Sarah Laks

Pilates Instructor


Sarah Laks first became certified in the Pilates method in 2000 from the Ellie Herman Studio in San Francisco. Her background in modern dance, her love and belief in the importance of movement for a healthy life, and the influence and encouragement of her mother, a physical therapist, led her to pursue a career in teaching movement.

Sarah took her skills north to Portland, and for five years, she taught Pilates and became certified in the GYROTONIC ®EXPANSION SYSTEM before heading back down the coast to Los Angeles. There she lived and taught for 9 years, with the majority of it as manager of the Pilates department of Equinox Beverly Hills. While in LA, she also became certified in the Gyrotoner and got a second comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body.

Just as the linear nature of Pilates and the circular qualities of GYROTONIC ® complement each other and create a balanced body, Sarah’s experience teaching in boutique studios and in corporate fitness clubs, have helped make her a well-rounded teacher. She loves the challenge of working with people with physical limitations as well as those that are highly conditioned, and everyone in between. Sarah is very happy to be back in Portland teaching again!