We move people; people move the world
Our instructors offer decades of teaching experience and look forward to guiding you through the movement your mind & body need to go out and be your best self!
Owner & Pilates Instructor
Movement has been a central theme of Leila’s life since age 4, beginning with ballet. Her introduction to Pilates was as a young teenage ballet dancer and a VHS tape of Pilates mat work! With a BA in Sociology and a BFA in Dance and after receiving a grant to train at The Ailey School, she moved to New York City to pursue a dance career. Leila’s friend had recently been certified in Pilates through the Kane School of Core Integration NYC and had a home studio, where Leila had her introduction into the pilates equipment while working through a dance injury. “I started to see a difference in how my body felt and performed, and I was hooked!” In 2010, Leila began her Pilates teacher training at the Kane School with mat work and in 2011, began her equipment training. “I loved Kelly Kane’s hands-on, anatomy-focused and creative approach and I saw how everyone benefited from this method. I became interested in making it a career.” Leila’s interest in the Women’s Health aspect of Pilates came as she transitioned out of the professional dance world and into what would become the greatest learning curve of her life –motherhood. When Leila first became pregnant, she began studying with women’s health experts such as Deb Goodman and Carolyne Anthony to learn more about Prenatal movement and Postnatal recovery. “I have a passion for the Mamas, because we inevitably put ourselves last. The Prenatal class gets women thinking about how to prioritize their physical and mental health before their babies are even born.” Flash forward to today -- Leila has become a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, a Certified Pre and Postnatal Specialist and a Practitioner of the Center Method of Diastasis Recti Recover and now, Owner of Ebb & Flow Pilates and Movement. She has enjoyed working with and learning from people recovering from hip, knee, back and shoulder injuries & surgeries, scoliosis and just simply helping people get some movement in after a long day of sitting at work. She is passionate about movement education. “Ultimately, the people I work with are my best teachers, each offering me a chance to learn more about the human body and how it works. Pilates has given me a vehicle for helping them feel better in their bodies while doing the things they love to do.” When not teaching, you can find Leila being her kids’ best cheerleader at all their sporting events, searching for time to have full, uninterrupted conversations with her husband whom she adores, dreaming of beach trips, watching comedy shows or reading about anatomy like a true nerd. With gratitude, she welcomes you to Ebb & Flow, where she hopes you’ll find a place to move well, be your best self and a community that feels like “home”.
Melinda truly believes that movement is life. After years of caring for others and meeting their needs she realized she had put her own health on hold. In 2014, a friend recommended a Pilates local studio to her and after taking classes, she was hooked! The purposeful movement and mind/body connection proved to be the gift she needed to restore her strength and health. Pilates had such an impact on Melinda’s health, she wanted to share the joy with others. After attending a training class locally she knew learning the method was her next adventure. She enrolled for formal training through the Balanced Body University at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. She earned her comprehensive Pilates certification in June 2017 and became a National Certified Pilates Teacher NCPT in 2017. Pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and mental awareness. Melinda has experienced exponential improvements in all these areas of her own well-being since choosing to move through the Pilates method. Her passion is bringing the joy and health benefits of movement to a wide variety of people. Melinda has worked with individuals ranging from professional athletes to re-hab, youth to senior and novice to advance. She strongly believes in the success of every “body”. Melinda shared, “My favorite thing is to hear a client excitedly say that they moved their body in a surprising way, a movement they could not have done before gaining strength, flexibility and awareness with Pilates”. Melinda enjoys the challenge of personalizing workouts to meet her clients’ needs. Other than Melinda’s Balanced Body education she has attended numerous seminars and workshops and will continue to be a lifelong learner. Some trainings she attended: A week spent at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, Franklin Method for feet, shoulders and necks, Anatomy in 3D with Crammond, Courtney Miller for athletic reformer, Thoracolumbar Fascia with Shari Berkowitz, The Aging Human Movement System with Crammond and Lamb, and Alignment, Load and Tempo with Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates and Pilates for Swinging Athlete with Chrissy Romani-Ruby. All of her training has culminated to make her a knowledgeable and well-trained instructor who finds delight in safely guiding her clients through movement. Melinda was raised in Oklahoma City and attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. She has a B.S. in Liberal Studies. Outside of the studio, you can find her spending quality time with her husband and two children, creating healthy meals, working in her garden and learning to play golf. She also enjoys a nice hike and family sunset watching parties from their back porch.
Robbi began a regular yoga practice in 2005. Over the years, she participated in one on one instruction weekly for two years before becoming certified by YogaFit, and this year marks her 17th year teaching. Robbi is a mother of two and licensed mental health therapist, currently working full time in the dialysis community, but maintains her passion for fitness. As a former competitive athlete, Robbi brings great energy to the studio. Her class has an individualized focus linking different levels of strength and flexibility. Each session starts with a warm sun salutation, balance techniques, deep stretching and ends with a relaxing finisher to help you sleep like a baby. Class is designed to decrease physical stress and anxiety from head to toe. It is a perfect opportunity for self-care, increased mobility and injury prevention. Meet her on the mat!
Caroline stumbled onto Pilates in May 2018 entirely by accident, having no idea how much it would impact her life. After finding a sales associate job at a Pilates studio, she had the opportunity to take classes. One Pilates class in and she did not want to stop! She always had a fascination with the body and how movement heals, but she wasn't quite sure what to do with that fascination. The studio she was working at in Colorado offered a 500-hour comprehensive teacher training program. She knew she wanted to take that next step and dive into becoming a Pilates instructor. In December of 2020, Caroline earned her Comprehensive Pilates Certification. She continues to learn and grow every day. Her favorite way to grow as an instructor is to take classes from other instructors. She says "You only learn so much by watching and listening, you learn the most when you feel it in your own body." Caroline strives to be a great instructor, and believes the way to do that is by being consistent in your own practice and continuing to learn. One of Caroline's favorite things about teaching is seeing her clients' eyes light up when they execute a move they've been struggling to accomplish. Seeing clients progress and have a huge smile on their face is one of the best feelings as an instructor. Caroline loves helping people and Pilates is a way for her to help clients feel better not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Outside of the studio, Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She and her husband love to golf, ride their motorcycles, go to the lake and have game nights at their house. She looks forward to seeing you in class and helping you move better!