“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

-Joseph Pilates

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Who Are We?

MVP is your urban Pilates retreat!

We are an intimate Pilates studio located in the heart of the Montclair Village in
Oakland, CA. 
We are a unique Pilates studio: a warm, welcoming place for movement, featuring teachers from many diverse Pilates lineages and backgrounds.


Our Mission is to be a positive force in our community, by sharing the Pilates Method–a smart, safe, healthy movement system that we can all use to take ownership of our own health.


We believe…

…Pilates truly helps improve the quality of people’s lives. You only get one body–you get to live inside it all of your life. There are lots of ways to take care of your body…and we believe Pilates is among the best.

…in quality over quantity. The most important element of the Pilates method is the attention to detail and mindfulness in the execution of each movement; we therefore only offer privates, duets, and small group classes limited to 4 students each. We won’t make you do 100 reps of an exercise…we’ll make you do 10 reps…with the very best form possible for your unique body. Don’t worry, you’ll still be challenged…and balanced!

…in making Pilates accessible. We offer discounts for educators, activists, performing artists, veterans, or anyone for whom price is a barrier. If that’s you, talk to us!

…in the value of diverse Pilates perspectives. Our teachers have been trained by the most prestigious training programs, from classical Pilates to contemporary Pilates, including Balanced Body, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), STOTT Pilates, and The Pilates Center of Boulder. Each of our teachers combines their own unique training with their own personal teaching style to give our clients the highest-quality movement experience possible. We are all committed to the Pilates principles of strength, stretch, control, and whole-body movement, in order to create balance in the body, mind, and spirit.

Our owner, Krista Knudsen Thomas, is an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance, the world’s leading professional Pilates association and certifying body. She is also a PMA-Certified Teacher.

Our teachers possess extensive expertise in the areas of post-rehabilitative instruction, post/prenatal methodologies, classical, contemporary, and fitness Pilates. If you live in Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, San Francisco or other East Bay area and would like to sign up for a session, send us an email, call us at (510) 499-5559 or directly make your appointment via our online scheduling system.


We believe in you! Come visit us soon.


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Where Are We?

We are located at 2064 Antioch Court, Suite C; Oakland, California, 94611. We are located up the stairs, just to the left of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, in the Montclair Village neighborhood of Oakland.

Get Started with Pilates:

Buy 3 Private Sessions, get 1 free!

Our New Client Introductory Special is a great way to get your practice started…buy 3 private sessions, get 1 free. 4 sessions for $240! That’s a savings of $80. (Note, this special is only for new clients, has a 2-month/60-day expiration, and can only be bought once per client. Thank you!)

For our current clients, we offer discounts on private sessions when purchased in bulk. Please see our Services page for rates and details.

Ready for a Small Group Experience?

Try one of our Classes!

We have small group training available 6 days a week–our wide selection includes fitness-focused classes, gentle classes, creative contemporary classes, and invigorating classical classes. Read class descriptions here; sign up for classes here.

New to us?

Want to chat or set up a session? Give us a call (510) 499-5559 or send us an email at montclairvillagepilates@gmail.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


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