About Sarah Mendelin and Vital Pilates

From pharmacist to Pilates instructor, Sarah Mendelin’s professional life has been focused on helping others improve their overall health

Sarah’s career in wellness began with her receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 2001. She practiced as a pharmacist for more than 10 years before starting her Pilates journey in 2015. Sarah has continued to expand on her Pilates education and most recently completed a Masters in Pilates Teaching from Discover-Move-Inspire in 2021.

Pilates requires patience, concentration and effort — but never judgement. All are welcome at the Vital Pilates studio, and Sarah’s inclusive teaching style is a cornerstone of the client experience.

A Brief History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates, founder of the Pilates Method, was born in Germany in 1883. As a child, he suffered from asthma and several other physical ailments. This prompted him to use exercise and athletics as rehabilitation.

A prisoner of war on the Isle of Man during World War I, Pilates developed a series of body weight exercises. He continued to develop this method, which he called Contrology, after the war.

In 1926, Pilates moved to New York City where he coincidentally located his studio near the New York City Ballet. A man known for training boxers and policemen soon earned the reputation for being able to rehabilitate injured dancers.

A few of these dancers were so inspired by the method that they became the next generation of teachers, each lending their own style and personality to the work.

The Pilates Method

The Pilates Method is made up of more than 500 exercises. A traditional Pilates workout includes time spent on both “the mat” as well as “the springs.”

Mat exercises rely on body weight and gravity to increase core strength as well as improve flexibility, muscle tone, body balance, spinal support and mind-body connection.

In addition to mat exercises, Pilates involves a variety of spring-loaded apparatuses to challenge and support the body. The ability to control and resist the springs results in dynamic strength and stability. It also helps to increase range of motion and flexibility.

Professional Certifications

  • 2001, Pharm.D, University of Michigan
  • 2017, Peak Pilates Comprehensive Certification
  • 2021, Discover-Move-Inspire Masters in Pilates Teaching

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Joseph Pilates