In life the more we overcome, the more we transform. Our desire is to hold a sacred space so our clients can choose grace in moments that challenge them. We believe the union of Classical Pilates and Yoga can bring this revolution of self. Choosing grace in moments of darkness allows us to persevere. When we choose grace, we invite courage; we cultivate strength and gratitude.
With our clients we create strong bodies and peaceful minds, and encourage them to share their stories. These are the stories that connect us, heal us, sustain us, and allow us to open to Grace.
A self-proclaimed “Pilates Nerd,” Alix Schaubhut left her career in nursing to pursue teaching classical Pilates in 2013. The Auburn University Alum, wife, and mother of two is deeply passionate about the preservation of the original work of Joseph Pilates. Alix began her education with a Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification. Shortly after completion, she was accepted to Real Pilates certification program studying under acclaimed second generation teacher Alycea Ungaro. As a third generation teacher, Alix is on a mission to continue to spread classical Pilates to the greater New Orleans Area. The long time dream to open Grace with partner Brigitte Martin came after Alix’s husband Carl was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable cancer for the second time. Alix emphatically credits both Pilates and Yoga as her “saving grace” through a very challenging time. Her dream is that Grace will become that place of refuge for all those seeking change, a place to honor the body, mind, and spirit.
Brigitte Martin is a dedicated and ever evolving mom, wife, yoga student, and teacher. She is the co-owner of Grace Pilates & Yoga. She has also for the past two years served as the Mentor to Michelle Baker of the 400 hr Swan River Yoga Teacher Training at Swan River Yoga. Some of the lineages that influence this training are Sivananda, Jivamukti yoga -with founders Sharon Gannon and David Life, and Ram Dass. She is grateful to teach yoga full time in New Orleans for the last 5 years and to have continued her training to include Restorative Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training.
Her mission is to offer healing and refuge to people who are in need. The ability to teach breath, build strength, and to cultivate gratitude for a healthy body is something Brigitte takes great pride in. Brigitte is also receiving a certification in NYC this fall to get trained in trauma sensitive yoga. She desires to work with veterans who suffer from PSTD to honor the life of her father Larry E Smith who was a Vietnam war hero.
Brigitte is honored to have the privilege of teaching yoga and looks forward to sharing this gift with others.