Meet Casey!

Next up! Meet @caseycaninopilates !👍💪

••Why is Pilates important to you?

Pilates became important to me because it sustained my career as a professional actor and dancer. I knew that I needed to learn how to support my body through all the rigor that a life on the stage asks for. My feet were a mess from high heels and ballet shoes, I had no back or core strength as I danced my way through a two hour musical, and I had no stamina for 12-18 hour days in rehearsal. As I started to shift into a full-time Pilates instructor I saw that any injury needs good rehab, and Pilates is one of the most comprehensive tools for any rehab program. It allows people to move when they think they can’t, and #movementislife !

••What is your favorite Pilates exercise?

Standing Front Spilts! I love the challenge of balancing on a moving object with my tip toes. It takes so much power and strength to control the reformer, and keep it from sliding out from under you. It also requires extreme flexibility (there’s a reason why the word “splits” is in its title! 😉) That’s one of the things I love about Pilates, strength and length.

••How are you growing in your Pilates career?

Currently, I am part of an education curriculum (@zhealthperformance) that focuses on how we can utilize the knowledge we have about the brain to help our daily lives ranging from movement efficiency/power/stamina to handling chronic pain. I tell my clients that I work from an Applied Functional Neurological perspective in all my sessions and classes. This means that I might do exercises for your eyes to make your squat better, or I might give you a balance drill to help with your knee pain. It sounds like voodoo, but when you understand the anatomy of the brain, it makes more sense!

I also work with breast cancer patients at The Hearst Cancer Center at French Dignity Hospital. We are currently working on a Pilates program for a study they are conducting in the fall. Hopefully this will flow nicely into the breast cancer program we put on at PCS in October. In addition to all that, I am honored and thrilled to teach alongside my amazing colleague, Keira Cumberland at PCS’s Teacher Training this summer!


Photos Courtesy: Asia Croson Photography

Get to Know PCS

With our Summer Teacher Training Program fast approaching, we thought, “why not highlight our amazing instructors and find out a little more about how brought them to pilates?!” So here we are, starting with Keira, PCS’ studio owner/founder, and co-creator of the PCS TT Program.

• How did you find #Pilates? I started studying Pilates at Cal State Long Beach in 2005 under Karen Clippinger. I was a dance major and CSULB has this fantastic alternative called Dance Science which mixed the study of dance with kinesiology. I fell in love with studying movement. I had been a mover my whole life: running track, playing soccer and dancing so the study of it was a perfect fit.

• What do you love about Pilates? The study of Pilates is endless. #alwaysastudent I’ve been practicing Pilates and studying it for about 14 years and it never gets boring. It’s always relevant and applicable to so many types of people and their goals (not just physically but also mentally). People will ask- “what is Pilates?!” I have a hard time answering- because the benefits are vast and can change depending on the person in front of you. What I’ve decided for myself- Pilates is the lifetime practice of getting to know yourself. There will always be new movements, styles or approaches to it but the common theme is that you get to learn a new thing about your body (and yourself!) and the way it moves, reacts and changes.

• What surprises you the most about teaching Pilates? The amount of psychology it requires. When I was younger, I wasn’t prepared to teach private lessons because I surprised with how many emotions/reactions come out when someone begins to move their body. Now, I have a better capacity to understand people and the complicated way we all connect with our bodies, our emotions, our breath, wellness, fitness, nutrition and more. It’s all connected! There is so much more going on apart from the actual exercise... It’s fascinating and has kept me busy and interested for a long time!

If you’d like to get to know Keira a little more, SLO’s chamber of commerce recently featured her journey. You can access the interview on

Photos Courtesy: Asia Croson Photograph

It’s time to “work-in”


 💪 If you think fitness is only about #theburn, #thesweat, or #squatsonsquatsonsquats... it may be time to rethink your routine. Sometimes, your body isn’t looking/feeling/responding the way you’d like it to because you might be feeding it the wrong stimulation. Wait, WHAT?

“So, you’re telling me I can LOOK and FEEL better only by rolling around, breathing differently or, dare I say, skipping my usual workout?!” The short answer- YES! The long answer- you’re going to have to come in and see us for that. For every person, there’s a different recipe for wellness and fitness. We’re here to help you figure out what that is. “But, PCS- Why are guys always talking about this ‘easy stuff’, I want the ‘hard stuff’ give me more springs, more music and ALLLLL of the reps!”

We hear you and we get it. Each of us here at PCS enjoys giving (and getting) a good butt-kicking workout just as much as the next #fitpro. But here’s the thing- we see too many clients every week who are suffering from some kind of mental, physical or emotional burnout and it’s affecting their ability to achieve their fitness or wellness goals including: body shape and size; ideal sleep pattern; relationship with food; relationship with self; chronic fatigue or injury; unable to perform desired physical movement or activity.

