Founder, Mara Core Conditioning
Mara is the founder of Mara Core Conditioning Pilates & GYROTONIC® Studio. The studio is the result of Mara’s lifetime work of promoting and integrating fitness and wellness into daily life. Mara focuses on creating a mind/body connection that develops students’ emotional and physical health through self-esteem and brain power.
Mara has a B.A Physical Education, Sociology and Anthropology from Bar Ilan University and M.Ed. from Boston University. Mara holds certifications in:
- STOTT Pilates and GYROTONIC® Expansion System instructor
- STOTT Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist
- Therapeutic Exercises and Alignment of the Human Body
- Volleyball Coaching from Wingate Institute
She discovered the GYROTONIC® Expansion System due to a hip injury from running and her personal need to heal and regain hip/lumbar spine range of motion. She was so impressed by it’s effectiveness that she decided to incorporate the GYROTONIC® Method into her practice which has helped many students recover from a variety of injuries and ailments.
Mara loves to teach and she draws upon her strong background in exercise physiology and kinesiology. Her goal is to create the right blend of exercises and intensity so everybody can succeed and progress at their own level.
She is very active both outdoors and indoors – with a particular passion for biking, hiking, volleyball, spinning, dance, and of course Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise.
STOTT Pilates Instructor
Formally trained by Stott Pilates Trainers in both the Charlotte & Boston areas since 2007, Alyse provides exceptional instruction that encourages and motivates while promoting safe, intelligent exercise.
Growing up in her mother’s private physical therapy clinic and aiding the wheelchair bound to ride horses began Alyse’s personal dedication toward individuals achieving freedom of movement, health, and strength. Her instruction’s focus is to provide optimal musculoskeletal performance, strength, flexibility and endurance while focusing on core stability including pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization, spinal alignment and breathing. She loves to aid in rehabilitation, balance building, demystifying the abdominal puzzle, and even building shapes clients seek as they both discover and exceed their personal goals. Her widely diverse clientele include children, growing teens, expectant mothers, elderly, post-op patients, marathoners, lung cancer survivors, and professional cheerleaders.
Alyse’s has a passion for people and believes there is something to learn from everyone. Her favorite past times are learning, volunteering for non- profit agencies and spending time with her family.
STOTT Pilates Instructor
Rachel has practiced Pilates with Mara for over two years, and is currently working to finish her STOTT Pilates certification. She first learned about Pilates and Mara’s studio from her older sister Rebecca, who is a STOTT certified instructor (teaching for over 6 years now).
A professional Senior Business Analyst by day, Rachel decided t o pursue a Pilates teaching certification due to her love of fitness and working with people. She is passionate about teaching the principles of Pilates and importance of body awareness. A Newton native, Rachel holds a degree in Mathematical Economics from Colorado College. In her free time, Rachel is involved in a variety of physical activities, such as strength/endurance training and participating in 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathon road races.