Welcome to Katona Pilates!

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Our Instructors

 

Tracey Katona

Tracey Katona is a certified Romana's Pilates Instructor.  A former professional ballerina, she began Pilates to stay healthy throughout her ballet career. After retirement from ballet, she moved to the west coast  and began teaching at a prominent athletic company where her knowledge and eye for form has made her the most sought after Pilates Instructor there. Tracey has taught at Oregon Ballet Theatre and trained many professional athletes and celebrities including LeBron James, Antonio Brown, Melanie Griffith, Emily Infeld, Evan Jager, Channing Frye, Chris Paul, Lindsey Vonn, Adam and Kara Goucher and many more.  In 2013 Miss Katona choreographed Michelle Obama's launch of the Let's Move Active Schools initiative. For over 10 years now Tracey serves as a featured instructor for Canyon Ranch Spas. In addition to launching Katona Pilates this year, Tracey also has added technical advisor to her resume working on photo shoots and video for movement for several athletic brands.  Her passion and purpose is teaching and supporting people to move with quality, control and grace through the work of Joe Pilates.

 

Ivy Gabriel

Ivy Gabriel is a classically trained Pilates teacher certified through the Romana's Pilates training program.  This program follows the methods of Joseph Pilates as practiced in his New York studio.  Prior to joining the Katona Pilates team, Ivy  taught at Pilates Seattle International, a Romana's Pilates training center.

Ivy is licensed in physical therapy and practices inpatient and outpatient geriatric rehabilitation.  Ivy's long term goal is to practice Pilates-based physical therapy.

When not teaching, Ivy can be found gardening, biking, snowboarding, and cooking.


Testimonials

“Tracey Katona is an amazing Pilates instructor. Not only is she incredibly educated and experienced, she is gifted at teaching. Tracey has a rare ability to read peoples bodies. She can adjust workouts and sessions at any moment as she watches your body move. When I started working with Tracey my posture improved dramatically as did my strength at the end of races. She helped me to gain body strength and awareness, all while keeping our sessions fun and enjoyable. I would recommend Tracey to any new client, you will have a great experience.”

— Kara Goucher (Professional distance runner)

“Taking Tracey Katona’s Pilates classes over the years has not only helped with preventing injuries but also helped me take my game to the next level through the understating of my body and allowing me to use the correct muscles while making strong and explosive moves.”

— Channing Frye (Professional Basketball Player)

“As a former professional cyclist, I am continually impressed with Tracey’s knowledge of the body, it’s structure, and how it all works together. She has held me together so that at over 40 years of age I am still able to ride my bike hard and be pain free. Pilates is an amazing tool when you have the right teacher, and Tracey will always be mine!”

— Hilary Billington (Professional Cyclist)

“Dear Tracey:

It was indeed my pleasure to meet you and to work with you. I was not kidding when I told you I thought there was something wrong with me given that I did not get any positive results with another Pilates studio.

Now thanks to meeting you I know the true source of the problem. I consider this to be very important work and I am very serious about every aspect of our sessions. All of my classically trained instructors have observed that my body responds well to the work and the only comments from the other instructors was “you’ll eventually get it just keep trying”

I worked outside most of the day doing yard work and I was pooped out. After our session I felt like I floated home and I immediately started working on a wood working/
decopauge project. Plus my toes are still stretched out and flat.

Thank you so much for being who you are and for doing what you do. I look forward to working with you and I promise to take the work seriously and to doing the best job that I can on anything you ask me to do. Plus I love the fact that you are such a fan of doing things exactly as they should be done AND to proving so much useful feedback and correction instructions.

Thank you so much!

Best regards,

Bob Hansen”

— Bob Hansen (Professor, University of Minnesota)

“Tracey is an amazing teacher. She has an incredible depth of knowledge and understanding of the Pilates method, and is a tireless proponent of doing Pilates correctly and safely. Her enthusiasm for the work is infectious and is a continual inspiration to my practice. It is both an honor and a joy to be her student.”

