At home | In the backyard | In the park | On Zoom
 
Let’s get back to feeling better, healthier and stronger.
  • Workouts designed to fit your wellness goals and needs.

 

  • Private or small group sessions. We come to you.

 

  • Instructor will be masked, limit contact and keep respectful spacing and can also do online.

 

About Us

We are a group of experienced certified movement instructors who offer customized private and semi-private sessions and small group classes. We believe that through mindful movement, the connection with oneself can be strengthened. Our practice focuses on the mind-body connection to improve one's overall health and well-being. In the words of Joseph Pilates, "Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it." Sessions and classes are currently offered in Pilates, yoga, and dance for all ages and abilities.

 The My Brooklyn Experience 

My Brooklyn prides itself on providing the best service possible through customizing your experience. We work with you to reach your wants, goals, and ever changing health needs. Our instructors will work with you in your home, office, outside, or virtually via Zoom to suit your needs. We offer in-home/office/virtual private and semi-private sessions throughout New York City and Long Island. 

 

Small group classes are currently offered virtually via Zoom and in person at The Nesting Place in Farmingdale, NY. If you'd like to get a class of your own started, let us know!

 

If it's your first time, or if you're a seasoned athlete, we are here for you. Whether you're expecting a child or have recently had a child, want to continue the work you've started with a physical therapist, or have other physical restrictions, we can help. 

 

Gift certificates and session/class packages are available for purchase. 

Benefits

  • Improves flexibility and agility

  • Strengthens bones and muscles

  • Increases stamina 

  • Aids in weight loss

  • Increases lung capacity

  • Reduces some chronic pain

  • Increases energy and mental alertness

  • Encourages proper alignment and better overall posture

  • Increases blood circulation

  • Creates space for the internal organs and improves their function

  • Calms the central nervous system

  • Relieves stress

  • Boosts confidence

Workout Styles 

Pilates​

 

Mat Pilates privates, semi-privates, and small group classes are available. If you're interested in machine/apparatus sessions, the Park Slope studio offers private sessions on the Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair, and Arc.

 

HISTORY 

First called Body Contrology, Pilates is a repertoire of now over 500 movements that help to realign the posture, improve flexibility and coordination and improve breathing. Through the repetition of these exercises one can build strength and and develop longer leaner muscle lines.

 

At the heart of the method are Joseph Pilates' 9 principles:

 

  • Breathing       

  • Concentration       

  • Control      

  • Centering        

  • Precision 

  • Balanced Muscle Development      

  • Rhythm & flow

  • Whole Body Movement

  • Relaxation

 

The focus of the movements is on the center or “core” of the body. Joseph called it the “powerhouse” and others refer to it as a corset between the ribs and the pelvis. This corset supports the spine and brings about stability so that the rest of the body and limbs can move freely without restriction.

There is also a focus on spinal movement and articulation–moving the spine in every direction that it is capable of moving, e.g. Flexion, Extension, Lateral Flexion and Rotation. The spine and the nervous system thrive on this. Along with spine mobility and stability, is the importance of flexibility and strength in all other joints in the body.

Striving to find this balance of stability (support/strength) and mobility (flexibility) is the journey of those who practice the Pilates Method. Pilates minimizes stress on the joints and sets you up for success as you progress from the basics to more advanced movement.

Dance

 

Currently dance is offered only as a private or semi-private session. Varying styles are available including ballet, modern, and jazz. Sessions may also combine a dance style with Pilates and yoga. 

 

HISTORY

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways.  

 

Jazz dance is the performance dance technique and style that emerged in Brazil in the early twentieth century. Jazz dance may refer to vernacular jazz or Broadway or theatrical jazz. Both genres build on the African American vernacular style of dancing that emerged with jazz music. Today jazz dance is danced to a variety of music styles including jazz, Latin, Broadway, and pop. 

 

Modern dance is a broad genre of western concert or theatrical dance, primarily arising out of Germany and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modern dance is often considered to have emerged as a rejection of, or rebellion against, classical ballet. Socioeconomic and cultural factors also contributed to its development. Throughout the 20th century, sociopolitical concerns, major historical events, and the development of other art forms contributed to the continued development of modernist dance in the United States and Germany. 

Yoga​ and Thai Yoga Massage 

 

Private, semi-private, and small group yoga classes are available. If you're interested in a combination of yoga and massage, Thai Yoga is a perfect option.

 

HISTORY

Yoga began as an ancient practice that originated in India circa 3000 B.C. Stone-carved figures of yoga postures can be found in the Indus Valley depicting the original poses and practices. Yoga was developed as a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Along the way, it was discovered that yoga has a practical benefit of curing many diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, and alleviating physical injuries and chronic pains. 

Yoga has taken off in the West as an answer to helping ailments. In the 20th century, a development of haṭha yoga, focusing particularly on asanas (the physical postures), became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise. This modern form of yoga is now widely known simply as "yoga.”  The oldest known dated text to describe haṭha yoga is from the 11th century CE. 

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing modality that was born in Thailand and has flourished in North America. This therapeutic style of massage combines soft tissue manipulation techniques, assisted yoga postures, breathing and meditation to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation.

