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MindfulPilates Studio




Alicia Principe

I am a second/generation Pilates instructor whose training lineage comes directly from Joseph Pilates. I trained with 1st generation master teacher, Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens, and was certified in the Classical Method of Pilates by Romana in 1997. In 2001 I obtained my teaching certification in Hatha Yoga and incorportate many elements of yoga in my teaching style. In 2009 I completed an extensive course in anatomy and body language with world-renowned anatomist Thomas Mayers, author of “Anatomy Trains.”

My approach, when working with a client is about clear communication. I want to inspire, challenge and guide you through your personal movement experience. Stabilization, through muscular activity within, holds your body in alignment. How you stabilize your body determines posture and the freedom for efficient and graceful movement. Body/mind awareness, proper use of breath, and strong and flexible muscles bring your body into alignment with gravity. I provide you the means to explore this fantastic mind/body journey.

In 2008 I started the Pilates program at the Martha Stewart Center for Living. It is part of the outpatient clinic of the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Currently, I am involved in a clinical study evaluating the impact of Pilates on our target population (men and women 65 to 85 years old). The objective of the study is to determine how best to improve postural stability, mobility, balance and coordination. This is a reflection of my interest in integrating Pilates core strengthening into Boomer and older adult fitness programs.  


The aging process is relentless. As we age our posture gets worse, strength declines, balance deteriorates, flexibility declines and endurance falls off.

Baby boomers are the first generation to try to stay active as they age. Unfortunately, most people have not incorporated the mind/body awareness approach needed to stay active without injury. As a result we have seen a dramatic increase in musculoskeletal ailments and injuries. Exercise without body awareness can actually make matters worse. By strengthening muscles around a compressed spine, for example, you close your body more, solidifying imbalances.

Boomeritis is the range of activity-related injuries incurred by baby boomers as they pursue health and physical fitness programs into their old age without the proper foundation. Such injuries include bursitis, tendonitis, sprains, strains, stress fractures, etc.

Our Mission

MindfulPilates was created to provide women with the tools they need to becomeand stay physically fit as they age. Joseph Pilates describes the goal of his method as follows: “The attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with sound mind and ability to perform life’s daily activities with zest and ease.”

There are several ways we help you achieve your goals:


We help you understand why you need to change your fitness approach.


We help get you engaged in the change.


We provide knowledge of the Pilates Method and Yoga principles to guide that change.


We work with you to implement new skills and behaviors with a high level of quality.


We work with you to sustain the change.


We provide a private, safe, supportive environment that enables you to do your work.