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Mariska Breland

Mariska Breland

Mariska Breland is a teacher of "Pilates-ish" Movement, an inventor, award-winning creative director and writer, and a student of medical neuroscience.
Read More Mariska has been teaching Pilates since 2003 and developed her signature style, Fuse Pilates®, as a Mat class at a yoga studio in 2005. Over the years, the Fuse Pilates® method has evolved to offer unique hybrid Mat, Tower, Reformer, and Chair classes, as well as private instruction. Her classes are heavily influenced by her background in Pilates, yoga, and barre, along with her three-year mentorship with Julian Littleford. In 2020, she sold her studios and moved to an online platform and a much smaller (and more conveniently located downstairs) home studio.

In 2016, Mariska developed a patented apparatus called the Fuse Ladder® to incorporate more Pilates-inspired standing, hanging, and balance exercises into her own workouts and studio offerings. Today, the Fuse Ladder® is sold in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Mariska leads its repertoire development, teacher training, and marketing.

In addition to creating fun and effective workouts for her group classes, Mariska is passionate about educating teachers and patients about exercise for neurological conditions. Her Pilates for Neurological Conditions workshops incorporate the latest research in neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation into a Pilates-based program designed for multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, and other neurological conditions. In 2018, Mariska expanded her workshops to an online community called The Neuro Studio, offering online workshops for teachers and workouts for persons with neurological diseases.

Mariska completed her comprehensive teacher training through BASI Pilates. She has additional training through Power Pilates, Peak Pilates, Balanced Body, Pure Barre, and several specialty certifications.

Mariska continues to teach workshops virtually and in-person around the world. Outside of Pilates, she enjoys spending time reading, letting her husband cook for her, and playing with her dog children, an Alaskan Klee Kai named Remy, who is perfect, and his rescue sister Sophie, who is, like Mariska, trying her best.
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