Karen Shepherd Pilates



Karen Shepherd Pilates

Change happens through movement
and movement heals.

-Joseph Pilates 

About Karen...

Pilates Education

Pilates Sports Center

  • Completed Comprehensive Teacher Training

Southwest Institute of Pilates

  • Completed Comprehensive Teacher Training
  • Finishing Master Teacher Training 

Workshops Completed

  • Ladder Barrel
  • Pilates Arc
  • Foam Roller
  • CoreAlign
  • Pilates for Pregnancy
  • Pilates for Spine Conditions

Other Education

Arizona State University

  • Elementary Education
  • Family and Human Development

Landmark Worldwide

  • Landmark Forum
  • Advanced Program 
  • Self Expression and Leadership Program
2013 ASU Graduation

Karen has been dedicated to making a difference for others for most of her life. Her undergraduate degree is in Education and she was a middle school teacher for four years before starting her journey as a Pilates professional.  

Karen trained under renowned Pilates master teacher Melissa Flynn and received her initial training through the Pilates Sports Center. She is currently finishing up her master teacher training through the Southwest Institute of Pilates.   


Karen's focus and drive help her to be an excellent Pilates professional. She has a keen eye for detail that allows her clients and students to get the most out of their time with her. No movement is a wasted movement.  

Kindness and professionalism are paramount for Karen. She understands that we are all in progress. With Karen, you will meet your goals, create new ones, and smash those out of the park, too. Throughout the process you'll feel strong and accomplished with her motivation and encouragement.


What is Pilates

What is Pilates

"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference,
in 20 you'll see the difference, and
in 30 you'll have a new body."

- Joseph Pilates

What is Pilates?

image courtesy of Mitchell Gross

image courtesy of Mitchell Gross

Core, Concentration and Control

A strong core lays the best foundation. By executing movements with concentration and control, you can teach your body to move more effectively. Proprioception (your understanding of your body in space) is increased and chances of injury are decreased.

Strength and Flexibility

By balancing strength and flexibility in Pilates, you gain practical ranges of motion that help you to move freely throughout your daily life. You will feel more capable and empowered with the growth in these areas.



Breathing naturally facilitates movement. Take a breath in and notice how you rise. Exhale and notice the difference. Movement and breath go hand in hand. Pilates recognizes and utilizes that relationship to increase what you accomplish in each session.

Rhythm and Flow

Each Pilates session is intended to work your entire system. We flow from one movement to the next in a way that you are always challenged, but not exhausted. Try a session out and notice how you feel rejuvenated afterwards. The best Pilates will make a real difference in your real life.