 If this doesn’t speak to you- no problem. But if it strikes a chord, it may be time to step back and listen to what your body is telling you. We can help you do that and we can help take the #anxiety out of the process. However, just be prepared, it takes some vulnerability to quiet yourself, listen and perhaps admit to the things that aren’t working for you.

 We can help you rebuild your routine in a way that gives you the results your looking for, but we have to start at the beginning. Let’s temporarily swap your “work-out” for a “work-in”. 😉 #losetheego #alwaysastudent #rethinkfitness #listentoyourbody #trusttheprocess


#pilatescollectiveslo #rethinkfitness #morethanmovement #rethinkstrength #fitmindfitbody #breatheinbreatheout #pilateseducation

It’s all about breath...


How you Breathe is how you Live! Join us for 2 Breath Events this month starting 4/11!

Breath facts from our girl @michaelagoorahoo of @expandbreathe:

“100% of the population is breathing but statistics show that 90% of people are doing it incorrectly.That's 9/10 people!

Due to bad habits in our daily life such as gut sucking, poor posture, diet, and even passed emotional and physical trauma, have contributed to dysfunctional breathing patterns. Poor breathing results in a lack of oxygen on a cellular level which affects not only your immediate but our long term health.

Meaning that we’re more prone to brain fog, anxiety, frequent stress, poor immune system, low energy and, chronic pain. In fact, if you’ve experienced back pain, pelvic floor issues, sleeping difficulties, anxiety, depression, asthma, or digestive issues, chances are you’re breathing poorly. The good news is that once you learn how to optimize your breathing, you can start making some very real and very physical changes.

Oxygen=Energy + Recovery! So if you are not breathing fully and freely then you are not breathing to thrive! Quit breathing just enough to survive and learn how to breathe to THRIVE!





Check out our events page to sign up online!


#pilatescollectiveslo #morethanmovement #fitmindfitbody #pilates #rethinkfitness #rethinkstrength #breathwork #justbreathe

One size does not fit all...


Planning your week? Make #movement a part of it.


Not every #fitness routine has to involve highly stimulated movements to make it successful. In fact, if you are already a highly-stimulated or stimulant-sensitive person you may want to adjust your program or find one that does not overwhelm you or add additional stress to your day.


“But I’m not overwhelmed,” you might say. Our best advice- listen to what your body is telling you. You may be stressing your body and #nervoussystem more than you realize.


Having trouble sleeping after a #workout? Hungry but you know you have had enough to eat for the day? Can’t concentrate/focus or get emotionally charged when asked to do a complicated task? These can be symptoms of stress/anxiety produced or exacerbated by your environment (including your workouts).


There are many things we can’t control that produce stress on our bodies and mind. For the things we can control- listen to your body and give it what it’s craving.


Our instructors are trained to vary your workouts based on your needs. Our classes are specifically curated to reduce stimulus for #relaxation or produce stimulus to challenge your limits. Movement should not be one size fits all. Explore the different options that work for you. We can help. 👍💪



#pilatescollectiveslo #morethanmovement #fitmindfitbody #raiseyourvibration #pilates #rethinkstrength #rethinkfitness #worksmarter

Celebrate #Women's Day All Month Long!

🙌✨March 8th is #internationalwomensday2019 and PCS is celebrating women all month long with three specially crafted events to celebrate and support the women in our community.

📆 Mark your calendars (and jump online to reserve your spot in each event!):

✨ Saturday, March 9, 12-2pm: Stop the Drop | Bra-Fitting and Trunk Show with @lornajaneactive . Feel comfortable and confident in your activewear and hang out with some likeminded people.

✨Sunday, March 17, 4-5:30pm: Reset and Restore Essential Oil-Infused Experience with Keira and the magical @greenloveelixirbar. If you love all things relaxation- this one is for you!

✨March 24, Empowered Women’s Circle, 3-4:45: Join @expandbreathe for this transformative event discovering the biology affecting our core-center/intuition. Surrounded by pillows, flowers, open-minds and hearts you should feeling stronger and more connected from the inside out.

More details to come on each of these events. Registration is open, so reserve your spots (as you guessed it- space is limited). While these events are geared toward empowering the women in our community these events are open to everyone. Please reach out if you have questions. 👍💪

It's Back!


Are You Ready to Change Your Body? Join PCS Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings for a 4-Week Pilates Sculpt Challenge starting 1/8/19. Participants who successfully complete the challenge will be entered to win a 1-Month Powerhouse Membership!


Our Pilates Sculpt Challenge is all about building great habits and changing your body in a fun and rewarding way... in just 4-weeks! Challenge yourself to wake up and hit your reformer at least 12 times in the month of January. Your body will thank you!


