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MY STORY

Hi, I'm Kelly Nyhan, Founder & Pilates/Movement Teacher.  I help people live life pain free and in full color through pilates & mindful movement. 

Early in my career I worked in sports and entertainment marketing and was a Chicago Bulls Cheerleader (during the Championship years, I proudly add!). I was teaching exercise classes on the side, when a car accident left me with severe and chronic neck and back pain. That’s when I discovered Pilates.  

I learned about the teachings, practiced daily, and enjoyed how the exercises made me feel. I started to better understand the meaning of core connection and how it plays a key role how we move throughout the day.

Then came the “aha” moment: I feel great when I do Pilates and I want to teach this to my clients so they can feel great, too! Pilates transformed my life from painful to pain-free. 

Over the many years, I was a Personal Trainer, Pilates Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor even wore the hat of General Manager at clubs here in Chicago such as Fitness Formula Clubs, Lakeshore and East Bank Clubs. I met and trained hundreds (probably upwards of thousands) of people along the way. 

I am certified  in Pilates, Yoga, Thai Bodywork, and Personal Training and continue to curiously learn so I can help people develop their bodies, deepen their understanding of movement, and change their lives.

Now, with more than 20+ years of experience, I’m thrilled to open my own studio in River North. No matter where we connect, in-studio or in-home, I bring curiosity, enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience to every session. 

My vision is to inspire people to live their most intentional and colorful lives through breath, movement and play!

 

When I’m not teaching, you can find me planning my next trip, going to theatre, symphony, the Art Institute, or riding my bike through the wonderful neighborhoods of Chicago! “Seize the Day!”

 


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Comprehensive Certified Pilates Teacher, Stott Pilates

  • Corrective Exercise Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine

  • Certified Yoga Teacher, Moksha Yoga

  • Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Blue Lotus Thai Studies