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Our instructors are all rigorously trained and certified by Romana’s Pilates International. In addition to their certification, they all regularly attend continuing education seminars and workshops in order to maintain the highest level of education possible in order to provide you with a safe and individualized workout.

Karen Alanis, Studio Owner

Senior Certified Instructor


Karen Alanis was trained in Chicago by Juanita Lopez and in 2002 granted certification by Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo. In 2016 she and her family moved to San Antonio and in 2022 she decided to open Pilates Studio 210. She is proud to bring over 20 years of experience and knowledge of the original Pilates method of body conditioning to south Texas, and strives to teach with the same integrity and attention as she was taught. In addition to her extensive training, she continues to learn from some of the most sought out instructors within the Romana’s Pilates International organization. Prior to teaching Pilates, Karen attended Arizona State University for three years as a dance major then moved to Chicago to complete a BA in Dance Performance at Columbia College Chicago.

Kristen Avila

Certified Instructor


Originally from South Florida, Kristen moved to Texas in 2016. She found Pilates in 2021 and was amazed at the changes she felt and saw in her body. She decided to start the Romana’s Pilates International Teacher Training Program in 2022 and completed certification under the guidance of Katie Puder and Amanda Owens in Dallas, TX. Kristen enjoys traveling to learn from senior and master instructors within the organization to continuously further her education and training. Prior to teaching Pilates, Kristen was a high school math teacher and cheerleading coach. She incorporates her hands on learning approach from the classroom, as well as her knowledge of movement from her coaching experience, into her Pilates practice.