Old School Pilates is a community space for everybody and every body. We are dedicated to helping people live healthier, happier lives through the healing power of movement. From high profile executives and actresses to physical therapists, school psychologists and dedicated moms our clients have turned to Pilates to aid them to carry out their passions with strength and ease.
Old School Pilates was founded in 2018 by owner Daniela Caesar-Roden to bring authentic Classical Pilates, true to the method, to the West San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
We are a Gratz equipped boutique studio in Woodland Hills, CA offering private sessions, duets, and group classes all aimed at teaching the full system of Pilates. Our clients are empowered to gain independence by taking ownership of their workout and their health through individualized exercise plans.
We support our community through programs such as our civil servant discount program. All of the products sold in our retail space are made with love from other small businesses just like us! We are always looking for new ways of supporting our community, have an idea? Give a holler here!
Daniela Caesar-Roden (Owner) is a 3rd generation Classical Pilates teacher and wellness retreat leader. She has over 12 years experience teaching movement to people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life.
Daniela was a hyperactive child with learning “disabilities”, who couldn’t sit still. Her escape became movement. This love of movement began with dance at a young age and continued through college. She began her teaching career in her teens teaching dance classes and choreographing at her local theater. This eventually led her to study Kinesiology, Pilates and more, and find her true passion of helping others through movement.
As a child and into her early 20’s, Daniela experienced chronic allergies and asthma, often landing her in the hospital. After trying everything, it was learning to breathe that changed her life in many ways.
Daniela continued to move and shake her way through college. She experienced a number of dance and yoga related injuries, Melanoma, a debilitating knee surgery, and late diagnosed Scoliosis. Over all else, it was Pilates that helped her to heal.
Pilates has taught Daniela that above all else, movement heals. She learned to breathe fully as well and the strength and stability needed to support her flexibility. It has also given her a platform to share her love of movement with others day in and day out. Every day she is reminded how to move with awareness, control, and ease. She is a life-long student of the method.
Daniela has worked with people of all ages, including: athletes, actors, dancers, entertainment professionals, corporate executives. Those that are injured, pregnant, “disabled”, abled and elderly to perfectly healthy bodies. Pilates can be done by all!
She received her mat Pilates certification in 2013 from Equinox and then went on to complete her classical comprehensive Pilates certification under 2nd generation teacher, Ana Caban. Over the years, she has taken multiple workshops and classes from Pilates Elders Jay Grimes of Vintage Pilates, Lolita San Miguel, and Sonjé Mayo as well as many 1st generation teachers. Every week, Daniela takes lessons from 2nd generation teachers Trish Garland and Sandy Shimoda.
Daniela also holds a BS in Kinesiology with a focus in dance. She completed her Youth Yoga Certification with Stretch.Play.Yoga in 2012, 100hour Joy of Yoga training with Jennifer Prugh, 200hour Power Yoga Teacher Training, and 75hour bridge program with Olivia Barry at YogaWorks. Recently, she completed her Reiki Level 1 Training with Elenour Koury.
Victoria Solano is a born and bred Valley-girl. She’s lived all over Los Angeles but eventually found her way back “home” in Woodland Hills to raise her two children. She liked to stay fit and active but was never fully satisfied with exercise until she found Pilates back in 2005. She began her practice taking semi-private sessions 3 times a week and was hooked.
A few years later, she decided she wanted to expand her knowledge and practice with Pilates so decided to become a certified instructor. She was the Vice-President of an International Brand/web site at the time so she started slow. Pilates was important to her, though and something she wanted to know in more detail. She eventually earned her certification with Pilates Technique in 2011 and began teaching at Classic Pilates Body in Brentwood on Saturdays and early mornings before heading into her office job. She taught right up until 3 weeks before her daughter was born.
Victoria believes Pilates should have remained its original name: Contrology. She encourages her clients to practice Pilates with complete control: Every movement has a purpose and uses as many muscles as humanly possible. As you progress in your practice, that number of muscles will increase as you’re able to engage more of the muscles in your body. If one can find this complete control in Pilates, it can be somewhat meditative. During your 55-minute session, all the cares and worries of your day/life are left behind, you are focused on your body, your mind and body are one.
Alisha was born and raised in southern California. In her younger years she dreamed of being a ballerina, instead she engaged in Karate with the family. She started her career in the dental field 28 years ago. Helping and teaching others is one of her passions. Alisha found her love for Pilates after her second daughter on a infomercial, Winsor Pilates, 17 years ago. She was impressed with the quick results of strengthen her abdomen after a cesarean. Teaching family, friends and co-workers the gift of posture and core strengthen through awareness of mind and body.
Her love for teaching turned paths in 2017 when she decided to change careers. Studying with Pilates Technique in Santa Monica turn her love of teaching into a new career. “Pilates brings out the laughter in people.” “Helping people find a connection to strengthen their bodies is a beautiful journey.” She extends her knowledge through continuing education to bring awareness to every “body” she teaches.
In her spare time Alisha hikes the Santa Monica mountains, creates Feng shui in her living space, grows her own veggies, teaches self massage therapy through Acupressure, takes adventures with her adult children and lives with the love of her life.
