Teaching your body how to get along with ease and efficiency.
What we do
We are a group of classically trained teachers who will work with you to improve your posture and alignment, strengthen your body and understand your breath.
Our goal is to bring your body back to health. At Zalla you will integrate mind and body, all while building strength, flexibility and endurance.
We believe Pilates is a system of exercises and an endless discovery of how our bodies move. We invite you to explore and learn with us!
Who We Are
Jessie Zalla is the owner and director of Zalla Pilates located in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught Pilates, Anatomy, and Dance for over 18 years and currently travels teaching her workshop "Out of Your Joints and Into Your Muscles" to all teachers looking to deepen their practice. Her style of teaching draws from a deep knowledge and practice of anatomy, her experience as a professional dancer, her intuitive eye and her open communication with her students.
Jessie is committed to spreading the very heart and soul of the Pilates method motivating her students to detoxify with deep breath, oxygenate with an internal shower, move their spines with grace and ease and to become uniformly developed and strong in both body and mind.
For Jessie, Pilates is as much about a new self-awareness as it is about movement and exercise. Jessie cultivates in her students the ability to perceive, identify, and direct their own bodies with precision, subtlety and grace.
It was the arrival of Karrie's son Chester in 1998 that first brought her into the Pilates studio. Feeling out-of-sorts and gone soft, she tried Pilates and the experience went to her core, not only restoring her body, but also boosting her self-confidence. The results were so amazing that she delved into Pilates, studying with Master Instructor Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates. She was so inspired by Romana’s teaching and the method itself that Karrie wanted to teach and share her story of coming to Pilates with the world. In that spirit, she wrote two books on Pilates, both aimed at helping people—especially women—recover and find their inner strengths.
Specializing in helping new mothers to feel like themselves again, Karrie also teaches anyone looking for relief from injuries, the aches and pains of aging, and people who just want to feel strong and comfortable in their bodies.
Benjamin Stuber has been involved with the Pilates community for seven years. After over seventeen years of fascinated study of numerous bodymind integration methods (The Six Viewpoints, Butoh, Suzuki Actor Training, Body Mind Centering™, Shamatha meditation), Pilates has become the central focus of his teaching. Benjamin believes that good movement is inherently healing for the total self, and continues to pursue a contemporary understanding of the original teachings Pilates brought to the world. He holds a Pilates certification from The Art of Fitness in NYC, a BA in Theatre from Oberlin College, an MFA in Theatre – Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, and in 2015 graduated from the Kathy Grant Heritage Training® taught by Cara Reeser. Benjamin continues to study with various master teachers in New York and abroad to further enrich his understanding of Contrology. He writes about all things Pilates at www.newcontrology.com.
When Georgia isn't breaking it down on the dance floor as a movement artist and choreographer in Brooklyn, NY you can find the Wisconsin native blending her knowledge of movement with the fundamental principles of Pilates. Georgia was first introduced to Pilates while studying at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, where she holds a BFA in Dance Performance. Georgia explored Pilates to further her knowledge of the human anatomy, in hope to understand movement in all of its flows. After taking just one class she found herself hooked to both the science aspect of Pilates, but also the immediate improvements she felt in her dancing and overall health. After graduating college, she moved to New York City eager to dance and continue the exploration and movement of Pilates. It was in the city where she was trained under the lineage of Romana Kryzanowska found herself in BodyTonic's certification program that lead her to becoming a teacher. Georgia brings a certain controlled spunk to Zalla Pilates and is excited to continue exploring movements in all forms with her clients.
BECCA JANE RUBINFELD
Becca Jane completed her comprehensive Pilates teacher training certification at BodyTonic Pilates, through the lineage of Romana Kryzanowska. In addition, Becca Jane holds a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Her Pilates journey began as a graduate student when she realized the importance of not only nourishing her mind but her body. Pilates became a way to find balance. She is passionate about helping people live healthier and more peaceful lives and views the classical Pilates method as a system that can be tailored to every body. Becca looks forward to meeting each client where they are and supporting their personal path toward physical fitness, inside the studio and beyond. She helps her students use Pilates to promote overall heath, improve strength, flexibility and achieve better posture. When not in the Pilates studio, Becca enjoys her work as an accessibility professional supporting neurodiverse college students.
Li is a Pilates teacher, dancer, movement enthusiast, and lifetime learner hailing from Baltimore and New York. He had a wonderful Pilates teacher education from the Pilates Center of Boulder (TPC) under the brilliant tutelage of Kristine Olson at Zalla Pilates and Mischa Decker and Deborah Matthews at InsideOut Body Therapies.
Li loves teaching and talking and sharing and philosophizing.
Originally from Northern California, Amber has been living in NYC for 19 years, and it was here that she first encountered Pilates. Initially exploring the method as a rehabilitative means following breast surgery, she continued to be drawn by the positive atmosphere, impressive knowledge of her teachers, and the exhilarating feeling she experienced during and after each workout. Amazed at how quickly Pilates was able to effect change on her body and state of mind, she became inspired to immerse herself in her studies and go deeper by becoming an instructor.
She completed the Comprehensive Training Program and Mat Certification Program at Core Pilates NYC and is excited to share the benefits of this method with others. Amber finds that applying what you learn in the studio to your everyday life will completely transform your physical and mental well being. Along with an increased understanding of the Six Principles, she believes each session should include laughter and challenges and her teaching goals include deeper breathing, lengthened posture, improved strength and flexibility, and greater alignment.
Licensed Teacher Trainer, PMA®-CPT
(Currently on maternity leave)
Kristine was trained in the esteemed classical tradition of Romana Kyrzanowska by Rachel Taylor Segel and Amy Taylor Alpers of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She is a teacher of students from novice to advanced who are looking to deepen their practice and understanding of Pilates.
Kristine was first introduced to Pilates while pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography at the University of Montana in Missoula. Since that introduction in 2002, Kristine's passion for movement and learning led her to the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado to continue her study of Pilates. She completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program in 2009. Since completing the program, Kristine has continued her study of Pilates, anatomy and functional movement by attending various workshops, extensively reading and exploring with her coworkers and clients as well as attending the annual Pilates Method Alliance conference. Kristine received her Certified Pilates Teacher certification from the PMA in 2013. Also in 2013, Kristine became a Host Advisor for The Pilates Center and currently trains teachers by facilitating bi-monthly discussions on anatomy, movement skills and teaching skills. In 2017, Kristine completed TPC's Master's Program and became a Licensed Teacher Trainer, she is currently the only TPC Licensed Teacher Trainer in New York City.