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Laura Cotler

lift pilates owner & founder, pma®certified pilates teacher, classical pilates instructor

Laura’s mission is to bring the original classical work by Joseph Pilates to the Davis community. She enjoys helping her students learn to move their bodies and to do things they never believed possible! Laura recently added Gratz Pilates equipment to the studio--Gratz is the original manufacturer and still designs the original equipment used by Joseph Pilates. It will change your body in ways you never imagined! She 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 go with them from the Pilates studio into the wider world.

Laura's passion is Classical Pilates, and she is currently studying to assess for the Pilates graduate program "The Work" with first generation master instructor Jay Grimes. Classical Pilates is Pilates in its purest form: corrective exercise where all parts of the body are developed uniformly. Expect a vigorous, full-body workout tailored to your specific needs. Be prepared to sweat and have fun!

Laura has taught Pilates for over 18 years and has trained with nationally renowned instructors, including Jay Grimes, Andrea Maida, Sandy Shimoda, Karen Frischmann, Elizabeth Larkham, Sherri Betz, and Ron Fletcher, a Pilates elder who worked directly under Joseph Pilates. Laura holds certifications from The Pilates Method Alliance®, Polestar Pilates® and Stott Pilates®. She continues to participate in Pilates training workshops each year to keep her at the top of her field.

Through Pilates, Laura teaches her clients how to develop a balanced body, as flexible as it is strong. This approach leads to better posture, a graceful, flowing gait, and a body that moves with ease and in harmony with itself.

Lift Pilates has all new Gratz Pilates equipment and is the first Classical Pilates studio in the Sacramento area! If you've done Pilates in another Pilates studio but never tried Gratz, you're in for a treat!

"You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example." ~Jennifer Rockwood