Kara began teaching Pilates in 1993 and opened Kara Wily Pilates in January 2008.
Most recently, Kara was a featured Pilates trainer in Element’s Slim and Tone Pilates, distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment in October of 2009. She was also the featured trainer in the New York TimesGear Test with Kara Wily, and an article in the Larchmont Chronicle (Kara Wily opens a Pilates Studio, July 2008).
At Southern Methodist University she was introduced to the Martha Graham Technique, a dance technique heavily influenced by Joseph Pilates. After a ski accident that resulted in reconstruction of her anterior cruciate ligament, Kara began training in the Pilates technique. Although her classical dance training prepared her in some ways for Pilates, she gained a whole new understanding of control and centering that she had missed by starting dance training late in life. During her time in New York, Kara was on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, performed at City Center during the Alvin Ailey Company’s winter season, and attended Columbia University for Post Baccalaureate Studies. Prior to her experience in New York City, Kara was the director of the Pilates Program at Performing Arts School Vienna in Austria where she taught Pilates lessons to performing arts students and also gave classes in anatomy, and she helped Colleen Glenn open Glenn Studio in Dallas, Texas.
While teaching in New York, Kara taught under two of the most notable names in the Pilates community: Brooke Siler, author of The Pilates Body and Owner of re:AB and Alycea Baylis Ungaro a physical therapist and owner of Tribeca Bodyworks. Ms. Siler has praised Kara for being “one of the best in the business.” Muscles and Mechanics was published in the Pilates, Inc. 1998 Spring Newsletter. The Chapters, “Exercise and the Pilates Method” and “Pregnancy and the Pilates Method” published in the book The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, made Kara a co-author with her teacher, Romana Kryzanowska, the person to which Joseph Pilates entrusted his archives. In conjunction with her university studies, dance and Pilates background, Kara sees her Pilates studio branching out to become a center for movement study. Kara’s natural appreciation for beautiful lines, a meticulous work ethic, and her own love of movement make her a strong teacher and an inspiration to those with whom she works.