Gudbjorg Arnalds, CO Owner & Instructor - Pilates & Barre

Gudbjorg Arnalds (aka G) - Pilates and Barre

Founder and Co-Owner

STOTT PILATES Comprehensive Program

Equinox Pilates Institute Comprehensive Training

PMA Certified Pilates Teacher

Teaching Pilates since 2006, Gudbjorg was first introduced to the Pilates system and its benefits as a teenage dance student. She had been suffering from debilitating back pain since age 14, but she quickly found that Pilates not only brought her increased strength and a better understanding of her biomechanics, it also helped her stay pain-free.

Prior to founding RTL Center, Gudbjorg taught private sessions as well as group classes in private studios and at Equinox, where she was also a Teacher Trainer within the Equinox Pilates Institute. In addition to Pilates, Gudbjorg teaches group classes in Barre and myofascial rolling.

Thanks to Pilates, Gudbjorg has been able to manage her back pain and to do things she was previously told would be out of her reach. She completed a BFA in contemporary dance and moved to New York to dance professionally. Pilates helped her train for and run her first half marathon and more recently Pilates helped facilitate an easy pregnancy, labor, delivery and a quick recovery when she had her son Ari in April 2016.  Gudbjorg also founded Pilates Everywhere, hiking and Pilates trips in Iceland with her husband Kyle, in order to share her love of Pilates and (pain-free) hiking through the beautiful Icelandic landscape.

Gudbjorg loves to teach her clients how Pilates can help them achieve their goals and how the increased movement and body awareness gained through Pilates can help them stay pain-free in their daily lives, as well as other movement adventures.

Emma Canalese, Instructor - Pilates & Barre

Emma Canalese- Pilates and Barre


Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT), PilatesITC

Advanced Diploma of Dance, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Emma first started her Pilates practice as a teenager to manage injuries during full-time dance training and has been hooked ever since. She has been instructing Pilates since 2002 in many different settings including private studios, gyms, schools, physiotherapy and podiatry practices with a range of ages and client abilities. She is trained in myofascial rolling, was a senior instructor for Equinox and teacher trainer for the Equinox Pilates Institute training program. Additionally, Emma completed the two-year conservatory program at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, and directs and teaches acting, movement and dance throughout the US and Australia.

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Christie Farrell- Barre

Studio Manager

Christie is group fitness/bootcamp certified (including Schwinn cycling). She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre with a concentration in dance. She was introduced to Pilates through dance in high school and college. Through Pilates, Christie found Barre class and fell in love with how it conditions your body in a safe and effective way. 

Valerie Vultaggio, Instructor - Pilates

Valerie Vultaggio- Pilates and Barre

Equinox Pilates Institute Comprehensive Program

Val was introduced to Pilates by a friend after suffering from chronic lower back pain and a college lacrosse injury that left it hard for her to run. After a few months, she was pain-free and could run faster than she had before, convincing her to continue with her own personal practice. After graduating from college and initially working in healthcare consulting, she felt the pull to pursue a career in the method she loved and began her Pilates training program at Equinox, graduating in July 2013. Val instructs individual and group sessions in private studios, gyms, resorts and health clubs and has additional training in pre/post natal and elderly populations.

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Sara Ramsey- Pilates

Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Certificate

BFA in Dance, Florida State University

Sara is a travel enthusiast and professional dancer from Tampa, Florida. It was during her college years, when introduced to Pilates as a conditioning tool for dancers, that she discovered her passion for the method and began to understand its importance in injury recovery and prevention. She did her trained through Balanced Body under Master Instructor Patricia Welter in 2016. She also completed her certification in Pre/Postnatal Pilates and Diastasis Recti Recovery from The Center Method. Sara loves to share her joy of Pilates with all her clients and to help keep them moving and pain free.

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Aryanna Aronson- Pilates and Barre

Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training, BASI

BFA in Dance, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Aryanna discovered pilates in high school while dealing with lower back pain from countless hours of dancing. As a dancer, she found pilates tremendously helpful and complementary to her dance training. Additionally, Pilates allowed her the space to rebalance, release and reconnect for a full body effect. She decided to take her Pilates experience to the next level and become an instructor, because she had felt the numerous benefits Pilates had to offer personally and wanted to learn more and teach others. She completed a comprehensive certificate specializing in all apparatuses and a second certification in prenatal pilates.

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Alison Nunez- Pilates

Bio coming soon

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Nicole Kontolefa- Pilates

Comprehensive Training Course, Core Pilates NYC

Born and raised in New York, Nicole was studying theater in Moscow when she discovered the importance of spinal health and alignment when living an active lifestyle. She started practicing Pilates as a way to gain strength and an understanding of how the human body works. She is a graduate of Core Pilates and a strong believer that a regular Pilates practice is the best foundation for an active and healthy life.