Ali is the 24-year-old owner of Pure Balance Pilates. Her love of movement started at a young age. She grew up dancing with South Georgia Ballet in her hometown of Thomasville, Georgia. By the time she was 16, she was dancing 20+ hours a week. However, this strenuous schedule began to put a strain on her body. Ali started having severe low back and hip pain, and feared she would have to stop dancing. This fear lead her to a physical therapist who practiced Pilates based rehabilitation. Ali started taking Pilates privates 3 times a week, and was absolutely pain free within a month. She fell in love instantly with the practice and continued taking classes as a form of cross training.
In 2014, Ali moved to Athens to study Exercise Science at the University of Georgia. While she fell in love with Athens immediately, the town was lacking one thing… reformer Pilates. Ali spent her summers back home in Thomasville, interning at the local Pilates studio, and began teaching classes after studying the Pilates method with the owner.
In the spring of 2017, Ali decided she wanted to bring her love of Pilates to Athens, so she began working towards opening a studio in this town that she had fallen in love with.
Ali is a graduate of Polestar Pilates Comprehensive instructor training, and was trained by Karyn Staples, P.T, Ph.D. Polestar Pilates is the leading international authority in Pilates education, and provides one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the world, focusing on principles backed by scientific research.
A broken ankle in the beginning of June, 2018 caused Ali to have major ankle surgery, but she didn’t let that stop her. Pure Balance Pilates opened September 17th, 2018.