INSTRUCTOR BIOS

  • TRACY BALZANO​, Morning Flow Instructor

In her teaching of Yoga, Tracy is focused on inclusivity. No matter what experience, shape, age, level of fitness, perceived flexibility or lack thereof she will make the practice yours. Studying with her, you can expect an open flow practice with modifications for varying experience levels. She approaches her classes holistically, and includes opportunities for the physical practice, breath work and meditation. The decision to become an instructor is not one that she approached lightly. The practice of Yoga is fraught with interpretation and differing styles. People come to the mat for their own personal reasons. Some come for fitness and nothing else, some for increased well being, some just to get out of the house. For the modern instructor taking all this information and personalizing it comes with responsibility to this ancient practice. Regardless, all are welcome.
Tracy earned her 200 hour certification studying with Heidi Michel Fokine at The Giving Room in Southold New York. She has since earned an additional 50 hours studying with Rodney Yee and Coleen Saidman Yee at Yoga Shanti New York where she practices regularly. She approaches every class as an opportunity to learn something new.

Red Hook Pilates is grateful to have the following talented and dedicated yoga instructors involved with the studio.
They rent space to teach their classes and we hope you will support their efforts!
  • SARA SALDUTTI, Slow Vinyasa Instructor

After 15 years of ballet and modern dance, Sara discovered yoga under Ana Forrest at the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training. Invigorated by this month-long journey, she sought to deepen her knowledge of asana and healing. She expanded her teaching practice at the beautiful Chichester Yoga, and received her RYT200 with guidance from Megan Leigh and Denise Hopkins, among others. Over the past five years, Sara has taught at Area Yoga and with Red Hook Yoga, a collective of yoga teachers that provides yoga to the community. She is excited to be teaching for her fourth year at Red Hook Pilates.

  • ​​​​​JEN NELSON, Studio Owner, Certified Pilates Instructor and Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist

Red Hook Pilates was opened in December 2013 by Jen Nelson, a resident of Red Hook since 1999. Jen's background is in studio art and photography and she has her MFA from New York University. Jen started taking Pilates classes after a hip injury decided to seek a mat certification for her own interest. Much to her surprise, she discovered a love of teaching, of physical fitness and anatomy, and sharing the benefits of Pilates with others. Jen received a second mat and full equipment certification through Indigo Pilates studio in Park Slope. She teaches both the classic and more modern methods of Pilates. Jen has experience working with a wide range of clients, of all ages, from healthy bodies to those needing specific rehabilitative movement. A mother of two, she also teaches pre- and post- natal Pilates. Jen is a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist certified through The Pink RibbonProgram (TM). A survivor herself, she hopes to provide the benefits of Pilates for those with cancer, both during treatment and for rehabilitation after. The studio is a small setting where each client receives personalized attention to reach their goals. She is grateful to the support, encouragement and amazing Pilates instructors who have inspired and guided her: Barbara Elovic from the Dodge YMCA, Spela Sterle and Jenny Boissiere from Indigo Pilates.​​