Maureen established Asheville Pilates in 2001, having moved to the United States from her native South Africa five years earlier. In South Africa, she served as an actors' agent and personal manager for several years. She also assisted the country's top consultant to professional and training dancers in body conditioning techniques.
Upon moving to the US, Maureen received Pilates certification through Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, NM, and she's also a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor, as well as a certified GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer. She has extended her training to include GYROTONIC® Applications for Dancers, Jumping Stretching Board, as well as the therapeutic applications for scoliosis, shoulder and pelvic girdle dysfunctions. She has been a reflexology practitioner since 1989.
Maureen is passionate about guiding clients to developing increased strength, grace and coordination, as well as pain-free easy and functional movement. She firmly believes that igniting a greater sense of well being allows for a more spirited and enlivened experience of life!
Hope has been a member of the Asheville Pilates family since 2014. She received her B.A. in Dance Studies from Appalachian State University and has continued to dance professionally periodical since attaining her degree. This led her to discover Pilates under the tutelage of Marianne Adams and Rebecca Quin during her time at Appalachian State. It was here that she pursued her Pilates certification, becoming a 3rd generation instructor in a lineage descending from Romana Kryzanowska. She is comprehensively trained in both mat and apparatus.
More recently, Hope’s passion for movement and her continued study with Maureen Sher has led her to the GYROTONIC® EXPANSION SYSTEM. She is now a certified GYROTONIC®Level 1 instructor and is incredibly excited to share her knowledge with our clients and friends at Asheville Pilates. Hope is excited to continue to work in a warm and welcoming space that allows her to share her love for movement and her gifts as a teacher.
Ashleigh Gurtler, originally from Longwood, FL, grew up dancing, performing, and indulging herself in anything creative. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from George Mason University and earned the Excellence in Performance Award upon graduation. She then moved to New York City to pursue a professional dance career and while there had the great pleasure of working with The Metropolitan Opera, Corbin Dances, Maya Orchin, Organic Magnetics, ArtLabJ, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, KDNY, Hee Ra Yoo and Karen Reedy. Hoping to avoid injury and eager to utilize the incredible mentors around her, she began studying the Pilates methodology and quickly found herself immersed herself in a whole new passion: teaching.
She completed her mat and apparatus certification through Bent Pilates, Inc., studying the method of the Kane School of Core Integration, in 2010 and immediately began teaching throughout New York City. In her quest to further her investigation in total body health and happiness, she attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012 and is a practicing AADP Certified Holistic Health Coach. After experiencing the profound benefits of a regular yoga practice, and seeing the vast potential for the ways Pilates and yoga can enhance one other, she obtained her 500-hour Yoga certification from ISHTA Yoga in 2014. In addition to teaching hatha yoga, she also leads a Trauma-Sensitive yoga practice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Transylvania County.
Ashleigh combines movement, kinesthetic awareness, humor, and the subtle poetry of the breath to encourage an experience that is empowering, introspective, energetic, transformative and fun!
She is currently a student at the Maryland University of Integrative Health to obtain her Master of Science Degree in Nutrition.