Personal Best Pilates Studio

Lauren Thompson, RYT-200

Lauren ThompsonLauren started teaching Pilates in 2007. She obtained both her Pilates mat and equipment certification through Team Pilates and is a Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT) through the Pilates Method Alliance. Lauren also started teaching yoga in 2007 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance. Lauren specifically chose to receive her yoga training through The Yoga School of Therapeutics due to their focus on total well-being and use of yoga as a therapeutic tool. Lauren’s training provided her with the information to move beyond just the core Pilates exercises to tailor each session to the individual and to help clients with a wide range of needs and goals.  Lauren holds a BFA in dance and a BA in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Lauren is active in the Kansas City arts community and continues to perform around the Kansas City community, primarily with the modern dance company Kacico. She is also a member of the Young Friends of Art steering committee for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Lauren completed her MA in Counseling and Guidance at UMKC and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the state of Kansas. Lauren incorporates the knowledge she has gained from her counseling career into her fitness training to help her clients stay motivated and achieve their fitness goals. Her work with a wide range of mental health issues, such as eating disorders and substance abuse, has allowed her to bring mindfulness practices and exercises to clients with a variety of needs. Lauren’s diverse experience with physical and mental health provides her with a unique perspective of developing a total sense of health. Lauren enjoys working with clients of all different levels and abilities to assist them in accomplishing their health goals. 

Why she loves her job (in her own words)

As a dancer, Pilates helped me tremendously to improve my technique and athleticism. Pilates has provided me with a better understanding of how my body works and has become a staple in my fitness routine. Considering how important Pilates has been in my life, I place great value on being in a position to help others learn new information about their bodies. It is very rewarding to watch clients utilize this awareness to improve their wellbeing.



Personal Best Pilates Studio is the ONLY Pilates Studio in the Kansas City area that requires PMA Certification for all our Pilates Teachers.
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