Trainer/Balanced Body Faculty
As a young musician and dancer, Master Trainer Sara Felt was originally introduced to the Pilates method to help her body keep up with the physical demands of an orchestral cellist. After Pilates helped her recover from an overuse injury, she became inspired to help others, and has been teaching since 2004. Sara initially completed her Pilates education through Centerworks® Pilates, and has received additional comprehensive training & continuing education through Balanced Body®, Fletcher® Pilates, Polestar, and many first-generation and master teachers. She has also received research grants and presented numerous lectures on injury prevention for musicians and dancers.
Sara served as Studio Director & Lead Trainer of Pilates Performance & Rehab Lawrence for many years, until she took over ownership and transitioned the studio to Aligned in 2016. She is also on the faculty of Balanced Body Education. She teaches the Balanced Body Pilates & Barre instructor training programs, as well as specialty workshops, at Aligned and as a guest presenter throughout the Kansas City area and across the country.
A dynamic, inspiring teacher, Sara aims to make Pilates accessible to all. Her diverse clientele includes athletes, dancers, fitness professionals, musicians, pre/post-rehab clients, and men & women of all ages and abilities.
Rose completed her Pilates Matwork instructor training through Balanced Body Education at Aligned. She is also a regular student in the studio, and is passionate about her Pilates practice and education. She enjoys many types of fitness including barre, TRX and high-intensity interval training.
Rose works full-time at Raintree Montessori School, where she is a lead elementary classroom teacher. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas with an emphasis on Early Childhood Autism Intervention. Shealso holds a Montessori Elementary Teaching Diploma, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education.
When she’s not working out, teaching, or studying, Rose loves spending her free time outdoors with her dog.
Meredith Tack O’Neil
At a very young age, Meredith was introduced to yoga by watching her grandmother pop-up into headstands, and has been intrigued ever since. Meredith grew up in Oklahoma City and has lived in (and loved) Lawrence since 2004. She began dedicating herself to regular yoga practice in 2009 to maintain a healthy spine after complications with scoliosis and completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through OmTree Shala in 2015.
Meredith looks at every day as an opportunity to grow and learn something new. Her yoga rituals now include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Ayurveda, Pranayama, and Meditation. Meredith’s goal as a teacher is to help anyone find a practice that is challenging, joyful, and healing through a strong connection between body and mind. She believes that yoga is for every body!
Meredith graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design from KU in 2009. She and her husband now run a tiny design agency, The Deli Creative, that specializes in user experience, brand identity, and commissioned creative work. She loves to spend time with family and friends, her dog Dexter, and occasionally take a canoe trip down the Kaw.
PMA Certified Pilates Instructor
Amber found Pilates while rehabbing from an injury in 2009, and knew from the moment she got on the reformer that teaching Pilates was a career path that she was destined to pursue. She had been a student of Iyengar yoga for over four years and found that Pilates provided an ideal compliment to balance her physical body by strengthening and toning her muscles, while also continuing to calm the mind. With a master's degree in Higher Education, Amber spent 10 years working in a university setting, where she assisted students in better understanding and achieving their academic goals, as well as helping to develop a variety of leadership programs. Amber has been happy to transition her education and leadership background to the Pilates & fitness world. She is passionate about the emotional connection to the physical body, and strongly believes that Pilates is a way for everyone to better understand and experience this connection. She enjoys working with individual clients as well as small groups and gains great satisfaction in helping each person achieve a mind/body balance.
Amber completed her comprehensive teacher training program through Centerworks® Pilates Institute. She has also completed Yogafit Level 1 & Prenatal Yoga training, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and CrossFit Level 1 Coach.
Outside of the studio, Amber is often searching for new ways to challenge herself physically & mentally through CrossFit, weightlifting, yoga, and meditation. She also enjoys traveling and cooking healthy yet delicious meals.