• about lift pilates

    about lift pilates

lift pilates enables you to achieve your goals, whether you're recovering from chronic pain or injury, or strengthening your body and mind. we work to reconnect you with your amazing body, to help you feel good both physically and mentally, right from your first session.


Our beginning

Lift Pilates & Post Rehab was created in 2002 by movement enthusiast Laura Shearer Cotler.

Laura used Pilates to overcome her own body image issues. This experience inspired her to create a Pilates and movement community that doesn’t rely on the way a person’s body looks on the outside, but rather how it feels on the inside—and even more importantly, how it feels while moving.

Laura uses Pilates as her metaphor for life: “As we become more fluid and graceful in our bodies and accepting of our bodies, so too can we do the same in our lives.”

Meet Our Team

Lift Pilates & Post Rehab was created in 2002 by movement enthusiast Laura Shearer Cotler.


lift pilates owner & founder, pma®certified pilates instructor, polestar®pilates practitioner, stott pilates®certified instructor

Laura Cotler is the founder and owner of Lift Pilates & Post Rehab. Laura discovered her passion for Pilates as a form of mind-body exercise after her mother died in 1999. She opened Lift Pilates and Post Rehab in 2002, envisioning a space where women and men, Pilates teachers and their students alike, can develop a feeling of strength and acceptance of their own bodies that goes with them from the Pilates studio into the wider...


stott pilates® certified instructor

As an avid student of the sciences with a M.Sc. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of British Columbia, Greta has an interest in the intersection of form and function in the living world. The idea that form precedes function is a guide and a goal in her work with Pilates.

Coming to Pilates and finding stability and balance after two children and a debilitating back injury which initially left her paralyzed, Greta is motivated...


a body of work certified pilates instructor

Sarah Gould is a certified Pilates instructor, professional Modern dancer, creative movement teacher since 2003, certified Buti Yoga teacher, and artistic director of Off Kilter Dance Collective. Sarah graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in 2010, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and numerous awards for dance performance and leadership.

She received her full certification as a Pilates instructor in early 2012 from A...


balanced body® pilates instructor, acsm® certified cancer exercise trainer

Ariana was born and raised in San Francisco and received her comprehensive Pilates certification in 2013 from Balanced Body®. She is a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American Council of Sports Medicine® and develops exercise programs specifically suited for cancer survivors. Ariana empowers her clients to bring out their inner strength by improving their physical fitness through Pilates.

She has performed as a dancer...


lift pilates offers

caring, educated instructors who support and encourage you, whatever your initial level of fitness; a welcome, calming space that encourages rejuvenation of mind and spirit, as well as body; guidance and personal attention; injury prevention; better balance and coordination; decreased stress; the feeling of accomplishment that follows you from the Pilates studio into all aspects of your life.

we teach science based exercise principles and apply proven practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement.

expect a stronger, toned physique, better posture, a longer flowing gait, less pain and stiffness, better balance, and increased flexibility.