Intermediate - Reformer

This class is taught by:

Avra Pirkle

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, CoreAlign Instructor & Scoliosis Specialist  


Avra is extremely enthusiastic about teaching Pilates because her clients experience tremendous benefits in fitness as well as a pain-free lifestyle. She is devoted to helping people reach their goals and aspirations through an individualized training program and specific exercises to maximize recovery from pain and injury.


Her Reformer classes are unique because of her caring, personal attention, and because they are fun, creative, fresh, energetic and interesting through using Reformers and other studio equipment as well as 10-15 minutes of mat core work (with props). This format is especially important for clients that take her classes several times a week, year after year after year. Her Active Agers Reformer class incorporates training for clients with osteoporosis/osteopenia.


Avra has personally felt the changes in her fitness, health and dancing. She discovered Pilates after a hip injury which had kept her in pain on and off for years; there was even a time that she was immobile in bed for three days. But Pilates has brought relief from all this and has kept her free of pain for many years. She is also a passionate competitive ballroom dancer competing in International Latin with her teacher. Avra has struggled in the past with her dancing because that hip injury made her body compensate in ways that were detrimental to her balance, coordination, core, flexibility and strength. She has been very motivated to find solutions to her issues (resulting also in solutions for her clients) especially since her teacher is one of the top dancers/coaches in the world and is very demanding. When they compete together (going all over the United States), he expects her to rise up to his level since they are judged together as a couple. Talk about pressure! Thankfully, Pilates really helped resulting in better form and freer dancing.


Certified by both BBU and PMA, Avra's extensive Pilates training includes specialized training in shoulder/neck issues, low back/knee/foot pain, postural alignment, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and pre- & post-natal care as well as CoreAlign. On top of her competition experience, she has a considerable background in yoga and various other forms of dance. She also has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she used to teach.

Karen Christiansen

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor & Certified Scoliosis Specialist.  

Karen is a teacher, healer and lifelong learner. She uses a holistic approach to her teaching addressing the body mind, and spirit. When you train with Karen, her nurturing personality supports personal growth and empowerment. She educates you to understand how to take care of your own body to eliminate faulty movement patterns that could lead to pain or injury.

Karen has been teaching Pilates for fifteen years, and is certified by two internationally renowned programs: the Physical Mind Institute as well as Body Arts & Science International (BASI). In addition, she has extensive training working with clients with Scoliosis. One of her long time clients (ten years) has seen dramatic results and shared this testimonial: “After a session with Karen I stand taller and straighter, and my body is noticeably more balanced. I am free of discomfort and walk away feeling better about the way I look and feel! I will never stop working with Karen.


Karen is equally comfortable teaching a full range of fitness levels from athletic to rehab oriented. She has been able to help her clients with back, neck, shoulder, knee, hip and foot issues, and is experienced working with clients who have Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, MS, Parkinson's disease, and Spinal Stenosis. Her greatest joy comes from showing people how Pilates relates to their daily life helping to eliminate pain, and create strong flexible bodies. To read more about Karen, please visit her website:

Lisa Graham

Owner, Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, Balanced Body Faculty & CoreAlign Master Instructor.  
Lisa Graham is the owner of Agile Monkey, as well as a senior certified instructor, Balanced Body faculty, CoreAlign master instructor, and published author.
Lisa was first introduced to Pilates at UCLA in 1993, where she received her Bachelors in Dance while also studying kinesiology and anatomy. She received her formal Pilates training from Ellie Herman, at EHS Pilates in San Francisco and quickly became the Education Director and a Pilates-based rehabilitation specialist. Lisa continued her education by working with inspiring leaders of the Pilates community such as Lolita San Miguel, Elizabeth Larkham, Lizz Roman, Nora St John, Brent Anderson, and many others. In recent years she has been training in the newly invented CoreAlign system, which brings the Pilates methodology into a more upright and functional setting. In 2013, Lisa was honored to be named a CoreAlign master instructor by the systems creator, Jonathan Hoffman.
As an educator, Lisa has trained instructors locally, across the United States and internationally. Her students have gone on to great success and now teach all over the globe, as well as right here at Agile Monkey. She is honored to be able to pass on her knowledge and mentor a new generation of Pilates and CoreAlign Instructors.
Lisa’s book credits include co-authoring Ellie Herman’s Pilates Mat and Ellie Herman’s Pilates Cadillac, as well as collaborating with Ellie on the three other books in that series. She has also worked with Nora St. John on the instructor training materials for Balanced Body and participates in their continuing education program development.
Lisa established Agile Monkey in 2007 and expanded it to its current location in 2012. Lisa works with a broad spectrum of clients and instructors on a daily basis, and is always excited to see what a profound impact the practice of Pilates and CoreAlign can have on an individual.
The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinary piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. Our Reformer classes will challenge you to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance. The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating workout for clients at any level of ability.

Please note that all of our Reformer classes will organized at the discretion of the instructor and interest of the clients, and may utilize some time on the mat or other equipment (Tower, Chair, Barrels, etc) to ensure the best class experience.

Intermediate - Pilates Reformer experience required. Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications). These classes are aimed at experienced clients who understand the beginning level concepts and exercises, and also have a good understanding of their own injuries/limitations and know how to modify accordingly.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Oct 21 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Oct 23 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Oct 25 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Fri Oct 27 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Karen Christiansen
  • Fri Oct 27 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat Oct 28 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Oct 30 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Nov 01 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Fri Nov 03 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Lisa Graham
  • Fri Nov 03 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat Nov 04 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Nov 06 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Nov 08 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Fri Nov 10 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Karen Christiansen
  • Fri Nov 10 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat Nov 11 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Nov 13 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Nov 15 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Fri Nov 17 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Karen Christiansen
  • Fri Nov 17 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle