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Studio Ethos

Body Axis Studio is a safe, non-judgmental space where one is given the opportunity to deeply reconnect with their body.


Body Axis Studio innovates the Pilates form, modernizing and customizing the approach for our clients.


Our goal is to provide opportunities to move holistically and efficiently, building strength, flexibility, endurance, and bringing greater ease and awareness to the mind and body.


Working individually and in small groups, we tailor mat and equipment classes for clients with a range of physical needs and abilities.


Whether your goal is to elongate and tone, or address underlying pain or discomfort related to injury, we meet clients where they are, offering every student the opportunity to move with grace and ease, and to be strengthened and moved in body, mind and spirit.

About Me

About Ashley

Ashley Smith Steele

Ashley Steele is the owner and director of Body Axis Studio. Raised in Northern California, Ashley moved to New York City where she was a professional modern dancer and performer for many years. Through her dance training, she discovered the practice of Pilates and fell in love with its streamlined efficiency of strengthening the body, while increasing flexibility and quality of movement.


Ashley received her Pilates Certification through the Kane School of Core Integration in 1999 and has been teaching on the apparatus since. She has taught in various studios throughout New York City, Amsterdam and the Hudson Valley. Known for her ability to identify sources of structural strengths and challenges, Ashley’s style of teaching draws from a range of somatic movement practices including Yoga, Neurokinetic Therapy (Level 1 certification) and study of Anatomy. She takes further inspiration from her studies with Dr. Kathy Dooley’s Immaculate Dissection course, workshops in Body Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, studies in Alexander Technique and many other modalities that she has been exposed to over the years.


For Ashley, the beauty of Pilates is its ability to support a comprehensive foundation for movement. She believes it is as much about cultivating vitality and awareness in her students as it is about balancing mobility, strength, and physical function. Her goal is to help her students develop a greater physical awareness, and a sense of ease, liveliness, and grace. Ashley’s intuitive eye, verve and open communication have helped innumerable students achieve a more integrated axis of mind, body and spirit.


"Body Axis Studio is amazing. I've been working with Ashley for 3+ years now, and followed her when she opened her own studio. She has helped me get stronger, work through chronic hip and back pain, and is currently helping me through my first pregnancy with prenatal pilates. She offers privates and partner sessions. Her personality and energy make the workout fun, energizing or therapeutic - whatever you are needing the most. Bonus: the space is also beautiful!"

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Contact Us

Contact us for appointments and more information.
Body Axis Studio

105 S Division St.

3rd Floor, Suite 16

Peekskill, NY 10566, USA

Studio: 914-402-1696
Cell: 917-538-9076

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