Kari Boyd Gardiner - GYROTONIC® and Pilates Instructor


While working on an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY, Kari was diagnosed with Lyme disease.  The exhaustion from her Lyme disease forced Kari to end her six year organic farming career and to return to college.  Kari graduated from Bard College with a BA in Art in 2003.  While at Bard, she also studied modern dance and found Pilates.  The feeling that her Pilates study had boosted her healing from Lyme disease, imparting both a new and deepened core as well as greater overall fitness, inspired Kari to become a Pilates instructor.  Kari was originally certified in Mat Pilates in 2003, and certified to teach on all the Pilates apparatus in 2004 through the original Power Pilates studio in New York, NY.

Observing the effects of the Gyrotonic Expansion System on her Aunt living with Parkison’s Disease prompted Kari to begin her own study of the Gyrotonic method.  In 2007, Kari completed her Gyrotonic Foundation Certification with Magali Messac at Gyrotonic Seattle. In addition, Kari completed her Gyrokinesis Foundation Course with Mia Munroe in 2010 and is a current Gyrokinesis apprentice. From September, 2004 until moving to the Washington D.C. area in 2012, Kari owned the first Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio, called Mountain Lake Holistic Movement Studio, on Orcas Island in Washington State.

Stephanie Yezek - Certified BASI Pilates Instructor

After her introduction to classical Pilates in college, Stephanie Yezek finally found the right fit with the BASI method. She received her BASI mat certification in 2005 at East Coast Pilates and Yoga Center in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ under the tutelage of Kristy Cooper, and she has completed her BASI comprehensive training at Simply Fit DC with Karla Adams. She teaches young and old alike throughout Maryland and DC. In addition, Stephanie has made the Washington Metropolitan area the home of her professional dance career. After graduating from Bucknell University in 2003 with a BA in English and a minor in dance, Stephanie returned to the area and trained and performed with Dakshina, Jane Frankin Dance Company, AirDance Bernasconi, Gesel Mason Performance Projects and BosmaDance. She had the opportunity to work with David Dorfman in his underground project at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in October 2008. Stephanie received her MA in English Literature and Language from Oxford University in 2006 and continues to explore the milieu between dance and language as a contributing writer for Dancer Magazine. While abroad, she worked with Argentine choreographer, Florencia Lopez-Boo and helped found Oxford's contemporary dance ensemble, Freefall, performing and presenting choreography with both. Her own choreography has been presented by Oxford University, Cambridge University, Bucknell University, BosmaDance, Dance Place and the John F. Kennedy Center.

Tracy Monaco Reid, Certified Pilates Instructor

TM_HeadshotTracy was first introduced to Pilates in the Western Michigan University Dance Department.   A dance major, Pilates peaked her interest and she eventually became certified in all the equipment over the course of her professional dance career.  Tracy went through an extensive training program in Minneapolis, MN, an affiliated training center from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO.  She then went on to certify nationally through the Pilates Method Alliance® and continues to educate herself in the Pilates method through various workshops and courses.  She is certified in GYROTONIC®,GYROKINESIS®, Mat Pilates and all Pilates equipment, allowing her clients to get a wide range of training.