Pilates Instructors

kristi shaw

Kristi Shaw, Owner, Ph.D., RYT 500,
Pilates Method Alliance - Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT), Certified Yoga Therapist (IAYT).
Kristi loves alignment-based movement and therapeutics! Kristi trained in a mentoring program with Kelly Roberts of Beach Pilates in Bethany Beach, DE,  focusing on the BASI School of Pilates.  Kristi is a  Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance, a notable certification in the field of Pilates.
Kristi approaches classes from a place of curiosity and discovery, encouraging students to drop preconceived stigmas of body conditions, to be open to the deep-seeded wisdom that our bodies are screaming at us to listen to, knowing that we are all much more than a diagnosis.

Kristi's classes are slightly irreverent, inquisitive and fun. She laughs a lot and her students do too. She believes that conscious movement doesn't need to be stuffy.

ren boettger

Ren Boettger, Physical Therapy Assistant and Pilates Teacher.
Ren has already developed a deep rooted passion for the art of Pilates.  Training in a mentoring program with Kelly Roberts of Beach Pilates in Bethany Beach, DE, Ren's education has focused on the BASI School of Pilates.  Ren has completed training in Pilates for Neurological Conditions and is qualified to work with clients with unique needs.  She teaches Pilates for Golf workshops.  Ren is scheduled to complete her certification through the Pilates Method Alliance in late Spring 2019, a notable certification in the field of Pilates.
By day, Ren is a Physical Therapist Assistant, with a specialty in Acute Care and treats hospitalized patients to regain functional mobility after prolonged illness. 
Ren has a background 
in ballet, starting as a young child and has been practicing Yoga for the past 20 years.  She is also completing her 200 hr teaching certificate in Yoga.  
 Ren is especially drawn to the Pilates method of exercise because of the focus on strengthening, lengthening and b
alancing the body in a safe and effective way that can be tailored for any physical level, becoming a life long practice.  She believes that finding your own passion for movement will improve every aspect of life, allowing one to lead a meaningful and joyful existence.   

In Ren's classes, you will find flow, encouragement and body-wisdom, as she leads you to fulfill your full potential!

karen knauss

Karen Knauss, RYT 200, Physical Therapy Assistant, Pilates Teacher and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher.
Karen blends her physical therapy background with alignment-based yoga and Pilates instruction.  Karen trained in a mentoring program with Kelly Roberts of Beach Pilates in Bethany Beach, DE,  focusing on the BASI School of Pilates.  Karen is scheduled to complete her certification through the Pilates Method Alliance in late Spring 2019, a notable certification in the field of Pilates.
Trained in Yoga at Willow Street Yoga Center by Maria Hamburger, Joe Miller and Natalie Miller, Karen continues studies in children’s yoga through Radiant Child and Ashaya Yoga with Todd Norian.  Karen is a certified stand-up paddle board instructor,  and is a certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader.

Karen's classes offer a beautiful depth of knowledge in body mechanics and alignment, with a focus on self-awareness for optimal performance. 

our teachers in training
amy bennett
andrea hoopes
Jess weems

Teaching faculty, Amy Bennett (RYT 200), Andrea Hoopes (RYT 200, Mat Pilates Instructor, Barre Sculpt Instructor) and Jess Weems have joined our in-house Pilates mentoring program. You might see them assisting or observing our teachers during classes, as they train in the Pilates method. Get excited! These teachers-to-be have great backgrounds in body mechanics and are eager to begin their Pilates teaching careers at Coastal Retreat!