionate about fitness and living a healthy, active lifestyle. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2006 at Saraswatti's Yoga Joint and is a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. When back issues started to interfere with many activities, Leah began to do Pilates on a regular basis and quickly became devoted to the classical methodology. She believes that Pilates has kept her back healthy, strong, and pain-free! Leah has been certified by the Art and Science of Contrology™ Pilates Instructor Training Program under second generation master teacher Simona Cipriani with whom she continues to be mentored.Certified by Simona Cipriani at the Art of Control, Leah is excited to bring her love of Pilates to her students.
Jill received her BA AND MA in Education at NYU. She began studying Pilates in 1998 with teacher trainer, Simona Cipriani and went on to receive her certification in 2001 from Authentic Pilates. Jill was part of the last class personally supervised by Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowaska in New York. She studied extensively with Romana's daughter, Sari Pace, and with Master teachers and her mentors Ton Voogt and Michael Fritz. Jill believes that the Pilates method can and DOES change bodies through the mind-body connection. She uses positive reinforcement, humor, and creativity in her teaching to help her clients connect to the exercises, move more deeply and get better results. Her goal is for clients to look forward to coming to class and to leave the studio feeling connected, challenged, and stronger.