Pilates Sculpt is a unique class format, developed by instructor, Michaela Goorahoo, with an emphasis on feeling and seeing results FAST. Participants can expect a full body workout with a focus on strength and mobility in the following, targeted areas:

Tuesday = Arms and Shoulder Girdle

Thursday = CORE (Abdominals, Back and Spine)

Friday = Gluteals, Legs and Hips


Your Challenge starts January 8 and is limited to only 8 participants. Sign up NOW by emailing or calling the studio to reserve your spot. Pilates Sculpt meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 or 8am. Let us know which timeslot you prefer when you sign up.


We want to offer you our best pricing during the Challenge. Click below to take advantage of our special offer for Pilates Sculpt participants.*

*Please note: this package may only be used for Pilates Sculpt classes and may be refunded if purchased for any other use.

Movember is for Men's Health

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Check out our Events page to sign up!

The Movember Foundation's message is simple: stop men from dying too young. The Foundation strives to provide tools and information aimed specifically at men to improve their health and prolong their lives. We can all help raise awareness of the Foundations 3 pillars: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men's mental health and suicide prevention.  

This November, Pilates Collective SLO and Expand+Breathe have teamed together to bring San Luis Obispo County a Free Breath Workshop + Raffle to help raise awareness for Men's Health and funds for The Movember Foundation.

In this Breath Workshop, participants will be encouraged to slow-down a little and acknowledge their body, their health and their minds through Breath. We get it- sitting quietly, taking deep breaths and participating in meditation can be intimidating, scary or even seem wasteful in our fast-paced society, however, we argue it is necessary for a balanced life. 

Join us for a few hours of fun and exploration for a good cause. We look forward to working with you!

Cost is free; donations are encouraged.

Moving Up!


We could not be more proud of our new sign and the team of instructors, clients, mentors, dreamers and supporters that got us here.

For over a year, we grew a small studio starting with two reformer/tower units and two trainers in the back of a business without a front door or signage.

Today, we’ve got: a sign; 6 FANTASTIC instructors each bringing a unique skill and vision for our Collective (more about our offerings later); 3 spaces of Pilates apparatus; a dedicated sports massage therapist (@empowermassagetherapy check him out for a life changing experience); and A FRONT DOOR. The dream continues to move forward with an education and mentorship program on the horizon and more.

Thank you 🙏 to everyone who has been a part of this journey. We’re motivated to continue to offer you the highest quality mind/body experience.


#pilatescollectiveslo #morethanmovement #fitmindfitbody #wevegotyourback #rethinkfitness #rethinkstrength #foundationtraining #pilatesforneurologicalconditions #zhealth #breathwork #pilates #breathe @thesignplaceslo

Just in: Breathe Series


“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”  -Amit Ray

In this 3-Week Series, participants will explore how their daily breathing habits can be contributing to feelings of anxiety, stress, brain fog, and poor judgment. See actual quantitive results in your daily life and learn the science behind what many mystics and sages have been practicing for centuries.   Michaela Goorahoo, founder of Expand+Breathe, uses techniques to help you understand your individual breathing style and its affects your health.  

This experience is for anyone who wants to combat stress in their lives. Learn simple life hacks to increase your immunity, improve focus, concentration while reducing stress and anxiety.

$110 for the 3-Week Series | $75 for Powerhouse Members

Check out our events page for your link:



This Sunday we’re partnering with #Lululemonslo and leading a Pilates mat class to benefit the Hearst Cancer Center and Breast Cancer Awareness.

Class will be free for attendees but donations will be accepted. 100% if the proceeds will go to the Hearst Cancer Center.

Bring a mat, bring a friend and wear your pink to support and honor those who are currently battling, have battled or are supporting a loved one through #cancer.

See you Sunday! 👍💪


#pilatescollectiveslo #morethanmovement #movementheals #pilates #pilatesforrehab #pilatesforathletes #pilatesforcancer

We’ve got a mat for that!


 🙋‍♀️Hey! Have you seen our new expanded schedule? We’re now offering #matclasses in our bigger space including: FITMAT; Mat 1 and 2; #foamrolling + #foundationtraining; Revive, Stretch + Release; Energy Balancing + Restorative #meditation; and #gyrokinesis!

What more could you ask for?! (Seriously- let us know and we will make it happen!)

We can’t wait to see you this week! 👍💪


#pilatescollectiveslo #morethanmovement #movemore #wholebodyhealth #mindfulmovement

Join Us 🌸.


 #breastcancerawarenessmonth is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. (Wikipedia).

Thanks to @caseycaninopilates and the @pink_ribbon_program, we are able to join this campaign and offer our local community a place to meet, move, learn, grieve, love and support.

