Ansley Watson-Founder and Creator I was in a car accident in 1998 Pilates mat class was the only physical exercise my body could tolerate.  I loved it so much that after several years of being a Pilate’s student, I decided to make a career change from an Environmental Chemist to Pilates teacher. I opened Joie de Vivre Pilates studio in 2006, originally teaching traditional Pilates which was my training from a wonderful master Teacher that was a second generation elder for Romana Kryzanowska, who operated Joseph Pilates' original studio. However, I began to see the need for a different type of Pilates early on because most Pilates is rooted in dancing and fitness types of bodies, but is not as functional for injured bodies.  I wanted my classes to be challenging for all levels from hardcore fitness buffs to people with injuries instead of limiting anyone.  That is how the Watson Method™ become created. 

Ansley Watson-Founder and Creator

I was in a car accident in 1998 Pilates mat class was the only physical exercise my body could tolerate.  I loved it so much that after several years of being a Pilate’s student, I decided to make a career change from an Environmental Chemist to Pilates teacher. I opened Joie de Vivre Pilates studio in 2006, originally teaching traditional Pilates which was my training from a wonderful master Teacher that was a second generation elder for Romana Kryzanowska, who operated Joseph Pilates' original studio. However, I began to see the need for a different type of Pilates early on because most Pilates is rooted in dancing and fitness types of bodies, but is not as functional for injured bodies.  I wanted my classes to be challenging for all levels from hardcore fitness buffs to people with injuries instead of limiting anyone.  That is how the Watson Method™ become created. 

Krista Overly-Certified Pilates Teacher Krista began her career as a yoga instructor.  She was introduced to Pilates around 2000 from a video for classical Pilates mat.  While she enjoyed the exercise, she did not notice any results.  Then in 2004, while visiting family in Alaska, she experienced Pilates in a real studio.  Since that summer in Alaska, she has been practicing Pilates both on equipment and on the mat and loving it!  As an instructor Krista really enjoys helping people deepen their mind/body connection and fitness level through the Pilates method.  She feels that by connecting the mind, body, and breath, people often find a new experience in the movements.  She particularly loves working with people getting back into shape, yoga practitioners, and others who enjoy moving their bodies. 

Krista Overly-Certified Pilates Teacher

Krista began her career as a yoga instructor.  She was introduced to Pilates around 2000 from a video for classical Pilates mat.  While she enjoyed the exercise, she did not notice any results.  Then in 2004, while visiting family in Alaska, she experienced Pilates in a real studio.  Since that summer in Alaska, she has been practicing Pilates both on equipment and on the mat and loving it!  As an instructor Krista really enjoys helping people deepen their mind/body connection and fitness level through the Pilates method.  She feels that by connecting the mind, body, and breath, people often find a new experience in the movements.  She particularly loves working with people getting back into shape, yoga practitioners, and others who enjoy moving their bodies. 

Elizabeth Fanelli

Elizabeth Fanelli

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Larissa Roettig

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Shawn Markham

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Amy Spiker