A recovering political consultant, Beth Hernandez first discovered Pilates in 2001 when she was a stressed-out 20-something living in Washington, DC. Fast forward to a move back to Texas, a husband, two kids and a demanding career, Beth became increasingly drawn to Pilates as a way to tone her body and calm her mind. Beth has been teaching for 5 years and is certified through Pilates Sports Center, with additional training through Balanced Body. She loves to help clients relax, de-stress and discover Pilates as a way to improve their physical and mental health. She is excited to share her passion for Pilates as the owner of south Austin’s newest Pilates studio.
Amber Gish is originally from south Louisiana, but has lived in Austin since 2015. She experienced her first Pilates Mat Class while studying ceramics in college and immediately fell in love. After taking her first reformer class in 2016, she began teacher training and completed her 500 hr. certification in October 2017. One of the many reasons she loves Pilates is because the core and upper body strength she has gained through her practice has made her a better potter! She enjoys sharing Pilates with clients and helping them meet their own goals, while improving their day-to-day lives.
A lifelong dancer and athlete, Laura Bond Williams brings enthusiasm for all forms of movement to her Pilates instruction. She began her Pilates practice in 2012 to manage SI joint dysfunction and lower back pain, and she completed her Pilates mat and reformer training with master trainers from Pilates Sports Center (California). She enjoys helping clients find that “ah-ha” moment when they move from their core, use their breath and find new sources of strength, flexibility and stamina. As a local dancer and performer, she has appeared in numerous productions and festivals in Austin and across Texas including Texas Comedies’ original musicals, among others. Fun fact: she can also teach you Michael Jackson’s THRILLER dance (but not while you are doing Pilates).
A friend introduced Rebecca to Pilates in 2018 and she immediately fell in love. After her first few Pilates sessions, she noticed improved strength, balance and decrease in lower back pain which other forms of exercise did not seem to address. Her Pilates instructors encouraged her to take the plunge into teaching, and she completed a 500-hour comprehensive teacher program with certifications in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac/Tower, Chair, Barrels Barre and TRX. As a Licensed Vocational Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in skilled rehab and nursing, Rebecca has a good knowledge of how bodies can get stronger after surgery, injury or chronic illness.