NCPT – Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher, ERYT – Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, YACEP – Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
Patty started practicing Pilates & Yoga in the mid 1990’s and immediately knew her body both craved and needed a change from the high impact, high intensity work that she was used to. She received training and started sharing her knowledge with clients at the local YMCA. In 1998, she started a Private Training Business while further exploring mind-body fitness. Patty continued to teach many fitness modalities: indoor cycling, step aerobics, body sculpting, kickboxing, water aerobics, Pilates, yoga, and beyond; however, teaching to large groups made her more aware of the need for individualized training. She was captivated and motivated and in 2000 she entered the world of studio ownership, and turned 100% to teaching in a boutique environment. Triangle Pilates opened in downtown Cary as one of the few Pilates & Yoga studios in the Raleigh/Durham Area.
Patty has over 34 years of experience as a Fitness Professional and spent 15 years as a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates. She was privileged to go through Yoga Teacher Training with the highly regarded Cyndi Lee. In both high school and college Patty was a competitive synchronized swimmer and her passion and love of fluid, intelligent movement and belief in the power of the mind-body connection blossomed. Aside from Pilates and yoga, she is also trained to teach TRX and has developed a signature class called physique, a fusion of Pilates, yoga, and barre. Patty and the studios she has owner have received accolades as Best in Class many times over. Take a class with Patty and you will find her passion for total health and well-being hard to resist. Patty resides in Apex, NC with her husband where she started her newest adventure/studio in 2018, The Contrology Garage. She has 2 grown boys who she adores and finds total joy when the whole family is together boating on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.
Stacie received her original Pilates teacher training from The Physical Mind Institute in 2000. In 2003, Stacie became a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer and in 2006 Stacie added Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification. Stacie is continuing her Pilates studies enrolled in Kathi Ross Nash’s Red Thread Pilates Teacher Training Program.
In 2005 she received her RTY500 from North Carolina School of Yoga and is a member of Yoga Alliance.
Thanks to this method I maintain my physical and mental balance. The accuracy that Pilates focuses on gives me confidence, and the more I learn the method and practice – I discover more and more layers in its wisdom.
I can definitely say that Pilates training for me is just like meditating, quietness from the daily noises. And at the end of each workout I feel like “floating above the ground” – relaxed, able to cope better and more effectively with the daily routine.
After about 10 years as a Human Resources manager in various high-tech companies, I felt that I found the right path for me and chose to engage in Pilates training – if only to deliver others the methodology, and guide them in finding their own way and return to movement in the smartest, efficient, fun and the most natural way for the body. The principles underlying the method – breathing, movement, concentration and control – accompany me from the studio to life, and I am proud to pass this method on to my trainees.
I started sharing my knowledge and passion to Pilates with trainees in 2013 while living in Israel. I’ve worked closely with the Physiotherapy team of Tel- Aviv University and also in a local Physiotherapy clinic, both group and private sessions. I Have experience working with various populations and needs – such as pre/post pregnancy, orthopedic injuries and Osteoporosis – and so I believe that there is a need for personalized training as well.
Aside from Pilates, I was also trained to teach TRX.
I moved from Israel with my husband and 2 small daughters a year and a half ago, and live in Cary, NC.
Lara Torgesen NCPT
Lara received her 600-hr Comprehensive Apparatus training through Power Pilates and is nationally certified through the Pilates Method Alliance. She’s worked with clients who suffer from arthritis, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome,fibromyalgia, joint hyper mobility syndrome, lupus, osteoporosis/osteopenia, plantar fasciitis,scoliosis, and tendinitis, among other conditions. A former avid distance runner and marathoner, Lara found her way into Pilates after a debilitating running injury that required reconstructive surgery on her foot and ankle, leaving her in chronic pain and barely able to walk. Post-surgical scar tissue, arthritis, and frequent subluxations made returning to distance running unfeasible, but she found she could fill that exercise gap with Pilates.She started her rehabilitation with mat Pilates and immediately noticed an increase in her core strength and stamina, but she initially avoided the room of Pilates equipment resembling a“torture chamber”. However, after braving her first equipment session, she was hooked! Each time she finished an equipment session, she felt stronger, taller, and more centered both mentally and physically. In fact, by incorporating regular Pilates practice into her own life, she has noted increased muscle strength, better body alignment, lessening of joint pain and instability from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, as well as reduced scoliosis curvature. Experiencing the benefits of Pilates in her own practice has made her even more eager to share these benefits with her clients.Lara is a former technical writer, editor, and published author. She’s a westerner at heart (from Colorado, California, and Utah) who still misses the mountains—the real mountains. Lara has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in women’s studies. She lives in Cary with her family.