Jessie Novak is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher RPYT 85, and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She received her Pilates teacher training from Pilates Chicago in 2008, 200 Hour Yoga teacher training and 85-hour Prenatal Yoga teacher training from Bloom Yoga Studio in 2013 and 2014. She also completed specialty training with Carolyne Anthony and the Center for Women’s Fitness with distinctions as a Pre/Postnatal Specialist and Pelvic Floor Health, and The Center Method® for Diastasis Recti Recovery in 2016. Jessie has been on the Lead Teaching Faculty for Pilates Chicago Teacher Training since 2009, a Co-Lead Trainer for Bloom Yoga Studio Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training since 2016 and will Co-Lead Bloom’s 200hr Yoga Teacher Training beginning fall 2018 and is excited to join the faculty of wonderful teachers for The Center For Women’s Fitness.
As a college freshman Dance major at university, Jessie took her first Pilates mat class and later wrote in her journal, “This is exactly what I want to do later in life.” These seeds took root while also becoming more curious about kinesiology, Laban, Bartinieff, Feldenkrais, in addition to ballet and modern dance techniques. She has loved observing the human body in motion from an analytic, postural, and aesthetic perspective and has been so fortunate to share this passion with students of all ages across Chicagoland since relocating here in 2002. She continues to seek out teachers and opportunities to further her knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and healthy functional movement for people of all ages and stages of life.
While rehabilitating several common and not-so-common dancers’ injuries, Jessie discovered the benefits of integrating Pilates into an overall strength and conditioning program. After retiring from the professional dance world, she received her Pilates certification in 2008 and has continued to grow and learn from her own experiences recovering from injuries and births, as well as from her students in class and teacher trainees. Following the birth of her first child, she attended Mom & Baby Yoga classes and sought out yoga teacher training to continue serving this population of women in the childbearing year. She is deeply grateful for the tools and strength her Pilates and yoga practice has provided her as a mom, a partner, and human in the world.
Whether working with groups or individuals, Jessie is a passionate, engaged teacher, applying a holistic and functional approach, while using creative imagery reflecting a love for anatomy and physiology. She believes movement, music, and breath benefit every body, every age, in every stage.<< Back to the Faculty Page