Septemer 2016 | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"Gratz apparatus gives me the ability to truly practice my Pilates so I can control all my muscles uniformly while I move.
The feeling of achievement I get by using Gratz equipment is incredible, and it happens in every single workout!"
Carmen Lanteigne, Owner,
Aligned Pilates Studio
Aligned Pilates Studio is a boutique studio located in a quiet neighborhood of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Aligned Pilates Studio is where people come to learn all things taught by Joseph Pilates.
Carmen Lanteigne, owner of Aligned Pilates Studio, realized the need for a studio to offer authentic Pilates training as in the days of Joe and Clara. Over the last 10 years, Aligned Pilates Studio has developed a devout following of Pilates practitioners. On a given day the studio is bustling with students training independently within group classes and taking private or semi-private sessions.
Carmen began her Pilates journey through a self-study program, training with Mari Winsor’s Pilates videos and Brooke Siler’s Pilates Body back in 2001. In 2003, Carmen Lanteigne began her formal comprehensive Pilates training with Michele Larsson in Santa Fe, NM. In 2007 Carmen furthered her Pilates education in the Masters Program at The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO. While on vacation to New York City in 2012, she booked a private with one of her Pilates’ heroes, Brooke Siler, who inspired Carmen to seriously undertake the study of Romana’s classical Pilates at Re:AB Studio. Today, Carmen divides her training time by taking Skype lessons and traveling to Los Angeles learning Pilates from Jay Grimes, Sandy Shimoda, and the amazing teachers at Vintage Pilates.
Carmen is active in the classical Pilates community in Edmonton through a mentorship program she created called The Next Level Training. Realizing the remoteness of her city and the financial investment needed for students/practitioners to travel to the “mecca training locations,” Carmen created The Next Level Training so teachers can gather at Aligned Pilates Studio, sharing the experience of training and learning classical Pilates on Gratz apparatus.
Following her formal training in NYC in 2013, Carmen replaced Aligned Pilates Studio’s entire apparatus -- reformers, Cadillac, chairs, towers, barrels with Gratz! A monumental investment, but so worth it! In the last three years, those practicing at Aligned Pilates Studio have come to know and feel the difference that classical Pilates can make in their bodies. The Gratz apparatus has also changed Carmen’s approach to teaching. Carmen has seen a relationship take place between the apparatus and the students. While the students master the equipment, the equipment responds to them. Carmen simply guides the students along in their practice.
Carmen believes that the way to know Pilates is to be a practitioner of Pilates and that also means training on Joseph Pilates originally designed apparatus from Gratz. Pilates practitioners at Aligned Pilates Studio know the difference between Gratz and the other manufacturers in the industry.
“I’ve trained on a different reformer, and I can totally feel the difference Gratz is making in my Pilates.”
- Client at Aligned Pilates Studio
Images provided by Aligned Pilates Studio