"One of A•line's proudest achievements has been going beyond Pilates through A•line's Parlor Series, which is a carefully curated series of wellness experiences for our clients ..."
Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of A•line Pilates! What inspired its creation? Carey Macaleer: Having taught Pilates for over 15 years, first in New York City and then in Hong Kong and London while living abroad as an expat, returning to my home in Brooklyn provided me with the perfect opportunity to open a boutique space to share my perspective on Pilates with others, fulfilling a life long dream of mine: a bright, warm and welcoming refuge from daily stresses, absent of mobile phones and mirrors, with endless oils and eucalyptus towels and a chance to have fun! It’s Pilates after all. The parlor floor in the brownstone across from the tree-filled Carroll Gardens Park, illuminated by its floor-to-ceiling windows, captures the feeling that I was looking for in creating my studio. With towers, reformers, chairs and an ever growing number of props, we aim to give a classical, tailored and splendid experience to each client. A•line has an inspiring group of classically trained creative teachers who work together as a team to help each client meet their individual goals. The classes are small, never more than 6 in a tower class and 3 in a reformer class. We encourage private sessions and offer an affordable private intro-pack so clients can get a start on their wellness program and learn the equipment, while giving A•line the opportunity to learn their bodies. One of my favorite details of the studio are the 3 silver clocks on the wall as they resemble my time in Hong Kong, New York and London and provide a reminder of all the amazing people I have worked with who inspired me to open a space in Brooklyn.
Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in Brooklyn, what are some of your proudest moments? Carey Macaleer: One busy Saturday in early Fall, soon after we had opened, I was so proud to look around the studio and see how many different types of people with very different goals were in the studio benefiting from Pilates. On many Saturdays we can have 6 glowing women in a pre- and post-natal mat class next to an open tower class with men and women, ranging in age from 20 to 70. Some are training for marathons, cycling, dance or squash; some are living with Parkinson’s and MS. Others are taking Pilates for overall wellbeing. Another hugely rewarding experience has been working with pre- and postnatal women who have diastasis to help them regain core strength and relieve back pain. One of A•line's proudest achievements has been going beyond Pilates through A•line's Parlor Series, which is a carefully curated series of wellness experiences for our clients. The Parlor Series has included workshops on The Melt Method, acupuncture, meditation, and wellness, with a focus on women entrepreneurs. This past Spring we hosted an acclaimed podcaster, Manoush Zomorodi, who gave a talk on staying balanced and sane in “the digital life.” Proceeds from the event were donated to an important not-for-profit, “Women for Afghan Women.” Prioritizing wellness and supporting women entrepreneurs is important to Aline.
Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Carey Macaleer: We love to keep Pilates fun and exciting at A•line while staying in the classical system. We recently introduced a circuit class called Around the World, a cardio workout using all of the machines in the studio, which has become popular with clients. We will also be offering mediation / essential oil open houses in September based on client demand. A•line also looks forward to launching weekend retreats (locations soon to be revealed) combining Pilates with the best of A•line's signature wellness sessions with Kristin McGee (celebrity yogi) and Marisa Merliss (Melt Method teacher extraordinaire) for a well rounded wellness experience. All very delicious. [ learn more ]