The initial seeds of an idea were planted on a sunny afternoon at our favorite local cafe. We 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, Rachael, & Louis
Chief Executive Officer & Instructor
Former Volleyball Coach, Ray Salahuddin brings with her an advanced degree in Kinesiology and numerous certifications. In addition to Pilates she has certifications from AFFA, Cycle, NSCA-CSCS, TRX. Committed to her continuous evolution as an Instructor, Ray is most proud of her certification in Classical Pilates. Ray trained with Martt Lawrence at The Pilates Center of San Francisco where she completed an arduous program and examination with Master Trainer, Dorothee Vandewalle at Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle. The authentic Classical Pilates method has changed her life and her passion is to share the transformational benefits a Pilates practice can bring
Principal Marketing and Branding & InstructorRachael discovered the life-changing benefits of Pilates after suffering a spine injury, and her passion for teaching is informed by that experience. She aims to help clients develop body awareness, and reconnect with themselves through deep, centering exercise. When not in the studio this tall, body-positive performer can be found on a stage or sewing costumes.
Chief Operating Officer & InstructorLouis came to Classical Pilates as a way to rehab from reconstructive surgery. He fell in love with the total body workout that comes with Pilates. Being a dancer and choreographer he also really enjoys the ownership of the exercises that is very important with the classical system. Working with Louis mixes a serious workout while also being relaxed and having a good time. Just because you’re exercising doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Louis received his training under the tutelage of Martt Lawrence and Dorothee Vandewalle through Pilates Center San Francisco and Metropolitan Pilates.