Meet Our Instructors
About Pilates Bodies
Pilates Bodies is a fully equipped, client-centered Pilates studio founded on Classic Pilates instruction. We also incorporate modern Pilates exercises and philosophy to create versatile, individualized fitness programs. By combining strength building, stretching, coordination, control and balance, our trained Pilates professionals will help you to mentally and physically re-center your body.
Pilates techniques are so varied and versatile that clients of all ages and fitness levels will benefit from the specialized instruction. Those with injuries or chronic pain will experience reduced soreness and tension in muscle groups. The Pilates Method stimulates muscles in a unique way – every exercise incorporates strength building as well as stretching of the muscles to achieve an overall balanced conditioning of the body.
We at Pilates Bodies are committed to creating an environment that energizes and at the same time relaxes you, strengthens and stretches your body and empowers you to lead a healthy, self-fulfilling life.
Meet Our Instructors
Leah Kogen Busam
Owner & Pilates Instructor, PRP and CoreAlign Certified Instructor
In 2000, Leah began Pilates to decrease chronic lower back pain. A year later, with her lower back issues resolved, her love for Pilates and her enthusiasm for teaching others led her into the training program to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. Leah was trained extensively in Classical Pilates at the Pilates of Cherry Creek Certification Center, a studio based on the work of Romana Kryzanowska. Romana is heir to the work of Joseph Pilates and is one of the living Pilates elders.
Leah opened her own studio, Pilates Bodies, in the spring of 2005. Leah creates individualized workout programs for clients wishing to increase core strength and flexibility, as well as improve posture to help prevent injury. She specifically tailors exercise programs for each of her client’s current physical and emotional needs.
Additionally, Leah has been trained as a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) through the Pink Ribbon Program, specializes in Pilates for pregnancy, is a certified CoreAlign instructor and has continued her work with Pilates for Rehabilitation for geriatric clients. Leah has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pomona College in Southern California, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Economics.
Arielle Bernard is a Level 5 Certified Instructor through Romana’s Pilates. She completed her 600 hour certification at True Pilates NY in NYC in 2011 under Sari Mejia-Santo, daughter of Romana Kryzanowska. Romana and Sari dedicated their lives to passing along the work as was taught to them by Joseph Pilates.
A Skidmore College graduate, Arielle graduated with a double major in International Affairs and Government. She happily discovered her love for Pilates during her time as a student. After living in Saratoga Springs, NY for 7 years, Arielle moved to Colorado in March 2015 and is loving the adventure!
Laura Gill, a Colorado native, received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and has always been interested in the human body, anatomy, movement and the role nutrition plays in health.
Laura received her Pilates certification in 2004 from Pilates of Cherry Creek, a Romana Kryzanowska classically based training program. After receiving her Pilates certification, Laura moved to California where she was exposed to even more varieties of the Pilates movement. Additionally, Laura has been trained as a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) through the Pink Ribbon Program. When working with clients, Laura loves to tailor the workouts to her specific clients’ needs and she enjoys mixing classically based Pilates with a more modern style. She offers a new and innovative approach to the Pilates Method.
A love of fitness and physical challenge brought Jennifer to Pilates. After years of running, Jennifer realized she needed a form of exercise to enhance and balance her body and mind for a lifetime. Pilates changed Jen’s approach to fitness and life so completely that she left her corporate sales career to become a Pilates instructor in 2010. She completed the Pilates Method Alliance certified classical curriculum at PH7 Pilates in Denver, CO. The gift of Pilates has changed her life forever and Jen loves sharing the principals of Pilates…centering, control and balance. Jen grew up in South Dakota, attended the University of Nebraska and studied English and Anthropology.
Jen is a native of Indiana, but moved to Colorado in 2004 and is happy to call Denver home. She is a life-long lover of movement and has been involved in many disciplines including dance, color guard and yoga, both as a participant, choreographer and teacher. In the early 2000’s, Jen performed in London and on Broadway with the visual ensemble in the production Blast. Along the way, she was introduced to Pilates as a means of staying fit and working through some of the wear and tear on her body from years of use.
Jen completed the 500-hour certification program at Whole Body Studios in Denver, CO in the spring of 2017 and has been teaching ever since. Additionally, she obtained the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Certification with Cara Reeser in 2018. Jen is also a graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) here in Denver and is a certified nutritional therapist. When she’s not teaching, Jen enjoys traveling, hiking, knitting or taking on a new creative project around the house.
While growing up in Anchorage, Megan spent most of her time in the dance studio. While helping others to enjoy their own movement experiences, Megan continued to teach dance classes as she earned her degree in Exercise and Movement Science at the University of Oregon.
After graduation, Megan began taking Pilates classes which benefited her body and state of mind. Hooked on Pilates, she obtained the Polestar Pilates studio certification in 2005. Megan has been developing her skills and knowledge ever since, including a CoreAlign certification in 2010. Megan completed the Muscle Activation Techniques® Specialist Program in fall of 2020 and is now also a MAT® Full-Body Specialist! Megan is honored to be able to make her passion her career and is thrilled to work with clients to better understand movement and to appreciate both the physical and mental benefits of exercise.
Vered Harary Koslow
As a native of Israel, Vered has studied ballet, modern dance and Pilates since childhood and served as a physical fitness commander during her service in the Israeli Air Force. After military service, she worked as a C.P.A. with Ernst & Young for several years, but has since followed her passion for exercise and movement. Vered was certified as a STOTT Method Pilates instructor in traditional mat, reformer and equipment Pilates and Barre. She has recently moved to Denver with her husband and three children.
Kerri is originally from Lake Arrowhead, California and moved to Summit County, CO during her high school years. She attended Trinity International University in Illinois where she attained her BA in history and graduated in 2002. At Trinity, Kerri was a member of the college volleyball team and she has coached volleyball for many years. Additionally, she has been a personal trainer and a spinning instructor.
Kerri’s interest in sports, fitness and overall conditioning of the body led her to the PhysicalMind Pilates certification program in Chicago, IL. There she was trained as a Pilates Instructor in all the Pilates disciplines…the floorwork and equipment exercises, as well as earning a unique certification in Standing Pilates work. Kerri also has certifications in Rehabilitative Pilates, Pilates for Pregnancy and is a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist. In addition to doing Pilates, Kerri enjoys snowboarding, biking and hiking.
Emily is a PMA certified Pilates instructor with ten years of experience teaching classically-inspired classes and programs. She recently relocated to Denver from Scottsdale, Arizona for the chance to explore a new city and play in the mountains. Over the years she has completed her BS in Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University and studied other mind-body practices like yoga and assisted stretching. She has made Pilates her life’s work because it brings her happiness to give people tools to take care of and heal their bodies in all stages of life.
Sadie is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance Performance in June 2020. She moved to Denver in February 2021 to dance with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble as a second company member. She was introduced to Pilates in order to help her scoliosis and continued her training at UC Irvine with Diane Diefenderfer, third generation master instructor of the Pilates Method and Ron Fletcher work, which greatly supported her dance practice. After graduating, Sadie was invited to join the prestigious teacher training program at Studio Du Corps with Diane Diefenderfer.
Katie was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and found herself in Miami to pursue a conservatory degree in dance from the New World School of the Arts. She began dancing at the age of 7 and currently enjoys a busy performing career both nationally and internationally as a professional dancer and choreographer. Katie has been teaching Pilates for 11 years and has studied several movement practices including Gyrotonics, Gaga technique, and Alexander Technique. Katie loves to be spontaneous and lighthearted when teaching and believes the mind is the most important muscle to train.