It truly is a wonderful gift Joseph Pilates gave the world. I hope to see every person on the planet do some form of mind, body movement, with control of course.
Claudine Stanley completed her comprehensive teacher training through the Ground Floor Program at Second Story Pilates. Before deciding to teach, she worked for many years as a Marketing Director for various companies in the Healthcare industry. She also has her MBA. Claudine discovered Pilates about 10 years ago when she ruptured her Achilles tendon while playing tennis. It was through Pilates that she learned about her core and how you need it for everything! Although she still loves marketing and meeting new people, she loves her new career as a Pilates instructor because she gets to see people smile and continue to do the things they love to do, Move! “Everyone who comes in to the studio leaves slightly taller, a little more flexible, stronger and much more energized”. When Claudine is not teaching you will find her on the tennis courts, playing golf or practicing yoga. She is a native Californian and lives in the area with her husband and children.
As a Pilates enthusiast for ten years and a graduate of the JCHC classical Teacher Training Program, Yvonne Markel has done everything from backwoods cross-country skiing to roller skating on Venice Beach. She started her career as an English teacher in her native Finland and has since enjoyed working in a Corporate environment. Yvonne has come full circle by becoming a Pilates teacher and returning to her teaching roots. She hopes to share her passion for the Pilates method and be part of your journey as you experience the benefits of what the method represents.
Niedra Gabriel (Pilates/Yoga)
Niedra was fortunate to study under some of the great masters: Romana Kryzanowska, for Pilates, B.K S Iyengar and Yogi Bhajan for Yoga. She certified as a Pilates teacher with Romana Kryzanowska, protégé of Joseph Pilates. Niedra Gabriel is a highly experienced Pilates and Yoga instructor who takes a comprehensive holistic approach to working with the body, mind and spirit. Niedra’s breadth of expertise also extends to dance, choreography, and Circus/Aerial Arts training. After four decades of teaching and a life dedicated to the mastery of movement and wellness, Niedra bases her work on helping her students and clients to tap into their unique expression of the optimal human blueprint. She teaches master classes in Yoga and Pilates and leads retreats, workshops and teacher training throughout the world. Her popular online videos and classes are available on demand at Pilates Anytime and Pilatesology.
Laura Robbins (Pilates/Yamuna Body Rolling)
YBR, the original small-ball therapy, uses specially designed balls in specific routines to combine the release of massage with the strengthening and toning of exercise, providing an effortless workout and a deep stretch. The ball applies traction that frees connective tissues, re-educates muscles to fully release, and de-codes negative holding patterns.
YBR profoundly enhances any form of fitness or therapeutic practice. After 5 surgeries in 4 years, including back surgery, Ms. Robbins found her passion assisting others out of pain, into strength.
Do I have to be flexible or strong to do pilates?
Of course not! Pilates is for everyone. Pilates helps to balance the body to help you gain strength and flexibility. These will increase naturally the more you practice!
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates (1880 – 1967). It has proven to be tried, true and effective over the past 80 years. Influenced by both eastern and western practices, Pilates involved a sequence of corrective exercises performed on various pieces equipment with focus on a strong center and proper use of breath.
Pilates connects the mind and body and is incredibly safe and effective for all. When practiced consistently and correctly it will correct imbalances, postural alignment, improve strength, flexibility and overall well-being.
Do I have to become a member to come to Old School Pilates?
Nope! Membership is just one of the many ways you can get involved at Old School Pilates. Check out our Pricing & Services page to learn more.
What is your “Civil Servant Discount Program”?
All civil servants with valid identification will receive 20% off all sessions and services at Old School Pilates. (Civil Servants: Full-time students, full-time teachers, firemen, policeman, military personnel, peace corps, and other government workers with verification.)
Holly Acampora: Logo and Gear designer
Holly Acampora is the co-founder of Creation Lab Print Shop in Portland ME. Daniela and Holly have been friends for 12 years. Although they are on different coasts, they have maintained their friendship and enjoyed developing their ever evolving business relationship as well!
“My husband and I have been in the printing and design industry for a long time. Over the years, we’ve carefully collected the knowledge, techniques and experience needed to feel confident opening our own studio. We are now working toward our dream to provide beautifully designed top quality products for the whole family while fulfilling our creative outlet.
Being kind to the environment is important to us and one of our primary goals is to make sure we’re doing what we can to ensure our children and yours grow up in a sustainable world.
We choose to be a water based print shop not just for the superior vintage-like feel of the finished print, but also because it’s PVC and Phthalate free. This allows us to practice safe disposal methods, minimize our waste and partner with other businesses who share the same values. With this in mind, we hope you will not only enjoy wearing our products, but feel good about them too.”
Check Creation Lab Shop out at:
Jenna: Body Care Products
Jenna is the owner of Clean Sol Body Care, which was created to make your daily skin care routine one less thing for you to worry about. These great products are available at the studio. You can check her out at:
Katie: Valleau Apparel
Katie designs all of the pieces herself in sunny San Diego and carefully chooses the materials she knows will compliment women best. All of the manufacturing is done in California and we are proud to be supplying jobs to Americans!
Peter is Daniela’s proud dad and freelance web developer. You can check him out at: