Kelly Edmonston has been seriously studying Pilates since 2008, and has been teaching since 2012. But Pilates has woven in and out of her life since the age of fourteen. As an overweight, awkward, very unathletic child with very pronounced knee problems and depression, Kelly very much longed for a deep understanding of physical and mental health and fitness. At thirteen she began working out and made a personal study of nutrition. Between the age of thirteen and fourteen, she lost forty pounds, found ballet and jazz dance, and also some Mari Winsor VHS tapes. Kelly didn’t know much about Pilates at that point, but she could already understand how it deepened her mind-body connection, made her body feel strong and light, and helped correct the knee issues that she had been struggling with for as long as she could remember.
Fast forward about five years. At nineteen years old, The Mari Winsor tapes had been retired. Kelly traded ballet and jazz for swing dancing and became obsessed. She started taking two class and one dance private a week and went out dancing five nights a week. Then one night, she sustained a shoulder and rib injury that would send her to the chiropractor for a couple of years, and also inspired Kelly to find a Pilates private teacher. She settled into Bodytonic Pilates in Seattle, studying a mix of classical and contemporary Pilates with Nadia Rodriguez. But New York City called to Kelly…
She landed in New York City in June of 2007 to study musical theatre, while continuing to swing dance. She eventually got a job as manager of Uptown Pilates on Madison, where she got her first exposure to straight up classical Pilates. All around her, she witnessed bodies and lives change through the classical method, and she realized she needed to get certified and seriously study the method. That’s exactly what she did, in 2011 at Pilates Seattle International. She trained with Lauren Stephen and Lori Coleman-Brown, as well as classical masters Cynthia Lochard, Jay Grimes, Rocky Richards-Huang, and Mari Winsor. (Talk about full circle!) Kelly has been teaching Pilates since 2012. She also continues to dance, teach swing dance, and yoga as well.
Kelly loves Pilates for so many reasons. It has helped her work through numerous dance injuries and general alignment issues in her body, as well as her struggle with depression. It gives her focus. It makes her feel connected to her body like nothing else can. She loves the discipline of the classical method, and that is for Every Body. It’s made her recognize that her body and needs are different every day, and that Pilates fills all of those needs. She loves it. Sometimes she hates it too. But Pilates is a practice, and perfection is not a requirement. It’s a lifelong journey. Take a lesson with Kelly, and she’ll help you find your path.