— John Keith (Passionate Pilates Student)

“I love to dance. As a child, growing up with a cleft lip and palate, I usually didn’t feel very good about myself. But when I danced, I could become someone else and I was set free. For those moments, I could step outside myself and feel, dare I say it, beautiful. Now that I’m older and busy with work, I don’t always take the time to go to dance class. And that piece of me, sadly, gets buried. So imagine my delight when I discovered that Canyon Ranch was going to have a Dance Week — days filled with classes in all styles of dance and technique from Broadway to ballet to Vogue. I was in heaven! To be in the most magical, peaceful setting, beginning the day with majestic walks amid the giant blue sky, followed by a delectable breakfast and hours of dance — PLUS all those other great mind stretching, spirit rousing classes and offerings. Life was good. But truly the icing on the cake was when I arrived and discovered that dance week also included the opportunity to be in a recital. I could dance onstage! I arrived at rehearsal and saw the warm choreographer. She had smiling eyes and seemed so genuinely happy to have me. She shared that they would be doing a ballet. I’m least proficient in ballet. While I’ll happily take a ballet class, to perform it on stage in front of people is another story. I revealed my hesitation. ‘I’m not much of a ballet dancer,’ I told her. I didn’t think I could or should do it. She handed me a straw cowboy hat and declared with the utmost confidence in me, ‘you are now.’ And for those blissful days, Tracey Katona turned me into a ballerina. And believe me, I’m the least ballerina ballerina. With so much caring and joy she guided us through the steps, through the feeling. Our sweet and extraordinary group banded together. We were a supportive troupe. We had each other’s backs. And Tracey was always, always in our corner. Right before our performance, we stood in a circle as Tracey shared how incredibly proud she was and how much she believed in us and our possibilities. And so we danced. And once agin, I felt beautiful. To ignite that long buried piece of me with the beside the most extraordinary and caring people! It was wondrous. I think back to that experience with such a sense of fondness and love. I am grateful to Tracey and my fellow dancers for believing in me and for giving me their light. I will cherish it always.”

— Jeryl Brunner (Journalist, Comedienne)

Tracey Katona's Pilates Mat class is my all time favorite work out.  Tracey shares her dedication, knowledge, and infectious energy with her class every time.  In addition to demonstrating and explaining the Pilates mat moves, Tracey educates her class by reviewing the purpose and background behind each exercise.  Tracey gives attention to everyone. She makes the effort to go to individuals to ensure their bodies are in the correct position and if she can't quickly get to where you are, she will make eye contact and give a quick demonstration of the change so you know it is for you or even give you a quick shout out or verbal correction as she walks by.  She manages to do all this and still keep the rest of the class going.  When someone new comes to the class, Tracey takes the time to learn their name and makes sure they are properly placed in the room and have the equipment they need.  She structures the class so that she can meet the needs of beginners as well as long time scoopers.  I have taken Tracey's mat class for 11 years and I still learn something new every time I go.  After an hour of Pilates with Tracey I feel energized, strong, and an overall sense of well being.

— Susan Peistrup

It's with the utmost enthusiasm that I recommend Tracey Katona. She is a PHENOMENAL instructor and I'm honored to be one of her students.  She has tremendously transformed my life! After having my second child, I injured my lower back (S1, L5 area). I was presented with 3 options: 1. Surgery 2. Injection OR 3. Physical therapy.  Options 1 and 2 were not favorable to me. During my physical therapy sessions, many of the exercises my PT used I had previously done, because they were similar to Pilates exercises I had done with Tracey! Once I completed my PT sessions, I immediately resumed my Mat Pilates classes. As a result of Pilates, my core has gotten stronger, I sit, stand and walk differently - with more grace and ease!  The flow of Tracey’s class is highly engaging. I love how she educates us on who Joseph Pilates was, his philosophy, understanding our body and how the exercises complement each other. Tracey's vast knowledge and experience is conducive to a wonderful exercise environment. Her humor creates a friendly atmosphere. Her words of wisdom and encouragement linger. When I'm not in class, I hear Tracey whispering, “Scoop! Scoop!" I'm consistently conscious of my posture and making sure that my core is tight! Thanks Tracey!  Parking on Nike’s campus is a challenge. However, that doesn’t deter me from attending class. I leave home an hour early to make sure I find a spot and I’m always the first one to class.  I'm so impressed and such a believer in Tracey and her teachings that I invited her to be a guest teacher at a health and fitness event I'm co-chairing for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. that is being held on Nike's campus.  Thank you for having the foresight to have Tracey Katona as a Pilates instructor at Nike.
Sincerely,
An avid scooper and mat pilates enthusiast!

— Darlise Harrison