My name is Stephanie Herman and I’m a well-renowned second-generation master Pilates teacher in direct succession from Joseph Pilates and esteemed ACSM® and National Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT®) Certified, with an unbeatable passion and a unique approach to teaching — one that is inspirational and embodies the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of well-being.
At the age of 19, I became Principal Ballerina with Le Grand Théâtre de Genève and Opernhaus Zurich working with George Balanchine as artistic director and Patricia Neary as director. I was soon dancing with Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov on some of the world's most prominent stages. Further training in New York City included the disciplines of Pilates, the Gyrotonic Expansion System®, yoga and more.
My program was born from efforts to heal myself. As principal ballerina, I placed tremendous demands on my body, and depended upon it not only for my livelihood but for the source of my life's passion -- dance. At the age of 21, I experienced my first serious injury. To address that injury, I was introduced to Carola Trier, the first disciple of Joseph Pilates and later to Julio Horvath, the creator of the Gyrotronic Expansion System®. Working personally with those two amazing teachers and masters, I was able to heal my injury -- in fact, ending up even stronger than I was before.
I am certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM®), NCPT® Certified Pilates Teacher, and am referred by Stanford and Sutter Health Hospitals as a Pilates rehab specialist.
A combination of exercises, fitness programs, and workshops coupled with my extensive knowledge of human physiology allows me to provide clients with amazing benefits.