All of the instructors at Mongoose Bodyworks are certified in the Pilates Method and have additional training in other complementary disciplines such as anatomy, postural assessment, yoga, energy work and massage. These related disciplines directly enhance their ability to teach the Pilates Method and to approach the work in their own unique way. Contact us to help you find the perfect match.
Halle Clarke began her profession in movement as a modern dancer in New York City 1987. Her interest in movement and dance led her to train in The Pilates Method. Halle is a 2nd generation master teacher having studied closely with two of the great protégés of Joseph Pilates: Kathy Grant and Romana Krysanowska. Halle opened Mongoose Bodyworks, a boutique Pilates Studio in Soho NYC in 1999 .
As well as training in Pilates Halle pursued studies in ideokensiology, anatomy , biomechanics, neuromuscular re-patterning, Alexander technique, The Feldenkrais Method and Buddhist Dharma. Halle also practices Energetic bodywork in the form of Polarity Therapy and Cranio-sacral Therapy. Halle has integrated all of her extensive studies of the body into her work as a Pilates Instructor and Teacher Trainer.
Halle has over 20 years of experience with clients suffering from chronic neck and back pain. She has worked with clients with rotator cuff injury, knee surgery, spondylothesis, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease and other disc pathologies. Halle’s approach to spinal issues and injury involves a hybrid of Pilates, bodywork and re-patterning. Halle also works with “pain free” clients who just want to look and feel better.
She has been conducting Pilates Teacher Trainings for over ten years both locally and around the country. Halle has taught Master Pilates classes nationally and internationally.
Halle’s sessions are sought after by a range of clients including movie and music celebrities.
“Halle’s presence and attentiveness along with her knowledge of the body makes for an effective and transformative experience. She has helped me tremendously.” Olympia Dukakis – Actress
“Halle’s ability to work so in depth with your particular issue by way of clear, meticulous explanations and encouraging mental concentration teaches me something new about my body and what I am capable of every session. I take it with me through my day and feel aligned, balanced and in control. ” Grace Gummer – Actress
Susana Morehouse is a senior level instructor at Mongoose. Susana is from the long and skinny country of Chile. She began her physical training as a gymnast and later as a dancer in college. Susana moved to New York City to study at the Martha Graham School and dance professionally. She uses Pilates personally as a way to stay healthy, fit and free from injury. Susana received her Pilates certification from the Fitness Guru Teaching Lab in Brooklyn,
NYC. She loves to work with clients who have specific goals such as weddings, tank tops, marathons and weight loss. She loves teaching and learning from her clients.
Specialty: Athletic Pilates
Mikayla was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She moved to NYC to pursue a degree in Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After a series of physical injuries she realized she was lacking a true foundation for movement.
Fortunately, she met a movement teacher who reshaped her perspective about movement training for actors and formally introduced her to Pilates. Through this teacher and the core principles of Pilates, she began building a disciplined movement foundation that opened up her body for her work as an actor. After graduation she continued doing Pilates, started weightlifting and running as well and became certified to give the gift of the freedom, healing, and fun she found through Pilates to others.
“I take a detailed, biomechanics- oriented approach, but I like to balance that out by creating an environment where clients can feel the freedom to ask questions, laugh, and have some fun and be creative. Pilates changed my life, and Pilates has also challenged me to trust my body and to try (safe!) things that otherwise would have scared me.
I enjoy being around people in a one-on-one environment. I love helping people manage pain, recover from injury, or even teaching clients who just want to learn to the Teaser. I love helping people achieve their goals. “
Cathy came to the practice of Pilates more than 10 years ago, first as a dancer and then in pursuit of rehabilitation after a back injury. She discovered that over time strengthening her core was the key to remaining pain free while increasing overall body strength and range of motion. She became certified in Pilates Mat 6 years ago through Power Pilates in NYC, and has recently immersed herself in the study of anatomy, fitness and choreography, biomechanics, rehabilitation and injury prevention at the Kane School of Core Integration, Kinected.
It is her goal to work specifically with clients, tailoring each session to their needs and desires, while pushing them through perceived limits to increase body strength and awareness. She knows how important it is to work both global and local muscles, and believes that once you understand and correct postural alignment, everything else falls into place.
“What I love most about Pilates is that the journey is simply the destination. You may feel immediate results but stick with it and progression to greater strength and health is assured.”
Cathy’s movement background is in modern dance, ballet and choreography. She currently enjoys swimming, short distance running, yoga and is always looking for new challenges. Cathy lives in New York City in the East Village with her staffordshire-pit mix, Cherry.
Speciality: Stress Reduction
Heather first tried Pilates over a decade ago to alleviate her back pain — and she’s been hooked ever since. She became an instructor with the intent to enhance and build her own practice. For the past 11 years, Heather has been teaching Pilates in through out New York City to help others achieve better alignment, tone, and muscle strength. Her certification is from the PhysicalMind Institute in NYC, Soho.
“My speciality is blending yoga concepts with Pilates and applying these ideas to back pain and scoliosis. My sessions are cohesive, focused and challenging. My approach is to help the client be comfortable where they are physically, and encourage them to move forward. “