My Bio


My name is Lena Gelland. I am a certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor. I am also a parent of three wonderful boys. I learned about Pilates in 1999. I had chronic back pain after the birth of my second child, and Pilates magically cured me after other treatments failed.  I practiced Pilates religiously for more than 15 years before deciding to become an instructor.  I received my formal training through STOTT PILATES and got certifications in mat work, equipment, and post-rehab/special needs populations. All of that learning made me more curious about the history of Pilates. In March of 2017 I joined a group of international teachers in Rome to study classical Pilates and learn the fundamentals of the original method as it was taught by Joseph Pilates and his disciples. 

I have been a resident of Carmel Valley since 2003, and all my kids have attended local public schools. I taught group classes at Pilates Fusion and Yoga Del Mar.  Currently, I work with private clients at my fully equipped home studio.  I love working with people of all ages and seeing them progressing through stages as they become stronger and more confident with their bodies.


 Clients Comments

I have been a student of Lena for 1.5 years. She has an incredible knowledge of the body, its structure and how it moves.  She instructs, she aligns, and she challenges my body and my mind. My body has grown stronger and my movements smoother. If you want to learn Pilates the way it was meant to be studied, I highly recommend Lena; she has made a positive difference in my life."                                                                                                                                              - Hanah                                  

Lena is the real deal!  Her knowledge of the body and how to heal and strengthen any issue is vast. As an active older adult, I am often dealing with one pulled muscle or another. Lena knows how to work around my issues to give me a good workout. I love being able to work my body hard without injuring myself.  I cant't recommend her enough!"

                                                                                                         ~ Penelope

"I have a new appreciation and love for Pilates now that I am working with Lena.  She designs my sessions to correct my posture and misalignment issues from tennis. I feel stronger and see progress. Each session requires focus; I feel as I do after meditation - relaxed and energized.  Lena has a gift.

                                                                                                           ~ Lynn H.

"After continuous practice of Pilates I notice an improvement in my mood and wellness. I gained much needed flexibility and balance for daily activities and sports. I saved myself from a lot of falls in rock climbing because of Pilates training."

                                                                                                               - Alex




Contact to schedule an introductory session:
Studio 56 

Located in Ashley Falls neighborhood of Carmel Valley. Easily accessible from Highway 56 or via Del Mar Heights Rd from I-5.


partnerspilates@gmail.com  858-205-5362