Monterey Bay Contrology

Monterey Bay Contrology is a fully-equipped classical Pilates studio offering Joseph Pilates’ traditional system of exercise located in Carmel, California.

Our Mission

Our mission at Monterey Bay Contrology is to provide a fully equipped, complete studio where students can practice Joseph Pilates’ system of Contrology respecting the original method as Alexandra Edwards learned from Romana Kryzanowska, Bob Leikens, and Jay Grimes. We hope to recreate the community atmosphere of the original studio where students make exercise a weekly routine and master the six principles of concentration, centering, control, breathing, flow of movement and precision.

Our Program

At Monterey Bay Contrology, we offer a variety of programs to meet your individual exercise needs.
All Pilates sessions and classes are 55 minutes in length.

Our instructors have been comprehensively trained and certified through internationally recognized classical training programs and maintain a PMA®-CPT license. Senior instructors have been teaching for 15 years or more and are qualified to teach workshops and mentor apprentice instructors.

Packages are scheduled at the time of purchase and must be used within 6 weeks. Monterey Bay Contrology has a 24-hour cancelation policy. Duets and trios can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice in advance.


A private Pilates session is an individual 55-minute lesson with a certified Pilates instructor. We recommend beginning with private sessions to build the best possible foundation for your personal Pilates program.

Private Pilates Session with Senior Instructor
Single session: $95
5 Pack: $450 ($90 per session)
10 Pack: $850 ($85 per session)

Private Pilates Session with Certified Instructor
Single Session: $80
5 Pack: $375 ($75 per session)
10 Pack: $700 ($70 per session)


Duets are two students with one certified instructor. Bring in a workout partner and let this cost effective program allow you to advance with the support of a friend.

Duet with Senior Instructor
Single Session: $65
5 Pack: $300 ($60 per session)
10 Pack: $550 ($55 per session)

Duet with Certified Instructor
Single Session: $50
5 Pack: $225 ($45 per session)
10 Pack: $400 ($40 per session)


Small group classes consist of 3 students to one certified instructor. Classes are the most economical way to the practice the entire Pilates system multiple times per week.

Trio with Senior Instructor
Single Session: $55
5 Pack: $250 ($50 per session)
10 Pack: $450 ($45 per session)

Trio with Certified Instructor
Single Session: $40
5 Pack: $175 ($35 per session)
10 Pack: $300 ($30 per session)


The Pilates Mat work is the foundation of Pilates’ system. Our Mat class program allows for students to sign up for one, two or three times per week in 6-week session blocks. Joseph Pilates intended for his students to incorporate these exercises into their morning routines. By attending Mat classes three times per week, you learn a series that you can practice daily and take with you wherever you go.


Monday 9am
Wednesday 9am
Friday 9am


Class Rates

Drop in: $25
1 time per week: $120 for 6 classes ($20 per class)
2 times per week: $204 for 12 classes ($17 per class)
3 times per week: $270 for 18 classes ($15 per class)


Owner, Senior Instructor

While studying dance as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College, Alexandra Daniels Edwards, fell in love with the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. After graduation she moved to New York City and studied with master teacher Romana Kryzanowska becoming a second generation certified Pilates instructor in 1996. Over the next decade, Edwards combined her Pilates training with her passion for the arts. She has worked with physical therapists to rehabilitate Broadway performers, professional dancers, musicians and seniors. She taught dance and exercise to wheelchair bound students from New York City’s public schools with Jacques D’Amboise and his National Dance Institute. After receiving a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002, Edwards relocated to her home state of California. She owns and operates Monterey Bay Contrology, a fully equipped classical studio dedicated to offering Joseph Pilates’ traditional system of exercise. Edwards shares her love of Pilates with a love for dance and she currently teaches in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for ArtSmart’s Dance Around the World, a program for elementary school children started by choreographer and dancer Tandy Beal. In addition to her classical Pilates education, Edwards is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor.



‘Suppleness, Natural Grace, and Skill’

Monterey Bay Contrology does not promise weight loss or a new body. By performing the exercises regularly, we promise, in Joe’s words, “suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”

I started training with Ali in my early 50’s. On our first session I told her my goal was to travel to Brazil and complete my first Iron Man triathlon in 6 months time. After accomplishing this goal, I went on to begin training in martial arts. Pilates allows me the strength and flexibility for the type of rigorous martial arts training I enjoy. Ali is knowledgeable and fun to work with. Most importantly, you will see results.

Scott Stevenson

“I was first introduced to Pilates following a tennis injury. To my surprise not only did I heal my injury, but my digestion improved and the lingering acne of my early twenties disappeared. Pilates is not just exercise, it’s transformational.”

Kate Kurz

Bring us your aches and pains

We welcome individuals of all fitness levels, ages, and abilities.
Share your goals and let us tailor your workout to allow freedom of movement through the discipline of exercise.


Schedule an appointment.

One of our classically trained, certified Pilates instructors is ready to assist. Please call or email us today.

Monterey Bay Contrology

26621 Carmel Center Place, Suite 101, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone 831.574.8382