Our Teachers

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Jonathan Urla, MFA

Certified Pilates Instructor (Power Pilates, Fletcher, NCPT), ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Vinyasa Yoga teacher, dancer,  Jonathan has been a leader and innovator in the world of health and fitness for over 25 years. His physical training background includes ten years as a professional dancer and choreographer, competitive sports like skiing and triathlons, body building, and in-depth study of both yoga and Pilates, and study of various mind/body disciplines such as Alexander technique, Feldenkreis, Somatics, breath work, and hundreds of workshops over the years. His extensive background and training has allowed him to work with people of all backgrounds, including athletes and professional dancers, to those with spinal misalignments like scoliosis, joint injuries, neurological disorders, osteoporosis, and other conditions that may limit regular movement. Training awareness and function in every movement, Jonathan carefully guides each client with individually designed exercise protocols to help achieve restorative health and higher performance. 
A lifelong student/teacher, writer, and creative force, Jonathan is recognized for a refined approach to Pilates technique, and his ability to present complex and esoteric ideas in a straight forward and accessible manner. His desire for a unified methodology led him to create Yogilates(R) in 1997 as an ideal pathway to optimal fitness and health. The popularity and effectiveness of his work has been noted in newspapers and magazines (see Press), including the New York Times, Newsweek, Shape, YogaJournal, FitYoga, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Allure, as well as international publications. He has given interviews to ABC News, CBS, CNN, and both Lifetime Live and Discovery Health have produced segments about Yogilates. His book on Yogilates titled, Yogilates - Integrating Yoga and Pilates for Complete Fitness, Strength, and Flexibility, was published by Harper Collins in 2002. Since then, it has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has also produced and starred in NINE yoga and Pilates workout videos. PLEASE VISIT SHOP TO VIEW CLIPS OR PURCHASE.
He is always creating and looking for innovative ways to inspire and educate others to be as healthy and fit as they want! He recently created Barre 2.0 as an evolved barre class with more emphasis on dance technique for proper form, flow, and grace.  He may be contacted for appointments, interviews and articles through his email jonathan@elevatestudionyc.com.