Varvara, owner

varvara-kalininVarvara has been studying Pilates for over 15 years and teaching in New York City for close to 10 years. Born in Moscow and raised in Los Angeles, New York, and Australia, she comes from a family of all professional dancers. Her parents both are graduates of the Bolshoi Academy and former dancers of the Moiseyev Ballet Theatre.

After receiving her BFA from Stephens College in Theatre she spent over 10 years performing with various dance and theatre companies around the country. Since leaving the performing world, Varvara has dedicated her life to helping people discover the joy and freedom of movement through refined and intelligent exercise methods.

Varvara received her formal Pilates training through Long Beach Dance Conditioning with renowned Marie Jose Lawrence Blom, in 2001 . Along side Pilates education ,she is a certified Gyrotonic Level 1 trainer , Thai massage practitioner and certfiied Buff Bones trainer (protocols of Osteoporosis and bone health ) with Rebekah Rotstein

Always seeking to continue her education, Varvara has taken numerous workshops in injury rehabilitation and prevention, muscular imbalance and correction, scoliosis correction, and Pre-natal/ Post . She also studied with master teachers, such as Irene Dowd, Jon Claude West, Leslie Powell, Kelly Kane and Kuan Hui Chew.

This knowledge gives her the ability to guide clients through exercise for pain relief, injury prevention, post rehab and bone health.

With training in both scientific and artistic studies of movement she creates a supportive and fun environment to explore and understand the human body.

Natalie Neckyfarow, Pilates instructor

Natalie Neckyfarow has been active in the fitness industry as a Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Fitness Coach in NYC since 2001. After graduating from Smith College with her BA in Dance, she moved to NYC and earned her Pilates Certification from the Kane School of Core Integration. She later went on to earn certifications as a Personal Trainer and Sharecare Coach by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and a MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Certified Instructor. She has taught at many top gyms and boutique studios throughout NYC and ran her own private practice, Leap Ahead Fitness, for which she wrote a regular blog to inspire and help those seeking a fitter and healthier lifestyle, until 2013. She specializes in injury prevention and recovery and client motivational strategies. Also an actor, writer, producer and audiobooks narrator, Natalie is currently studying in the Conservatory Program at Atlantic Acting School.

Yuki Hasegawa, Pilates instructor

Yuki Hasegawa is a native of Japan. She holds her MA in Dance and Dance Education from NYU, and her BA from Kobe College in Japan. She started her Pilates training when she was a graduate student at NYU, and has certified through Kane School of Core Integration. She has taught at Kane School, Kinected, Movements Afoot, and Peridance Center since 2002. She is currently an instructor for Pilates Teachers Training program at Gramercy Pilates. She is also a program adviser of BDC-Pilates in Tokyo to help developing Pilates equipment courses and Teachers Training Program there. Yuki also certified for Thai Yoga Body Work from Shivaka Komarpaj Old Medicine Hospital, and Thai Yoga (Rue Sri Datton) from Roikroh Massage School in Chainmai, Thailand, and has practiced Thai Yoga Body Work in NYC since 2010.

As a dancer, she performed in major musical and TV productions in Tokyo. After she moved to NY, she founded Azul Dance Theatre in 2004, and has choreographed and presented her contemporary dance works at major venues such as Tribeca Performing Arts Center, United Nations Auditorium, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, 92nd Street Y, El Museo Del Barrio, DiCapo Opera Theater, Salvatore Capezio Theater, and Dixon Place in the NYC. She was invited to the lecture at the 16th International Congress on Dance Research in 2002, and her research paper was published in DVD format for the 20th World Congress of Dance Research in 2006.

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Nikki Theroux, Pilates instructor

Nikki Theroux is a working professional performer and dance instructor based in New York City. As a person with an active lifestyle centered around the body’s wellness, Nikki has developed a growing passion for Pilates. She is extremely excited to join the team of instructors at Perfect Posture Pilates.

Nikki is a contemporary Pilates instructor, and she received her comprehensive training under the guidance of Ellie Herman in Brooklyn, NY. Nikki’s thorough understanding of the human body’s mechanics and her attention to the specific needs of each individual is evident in the way she leads a class.

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Despina Stamos, Pilates instructor

Despina Sophia Stamos is somatic practitioner that has been teaching in NYC and internationally since 1994. Stamos’s work integrates her long term studies and practice of Pilates, yoga, Bartenieff fundamentals, chi-gung and dance and uses these modalities to improve your movement experience.

Stamos studied Pilates with Cary Regan and Shelley Studenberg. Bartinieff fundamentals with Dr. Martha Eddy and Leslie Powell, Ashtanga, vinyasa and Iyengar yoga, Chi-gung with Daria Fain. Stamos’ study includes in-depth study of anatomy with Gil Hedley. Stamos has been certified from the American Council of Exercise since 1994. She holds certifications for yoga, Pilates, exercise for special populations.

Jun Iwatsuka, Thai Massage Therapist

thai massage therapist Astoria NYJun Iwatsuka is a certified Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner and Yoga instructor, offering individualized bodywork to the needs and wants of each client. Her work is always from the heart.

Her bodywork combines the best of yoga and massage, to provide amazing results. Such results as: reduced stress, ease of discomfort through a caring touch, and a sense of bliss and relaxation. Each unique session is set to beautiful music and with the delight of aromatic oils.

She also works in the real estate industry and she offers workplace wellness — such as yoga classes and Thai Yoga Bodywork — to help other employees of the company to improve their productivity, augment their happiness, and to create a more joyful and open workspace.

She is an RYT 200 Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, since 2011, and she received her Thai Yoga Massage Essential Certification in June of 2017, from Lotus Palm School of Thai Massage.

She believes, strongly, in the beautiful healing art form of Thai Yoga Massage, and she continues to study to find more ways to help people.