World-Class Trainers

 

All of our trainers have gone through a minimum of 450-hours training, which means they’ve been trained in anatomy, physiology, and the comprehensive Pilates programming. We value continuing education and all of our teachers are constantly pursuing learning opportunities to enhance their teaching.They understand that no two bodies are alike and are equipped to work with all learning styles.

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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Bethany Patterson

Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, Beth Patterson's love of movement and kinesthetic awareness developed from a young age. She started practicing Pilates as a supplement to her ballet training. After moving to Chicago to dance professionally with Ballet 5:8, she started training to become a teacher and graduated from Erin Johnson's Pilates Artistry Comprehensive Training Program in September 2017. Beth began her dance training at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas under the direction of Catherine Batcheller. She later moved to North Carolina to study at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and then to New York to study intensively at SLK Ballet with Sara Knight. After graduating from ballet school, Beth moved to Chicago to dance with Ballet 5:8 as a company artist.