About Us

Our Passion for Pilates

Our Story

The initial seeds of an idea were planted on a sunny afternoon at our favorite local cafe. Ray and Rae were engaged in a caffeine-fueled discussion about how prohibitively expensive Classical Pilates can be. We asked ourselves if there was a more affordable way to bring this training to a larger audience.

Could we do it without diluting the integrity of the work? If we could, would we be able to dispel the myth that Pilates is only for flexible women and graceful dancers? How could we encourage people of all genders, backgrounds, and sizes to try integrating Pilates into their lives?

The answers to those questions converged upon a single solution, and that solution is what we now call The Pilates School.

This program is our way of sharing the transformative experience of authentic Classical Pilates with a larger audience in a clear, organized, and focused way. Our mission is to give you the tools you need to keep your body strong, safe, and balanced no matter where life takes you. Classical Pilates is a journey of self-discovery, and we want to guide you along yours.

Classical Pilates is for everyBODY.

 Here’s to the journey!

-Ray & Rae

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Affordable

You have a right to access to health.  Our mission is to give you the tools to be able to maintian your own Classical Pilates practice.

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Permeant Change

By giving you access to learn Classical Pilates then you will leanr a skill that will open up the portunity to life-long health and fitness.

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Personalized

The best long-time benefit come from personalized instruction and guidance.  You need a trianed eye to help you connect and feel correct propser.  To advise modfication to exericses/ exericse order.

Our Mission

We are changing what it means to be a Classical Pilates Studio

To make personalized Pilates training avaiable at an afforable price so that everyone can experince permanent change through authentic Classical Pilates.

Years in Business

Virtual Classes per Week

Classes per Week

Current Members

Ray

Rayannah Salahuddin (she/her), Co-Owner

Ray has worked in the fitness, health and intercollegiate sports industries for over 26 years.  Aside from her Classical Pilates certification, she holds advanced degrees in Kinesiology, as well as numerous certifications in pretty much everything but Yoga.   That said, you will never catch her calling herself  Dr. Salahuddin.  You will catch her dorking-out over the latest exercise science research, and pushing you to get every bit of squeeze, stretch, or lift out of your body.  So yeah, be ready for that!

Notable Certifications

  • Classical Pilates Instructor,  certified by Dorothree VanDalle at Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle WA  2017
  • Personal Trainer – NSCA
  • Strength and Conditioning Specilist – CSCS
  • Group Fitness Instructor – AFAA
  • Indoor Cycle Coach – Martix/ Johnny G Spinning. ( We could go on but you get the idea)

    My Specialities

    • Special Populations:  Pregnancy, recovering from injury,  seniors,  pain management.
    • Weight Management- based Pilates training.
    • Pilates for Athletes/ Advanced Pilates Training
    • Transitioning to a high Pilates system (Basic to Intermediate)

    Training Approach

    I belive that hard work and deidecation to your training pays off.  My greatest strength as a trainer is I have a no nonsence appoach and thrive with clients that are ready to change their life and fitness.

    I tend to train the client on the “emds of the bell curves” (1) someone coming back from major injury/ unactive lifestyle (2) A high intermediate to advanced client look ingto fine tune their training.

    Rae

    Rachael Gray (she/her), co-owner

    Rae is our resident queer, burlesque-performing, leopard print-wearing, cheeseburger-eating Pilates diva extraordinaire. She was a shoe designer and costumer before one fateful day 7 years ago when she dislocated her hips, sacrum, tailbone, and lumbar spine all at once. She found Pilates after years of constant pain so severe she could barely walk. Despite months of physical therapy, only a consistent Classical Pilates practice truly healed her hypermobile body and gave her back her life. This inspired her to earn her Classical Pilates teacher certification, in hopes that she might share this extraordinary method of movement with others who suffer from life-altering pain. 

    Rae is a magician with super flexible bodies, but she has thousands of hours of experience working with every type of body. She will keep you safe while making you strong! But don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll get off easy- she knows exactly how and when to push you to the next level! After all, she didn’t earn the nickname “the Pilates Domme” without good cause. Clients often refer to Rae’s rather unique ways of making complex exercises more approachable. She will have you “reaching for a martini over the sleeping cat on your lap ” and doing “an inappropriate thrust that would make a sailor blush” to get your pelvis in the right position. You will be laughing while your core muscles are dying at the same time.

    Notable Certifications

    • Classical Pilates Instructor, certified 2017 by Dorothee VandeWalle at Metropolitan Pilates

    My Specialties

    • Pilates for Hypermobility and EDS
    • Pilates for Chronic Pain
    • Pilates for Beginners
    • Back Pain Management
    • Corrective Movement Training
    • Bad puns and dad jokes

    My Approach

    I have been the called the Pilates Domme, and it’s not because I’m mean. I  I love working with client with funky body things.  My life experince of a hypermoide back and joint with my Classical Pilates training greatly informs my appoach to each client.  I love taking a client that is dealing with daily pain and injury to a place where they feel strong and body confiendent.

    I tend to lean towards clients that are beginners to high intermediate.  I love reveiling in the nitty-gitty of the basic and intermesiate exericse and never feel the need to rush through the level in Classical Pilates.  I want my clients to master the exericses at one level before we progress. 

    Our Instructors

    Yun Choi (she/her), Lead Instructor 

    Yun found Pilates after going through modes of rehabilitation for chronic pain.  She was so inspired by the life of Joseph Pilates and what he created, she earned her certification through the Physical Mind Institute in 2005.

    After a hiatus into the corporate world, being a mom, and general COVID blues, Yun decided life was too short not to pursue a passion in life and get reconnected to her ‘core’ self.  Through a stroke of serendipity, Yun connected with The Pilates School SF, and a match from heaven was made.

    Don’t let Yun’s sweet facade fool you.  She is a monster at getting into the nitty gritty little muscles in your body and will make you feel her workouts the next day.

    Esperanza Arab (she/her),  Apprentice

    Esperanza was first introduced to Pilates as a teenager in the city, after many recurring ankle injuries from playing tall girl sports. The mind-body control required to truly advance her Pilates practice kept her coming back.  She explored many studios while living in southern California and Colorado but found that Classical Pilates instructors always prioritized rigorous, steady improvement over a superficially challenging, wild workout.  Despite her San Franciscan passion for wild times in general, you can trust that in her class, that won’t be happening at the expense of your wellness.

    Spring 2022 Interns

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    Private Session with Interns

    Once an intern has pass a equipment safety and Basic level exericse exam, they will be allow to book private session with a healthy body to practie teaching.   These session are heavyily observed and supervised by a lead or master instructor.  These session a great cost effective WIN-WIN for both the intern and client.

    I’m a working mom, so I don’t have time to waste! Ray and Rachael pack so much into their classes that it’s the most efficient exercise I can think of. They also know anatomy like no one, so no matter how challenging, classes are always safe. I have a history of lower back issues, but since I started going to the Pilates School SF, I’ve become much stronger, and the flare ups don’t happen anymore. And you’d think that after a few years at the same studio I might get bored, but I never have because no class is ever the same, plus the teachers’ energy is inspiring. They are also some of the funniest women in the business! 

    Kate G.

    Member since 2018

    Get Started!

    Start with a new client consultation package. But if you have any questions before you do, feel free to contact us.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Email Us

    info@pilatesschoolsf.com

    Call Us

    (415) 508-6467

    Visit Us

    2652 McAllister Street.
    San Francisco, CA 94118