Instructor Training

“Wow! Lisa Graham, the owner of Agile Monkey, is an amazing instructor. I learned so much and was impressed with not only her knowledge but her ability to support each participant according to an individuals needs. I am loving the Balanced Body teacher training program!”





Agile Monkey is proud to be a host site for Balanced Body, a world renowned Pilates Instructor training program that is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. The program is taught by Master Instructors Lisa Graham and Arwen Brooke, who are all deeply committed to a thorough and transformative educational experience. Lisa was one of the first instructors invited to become a Balanced Body Master instructor, and has been involved in the development of the education materials and curriculum since 2007.


At Agile Monkey, we are passionate about creating a positive movement experience for our clients and fostering opportunities for education and growth for our instructors. We never stop learning and we love teaching.  We welcome all students and are honored to be a part of their journey from students to teachers. Our amazing graduates range in age from their 20's to 70's and have backgrounds just as diverse. Our students include medical professionals looking to add skills to their practice, fitness trainers, professional athletes/dancers who want to find a way to use their passion towards a new career, and people who only started moving with purpose later in life and are looking for something that inspires them to get and stay fit - all are welcome!


Our program starts in February with the Balanced Body Movement Principles, which is the pre-requisite for the rest of the modules in the comprehensive program and helps to build a solid understanding of the science behind, and profound importance of, mindful movement foundations. We then explore the full repertoire on the Mat, Reformer and Apparatus (Cadillac, Chair & Barrels) in levels. This allows a truly immersive experience in the Pilates Methodology, and allows students to become stronger as the program progresses. As the modules advance they become more physically demanding, but they also reinforce the exercises and concepts that has already been presented. With each successive module, we will continuously delve deeper into the mechanics, cueing, benefits and modifications of each exercise.


The program is flexible, so you can choose to do the Comprehensive program (as described above) or limit your training to just Mat and/or Reformer. Or you can start the program this year, and finish next year.  There are many choices, and we are happy to help you understand your options. 


Agile Monkey is one of the few host sites that encourages repeat attendance. We allow all of our graduates to audit future modules for a nominal fee. We strongly believe that continued exposure to the material helps you take in the information at a much deeper level and all of our graduates who have audited our program have shared that it was a priceless experience because they learned a lot more the second time around, and also had the confidence building experience of realizing how much more they knew then when they first started


Read more about the program details on the Balanced Body website.  If you are interested in becoming a Pilates instructor, or have any questions about the program, please call or email Lisa Graham, owner of Agile Monkey. 

"Lisa and Arwen have done an excellent job in teaching, guiding and inspiring from the beginning to the end of each module. I highly recommend!"




2019 Comprehensive Pilates Program


Balanced Body Movement Principles: February 8-10, 2019
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12:30-7:30pm, Sunday 10-5pm

*Pre-Requisite for All Balanced Body Modules


Mat 1: March 1-3, 2019
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12:30-7:30pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Reformer 1: March 22-24, 2019
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12:30-7:30pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Apparatus 1 (Cadillac, Chair & Barrels): April 13-14, 2019
Saturday 12:30-8:30pm, Sunday 10-6pm


Anatomy in 3 Dimensions: May 4-5, 2019
Saturday and Sunday 9-6pm



Reformer 2: May 17-19, 2019
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12:30-7:30pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Mat 2: June 21-23, 2019
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12:30-7:30pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Apparatus 2 (Cadillac, Chair & Barrels): July 13-14, 2019
Saturday 12:30-8:30pm, Sunday 10-6pm



Reformer 3: August 10-11, 2019
Saturday 12:30-8:30pm, Sunday 10-6pm

Mat 3: September 13-15, 2019
Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12:30-7:30pm, Sunday 10-5pm

Apparatus 3 (Cadillac, Chair & Barrels): October 12-13, 2019
Saturday 12:30-8:30pm, Sunday 10-6pm



Interested? Contact Lisa Graham:


Want to do more research? To get more information on pricing, dates, times, program details and prerequisites, or to register for a course, please go to the Balanced Body Education Finder.


Core Align Training at Agile Monkey

Core Align 1. Foundations: October 19-21, 2018
Friday 4-8pm,  Saturday 1-8pm, Sunday 11-6pm

Core Align 2. Progressions: January 11-13, 2019
Friday 4-8pm,  Saturday 1-8pm, Sunday 11-6pm

Come learn from Master Instructor Lisa Graham, who literally helped to write the book on the Core Align!  Lisa has trained with Core Align inventor Jonathan Hoffman and was integral in the Core Align Curriculum Redesign/Development at Balanced Body.  A longtime Balanced Body Education Curriculum editor, Lisa had a profound influence on the current Core Align curriculum and is delighted to be able to share her extensive knowledge with all prospective Core Align teachers.

The Core Align is an incredible apparatus to train functional fitness: improving, balance, strength, and integration of movement. Learn more about the Core Align training program here. If you are ready to register, please go to the Balanced Body Education Finder.

Special Bridge/Audit program pricing is available for students who have completed previous Core Align training. Come learn and explore the new curriculum, with us - it's amazing! Contact Lisa to see if you qualify for special pricing.


We also offer Continuing Education Workshops that are aimed at instructors of varying levels of experience, and those in the process of completing their instructor training program. 

We have no workshops scheduled at this time, but offer courses in:
- Pre/Postnatal Pilates Training
- Expanding Repertoire for the Mat, Props and Equipment
- Pilates Arc on the Reformer
- Integrating the Pilates Reformer and Tower
- Pilates on the Ball
- Pilates-based Rehab techniques for advanced trainers 
and much more!




“Wow! Lisa Graham, the owner of Agile Monkey, is an amazing instructor. I learned so much and was impressed with not only her knowledge but her ability to support each participant according to an individuals needs. I am loving the Balanced Body teacher training program!”


“Lisa runs an excellent program. it has the personalized boutique touch that personifies high quality, good value & service. It is worth traveling many miles to get there--BIG TIME.”


“Agile Monkey is a truly fantastic location to learn the Balanced Body curriculum. Lisa, Arwen and Ky are all fantastic, positive and dedicated teachers. They are truly amazing resources for their students. The Balanced Body courses are well designed, provide excellent details about every aspect of teaching and learning Pilates. I am so glad I chose to study my teacher training with Balanced Body at Agile Monkey studio.”


“Lisa Graham is an exceptional Pilates teacher. She is inspiring, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, thorough, efficient and well-organized. She is also warm and engaging as well as very approachable. Her training stands out as the best!”


“Ky is a dynamic teacher with a plethora of knowledge in anatomy and pilates. Most importantly she is willing to share said knowledge in an understandable and usable fashion. She is an outstanding teacher that makes the material in the class attainable to learn and teach!”


“I went to Boulder and Santa Fe to research the possibilities, and I know that Agile Monkey's training surpassed any others out there.”


“Arwen is an excellent instructor and very inspirational.”


“Lisa and Ky are amazing instructors. I learned so much over the training weekend. They are both really helpful and invite questions in a friendly, nurturing, and extremely positive learning environment.”


“Lisa Graham is an excellent instructor. She is precise and patient, ensuring that students are fully grasping the exercise movement and purpose. Great weekend!”

“Great course and great teacher. Super. Super. Super!”


“Lisa is absolutely amazing! A perfect combination of realistic perspective, knowledge & humor. I want to continue driving 2 hours to Santa Cruz just to observe her classes & continue learning all she has to share. Awesome experience!!!”





Pilates Instructor Training


Pilates Instructor Training