To provide a welcoming neighborhood space that offers high quality movement to every client using contemporary Pilates repertoire. We want quality to have no limit and for it to be accessible to all. We are passionate about giving back what we can so we will be holding monthly “pay what you can” classes that will donate 100% of its proceeds to chosen organizations of that month.

At The Pilates Nook we customize sessions that are deeply rooted in human anatomy and biomechanics. You leave standing taller, feeling stronger, and moving with ease. Focusing on privates and small group classes, The Pilates Nook brings an individualized approach by customizing the session to your body. We think you should move, and move well!


Studio Owner

Rowena Villanueva, a California native, is a lover of all things movement related and a believer that Pilates and movement benefit people from all walks of life and that strengthening one’s mind-body connection is not only effective, but truly life changing.

She has worked with a range of clients addressing muscular imbalances, back pain, disc herniation, spondylosis, injury prevention and management, scoliosis, osteoporosis, fitness and health maintenance. Her teaching approach is therapeutic, engaging, technical, and fun!

Prior moving to New York, Rowena studied dance at California State University, Long Beach, where she discovered her love of Pilates and anatomy. She completed her Pilates certification with a dance specialization through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) under the direction of the world-renowned Karen Clippinger.

Since making the move to New York, Rowena has deepened her knowledge of Pilates and movement studies. At Erika Bloom Pilates Plus, she studied scoliosis protocols, gait analysis, osteoporosis management, pre- & post-natal, and manual release. She later worked in the educational department of Erika Bloom Pilates Plus as a teacher-trainer from 2016-2018. She also attended the Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries (FAMI) workshop held at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and completed the Anatomy Trains Structure and Function course taught by Meredith Stephens. Perpetually curious and passionate about movement, Rowena continues to broaden and deepen her repertoire through continued education and engagement with the cutting-edge Pilates community.

When Rowena is not teaching her clients or learning more about movement, you can find her and her husband bouncing around the East Village and enjoying the outdoors with their dog Walter!