Faculty Bios


KAREN GARCIA – Owner/Director

Karen spent ten years as a professional ballet dancer with the Dallas, Washington, Fort Worth, and Milwaukee Ballet Companies that performed works from most of the great neo classical and classical choreographers of our time and classical repertory such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, and Coppelia.

A career ending knee injury and subsequent Pilates assisted recovery compelled her to devote her time to introducing others to the System

Trained and certified in 1996 under Manhattan-based Romana Kryzanowska, a Joseph Pilates protégé, Karen is one of a handful of second generation Pilates instructors in the world.

Karen founded Studio Body Logic® Authentic Pilates Studios, which have earned significant recognition from local, statewide and national news media as reputable teaching centers. There are two locations serving over 400 students with 20 instructors and apprentices, and five office staff members.

Karen has designed and taught lecture demonstrations for corporations, dance and Pilates conventions, and destination spas. Karen has also created several nationally best selling and critically acclaimed Pilates fitness DVDs, which continue to be best-selling titles.


Bowen McCauley Stretch

Lucy Bowen McCauley is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Bowen McCauley Dance and has been teaching ballet, modern, jazz and stretch in the DC area for over 20 years. Her pioneering Stretch Technique, developed in the NY studios of exercise physiologist, Jean Paul Muston, has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Dance Teacher and the Washington Post. While McCauley has trained elite and medal winning Olympic gymnasts, her engaging stretch classes appeal to dancers, weekend athletes and anyone interested in keeping fit.

Lucy teaches Stretch on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the Arlington studio.





Terri is an apprentice at Studio Body Logic, completed her mat Certifications through Power Pilates in 2017, and is now working toward her Comprehensive Certification.

Terri moved to DC from her hometown of Pittsburgh to pursue a career in art administration but wound up in the event planning world. After a career working in DC, Terri found Studio Body Logic and realized her true passion was Pilates, and has practiced Pilates faithfully for 12 years. She then began her pursuit in the teacher certification program. “Pilates has truly transformed my life in such a positive way, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually.”

An athlete at heart, Terri was on the volleyball team, track team and swim team in school and was an avid tennis player. Terri wanted to audition for the Ice Capades, as she excelled at ice-skating, but listened to her mom and chose college instead and earned a degree in painting from Carnegie Mellon. Terri continues to paint regularly, and specializes in dog portraits. Terri and her new husband live in Maryland.

Terri is an SBL apprentice and teaches in both the Arlington and Alexandria studios.



Cyndi has been teaching Barre Body at Studio Body Logic since 2014. Cyndi  completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in the fall of 2016 and is fully certified as a Pilates Instructor.

The essence of movement embodies Cyndi Cook’s life! She is classically trained in ballet. As a youth she studied with the Center for Ballet Arts in Fairfax and Yuma Ballet Theatre in Arizona, and as a young adult with the American Ballet Theatre in New York and Alabama. In 2014, to add to her skill set as a dance instructor, Cyndi passed examination in ballet, tap and jazz with Dance Master’s of America. Cyndi is also a personal trainer, CrossFit Coach and children’s movement instructor.

Cyndi has integrated her ballet and fitness background to teach Barre Body. Her breadth of experience enables her to talk her class through complex exercises ensuring safe and sound technique to get the most out of each workout. After taking Pilates lessons and understanding how it supports all the various disciplines she had studied and taught, Cyndi entered the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training program.

Cyndi adores teaching and considers herself a lifelong learner. She shares her teaching time with her military husband and two children in Northern Virginia.

Cyndi is a Level 1 Pilates Instructor and teaches Barre Body® and Pilates in the Alexandria studio.



Kim has been teaching Stretch and Sculpt at Studio Body Logic since 2002. Kim is also mat certified through Power Pilates.

Kim has developed a system of stretching and strengthening, which is particularly helpful for joint and muscle injuries and osteoporosis.

Although he has a teaching certificate from George Mason University in English and Psychology, Kim earned his living as both a dancer and an actor. Kim is currently the Associate Director of Momentum Dance Theatre. He has performed with the Washington Ballet and danced with both the Washington Opera and in Kennedy Center Productions. He has choreographed for Scena, the Center Company, and Le Neon. As an actor, he is a company member of Le Neon Theatre Company. Kim has performed at Signature, the Washington Shakespeare Company and many other theaters.

