Owner & Pilates Instructor
Heather Leon is considered a master of the Traditional Pilates Method and is of a select few in the Pilates community today recognized to be a direct lineage of Joseph Pilates’ original teachings.
With over 35 years combined experience in various movement disciplines including dance, Pilates, Gyrotonic®, yoga and martial arts, as an instructor and movement educator, Heather offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise that delivers transformative results to her clients through her teaching and motivational practices. Specifically, Heather is highly sought after for her ability to utilize both the Traditional Pilates Method and Gyrotonic Expansion System® for rehabilitative benefits and for achieving the long, lean and supple “Pilates body.”Heather’s background in ballet, jazz and modern dance includes intensive study at the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Dance Conservatories, and a work-study scholarship with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. Heather received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Dance Choreography from UCLA in 1990, and subsequently taught, performed and produced dance concerts in the Los Angeles area.
Heather received a scholarship to complete her Pilates certification in 1995 under the tutelage of Master Instructor, Romana Kryzanowska, direct disciple of Joseph Pilates. Heather therefore is considered a “second generation” instructor and has conducted her own comprehensive Pilates teacher training programs since 2005.
Heather received her certifications in the Gyrotonic Expansion System® and Gyrokinesis® in 2001 and 2004 respectively; and has studied extensively with Authorized Master Trainer, Lisa Marie Goodwin. As a certified Gyrotonic® Pre-Trainer, Heather conducted instructor trainee courses for students who wish to pursue certification in the Gyrotonic® Level I Foundation Teacher Training Program.
Heather is proud to announce the opening of her second Pilates facility, Sumbody in Studio City, California in April of 2015. Her first studio, Sumbody has been operating in Santa Monica, California since 2011.
Instructor / DPT
Marie Soulé is a classically trained Pilates Instructor certified by Power Pilates and Pilates Method Alliance. She was introduced to Pilates after a knee injury and the onset of arthritis limited her ability to engage in aerobics and trail running. Since then, Pilates has played a vital part in keeping Marie injury and stress free in all her endeavors. Marie is inspired by the vision of Joseph Pilates “We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.” Marie’s vision is to build a retirement community of lively and healthy life enthusiasts.
Fitness has been a lifetime pursuit for Isaac. Isaac’s training includes an eclectic background in both martial arts and wrestling from a young age. As a certified personal trainer through NASM for over 6 years and Pilates certified for 3 years, Isaac combines his passion for movement with the mind, body, spirit connection in his teaching. He is committed to helping people of all fitness levels and ages and instructs clients with safety, efficiency and patience.
Alexa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in mathematics, then moved to Los Angeles to work as an actuary in the healthcare industry. Working long hours at the desk, she started practicing yoga, pilates, and barre in her free time to strengthen her mind and body. After being a fitness fanatic for over 5 years, she started her professional fitness journey by joining the Pure Barre teaching team in October 2017. She is a certified Pure Barre Classic teacher and teaches at the Pure Barre Brentwood and Santa Monica studios.
Even after she became a barre teacher, Alexa could not give up her passion for pilates. She met Heather Leon and started her Classical Pilates training in 2018.
Sherri first found Pilates through physical therapy in 2003, after she suffered a back injury, as a result of her years as a competitive gymnast. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UCLA, where her studies were focused on Physiology and Psychology, she became even more interested in the mind-body connection. Sherri has since completed a comprehensive 450 hour study of the Pure Pilates Method under Heather Leon, and her practice has focused on self-healing, increasing energy levels, and lengthening key muscle groups.
Sherri is also an adept chef and nutrition guru. She formerly owned and operated Cookie Collective, where she developed recipes for cookies and treats that conformed with the AIP/Anti-Inflammatory diet, in addition to being allergen free (gluten, dairy, nut, etc) and delicious. She is passionate about nutrition and holistic health, and loves to provide her clients with tips and tricks in the kitchen.
In addition to Pilates, Sherri enjoys hiking, climbing and has over 70 hours of experience as a private pilot. She loves to travel and particularly enjoys exploring lesser known destinations off-the-beaten-path. She looks forward to sharing her personal experience and passion for Pilates with all of her clients!