Meet Our Coaches at Total Body Pilates & Yoga LLC
Nicole M. Haffey Founder/ Master Pilates Instructor
Owner & Founder, Nicole M. Haffey has a MS in Neuroscience with 17+ years experience as a Certified Pilates Teacher with certifications in Pilates mat, reformer, barre and USA-L1 Weightlifting. As a former D3 Collegiate athlete, Nicole understands the mindset of training as a competitive athlete as well as the potential for injuries related to over-training, muscle imbalances and muscle in-activation. While playing Collegiate soccer, Nicole became certified in Pilates and found the gymnastic-based core activating exercises in Pilates to be the missing link to her fitness. Not only did Pilates maximize her overall strength by teaching her how to actively engage her core, Pilates became a type of meditative movement that allowed Nicole the ability to be present in the moment and also harnessed the meditative skill of slowing the mind down and unplugging. Nicole’s interest in the brain and its ability to change based on exercise (Neuroplasticity) led to her MS in Neuroscience and reinforced her own experience of the mental and physical healing benefits of pilates and fitness. She continued her education with additional certifications, including USA L1 Weightlifting and Sports Performance.
Nicole found her niche in Pilates and fitness integrating traditionally, opposing styles of exercise creating Pilates Hybrid Interval Training™program; the slow, controlled movements of Pilates with the efficient, full body conditioning movements in Olympic lifts & Sports Performance. Both, demanding a high level of body awareness, proper joint mechanics and a balance of practice and patience. Our coach attributes her patient yet thoughtful coaching approach to her 5+ years of experience teaching undergraduate students challenging scientific concepts.Nicole’s inspiration for teaching clients new skills and her integrative approach to fitness has led to positive results with clients at various fitness levels ranging from intercollegiate athletes training for sports performance to 50+yr olds looking to move healthier, rehab joints and to age ‘backwards’. Nicole has found success in designing specialized training programs for athletes including Runners, Crossfitters & Golfers where athletes work to strengthen specific areas of chronic weakness & build overall flexibility. Additionally, Nicole specializes in programming for Working class professionals where long hours traveling abroad & sitting in desks all day wreak havoc on postural muscles and the body as a whole. A large portion of her success has been in developing personalized training programs for clients that utilize a combination of Pilates mat & apparatus work, Strength & Conditioning exercises and mobility exercises using both bands & Myofascial release (MFR) techniques. Nicole’s adaptive training model provides clients with an endless variety of workouts contingent on where each client is at both physically & mentally during each session. She believes this steady training progression is the secret to her client’s reaching their goals while preventing injuries. She
“ My purpose is to create a fitness community that empowers individuals to train outside of their comfort zone. I hope to challenge you to think differently about the way you move your body; encouraging you to push through the mental barriers restricting your performance and also creating the body awareness to know when to stop. In my years of experience, I have seen people’s bodies and minds transform into positive, inspired individuals and I hope to promote that change.”
Nicole M. Haffey has a MS in Neuroscience & 17+ years experience as a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher with certifications in STOTT Pilates®, Balanced Body®, PHI Pilates, USAW L1 Sports Performance and Conditioning and TRX Suspension Trainer Qualified.
Cecily Yeager Coach/ Pilates InstructorCecily, also known as C.C. to her clients, is a certified BASI Pilates instructor, with a M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. She earned her undergraduate degree in Dance at Mount Holyoke College and has been in the fitness and wellness industry since 2011. Cecily’s experience ranges from working as a Health Fitness Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and as a Group exercise instructor. In addition, she is a USAW L1 Olympic Lifting Coach, and believes that Pilates can complement every aspect of life. Cecily loves sharing her passion with her clients and integrates her knowledge of functional body mechanics into her practice. Her classical teaching style reflects her dedication to the fundamentals of Pilates: control, balance, breath, concentration, efficiency, precision and harmony.
Cecily has a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, BASI® Pilates Instructor, USAW L1 Certified.