Kim recently bought a new home and now resides in Georgetown.

Kim teaches at both the Arlington and Alexandria studios.



Barbara began teaching meditation techniques at Studio Body Logic in 2018. She is certifying as an instructor in meditation from Sura, through the Sura Center.

As a mother for 23 years to six boys, Barbara is well acquainted with stresses in life. Her path toward meditation changed everything for her. After years of study and wonderful mentorship at the Sura Center, Barbara is proud and honored to share what she has learned in order to help others bring balance, peace, clarity and the ability to center oneself in an off centered world.

Barbara teaches meditation and works in the office of Studio Body Logic, Alexandria.



Sarah is an apprentice at Studio Body Logic, completed her mat Certifications through Power Pilates in 2017, and is now working toward her Comprehensive Certification.

Originally from California and a graduate of Berkeley, Sarah moved to the DC metro area for work and discovered many activities to explore including Pilates.
Eleven years ago, as a “work-study student” at Willow Street Yoga Sarah began her Pilates journey with curiosity and a desire for a stronger core. She worked primarily with Roberta Stein, the head of Willow Street’s Pilates program, who was one of SBL’s first instructors. The crossover between Physical Therapy and an authentic Pilates workout kept her coming back for more as a way to stay injury free for all the other activities she enjoys such as rock climbing and snowboarding.
In 2016 Sarah began to practice regularly at Studio Body Logic and decided it was time to share her Pilates experience to help others. Sarah works at the Patent Office in DC and lives in the Old Town section of Alexandria.

Sarah is an SBL apprentice and teaches at both the Arlington and Alexandria studios.



Whitney has been teaching at Studio Body Logic since 2009 and completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in 2010 

After close to a decade working in the field of communications and public affairs, Whitney decided to turn her love of Pilates into a career by completing the comprehensive training program through Power Pilates.  Whitney developed her passion for teaching as a downhill ski instructor, and developed her love of Pilates after years of ski racing left her fit but with little flexibility. She has studied and taught at Studio Body Logic for many years, and has never felt better. 

Originally from Rochester, NY, she holds a bachelor’s degree in media and society from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two children.

Whitney is a Level 2 Pilates Instructor and teaches at the Arlington Studio.



Samantha received her Barre Body® certification in August of 2014.

Samantha started dancing at two and spent the next 24 years thinking about nothing else! Samantha graduated with a degree in Dance from Beloit College in 2002, with a focus on jazz and dance history but after graduation and urging from others, she decided to focus on a more practical career. After a decade long absence from her first choice she discovered Barre Body® in 2013 and it reinvigorated her love of all things dance. Samantha is very excited to teach at Studio Body Logic and loves to create playlists and choreography.

Samantha teaches Barre Body® in the Arlington studio.




Kyoko received her Barre Body® Teacher Certification in 2014 and has been teaching at Studio Body Logic since 2015. Kyoko is also Pilates mat certified and will enter the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training program this year.

Kyoko danced classic ballet for 15 years at Fukumoto Ballet Academy in Osaka, Japan. As a member of the academy’s competition team, she received solo variation awards at several prestigious ballet competitions in Japan. While she loved to dance, Kyoko decided to pursue a more practical business career in Tokyo.

Kyoko met and married her military husband in Tokyo and in 2005 they moved to Georgia, where Kyoko taught ballet at the Academy of Dance. In 2008 they were off to Italy where Kyoko obtained certifications in several group fitness genres. She is certified, as well, as a group exercise instructor and personal fitness trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Assn of America. (AFAA).

In 2013 Kyoko and family finally settled down in Northern Virginia where she met Barre Body!

Kyoko teaches Barre Body® at both the Arlington and Alexandria studios.



Kathryn has been teaching at Studio Body Logic since 2003 and completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in 2004.

