Instructors

Jenny Jennings
Alotapilates founder Jenny Jennings began her training with The Pilates Center in 1994, where she received her Certified Master Teacher designation. She has been teaching Pilates since 1995. Jenny is a Certified Pilates Instructor and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Jenny continues her education with yearly workshops at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, where she has studied with such Pilates luminaries as Amy Alpers, Elizabeth Larkam, Kathy Grant, and Michelle Larson.

Caryn Coopmans
Co-owner and Certified Pilates Instructor Caryn Coopmans earned her certification from the Physicalmind Institute and the Pilates Method Alliance. She also earned her Certified Master Teacher designation from The Pilates Center.

Caryn started teaching Pilates in 1998 in Sag Harbor, NY. She briefly taught in Buenos Aires, Argentina before moving back to Minneapolis in 2002. She has been with Alotapilates ever since.

Tia Fink-Hartzell
Co-owner Tia Fink-Hartzell began her Pilates journey in 1998 as a complement to her modern dance studies at St. Olaf College. After receiving her B.A. in Dance and Political Science in 2000, Tia pursued additional Pilates training. She received her certification from True Pilates NY/Romana's Pilates in 2002.

Tia has been with Alotapilates since 2003 and is a PMA Certified Instructor. She also has her Master's Certification from The Pilates Center.

Carol Sarnat
Carol came to Pilates as a student to address chronic lower back problems so she has a firsthand appreciation for how Pilates can build core strength and improve body imbalances. The benefits of her practice inspired her to pursue teacher training.

Carol received her certification from Align Pilates and joined Alotapilates in 2006. She has her Master's Certification from The Pilates Center. Carol is also a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

 

Michelle Stutesman

Michelle began dancing at age 4 and studied ballet at the Classical Ballet Academy of Ballet Minnesota. She discovered Pilates as a high school dance student and continued her practice as an undergraduate at Texas Christian University.


Michelle has been teaching since 2000. In 2004, she obtained her certification from The Pilates Center. The Center chose her to be a Licensed Teacher Trainer in 2007. She completed therapeutic massage training in 2002 and a PMA Certified Instructor in 2005. Michelle has just moved back to the US after spending time in Paris, where she consulted on teacher training.

 

Kelly Sams

In college, Kelly realized her knees were no longer up to the strain of running but she missed the meditative, mind-over-matter benefits of regular exercise. After graduating and moving to the Cities, she discovered Pilates and fell in love with it. In Pilates, she found a system that attuned her body, her breath, and her mind - and improved her posture and fluidity. She became such a strong believer in the method, she chose to become an instructor. Kelly completed her certification from Six Degrees Uptown in December 2014 and her certification from The Pilates Center in 2017.

 

Christy Jonason
        

     While navigating life in New York as a dancer, Christy realized her body was out of alignment.        

     After trying yoga and chiropractic, she enrolled at The Pilates Studio, where she found the

     bodywork — and the career change — she needed. Christy earned her teacher certification from

     the Stott Pilates program as well as an advanced certification through The Pilates Center. She

     has been teaching in the Twin Cities for the past 13 years. She is also certified as a Thai Yoga

     Bodywork Therapist.


 

 


"Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase."
- Joseph Pilates