MEET OUR TEAM

 

Erin Lauer Johnson

Studio Owner/Director

Erin Lauer Johnson has been a practicing Pilates since the birth of her daughter Riley in 2001. She has been a Pilates teacher since 2008, and is now a teacher of teachers. Erin is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher and a Kathy Grant Heritage Training® graduate. She enjoys the artistry and mindfulness that Pilates creates in every individual. Her passion is bringing awareness and vitality to others through Joseph Pilates’ method.

She completed her 400-hour Comprehensive Teacher Training certification through a small local studio and has since completed over 300 more hours of training. Erin has had the pleasure of learning from a variety of outstanding teachers including Madeline Black, Cara Reeser, Irene Dowd, Karen Clippinger and Deborah Lesse. Erin's pursuit of education allows her to teach Pilates safely to clients with a variety of spinal pathologies, shoulder injuries, hip, knee, and ankle injuries, disc injuries, postnatal issues, sports related injuries, and asymmetries. After completing the Kathy Grant Heritage Training® with Cara Reeser in 2016, Erin considers herself a movement coach. She is excited about collaborating with her clients to produce beautiful, healthy bodies that can move well.

Erin also holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University. When she is not teaching, Erin takes circus classes at Aloft Loft Chicago. Currently, she is studying trapeze, lyra, straps, and handstands.

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Carmen Kingsley

As an aerial acrobat, Carmen became interested in Pilates for body maintenance and awareness.  

In 2013-2014 Carmen participated in an intensive circus training program at Aloft Loft, learning a variety of skills from dance to juggling to aerial acrobatics and clowning.  Since then she has taught circus arts in various training spaces in Chicago and Wisconsin.  She also works as a clown and teaching artist with Operamatic, in Humboldt Park,

Carmen has taught Pilates at a couple of studios in Chicago.  When Carmen met Erin doing circus she got excited about working with someone who has similar interests and perspectives.  

Both Pilates and Circus allow Carmen to work with people of varying shapes and sizes, which she fully enjoys.  She loves assisting people as they strive to better understand their bodies and movement patterns.

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Anne Athena McGinley

Anne is both an enthusiast and coach for vibrant living. She has been immersed in the wellness industry, primarily in the yogic and martial arts, for the past 28 years. She is certified in TriYoga, Thai Massage, and holds a brown belt in Shotokan Karate. She is a firm believer in continuing education. This year she’s pursuing certification as a Steel Mace coach-an innovative tool for strength and conditioning.

Anne has conceptualized, created and founded three different yoga and movement studios over the years. She also developed and lead wellness-based programming in hospitals, schools, corporations and wellness facilities such as RIC (now The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab), Chicago Athletic Clubs, and Right At School.

 

One of Anne's strengths as a teacher is to distill complex traditional practices down to their essentials making them approachable without losing their authenticity and impact. She likes to “keep it real” with an open, honest teaching style offering relatable stories and direct application for the material that puts her students at ease and in command of their own well-being. While a creative and intuitive at heart, Anne also appreciates good structure and the need for both to successfully drive outcomes—it is only atop a solid foundation that a practice can take wing.

 

While Anne describes herself as a bit irreverent ;) she wholeheartedly believes in holding space for each person to settle into their own unique story and uncover their own inner authority. This process requires courage and the willingness to trust in your own inner knowing—it is the warrior way of leading from the heart.

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Bethany Patterson

Beth Patterson grew up in San Antonio, Texas where she began her training at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas under the direction of Catherine Batcheller. She later moved to North Caroline to study at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and then to New York to study at SLK Ballet with Sara Knight. After graduating from ballet school she moved to Chicago to dance with Ballet 5:8 as a company artist. 

Beth began doing pilates at 12 years old to supplement her dancing. Once she moved to Chicago she started training to become a teacher and graduated from Erin Johnson’s Pilates Artistry Comprehensive Training in September 2017.