Our instructors are certified and licensed professionals with hundreds of hours of Pilates Teacher Training, in addition to their backgrounds from other therapeutic and medical fields.

Shimon Darwick, LMY, RYT
Classes Offered: Pilates & Yoga 

Shimon Darwick  loves to inspire people to have fun in life.  He has dedicated his life to learning the holistic arts of vitality through coaching programs like the Institute for integrative nutrition, Landmark ed., the Gratitude training, and a variety of yoga trainings in kundalini, the Nosara Institute interdisciplinary training in Costa Rica, and Laughter yoga.   He has taught in places such the Omega Institute in New York and Blue Spirit retreat center in Costa Rica.


Shimon also practices integrative massage, and offers comprehensive health coaching.

Lily Ellis
Classes Offered: Rebounding 

Lily has maintained a dedicated yoga practice for almost 15 years. She has explored a variety of yoga techniques and styles—Kripalu and BIkram being two of her favorites. In 2016, Lily joined the Pilates Room as a student and instantly fell in love with Urban Rebounding. Rebounding’s dance-like approach to fitness has given her the physical, emotional, and spiritual workout she needs to #bounce through life with joy. 

With the encouragement and support of Tori Brown, Lily decided to pursue a certification in Urban Rebounding and is thrilled to have joined the Pilates Room as an instructor.  When she’s not bouncing, Lily is a grateful mom to Ruby; a lively friend to Kathryn; and a clumsy Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Behavior at Cornell. 

Emily Mallar
Classes Offered: Barre, TRX, Rebounding

Perhaps better known in the Ithaca Community as "Pineapple," Emilly has been a student at The Pilates Room since 2014 and officially joined us as an instructor in 2016. Emily teaches a number of classes at the Pilates Room of which Rebounding is her favorite - although she admittdedly is not a fan of cardio! Certifid in Barre Connect and TRX Suspension Training, Emily is a high-energy instructor who likes everyone to have a good time!!


Emily grew up in North Conway, NH, before coming to Ithaca to attend College in 1998 - and she's been here ever since! In her "day job" Emily is a Nursing Director for the local Healthcare Network and loves spending time outside of work (both as an RN and as fitness instructor) with her husband Phil and their son, Hunter.  

Sylvie Yntema, LMT, NCPT, CPT - Bio Coming Soon
Services Offered: Private Pilates & Personal Training, Massage Therapy

Jana Hay, CGFI - Bio Coming Soon
Classes Offered: Pilates, Barre, TRX
Instructors Currently on Furlough
 Lita Remsen
Sarah Alabi
Claire Concepcion
Liz Klohman
Sheila Squier
Ali Howell
Sarah Harrington