Jan Tirony

Jan Tirony

Founder and Owner

Certified 3rd generation Pilates Instructor, Jan Tirony established Pilates Midwest in 2003. With over 16 years of experience teaching hundreds of students, Jan sees daily how the safe, precise practice of classical Pilates changes lives.

Jan conducts workshops and hosts Pilates training attended by students from all over the world. She is passionate about continuing education.

Jan traveled to Real Pilates in NYC to work with Alycea Ungaro and become licensed to teach SpringTone®!  SpringTone®, developed by Alycea, is a classical Pilates and cardio combination utilizing springs and wall tower units.  This fun and challenging program is designed to elevate the heart rate and keep it elevated for the duration of this 45 minute class.

With a bachelor’s degree in management, Jan enjoys the creative outlet Pilates and SpringTone® provides.


Ashley Louisignau

Ashley Louisignau

Instructor, Pilates & Yoga

Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor, Ashley Louisignau was born and raised in Cheboygan, Michigan.   She has achieved her Pilates teaching certification since joining the Pilates Midwest studio in 2006. She regularly attends workshops and continuing education training and is currently bridging her certification to second generation teacher Dana Santi at The Pilates Core in the Chicago area.

Ashley has pursued her passion for yoga by completing a 28 day, 200 hour Classic Yoga Teacher certification through UNION/YOGA in the fall of 2012. UNION/YOGA Teacher Certification is approved by Yoga Alliance, and licensed by the State of Michigan. Yoga Alliance is the governing board that sets the standards of professionalism required for North American Yoga Teacher Certification.


Christina Lynne Johnson

Christina Lynne Johnson

Instructor in Training

Christina Lynne Johnson was born and raised in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Advertising & Marketing, and a Psychology minor.

Christina is completing Pilates teacher training with second generation teacher Dana Santi, owner of The Pilates Core in the Chicago area.

“I am so very blessed to be able to fulfill my dream of helping others to be healthy inside and out. Pilates is an incredible exercise regime, one that many have not yet found. It builds strength both physically and mentally. I cannot wait to finish my apprenticeship and share with others what I have learned” ~ Christina Lynne Johnson.


Amy Vipond

Amy Vipond

Foundation Training

Amy became a Certified Foundation Training Instructor in early 2015, after attending an intensive workshop in Santa Barbara, California. Amy brings a knowledge of anatomy and movement, with 20 years of experience as a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and as a Certified Yoga Instructor since 2013.

Amy’s passion for getting every body moving in the right direction from simple everyday activities to enhancing the performance of athletes of all levels led her to found Blue Wave Mindful Body.


Lauren Brinkel

Lauren Brinkel

Yoga Instructor

Lauren’s yoga journey began in 2012. The experience she felt at that first beginner class is what kept her coming back for more! As she continued to practice, she felt strength building in the body and the mind. And the developing of self love, acceptance, living in the present moment and much more began to grow.

In 2015, Lauren graduated from RYS ‘Be the Love’ with Tiffany Lenau at Yoga Roots in Petoskey MI. During her training to become a certified yoga instructor, she also obtained Level 1 Reiki Certification. Lauren’s kind and gentle manner is well suited to leading students of all levels. Her classes tend to be Vinyasa based (linking breath to movement) with emphasis on proper alignment.

Students can expect to explore and develop their strength and balance. Lauren guides students in a way that helps them find what works for their own unique, individual needs.