The most highly qualified teachers are on staff in Mongoose Bodyworks. All of our instructors are certified in Pilates Method and have additional training in other complementary disciplines such as anatomy, postural assessment, yoga, energy work and massage. These related disciplines directly enhance their ability to teach the Pilates Method.
Halle Clarke began her profession in movement as a modern dancer in New York City 1987. Her interest in movement and dance led her to train in The Pilates Method. Halle is a 2nd generation master teacher having studied closely with two of the great protégés of Joseph Pilates: Kathy Grant and Romana Krysanowska. Halle opened Mongoose Bodyworks, a boutique Pilates Studio in Soho NYC in 1999 .
As well as training in Pilates Halle pursued studies in ideokensiology, anatomy , biomechanics, neuromuscular re-patterning, Alexander technique, The Feldenkrais Method and Buddhist Dharma. Halle also practices Energetic bodywork in the form of Polarity Therapy and Cranio-sacral Therapy. Halle has integrated all of her extensive studies of the body into her work as a Pilates Instructor and Teacher Trainer.
Halle has over 20 years of experience with clients suffering from chronic neck and back pain. She has worked with clients with rotator cuff injury, knee surgery, spondylothesis, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease and other disc pathologies. Halle’s approach to spinal issues and injury involves a hybrid of Pilates, bodywork and re-patterning. Halle also works with “pain free” clients who just want to look and feel better.
She has been conducting Pilates Teacher Trainings for over ten years both locally and around the country. Halle has taught Master Pilates classes nationally and internationally.
Halle’s sessions are sought after by a range of clients including movie and music celebrities.
“Halle’s presence and attentiveness along with her knowledge of the body makes for an effective and transformative experience. She has helped me tremendously.” Olympia Dukakis – Actress
“Halle’s ability to work so in depth with your particular issue by way of clear, meticulous explanations and encouraging mental concentration teaches me something new about my body and what I am capable of every session. I take it with me through my day and feel aligned, balanced and in control. ” Grace Gummer – Actress
Jessica Cikanek is a senior instructor at Mongoose Bodyworks in Soho. She holds a Pilates mat and Pilates apparatus certification through the Kane School of Core Integration in
NYC. Jessica is from the Outer Banks of North Carolina where her love of movement began with dance and gymnastics. In 2002, she graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Dance and has been teaching and dancing professionally in New York City ever since. Jessica found Pilates through rehabilitation after surgery and decided it was time to repattern her body so she could happily dance forever. She has taken Pilates continuing education courses in pre and post natal exercise, osteoporosis/ osteopenia, and shoulder, hip and knee injuries. Additionally, she uses Pilates to enhance performance for athletes such as dancers, basketball players, runners, skiers, snow boarders, surfers, and swimmers. Jessica enjoys working with her Pilates clients’ individual needs to help them develop goals towards a healthier lifestyle, body awareness, strength, flexibility, and the overall physical results they are looking for.
Susana Morehouse is a senior level instructor at Mongoose. Susana is from the long and skinny country of Chile. She began her physical training as a gymnast and later as a dancer in college. Susana moved to New York City to study at the Martha Graham School and dance professionally. She uses Pilates personally as a way to stay healthy, fit and free from injury. Susana received her Pilates certification from the Fitness Guru Teaching Lab in Brooklyn,
NYC. She loves to work with clients who have specific goals such as weddings, tank tops, marathons and weight loss. She loves teaching and learning from her clients.
Laura Cruz is a senior level instructor at Mongoose. She received her Pilates Method certificate from Kane School of Integration in
NYC. Laura explains that before starting Pilates she had “poor posture and chronic pain”. Through a dedicated Pilates practice she transformed her body into one that is strong, flexible and pain free. Her return to health inspires her to share her knowledge with as many people as possible. “I love helping people and watching people grow and feel accomplished in what they do. The body is our common bond – because we all have one! ”
Laura attracts clients who desire to “feel” and see change in their bodies. “My clients want to know that they will leave a Pilates session feeling not only stronger, but more able to handle their body in their everyday lives.”
Laura is excited to be working in Soho, New York City at Mongoose Bodyworks.
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Yuliya grew up in Los Angeles where she began her dance training at the age of 5. She continued to hone her practice throughout high school and in 2009 she was one of two undergraduate students chosen to study abroad at the London Contemporary Dance School, where she focused on multi media performance and choreography. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 2010 where she became aware of Pilates as a platform for injury prevention. With a deeper interest in correct biomechanics, Yuliya progressed with her teacher certification at the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC. Yuliya pursues performing and teaching as a dance company member in Bryn Cohn + Artists. She is eager and excited to contribute her experiences and training at Mongoose Bodyworks NYC with individuals from every population
Cathy came to the practice of Pilates more than 10 years ago, first as a dancer and then in pursuit of rehabilitation after a back injury. She discovered that over time strengthening her core was the key to remaining pain free while increasing overall body strength and range of motion. She became certified in Pilates Mat 6 years ago through Power Pilates in NYC, and has recently immersed herself in the study of anatomy, fitness and choreography, biomechanics, rehabilitation and injury prevention at the Kane School of Core Integration, Kinected.
It is her goal to work specifically with clients, tailoring each session to their needs and desires, while pushing them through perceived limits to increase body strength and awareness. She knows how important it is to work both global and local muscles, and believes that once you understand and correct postural alignment, everything else falls into place.
“What I love most about Pilates is that the journey is simply the destination. You may feel immediate results but stick with it and progression to greater strength and health is assured.”
Cathy’s movement background is in modern dance, ballet and choreography. She currently enjoys swimming, short distance running, yoga and is always looking for new challenges. Cathy lives in New York City in the East Village with her staffordshire-pit mix, Cherry.
Talya Epstein is a NYC Pilates instructor and dance artist who believes that change is possible! Since beginning her dance training later in life, she has felt both the challenge and power of transformation first hand. Through Pilates, Talya aims to offer her clients a movement experience in which each person can cultivate their own strength and well-being. She received her Pilates certification through The Kane School of Core Integration in NYC at Kinected and holds a BFA in modern dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has danced professionally with Anna Azrieli, Isabel Lewis, Juiana May, Will Rawls, Melinda Ring, and Larissa Velez-Jackson, among others.
Jeanette has always been fascinated by body mechanics. She was introduced to Pilates during her study of dance in college at Temple University. After earning a BFA in Dance, Jeanette sought to expand her knowledge of health and wellness by becoming a board certified Holistic Health Coach. Jeanette is guided by the idea that every “body” is different and therefore requires individual attention to thrive. Her goal in teaching and coaching is to help her clients feel their best and increase awareness in their bodies. Jeanette completed her Pilates certification through the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC. Jeanette is excited to be working in Soho at Mongoose Bodyworks New York City.
“I always make sure to do a thorough warm up so that the mind and body are prepared for the session. This way the client can settle into the work and more easily establish healthy movement patterns that involve the deep postural muscles.”