1844 Echo Park Avenue | Los Angeles, CA, 90026 | (323) 913-9460

Group Reformer Gentle & Focused

This class is taught by:

Vanessa Salas

Vanessa fell in love with Pilates back in 2011 in London. Since then, she has found more than physical strength and help to manage pain from a connective tissue disorder. The mindfulness and focus of her personal practice have alleviated stress and brought lightness to her life as a VFX Artist.

Now mother of a toddler, she can definitely preach about the importance of being fit during pregnancy and afterwards. She is looking to specialise in pregnancy and post natal care.

Passionate about well balanced full body workouts, Vanessa believes in feeling strong in your body no matter who you are or what you do in your day to day. When she is not in a Pilates studio, she can be found working tirelessly on her other projects: stereo photography, creative programming and singing, but specially raising together a small human and a French bulldog.

Erica Lawless

Erica discovered Pilates as a way to regain strength, balance, and control after recovering from major spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis in 2002. As a dancer, she learned the value of building stronger core muscles in order to improve postural alignment, prevent further injury and pain, and reintegrate complex movement back into her body safely and effectively. As a Pilates practitioner and instructor, she has since developed a greater appreciation for the method and it's focus on functional movement, uniform muscle use, flexibility, and awareness and hopes to help others realize the benefits of Pilates according to each individual's needs and goals. Erica received her Pilates training through the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Comprehensive Teacher Training program and holds a BA in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University.

Eric Haun

Eric D. Haun has been working as a Internationally Certified Pilates Instructor since 1999. During this time he has built up extensive physical knowledge through dance, fitness, and nutrition. If you need help with flexibility, circulation, posture, abdominal strength, or you suffer from back, neck or joint pain, contact him directly to help meet your fitness goals

Ammo Bankoff

Ammo, a professional photographer, videographer, and musician, casually practiced mat pilates and yoga over the years. In 2015 she came to the studio and immediately felt at home in the arts and wellness oriented Pilates & Arts community. Soon after she took the Body Arts and Science International Pilates teacher training course and become a Pilates instructor.  She's now the studio coordinator and a Pilates & Arts instructor.  Along with being a mind body movement practitioner, Ammo's studying nutrition, and enjoys helping her clients incorporate every aspect of wellness into their life styles.  

Amanda Macleod

Cultivated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, blossomed in NYC, and transplanted in LA. Amanda has spent her life dedicated to a diverse array of physical pursuits including yoga, alpine skiing, whitewater kayaking, biking, and any other adrenaline-inducing mountain sport she can get her hands on.
She found Pilates after a debilitating back injury took her away from her dance training. Through a dedicated practice, she came back stronger than ever before and was able to return to her career as a professional dancer. She is currently a member of the 2nd DIAVOLO dance company. She holds a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University, and received her comprehensive Pilates certification from Body Arts Science International, where she apprenticed under the mentorship of Rael Isacowitz. She loves helping her clients deepen their awareness and connection to themselves, and believes that Pilates provides unparalleled strength and balance to any lifestyle.

Stephanie Ellison

Stephanie Ellison started teaching Pilates in 2000, and was certified at Performing Arts Physical Therapy and The Pilates Studio of LA. She went on to train with Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' protege, while working at Winsor Pilates. Exploring creative play as an exercise alternative led Stephanie to study circus arts and establish a Pilates studio at Bumbershoot Aerial Arts in St. Louis in 2009. While in St. Louis, she taught courses under the Dance Department at Washington University. Stephanie has worked in rehabilitation and has trained professional dancers, musicians and athletes, as well as those brand new to the Pilates Method. She has volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club and 826LA. Pilates & Arts has been her home-base studio in Los Angeles on and off since 2012.

A group reformer class with 3-6 students.  Emphasis on working a bit slower than other mixed level classes, with attention to individual students needs for modification of movements. Good for beginners; those returning to exercise.  There may be attention to rehabilitation if needed.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Dec 10 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Vanessa Salas
  • Tue Dec 11 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Erica Lawless
  • Wed Dec 12 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Erica Lawless
  • Thu Dec 13 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Eric Haun
  • Fri Dec 14 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Ammo Bankoff
  • Sun Dec 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Esther Krimmel
  • Sun Dec 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm with Esther Krimmel
  • Mon Dec 17 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Vanessa Salas
  • Tue Dec 18 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Erica Lawless
  • Wed Dec 19 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amanda Macleod
  • Thu Dec 20 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Eric Haun
  • Fri Dec 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Stephanie Ellison
  • Sun Dec 23 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Esther Krimmel
  • Sun Dec 23 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm with Esther Krimmel
  • Wed Dec 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Amanda Macleod
  • Thu Dec 27 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ammo Bankoff
  • Fri Dec 28 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Ammo Bankoff
  • Sun Dec 30 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Esther Krimmel