Five years earlier, seriously overweight, out of shape and suffering from back pain, Kathryn followed her forward thinking doctor’s recommendation to try Pilates stabilization exercises. Her first attempts failed, but soon she was hooked. She could do everyday activities like gardening and carrying heavy loads safely and easily and has been enthusiastically practicing and teaching ever since.

Kathryn continues to learn and attends numerous workshops throughout the country taught by first and second generation Pilates instructors. She trains regularly with second-generation teacher Lesa McLaughlin. She’s most impassioned that students be able to apply the skills they learn in Pilates to their everyday lives to be strong and injury free.

Kathryn walks to Studio Body Logic from her home in Del Ray which she shares with her husband, Jim, and two rascally kitties, Oshi and Arthur.

Kathryn is a Level 2 Pilates instructor and teaches in the Alexandria studio.



Lori began teaching at Studio Body Logic in 2013 and completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in 2014.

Over 15 years of full time computer-related work resulted in too much sitting and not enough movement. The first Pilates experience was a result of curiosity of being in front of a small studio. Pilates immediately became an efficient way to a full body workout with fun elements.

Lori continues to participate in continuing education workshops under senior Pilates instructors. She trains regularly with teacher trainer Bonnie Grove.

Lori is native to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She relocated to Maryland due to the strong influence of scholarships and fashion modeling. While she is no longer walking runways she is strutting the sidewalk frequently with her family – husband, daughter and Great Dane.

Lori is a Level 1 instructor and teaches Pilates in the Alexandria studio.



Sarah has been teaching at SBL since 2006 and completed her Comprehensive Certification at the Pilates Center at TRDance in 2005.

Sarah has studied dance for over twenty years and received a BA in Dance Education from Old Dominion University in 2005. She was introduced to the Classical Pilates Method in 2002 after a severe shoulder injury threatened to end her dance career. After studying Pilates for three years under second generation teachers, Kathryn Finney, Gayla Zuchevich, and Todd Rosenlieb in Norfolk, VA, Sarah decided to pass along her knowledge of Pilates in hopes of teaching other people about rehabilitation and lifelong health through the method.

Married in 2010, Sarah and her husband live in Fairfax, VA, with their two dogs and two cats. Sarah spends her free time hiking and judging national and international dance team competitions.

Sarah is a Level 2 Pilates instructor and teaches Barre Body® and Pilates at both the Arlington and Alexandria studios.



Jessie has been teaching at Studio Body Logic since 2003, She completed her Comprehensive Certification with Power Pilates in 2004.

Jessie began her career as a certified massage therapist in 1992. She trained at the Desert Institute for the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona.

Jessie became a Pilates student at SBL in 1999 while practicing massage in Arlington and sending clients to SBL for their chronic pain conditions. She found the benefits of Pilates to be so important to her own physical well being that she became an instructor full time. Jessie specializes in teaching clients with chronic pain, illness and/or injury using her anatomy background as a massage therapist and her skill as a Pilates instructor.

Jessie lives with her husband and two wonderful sons and a dog or two in Alexandria.

Jessie is a Level 2 Pilates instructor and teaches in the Alexandria studio.



Karisa began teaching at Studio Body Logic in 2008 and completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in 2009.

Upon retiring from a professional ballet career with Milwaukee Ballet in 2006, Karisa joined the SBL office staff in Arlington, and began her Power Pilates certification. She taught at Studio Body Logic® before returning to her home state of Wisconsin.

While living in WI, Karisa taught at and managed a Pilates and Barre studio, guest lectured for the University of Wisconsin, Peck School of the Arts, and was a curriculum instructor for the Milwaukee Ballet School. Karisa completed her Barre Body® Teacher Certification in 2016.

She recently returned to the D.C. area after living with her family in Tanzania for two years. Karisa is excited to work with SBL’s dedicated clientele once again!

Karisa is a Level 2 Pilates instructor and teaches Barre Body® and Pilates in the Arlington studio.



Beth began teaching Yoga at Studio Body Logic in 2018. She graduated from Pure Prana Yoga Studio’s cross-disciplinary 200-hour teacher training program in 2010.

