Susan Jane Watson
My mission as a Pilates teacher is to help people find joy in movement; in the process, they will benefit from increased fitness, improved self-awareness, and an overall sense of well-being.
Susan Jane Watson began practicing Pilates at age 50 and soon knew she wanted to teach this exercise form to others. She earned her comprehensive Pilates teaching certificate (750 hours) through Movement Insights with Collette Stewart and has been teaching Pilates in the Madison area since 2012.
Susan’s 29 years as a public school teacher have provided a base of strong communication skills and a deft ability to break complex tasks into manageable parts. Clear explanations, targeted references to anatomy, and use of imagery help her clients succeed with Pilates. Susan became a Pilates enthusiast because of its challenge, its potential for ongoing refinement and progress, and its power to inspire her as a thinker and mover; she strives to offer her students the same experience.
Pilates is a framework for achieving physical, intellectual, and emotional health through movement—integrating these aspects and their expression through the body.
Collette Stewart began studying movement at a very young age through dance. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance, Pilates certification through The Pilates Center in Boulder, and Yoga Certification through Kripalu Yoga. She has been teaching dance, Pilates, and yoga for 20 years.
As a Pilates instructor, Collette's method incorporates a deep understanding of the body gained through her many movement practices, meditation practice, and energy healing work. Collette has studied anatomy extensively and uses imagery and anatomy as a means to heighten students' internal understanding of movement and kinesthetic body awareness. Over the years, Collette has taught a wide range of individuals—from the very fit to the very injured—addressing tension and misalignment patterns in either case. Her expertise in this field comes from engaging with her personal pattern, a deeply embedded scoliosis curvature in her spine. Through that process, she continues to develop the skills necessary to teach alignment and awareness through movement.
Collette also teaches at UW Madison in the Dance department where she directs the Pilates certificate, training dance and kinesiology students to become Pilates teachers upon graduation. She also directs Mound Street Yoga Center in collaboration with her husband Scott Anderson and performs as a dancer with Jin-Wen Yu dance and in her own choreographed projects.
By releasing tension you become stronger, and building strength allows you to let go of tension.
Scott began practicing yoga as a teenager and refined his practice through his years as a college student/athlete. With a background in physics and biomechanics, Scott deeply explores the logic of the body's anatomical structures and its systems. Scott studied with Hatha Yoga masters Dona Holleman and Ramanand Patel, and spent six years studying intensively with Roger Eischens. By working closely with master teachers, Scott came to recognize the human body as a microcosm of the greater natural world, which inspires his creative and grounded teaching presence.
In addition to Scott’s extensive yoga training, he is also a certified bodyworker, Pilates instructor and graduate student. Through Zero Balancing (ZB) training, Scott developed greater insight into the workings of the skeleton and how the bones influence the rest of the organism. Through his extensive Pilates training, Scott has deepened his understanding of the body's core and its contribution to wellness and vitality. At fifty years of age, Scott matriculated at the University of Wisconsin - Madison to pursue a Ph.D in Kinesiology. The rigor of graduate studies in Kinesiology and Neuroscience also informs his practice and teaching.
Scott is also a dedicated student of the meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is a Senior Practice Leader and Facilitator within the Tergar community, where he facilitates group discussions and leads guided meditations.
Pilates found its way into the day-to-day routine of Lisa Flax when she retired from her career as a public school teacher. With time to pursue a new passion, she became an avid Pilates student. With regular class attendance, Lisa found her ability to manage the long-standing musculoskeletal challenges of having a spinal scoliosis improved. It was only a matter of time before she decided to pursue Pilates at a deeper level and add a new chapter to her 34 years of teaching expertise. Lisa earned both her mat and equipment Pilates teaching certificate (425 hours) through Movement Insights with Collette Stewart. She has been teaching Pilates in the Madison area since 2015.
Lisa uses imagery, fundamental exercises, and Pilates accessories to bring a deeper understanding to the Pilates equipment work. Her ability to observe individual student needs, model and share the exercises, and clearly explain how the exercises apply to proper alignment and breath patterns are valued by her students. Lisa’s classes and private sessions guide clients to a clearer understanding of their unique movement patterns and how those patterns can be shaped to promote a healthy functional life of movement.
Julia has practiced yoga since 1986 when she first walked into the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She loved what she learned from the poses-- the marvelous way the body functions and its relationship to mind. Using the awareness she learned in yoga, she developed mindfulness in her daily life. Her interest in health, body mechanics, and meditation continued to grow and in 2015, she became a RYT200 Yoga Teacher.
Soon after becoming a yoga teacher, Julia realized that yoga is not for everyone, nor is it for every body. So in 2016, Julia got her Pilates certificate to expand her knowledge of body mechanics and somatics. The Pilates exercises help relieve upper and lower back issues by building shoulder girdle and core strength. They get you moving. They challenge your muscular and nervous systems. And through repetition, you learn how to move your body in a functional, healthy way.
Julia believes the secret to a healthy body is balance. Flow and control. Breath and body. Movement and rest. Action and resistance. With open curiosity, Julia works with you to find the balance that your body needs.
Kelsey has been practicing yoga since high school while she performed in three sports a year. Her love for movement and being active is something that she carries with her. As she has gotten older she has begun a journey to find better body awareness and balance. She discovered Pilates at the University of Wisconsin - Madison through their certificate program with a beginner mat class and fell in love.
She enjoys discovering balance in the body with all new the discoveries from day to day. Kelsey is constantly exploring movement in the body especially patterns and energy. As a college student being adaptable and dedicated are aspects she carries over to her teaching. Her mission is for her students to leave with a better sense of body awareness and happy with the day to day changes of the human body.