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Welcome to Art of Pilates Long Island

Art of Pilates Long Island is a studio where you can achieve and discover the perfect balance of mind & body as one. We host our classes in a small intimate group setting which ensures a personalized workout with highly effective results.

Pilates is a safe and effective whole body workout for all ages and levels of fitness. The source of all movement in pilates flows from the center of the body creating strength and a sense of calm and well being. The Pilates Reformer is an exercise machine used to incorporate the Pilates exercise technique for a challenging and intense workout. Springs, leverage, and body weight is used as a resistance while performing movements targeting specific muscle groups. Workouts consist of controlled, flowing movements working your muscles through a full range of motion. The reformer adds increased resistance to the movement. By working to overcome this resistance, training results in increased fitness levels.

  • Corrects posture and alignment.
  • Assists in the prevention of osteoporosis and injury through resistance training.
  • Strengthens, tones and elongates all muscles in the body.
  • Increases range of motion and flexibility.
  • Achieves greater results than yoga or weight training alone.
  • Builds a stronger, leaner, and healthier body.
  • Develops core strength without adding bulk.
  • Improves posture and balance
  • Injury rehabilitation and prevention.
  • Pre and post-pregnancy abdominal strengthening.
  • Reduces stress.


MaryJo Ruckel

Maryjo Ruckelhas been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Her Pilates education is through STOTT® Pilates, trained through Advanced Mat, Advanced Reformer and Stability Chair and has her Barre certification through V-Barre. She is also a Spinning® Master Instructor with Mad Dogg Athletics. Maryjo teaches most formats of group exercise classes, as well as being a personal trainer. She is AFAA and ACE certified. Maryjo states: “My goal is to deliver the best possible experience to my clients and class participants. As a fitness professional, my passion is to give those I train the ability to become stronger, both mentally and physically. Everyone has the ability to change. My hope is that I am the catalyst to ignite that change.”

Lorna Sophocleous

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Tara Kavanagh

Tara received her training at the Pilates Academy International in NYC. She first discovered Pilates while dancing and pursuing a career in performance. She began movement classes at an early age, continuing to Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap, and continuing to branch out to lesser known practices including: Mitzvah Technique, Feldenkrais, Danskinetics, Alexander Technique, and Delcrose Eurythmics.

Although Tara maintained an active lifestyle, she was obese. Determined to change, she lost 100lbs and continues to seek the best health options for her body, mind and spirit. It is her joy to help others discover their road to recovery. She is a natural born encourager and has a passion for helping people. Her life experiences inform her teaching style, which she desires to improve constantly.

Tara Lester

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Gail Dipalma

Aside from being a Horse Trainer & former VP in Office Furniture, Gail has several Fitness & Pilates & Certifications, was certified through Polestar &has Physical Therapy experience. She has developed &/or managed programs for companies: Equinox, Excel, JCC,  Sportime, Synergy, ECAC, &Prohealth to name a few.

Amy Aranoff

Amy Aranoff has been in the fitness field for decades! With a background in Physiology and Education, Amy enjoys not only teaching Pilates but, continuing her education by taking classes and attending workshops and seminars to further hone her skills. Along with teaching Pilates, Amy also taught Spin classes for many years and enjoys being active outdoors whether it be hiking, biking or kayaking, she’ll be out there trekking up a mountain for many years thanks to the Pilates practice.

Meg DeLaura
Studio Reception/Marketing

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Kathy Affrunti

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