Beth is thrilled to join the SBL faculty after some 15 years as a student in the SBL community. Her personal yoga practice and teaching style is influenced by 20 years of experience across yogic traditions (e.g., Anusara, Ashtanga, Baptiste Power Yoga, Iyengar, and Jivamukti) combined with her many extracurricular sports activities (especially cycling, Pilates, and winter sports) and extensive Vaganova ballet training. She views yoga as a complementary practice to other athletic or artistic endeavors, both in terms of rebalancing muscle groups or body asymmetries and as a meditative experience in its own right.

Since completing her teacher-training program in 2010, Beth has subsequently focused primarily on studying practices grounded in kinesiology. Her greatest joy as a teacher has been guiding fellow yogis — athletes and non-athletes alike — towards fully inhabiting their bodies in their own practices.

She calls Arlington home but still considers herself a New Englander.

Beth is a Certified Yoga instructor and teaches in the Alexandria studio.



Cassandra earned her Barre Instructor Certification at the end of 2015 and in 2017 was Barre-Body certified to teach at Studio Body Logic.

As a competitive cheerleader in high school Cassandra wanted to maintain her active life style while in College. She enrolled in step aerobics and was introduced to yoga. After college a friend suggested she try Barre. Cassandra fell in love with the combination of dance and isometric techniques that makes Barre so challenging.

In the fall of 2014 Cassandra moved to No. VA. She began attending adult ballet at Ballet NOVA. In 2015 she began work-study at Barre Tech in preparation for Barre instructor training where she earned her Barre instructor Certification.

Cassandra wanted to teach in a studio that focused on proper posture, the benefits to the body that dance and ballet provide, and with people who are as passionate about the work as she is. Cassandra takes pride in helping her students perfect their technique and become the strongest versions of themselves.

Cassandra is a Senior Compliance Specialist for the National Industries for the Blind and lives in Alexandria.

Cassandra teaches Barre Body at Studio Body Logic, Alexandria.



Dana began teaching at Studio Body Logic in 2015 and completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in 2016.
A true believer in personal growth and the ‘body is meant to move,’ Dana has engaged in a variety of physical activities such as belly dancing, tennis, swimming, ice-skating and horseback riding. Once achieving a comfortable level of competency and personal satisfaction, Dana sought new fitness experiences. In the early 1990s Dana read a community newspaper article about Pilates. She was intrigued by this new method of exercising that strengthens the core muscles and improves the body’s flexibility.  After further research, she found Studio Body Logic offered classical Pilates instruction. Dana progressed through the basic, intermediate and advance levels of Pilates as a student and enjoyed the work and the SBL teachers. Dana’s positive experiences compelled her to train as an instructor and teach at SBL.

Dana lives with her husband and miniature schnauzers in Alexandria. She is a Bowie State College graduate and full-time federal government employee. She enjoys knitting, sewing, weaving and making jewelry in her spare time.

Dana is a Level 1 Pilates instructor and teaches at the Alexandria studio.



Sarah received her Barre Body® Teacher Certification in 2014 and is a Barre Body® Teacher Trainer.

Sarah, a DC native, began dancing as a child at the Arlington Dance Theater. For the past eight years she has been teaching dance at various studios in the DC area and enjoys teaching Barre Body®, ballet, tap and jazz to students of all ages. At every opportunity Sarah takes classes and performs to expand her dance knowledge and experience.

When she’s not dancing, Sarah is an elementary school teacher in Northern Virginia.

Sarah teaches Barre Body® classes in the Arlington studio.



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Alexandria Studio:
2417 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel: 703.739.7601

Arlington Studio:
Ballston at Randolph Towers
4001 N. 9th Street, Suite 108
Arlington, VA 22203
Tel: 703.527.9626

Alexandria Studio Hours:

Monday 11am-8:15pm
Tuesday 9am-8:15pm
Wednesday 9am-8:15pm
Thursday 9am-8:15pm
Friday 9am-1pm
Saturday 9am-1pm

Arlington Studio Hours:

Monday 11am-1pm, 5pm-8:15pm
Tuesday 9am-1pm, 5pm-8:15pm
Wednesday 3pm-8:15pm
Thursday 9am-1pm, 5pm-8:15pm
Friday 8am-12noon
Saturday 9am-1pm