Our Approach

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Our approach is to teach you how to ‘tune in’ to your body through smaller more precise movements that require dedicated mental focus, instead of putting you through the same repetitive routines where you ‘tune out’ and ‘power through’.

Our experienced practitioners guide you through the process by combining the latest understanding of Pilates therapy techniques, biomechanics and body alignment with the proven Pilates methodology to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Our ultimate goal is to inspire you to move with ease, confidence and grace and to make Pilates a part of your lifestyle.


What our clients are saying

“Varvara is one of the most caring Pilates instructors who really understands the core of the craft. She understands human anatomy better than some other medical professionals. She was great in helping me rehab my hip issue and was a valuable part of my medical team. She understands starting with the fundamentals and helped me realize I had lost the ability to do simple movements then helped me regain them. As a physical therapist, I would trust any of my patients with her!”

~ Andrea W., Dr. Physical Therapy (women’s health)


“I have been taking privates with Varvara for about 6 months and it has been a great experience. She has not only helped me rehab my surgically repaired shoulder, which was still nagging me after months of physical therapy, but she has also helped me become more aware of how my body functions and interconnects overall allowing me to correct other issues related to my knee and posture.”

~ Len C.


“I have been taking weekly private classes with Varvara for almost a year now. I have osteoporosis which means that I have to train safely. I know I am in great hands with Varvara. She is very knowledgeable about my condition. I am stronger now than I have ever been!”

~ Diane B.


“I’m a runner, so I decided to try Pilates to see if I could improve my core and overall strength. I not only accomplished that, but I also found a fitness system that I enjoy as much as running! I had been taken Pilates for two years when I became pregnant. I then decided to take private prenatal classes with Varvara. These classes made a huge difference in how I felt during my pregnancy. I was able to stay fit, remain active, and energized, especially since I was doing something that made me happy! After the baby was born I took private postnatal classes and these sessions motivated me to reconnect with my body and build my strength. Varvara took good care of me the whole time, explaining the purpose of the exercises that were new to me and making sure that I was comfortable and always safe. I highly recommend her studio, especially if you plan to become pregnant and would like to stay active, motivated, and fit throughout your pregnancy.”

~ Sol S.


“I do Pilates with Varvara twice a week and she is the best…I went from not being able to bend over to touch my toes to a bendable Barbie. She works out all the muscles in your body to make them long and lean. Your posture will improve immensely as will your mood after her class. She is a true professional and a great Pilates instructor.”

~ Marie L.


“I recently started taking Pilates classes at Perfect Posture Pilates with Varvara Kalinin, and I found that her expertise, knowledge, and professionalism about the needs of all aspects of the human body far exceeded any other Pilates or fitness instructor that I have experienced. Varvara is very patient and precise in teaching the movements. She models, guides and assists as needed to ensure that exercises are done effectively, and provides the support and expertise to help build confidence, strength and flexibility. Exercises are individually tailored to meet my needs in a sequential manner and increased in complexity as my own skills improve.

Additionally, Varvara supplements Pilates movements with her knowledge of Thai massage and Gyrotonic when needed to improve mobility and to ease tightness. She uses fantastic props and excellent equipment to maximize comfort and posture alignment. I look forward to each class and leave exhilarated, refreshed and confident about my own growth in fitness.

~ Eleftheria D.


“After six months of working with Varvara, I was not only a size smaller but 100 times stronger and confident in my movements!!!
Varvara’s not just an instructor, having been a professional dancer all her life, she understands the physical challenges of the body in motion. More importantly, she learns your body and its weaknesses before any serious training ensues. She’s not just an instructor, she’s more comparable to a physical therapist.
Call her what you want…I call her the miracle worker!!!!

~ Joyce D.