Aligned Studio Owner Sara Armbrister was originally introduced to the Pilates method to help her body keep up with the physical demands of a pre-professional musician and dancer. As a cello performance major at the University of Kansas, Pilates helped her recover from an overuse injury. Inspired to help other performing artists avoid & overcome injury, she began teaching in 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 a Master Trainer for 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.