Pilates Mat (Open Level)

This class is taught by:

Chelsea Gilday

Senior Pilates, Barre, Cardio & Yoga Instructor
Chelsea Gilday was a dancer for most of her life. She practiced every form of dance, but her main focus was ballet. She studied at the Rock School for Dance Education and graduated with a certificate in Dance. She guested with the Pennsylvania Ballet throughout her time there and soon after joined the company. While there she performed a variety of repertoire from original contemporary works set on the company to the classics. With Pennsylvania Ballet she also performed outreach and education programs, bringing dance to the inner city schools of Philadelphia. Chelsea also worked with MANNA while with the company, performing an HIV benefit performance called Shut Up and Dance.
After leaving the ballet company to pursue other interests, she found Pilates and from her first reformer lesson, she wanted more! Chelsea finished her Pilates certification in New York at True Pilates NYC. She is classically trained with all equipment and mat work through Romana's Pilates, where she was able to take lessons with master teachers Sari Mejia Santo and Cynthia Lochard. Chelsea was even able to work with Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protege student. Chelsea teaches Private Pilates Equipment Training, Group Pilates training, Barre Sculpt Classes, YP Fusion, and Power Yoga at Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates. In the summer of 2013, while filming the movie "Dead Man Down" in Philadelphia, Chelsea worked exclusively with starring actress Noomi Rapace, who even asked her co-star Dominic Cooper to join in on the lessons.
Yet nothing quite gave her the same spark as dancing until she stepped onto her yoga mat. In January 2015, she was accepted to study with Meghan Currie in Nicaragua for her 200 hour YTT and is certified with Yoga Alliance, along with finishing her certification with Steve Gold at Philly Power Yoga. Chelsea loves the creativity and freedom in the flow, making it feel like a dance with focus around the core and alignment. Chelsea is inspired by all forms of movement and infuses her pilates and dance background into her yoga flow. She encourages her students to never stop exploring, questioning, and pushing themselves beyond their own limitations.
She loves this practice because to her it is not exercise--it connects your mind to your body. Every path is so individualized and the more the physical practice unlocks the body, the more the mind opens. It helps you work through any obstacles and brings emotions to the surface that may be very confrontational. Chelsea is passionate about learning and continues to strive to be a better teacher daily. She feels there is no better feeling than being upside down. When she is on her hands balancing, she is completely in the present moment--a meditation for her. She feels her mat is her second home. When she is not practicing, she loves to travel, hike, be by the ocean, or get lost in the city.

Theresa Schweingruber

Theresa's training through Drexel University, under the direction of Jennifer Morley, has
prepared her to teach students of all levels in mat classes and on the Pilates equipment.

As a dancer since the age of 4, she initially became interested in Pilates as a reliable cross-training practice to support her dance endeavors. Her genuine love for movement and the mind-body connection only enhanced her experiences with Pilates, both as a teacherand practitioner.

She hopes to share her practice and understanding with others who are also looking for support through cross-training.

Karlee Markarian

Karlee first turned to Pilates in an effort to mange chronic back pain. She believes in constructing a bespoke experience for each client in order to facilitate change not only in body but also in mind. Due to her unique experiences Karlee is able to bring exceptional insight into her work with individuals facing chronic back pain, scoliosis, and other degenerative issues as well as those simply looking to strengthen and transform their bodies.

Originally from New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, Karlee moved to Philadelphia to study dance at Drexel University. While dancing and teaching Pilates, she also teaches dance to children at a number of facilities spanning from Philadelphia to Swarthmore. Outside of the studios, Karlee enjoys spending time with her family and crafting. Karlee completed her certification through the Drexel Pilates Training Program in the spring of 2012 under Jennifer Morley.

Karlee loves teaching group classes that work the body, mind and soul thoroughly. In addition to group classes, Karlee cultivates specialized duet and private sessions that address the clients every need. 

"Eighteen months ago I would wake up, take ibuprofen, wait 20 minutes and then be able to walk down the stairs. If I sat too long, my left knee would hurt as I tried to walk. I could not sleep only stomach. I walked with a limp and because of that my right hip hurt. Then I started equipment Pilates with Karlee. Within three months, I no longer take ibuprofen in the morning. I immediately walk down the steps. My right hip does not hurt. I walk tall. I can sleep on my stomach. People ask if I lost weight, but I have not. It is the effect that Pilates 1-3 times a week has had on my body. Although I still get aches and pains, especially after a lot of tennis, at the next class Karlee asks "how are you feeling today" and we work on the area that is tight or hurts. Equipment Pilates with Karlee has been fantastic. It really has improved my life."
Donna Murasko, PhD

Laura Baehr

Laura Baehr began training in Pilates while rehabilitating from severe hip tendinitis. Since then she has made a full recovery and seeks to share the power of this movement system with others. Laura completed the Drexel Pilates Certification program under the direction of Jennifer Morley.     Laura Baehr is a dance artist and teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her dual degree in Neuroscience and Dance from Muhlenberg College and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Laura's performance background includes concert dance, mask work and dance theater. In addition to performance and choreography, she is an adjunct dance faculty member at Eastern University, Pilates instructor at Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates and Drexel University and a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease instructor.     Laura has a special interest in harnessing biomechanical awareness as a tool to increase strength, confidence, and quality of life.   

Marielle Rubin

Originally from Boston, Mari is a recent Philly transplant. Fully trained on the mat through Balanced Body, she is currently enrolled in full apparatus training through the Pilates program at Drexel University. Mari fell in love with Pilates a number of years ago, as the practice taught her to approach her physical and mental health in an intuitive way, and she loved how emotionally empowered and physically strong she felt after each class. She loves how precise and purposeful the practice is, and she wants her students to gain strength, stability and really challenge themselves throughout her classes. While constantly looking to help her clients challenge both their bodies and minds, Mari believes that hard work, discipline and confidence will help them accomplish their goals.
Our signature Pilates Mat Class, perfect for practitioners of all levels! This flow is geared towards beginners and advanced practitioners alike, utilizing creative modifications and amplifications. Expect a great workout utilizing all of the classical mat work and Pilates fundamentals.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 21 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Chelsea Gilday
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Thu Aug 24 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Fri Aug 25 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Mon Aug 28 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Chelsea Gilday
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Thu Aug 31 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Karlee Markarian
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Fri Sep 01 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sat Sep 02 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Laura Baehr
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sun Sep 03 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Mon Sep 04 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Marielle Rubin
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Thu Sep 07 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Karlee Markarian
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Fri Sep 08 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Theresa Schweingruber
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Mon Sep 11 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Chelsea Gilday
    at Thrive Pilates