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Cathy Redifer

I'm Cathy, the owner of Align Pilates. I began my own Pilates journey as a student in 2013. After having my first child, my back felt HORRIBLE. A co-worker suggested I try Pilates with her, and I've never turned back. Within days, I felt better.  I quickly became obsessed and knew Pilates needed to be part of my life. I got my certification from Balanced Body in January of 2016, and have been a student and a teacher ever since.  

Align Pilates was born during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people needed to move to stay sane, thus, I began doing virtual and in-person private sessions.  As the pandemic slowed down, the tiny business moved into a space that was formerly my family's brewery.  Equipment was purchased, then clientele grew, and then the team grew.  

The team that started as just me has grown to an incredible TEN member team. The coaches at Align fell into my life and into the business at exactly the right moments. I could not be more blessed with these people, and feel the same about our clients.  Align is a special place because of the people and the positive attitudes of the people there.  The coaches and clients constantly build each other up, both physically and mentally.   

Pilates is great, but bodies need more. Our hearts need cardiovascular exercise. Our joints and bones need strength and resistance training. That's why Align is built the way it is. It's the perfect place to receive a well-rounded workout.

I hired people for the strength and cardio.  Pilates is MY wheelhouse. So, in my opinion, there is never too much knowledge to be had.  Networking with other instructors, picking their brains, taking workshops, and asking questions is what makes the Pilates community so special. 

I have my comprehensive certification, which means I can teach on multiple Pilates Apparatus'.  That's why we offer Mat, Tower, Reformer, and MOTR. 

My passion and belief in the Pilates method is huge.  I truly believe that Pilates is for EVERYbody.  Come take a class.  You won't regret it. 

IG: alignpilates_cathy

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Kat Whisler

People often ask how I got into fitness, but it's a longer story than you'd expect...

When I was 7 years old, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. But it was my family's cheesy motto of "I have CAN-cer, not DONT-cer" that brought me right into fitness as soon as I was cured.

From volleyball to swim, track and dance, I was so excited to have my health back and I wanted to do it all!  

in 2007, after running my first marathon, I decided to get certified in my favorite kickboxing class to change up my cardio routine. Teaching group fitness led me to personal training and the rest is history!

I completed both the ISSA & NASM Personal Trainer certification in 2008, plus specializations in Women's Health, Nutrition, and Youth Fitness, as well as countless other group fitness courses as well as the Club Pilates certification.

I competed in NPC Bikini for 5 years and loved sharing my "Cancer survivor to competitor" story with others in hopes that it helped them feel empowered to take charge of their own health and fitness goals.  

Now, as a mom, I'm just trying to balance my fitness while still enjoying life.  

I LOVE helping people feel confident in their own bodies and believe fitness goals are more than just a scale number.  

I believe you can reach your goals, and I'm excited to help you do it!

IG: @keepfitwithkat

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Francisco Cardenas

In 2011, I stepped foot into a gym for the first time and started exploring what fitness was. The first couple years I followed a bodybuilding approach and later dove into CrossFit, as the variety and functional approach hooked me. After a few years, I discovered a more functional approach to bodybuilding and conditioning that focused on consistency, mechanics, and longevity and I have not looked back since. 

I was born and raised in Yakima, Graduated from CWU, and currently work with Q Home Loans helping people with their home lending needs.

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Clover Newman

Clover is a biological mom of 2, and a mom in love to 3 more for a total of 5 incredible young adults

She began developing a passion for personal fitness in her early 20's (yup, just the other day!), and started by independently lifting weights and running. She continued running pretty much exclusively after her kids were born by strapping them in the stroller, putting on some music, and loved the movement and mental break from the day.

Clover then fell in love with group fitness classes.  The idea that you show up and do hard things together, push through, encourage each other, and show up for each other was awesome. She obtained her group fitness certification and and has taught various group fitness classes and yoga for over 10 years. 

She loves to balance cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility into a functional training plan that can be challenging and FUN for wherever any individual is on any given day.

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Meghan Braun

I am lucky to help Align in the back office with administration and scheduling. I graduated from CWU in 2013 with my degree in Public Relations and love to help people! Besides administrator duties at Align, I also work for a fund investment group, I own my own event planning company (Twenty-One Event Company) and I am a full-time momma to a spunky 4-year-old. I was convinced to do a class at Align and instantly fell in love with the instructors, fellow classmates and the feeling of community.

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I was born in Hawaii and lived all over the world before coming to Yakima, I graduated from Eisenhower High School. I love traveling and see the world. Training has always been a part of my life from sports to work. I became a CPFT in 2021 to pursue a passion I've always had. I am certified through IFBB for Personal Training and Basic Nutrition. I am currently attending J3 University and Lane Norton's Advanced Nutrition Program to provide even better services to my clients. I love seeing the joy on people's faces when they reach fitness goals they never thought possible for themselves.

Mike Nielson

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I have been active all my life through sports and dance. In 2015 I began weightlifting and fell in love with it. I have been working on and off since then but in 2020, I found myself in the toughest season of my life with my mental health at the lowest point it's been. I went back to the gym to help deal with the anxiety and depression I was living in and I haven't left since. My love for weightlifting slowly progressed from just working out to help cope to learning all things health and wellness and being as strong as possible. I'm passionate about helping people find their best self, mentally, physically, emotionally and to love the body they live in.

Annalee Lund

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Hi! My name is Katie!

I am a returning resident go the Yakima Valley! Like many, I took off (to Seattle, Australia and Kansas City) and had some adventures. Two decades later, I'm back, this time with a husband and two babies.

In my previous life I underwrote reverse mortgages held all over Australia. And in the most recent chapter, I fed my obsession and became a certified Classical Pilates Instructor with Pilates of Kansas City.

Pilates is transformative in so many ways, and I am excited to teach and learn along side the best in Yakima.

Katie Rocha

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Jujitsu & Boxing Instructor.

Alex Haywood

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Heather Lilies

Hi, I'm Heather, a local born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  I have a handsome son and a passion for helping people heal. For the last 16 years I have been physical therapist assistant starting my career out in skilled nursing/rehab and then switching to Home Health and spending the last 8 months at a local outpatient clinic. I have been practicing Pilates on and off since 2014 with Cathy and have loved every minute of it. I'm excited to share my knowledge of the body and Pilates with others.

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Amy Myers

I'm Amy! I love all things fitness related and have fallen in love with Pilates and Hilo it makes my body feel and move better! Movement has been both therapeutic and healing for me and I hope to share my love for movement with others. After taking Pilates for two years regularly, I'm so excited to join the Align team as an instructor and be part of the of an incredibly supportive and encouraging group of dedicated teachers!

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Jasmine Bement

My name is Jasmine! I'm not to teaching, but not new to Pilates. I started Pilates with Cathy just before I became pregnant with my third child, and I've never looked back. Pilates has helped me gently recover from pregnancies and build strength for the adventures to follow. I am a Registered Nurse by day and see the first had benefit of intentional and considerate movement, but just to look great, but to keep me doing the things I love like rock climbing! I look forward to working hard tighter, styling fun and energetic classes, and maybe get a few laughs along the way.

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