About Jennifer Kries

Integrated wellness, fitness and lifestyle expert Jennifer Kries is an internationally renowned mind-body-spirit innovator, credited with being the first to bring Pilates, and The Method, the groundbreaking synthesis of Pilates, Yoga and Dance to a mass audience. Her award-winning videos, The Method Series, Jennifer Kries DVDs, and Fit TV’s The Method Show, revolutionized the fitness community and started the explosive wave of enthusiasm for Pilates and mind/body exercise.

Jennifer discovered Pilates’ timeless principles at age 13 in a mat class at New York’s School of American Ballet given by Pilates disciple, Eve Gentry. She went on to study with two more of Pilates’ original disciples, Romana Kryzanowska and Ron Fletcher. She holds a certification through the original Pilates Studio under Romana Kryzanowska and is one of the country’s privileged few 2nd generation Classically trained Pilates Master Teachers. As a professional dancer and yoga devotee, she brings a dynamic and progressive perspective to her Pilates teaching. She passes the torch with her revolutionary work that inspires people in the passionate spirit that led Joseph Pilates to create his system.
She has studied with an eclectic array of yoga luminaries such as Lindsey Clenell at the Iyengar Institute in New York City, Alan Finger, Founder of the ISHTA System and BeYoga Studios, NYC, Kofi Busia, one of B.K.S. Iyengar’s renowned Senior teachers, Sarah Powers, doyenne of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness practices and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, one of the world’s premier Kundalini teachers. Jennifer’s signature style, a dynamic, core-strengthening Hatha Vinyasa, combing Kundalini and Yin, takes the practitioner on a lush, visceral journey that harmonizes, empowers and transforms. The synergy of her Pilates and Yoga background, her intensive study of anatomy, coupled with her own study of eastern philosophies, such as Qigong with Masters Mantak Chia and Roger Jahnke led Jennifer to develop her latest DVD series, Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power System.

Ms Kries is a fantastically knowledgeable, as well as a gifted and inspiring teacher. Not only is she a natural born instructor, but for everyone who has the privilege of coming in contact with her, a life-changing catalyst! 

~Gabriel Byrne

Jennifer is an acclaimed guest lecturer and instructor at renowned educational health institutions and spa facilities worldwide such as Kriplau, The Omega Institute, Canyon Ranch, Cal-a-Vie, and Rancho La Puerta among others. One of the world’s preeminent mind-body master teachers, she is responsible for launching many of today’s most respected professionals who teach either traditional Pilates or The Method, her trademark mind-body synthesis: Pilates, yoga, and dance. She is the creator and producer of several other original DVD series, and modalities, including her  all-new Waking Energy: Ancient rejuvenating practices, Hot Body Cool Mind Series: The Life Force Power Workout, The Pilates Method Master Trainer Series; the definitive resource for Pilates professionals, teachers-in-training or Pilates devotees, Yin Yoga, Hot Body Dance; New Body! Pilates, Energy Flow Vinyasa; and author of The Pilates Mat Book and Pilates Plus Method.
As much a star of dance as a fitness expert, she has trained, performed with and choreographed for dance companies worldwide including New York City Ballet, Hubbard Street Chicago, Opus I Contemporary, Balletto di Toscana, the Bat Sheva Dance Company, Philadanco, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Lar Lubovitch. She founded her own company, Contemporary Dance Theatre New York in 1997 and has choreographed several seasons of work in New York City, performing at Lincoln Center and other renowned venues to sold out houses and rave reviews.  During her time in New York, Jennifer also worked with many celebrities including Gabriel Byrne, Rachel Weiss, and Jean Triplehorn.

Her approach to fitness and wellness is unsurpassed. Jennifer brings unmatched clarity and an extraordinary perspective to her teaching. Jennifer has inspired countless readers, practitioners, graduates of her programs, and viewers alike to embrace her all-encompassing philosophy of movement, art, health, life and energy. Through her inspiring work, she leads people to experience a joyful connection to themselves and to their essential aliveness. Students tap into a reserve of power, clarity and freedom like never before. Her attention to detail, superb teaching style, artistry, and knowledge of Eastern healing techniques makes her one of the most highly sought-after mind-body teachers today.

“Jennifer’s guidance has proved to be a truly significant, transformational force in my life. Along with the physical benefit, I have also reaped many spiritual rewards from his work. I have accessed a repository of power that has changed my life. To be guided into fully inhabiting my body has required the expertise, strength and insight that Jennifer so masterfully and sensitively offers.”
– Jeanne Tripplehorn