Jan Tirony

Jan Tirony

Founder and Owner

Certified 3rd generation Pilates Instructor, Jan Tirony took her first Pilates class in 1995, beginning a journey that led her to become certified in classical Pilates and establish 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 also has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education.

A few years ago, 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 Instructor and Certified Yoga Instructor Ashley Louisignau was born and raised in Cheboygan, Michigan. Always athletic and active, Ashley became passionate about Pilates and Yoga several years ago. 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. Ashley is now sharing her passion by teaching yoga at Pilates Midwest, Inc. See the class schedule to see days and times!


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. She has always been athletic and an outdoors enthusiast. Her passion for Pilates began to grow at age 9, when her mother Jan Tirony began her career in this field.

Now, at age 24, Christina is going through Pilates teacher training with second generation teacher Dana Santi, owner of The Pilates Core in the Chicago area. Christina is apprenticing as well as applying her marketing and advertising skills here at Pilates Midwest, Inc.

“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.