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Cari Riis Stemmler

Edina, MN 55436

While dancing professionally in Los Angeles, Cari started teaching Pilates in 1997. She has been a practitioner of Ashtanga, Hatha and Anusara yoga since 1996, and became a Certified Fitness Trainer (NASM) in 2002.

She now brings together the disciplines of dance, Pilates, yoga, and functional training to cultivate a well-rounded approach to fitness and wellness. A PMA Gold certified instructor, Cari currently teaches comprehensive Pilates courses & continuing education throughout the country as a faculty member for BB (Balanced Body Education) under the tutelage of Nora St. John. As well, she teaches continuing education courses on integrating Pilates with Physical Therapy and special conditions. She has added the Bodhi Suspension System to her repertoire and educates new teachers in this system as well.

Cari presents at national Pilates conferences including Pilates on Tour and Pilates Meathod Alliance and you can see her in the latest round of Balanced Body video podcasts for Athletes – to view click here. In 2004, she trained in Dance Medicine with the prestigious Harkness Center for Dance (NYC), and has lectured at National Dance Summits at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She is also a member of Minnesota Dance Medicine. Cari has performed as a dancer in many venues doing both commercial and company work. After living and teaching in Los Angeles for 12 years she has recently returned to her home state, and opened Paragon with Rhondi. She also holds a B.A. degree in Cross-cultural Communication from the U of MN.

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ACE - Group Fitness Instructor
PMA - PMA Certified Pilates Teacher

CPR Certified

American Heart Association

AED Certified

American Heart Association

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Cari's Locations

Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy

5101 Vernon Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55436

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