Complete Pilates Mat: November 1-4, 2019. 7:00AM - 6:00PM (1 hour lunch break)
Pilates for Aerialists: November 4-6, 2019. 7:00AM - 6:00PM (1 hour lunch break)
COMBO - Complete Pilates Mat & Pilates for Aerialists: November 1-6, 2019. 7:00AM - 6:00PM (1 hour lunch break)
Complete Pilates Mat: $1200. Early bird saves $200, register by September 1st.
Pilates for Aerialists: $900. Early bird saves $180, register by September 1st.
COMBO - Complete Pilates Mat & Pilates for Aerialists: $1900. Early bird saves $500, register by September 1st.
Payment plans available! Please contact Twisted Bodies for more information.
Teacher Training Course Description
Carissa Laitinen-Kniss and Khristen Pahler of Twisted Bodies will be hosting teacher trainings at Madison Circus Space November 1st – 6th. Increase your class offerings, start a new career path, or deepen your personal knowledge. Three training options are available Trainings offered are as follows:
Pilates For Aerialists: November 4, 2019 – November 6th, 2019
This program is designed for individuals with a high level of aerial and kinesthetic knowledge. Split over 3 days; you will learn how to integrate Pilates repertoire with aerial technique. By the end of the course you will understand how to guide a student through functional movement that enhances their aerial practice. This Teacher Training course is designed with careful consideration and respect of the guidelines set forth by Pilates Method Alliance and American Circus Educators.
Cost: $900. Early bird save $180; ends September 1st.
Complete Pilates Mat: November 1st – November 4th, 2019
This program is designed for individuals with a high level of kinesthetic knowledge and fitness teaching experience. Split over multiple days, you will learn how to apply your current movement knowledge to innovative Pilates curriculum inspired by the classical teachings of Joseph Pilates. By the end of the course you will understand how to guide a student through novice, transitional and experienced Pilates mat programs. This Teacher Training course is designed with careful consideration and respect for the Pilates Method Alliance.
Cost: $1200. Early Bird save $200; ends September 1st.
COMBO – Pilates Mat and Pilates For Aerialists: November 1st – November 6th
This combo program is designed for individuals who are looking to begin their certification process in Pilates, while also applying the information to aerial specific training.
Split over multiple days, you will learn how to apply your current movement knowledge to innovative Pilates curriculum inspired by the classical teachings of Joseph Pilates. By the end of the course you will understand how to guide a student through novice, transitional and experienced Pilates mat programs and Pilates for Aerialists. This Teacher Training course is designed with careful consideration and respect for the Pilates Method Alliance and the American Circus Educators.
Cost: $1900. Early bird save $500; ends September 1st.
About the Instructor
Carissa Laitinen- Kniss
- E-RYT 200/RYT 500
- Stott Pilates Certified Instructor-All Apparatus and Levels
- Born To Fly Aerial Instructor and Mentor
- Elevated Pole Instructor
Carissa Laitinen-Kniss received a BA in Dance Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University in 2003 and a M. Ed. from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2009. As a professional dancer, she began studying yoga and Pilates in 1989 under the direction of Susan Marquis Friday. In 2002 Carissa received her yoga teacher certification from the Yoga Institute of Houston. For over 15 years she has taught Dance, Yoga, and Pilates to all ages and abilities. In 2008 Carissa began teaching Yoga to high school cheer, dance, and football teams; as well as other athletes and students with disabilities and/or special needs. In addition Mrs. Kniss has also collaborated with management staff at several corporations to educate employees on a healthy lifestyle and exercises for the office, as well as medical personnel for hospital fitness and fitness for seniors age 65 and older. She began her Pilates teacher training in 2002 while studying at TWU, and holds a full Stott Pilates Certification. Wanting to explore her dance career further, Carissa began studying aerial arts and pole dance fitness in 2005. Under the direction of Julianna Hane, Carissa has become certified to teach Aerial Yoga, Aerial Silks, and Lyra; through the Born to Fly method. Ms. Kniss regularly attends continuing education courses to increase her knowledge and stay up to date on the most cutting edge research. Additionally, Carissa is an active sponsor and participant in multiple professional organizations and provides workshops around the world for students and peers. With a passion for family, students, dance and martial arts Carissa has an innate ability to individualize instruction to meet the needs of every student and conform lessons to enhance a student’s abilities in their specific art, sport, or area of need.
Stott Pilates trained
Pink Ribbon Pilates Certified trainer
Certifications in Pound
Total Barre ElevatED Pole Level 1
Born to Fly Certified in Aerial yoga, Lyra hoop and Silks
Khristen Pahler is a mother of two who is devoted to a fit and healthy lifestyle. She began practicing yoga and Pilates shortly after her second child was born in 2004 to alleviate the effects of excessive weight gain. After experiencing the many benefits of these fitness modalities she set out to obtain her certifications in 2008.
Together with her dance and creative movement background she’s been able to infuse her choreography with powerful dynamic movement which many of the studio performers have utilized in their own competition pieces. In addition to her work at Twisted Bodies, Khristen was previously a Special Education Aide at Argyle High School and trains various high school sports teams for strength and conditioning. She is an advocate for womens health and donates her time and services to Susan G. Komen by way of Therapeutic Pilates Training for those pre and post-op mastectomy. She believes that your fitness routine should be fun and elevate your mind, body and soul.