Mariska Breland

Adjunct Faculty

Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis

International USA


In 1999, Mariska took her first Pilates class. After a 2002 MS diagnosis, she committed to a serious yoga and Pilates practice. She taught her first class a year later.

In 2005, she launched a successful Pilates program at Washington D.C.’s Flow Yoga Center. There, she developed her signature style, which later became the trademarked brand, Fuse Pilates. She ran her first teacher training for the Fuse Method in 2009 and brought together the trained teachers in the first Fuse Pilates studio in Washington, D.C. in 2011. It quickly grew to nearly 70 classes per week, including group mat, reformer, tower, circuit, and chair classes and private instruction.

Mariska has a savant-level ability to remember exercises and the anatomy knowledge and creativity to design new ones. With over 2,500 hours of training under her belt, and thousands more in front of a class teaching, she knows why an exercise will work and how to make it and you work better, smarter, or harder. She has written six training manuals for the Fuse Method, with additional books in the works.

Her own training includes comprehensive Pilates certification through Body Arts and Sciences, International (BASI), where she apprenticed with master instructor Karla Adams. As part of this training, she completed a detailed research project on Pilates for multiple sclerosis patients, the launching point for this training.

Mariska also has mat certification through Power Pilates, additional apparatus, mat, and anatomy training through Balanced Body Pilates, Peak Pilates, and iM=X Pilates. She was one of DC’s first barre instructors, trained by Lotte Berk disciple and PureBarre founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr. Mariska is also Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist, certified through the Pink Ribbon Program. Additionally, she has advanced certificate training in Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies and specialized training in Pilates for athletes and for men. She is a certified Pre and Postnatal Pilates Specialist, trained by the Center for Women’s Fitness founder Carolyne Anthony, who encouraged her to develop the Pilates for MS training to include in the Center’s program offerings.

Today, Mariska is continuing her training in an intensive one-on-one mentorship with renowned Pilates Master Julian Littleford, founding member of the Physical Mind Institute and one of the world’s most innovative and creative Pilates instructors. She also studies with 2nd Generation Master Instructor, Jennifer Kries.

Beyond fitness, Mariska received a 2006 holistic health coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (part of Columbia University’s continuing education curriculum) where she studied with Drs. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Barry Sears, and dozens of other leaders in the alternative health field.

Mariska’s professional background includes over a decade of experience as a Writer and Creative Director in video, multimedia, and live event projects. Her work often focused in the health, sports, and wellness fields. Creative projects were developed for: The National Race for the Cure® for the Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope®/Lance Armstrong; the Samsung exhibit at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the YMCA; and countless others.

Mariska puts her writing skills to good use as a frequent guest writer for fitness and lifestyle blogs. Her writing has appeared in Pilates Anytime, The Pilates Biz, Elephant Journal, DC Fit Week, The Plunge Project, and more.

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