Starting October 16th, we will be hosting a 3-week class series called The Pink Ribbon Program where we will dive into safe pilates-based movements that can support you or a loved ones journey through or after #breastcancer.

On October 20th, we will host a Movement through Cancer Workshop and Discussion Forum featuring women intimately connected with the #slocommunity and #cancer.

Learn more by reaching out to us. You can also follow @caseycaninopilates directly, or visit our website to sign up for the above mentioned classes and workshops.

We look forward to supporting all the women who have been affected by this disease. 🙏


#pilatescollectiveslo #pinkribbonprogram #pilates #slohappenings #mindfulmovement #morethanmovement #movementheals

Contrology + Mindful Movement


Did you know Pilates was original named “Contrology” by creator #joesphpilates? He believed, so fervently, in the benefits of complete mind control over body. Being precise and #mindful in your movements is what counts and it’s what we practice here at PCS.

“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.” -Joseph Pilates (I don’t know about you, but 😳🤯).

At the fundamental level, our hope is to help you find a better connection to your body, your breath and your movements, both, inside and outside the studio. As you progress through the method, your control will become more effortless/automatic allowing you to pick up the pace, perhaps add resistance or challenge yourself with more coordination.

We often hear “pilates feels too easy...” at first. “I’m used to heavier weight, faster pace and bigger movements.” You must walk before you run- master the fundamentals and gain the benefits in every aspect of your life. If you want to change your body- you have to change your habits. Who agrees? 🙋‍♀️


#pilatescollectiveslo #contrologist #pilates #morethanmovement #movemore #rethinkfitness #rethinkstrength #movementheals #returntolife #functionaltraining #mindfulmovement

Come See Us!


Have you been in to see us yet? You’ll find us in the historic Railroad Square, level 1, Suite 140.

If you haven’t been in- reach out to schedule your free, 30-minute session with our exceptional instructors. DM ya for more info.

We’ve got some big news about our front door coming your way soon 👍💪.


#pilatescollectiveslo #pilates #sanluisobispo #slofitness #morethanmovement #community #movementheals #thehardestpartisstarting

NEW: Powerhouse Membership


 ❤️ Have you checked out our new #Powerhouse Membership? Schedule a free, 30-minute intro session to find out if you’re just like us. #pilatesaddict •••••••••••••••••••••••

#pilatescollectiveslo #morethanmovement #goodvibesonly #movemore #movebetter #movesmarter #pilates #movementheals

Six Days...


 🙋‍♀️ Did you hear (...check your inbox)?! We're Turning 1!🙌🎉

Join us this weekend to #celebrate! Enjoy: 1️⃣ Free Classes; 2️⃣ Hike + Foundation Training with @caseycaninopilates on Terrace Hill; 3️⃣ Lots of @whalebirdkombucha; 4️⃣ Discounts on retail; 5️⃣ Happy Hour at the Station SLO; and 6️⃣ Unlimited Smiles, Laughs and Fun! 👍💪


#pilatescollectiveslo #fitfam #communitymatters #pilatescommunity #morethanmovement #sanluisobispo @shareslo #shareslo @yelpslo #yelpslo #slohappenings #movebetter #movesmarter #movemore #rethinkfitness #pilates

👋 Summer Workshops!


 ....Coming right up! The last of our Summer Workshop series is happening this weekend with @caseycaninopilates.

What workshops do you want to see in the fall? We’ve got some exciting updates coming soon!

#Repost @caseycaninopilates with @get_repost


Come join me @pilatescollectiveslo for my next workshop; Injuries, Modifications, and the Mind/Body Connection. August 25th! Get on the list soon, only two spaces left!!


#pilates #movement #mindfulmovement #foundationtraining #DoaFounder #zhealthperformance #pilatesinstructor #fitforlife #breathe  #slolife #fitness  #calisthenics #pilatescollectiveslo #personaltrainer #personaltrainerlife #centralcoast #sanluisobispo #becomeaware #healthylifestyle #dance #posture #backpain #balance #wellness #yoga #meditate #performance #justbreathe #exercise #mobility

Functional Pilates


Our third (of four) Summer Workshop is coming up this Saturday with Keira.

This workshop is all about “Functional #Pilates” and how Pilates concepts can be taken and used in your everyday lives, activities and other modes of exercise.

Specifically, we will be exploring the nuances of the Pilates fundamentals and how they can enhance movements you know and love: sit ups/crunches, squats, planks, pushups, sitting at your desk or in the car, twisting to grab bag in the back seat, getting up from your chair or walking up the stairs.

See you in the studio! 👍 #returntolife #signuponline


#pilatescollectiveslo #themoreyouknow🌈 #pilateseducation #movesmarter #morethanmovement #rethinkfitness