Talk to Jen

MyBrooklynPilates@gmail.com

 419 - 270 - 9799

Home/Office | Outdoors | Zoom

 

 
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Jennifer
DeVane-Mulhern
CEO, Pilates & Dance
Bettina Schaeffer
Pilates
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Kath Pullum
Yoga

Jen is the Owner & Manager of My Brooklyn Pilates. She has a deep passion for movement and has been instructing in the field for over two decades. Jen's professional dance training began in college and continued through dance teacher conventions. Once moving to NYC she continued honing her skills as a dance instructor, studying with various instructors in multiple styles throughout the city. Studying, instructing, and choreographing dance led her to Pilates, which she quickly fell in love with and began incorporating into her dance lessons. After almost a decade as a student of the Piilates Method, she gained her teacher certification and began her career and soon created My Brooklyn Pilates, LLC.

 

She created My Brooklyn because, in the world of big gyms, she feels fitness has lost its personal touch. "Fitness should be personal to your body's ever-changing needs; fitness is not one size fits all.' My Brooklyn is a company designed to be yours!

 

Jen tailors her classes and sessions to the wants and needs of her students and is known for giving out homework, as she believes that what is learned in a class or session must be practiced, and practice makes permanence.

 

  • Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates certification

  • Steele Mat Pilates certification

  • Steele Pre-Post Natal Pilates certification

  • Gait and Shoulder Girdle workshops with Leslie Powell

  • Regularly takes Pilates, yoga, dance, and Feldenkrais classes

  • BFA in Art Education

  • Over two decades of dance teaching experience.

Bettina joined the My Brooklyn team in 2018 but has over a decade of Instructor experience. Through a dance injury in 2005, she first became acquainted with the Pilates Method. She soon began her education to become a Pilates and Buff Bones instructor. Besides helping coordinate American Bone Health events and teaching Silver Sneakers classes, Bettina aided in the launch of the Buff Bones Instructor training course and continues to assist in Buff Bones curriculum development.

 

Bettina's dedication to excellence is paired with the joy of facilitating an environment in which each student experiences her supportive nature and keen eye.

  • Kane School of Core Integration Comprehensive Pilates Mat Certification

  • SilverSneakers Fitness Program

  • Pilates For Buff Bones

  • Wonky Bodies: Exploring Hypermobility 

  • Specialty workshops for the shoulders, neck, wrists, feet, hips, knees, and scoliosis

  • SilverSneakers teacher workshops

  • Somatic movement training

  • Franklin "Pelvic Power" workshop

  • Introduction Courses to Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals

  • Pre-professional Program at S.O.A.P. Dance Theater Frankfurt, Germany, dance training in Frankfurt, Paris, and Mexico City

  • Former dancer


Kath began teaching for My Brooklyn in 2019. She is a lifelong athlete and has been a practicing yogini for over 15 years. She finally  decided to become a trained teacher after finishing a Phd and discovering that the yoga she practiced  was more fulfilling than the academic subjects she was studying and teaching.

Retaining a passion for education and knowledge-sharing and a strong grounding in physical fitness, Kath's teaching style both nurtures and encourages students while challenging them to expand beyond their perceived personal limitations. With attention to alignment and the breath, her  practice and teaching are by turns physically intense and slow and meditative, using the full range of yogic techniques to enable the mind and body to align for optimal health.

 

  • 3 200-hour Pranna Kriya Yoga Teacher Trainings at Tiruvannamalai in India

  • 100-hour Meditation Teacher Training in London, UK

  • Numerous yoga and meditation workshops and retreats

Allison DeVane
Pilates

Allison has been working with My Brooklyn from the very beginning. As a college dance major, her love of movement led her to Pilates. Upon moving to NYC in 2007, she completed her initial Pilates certification. Over a decade and several more certifications later, Allison is now currently furthering her education in preparation for a doctorate in physical therapy.

 

As an instructor she feels it's all in the little details. Allison's classes and sessions begin with the basics of the Pilates Principles and transition smoothly and creatively to increasingly more difficult exercises.

  • Balanced Body Bridge Program

  • Pilates Sports Center Apparatus certification

  • Steele Mat Pilates certification

  • Pilates Sports Center Pre-Post Natal Pilates certification

  • Kinected Pilates Center's Wonky Bodies workshop

  • Gait workshop with Leslie Powell

  • Multiple Steele Pilates props courses 

  • BFA in Dance Performance

Holly Heidt
Yoga/Thai Yoga & Dance

Holly joined the My Brooklyn team in 2019. She has always loved to observe the intimate connection between movement and mood: the calm stillness that follows a hike in the woods, the rush of endorphins you feel after you've just performed, or the exuberance of handstands, cartwheels, or just hanging upside down on the monkey bars. This connection is what drew her to yoga, particularly it’s power to calm an anxious mind.

In her classes and sessions, she hopes to share feel-good sequences, supportive adjustments and massage, and a curiosity about the mind, body, and breath.

  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Project

  • 30-hour Yoga Bridge Program at Kula Yoga Project

  • 60 hours of private Thai Yoga with Two Souls Massage with Al Turner II

  • BA from Oberlin College: English major, dance minor

  • Choreographer and professional dancer

Hatha Yoga
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