• about lift pilates

    about lift pilates

    pilates & post-rehab 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. She has taught Pilates since the early 2000s.

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®-cpt

Laura 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 & 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 bodies that will go with them from the Pilates studio into the wider...


Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor

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 and...


Polestar® Pilates Practioner, Lift Pilates

A former dancer and gymnast who also performed regularly in musical theater, Carrie is no stranger to movement. Unfortunately, her career in performing arts was cut short in her teens by a series of scoliosis surgeries, which resulted in titanium rods in her back and a fusion of eight vertebrae. Afterwards, she struggled with osteoarthritic pain in her lower back that was further aggravated by a car accident in 2007. As a result, she was...


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...


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 by Joseph Pilates 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.