Sthira sukham asanam.
— Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2.46
 

Assume a posture that balances effort with ease, strength with grace - this is an essential part of any yoga practice. A posture can be physical in the form of asana, or it can be an attitude or approach to life. Striving for balance versus perfection we find space to be unconditionally human.

Stretching and strengthening are a common draw to the practice of yoga and a perfect place to start. Releasing muscular tension and restriction can immediately bring a corresponding release of mental stress and anxiety. Add coordinated breath with movement and your nervous system calms, easing your state of being. You begin to develop body awareness as you gain fundamental strength and correct your posture. What you are really doing is beginning a profound journey inside your body, mind and spirit that will carry over into every aspect of your life. 

The yoga I teach is meant to be versatile, evolving, safely experimental, fun and relaxing.

Most importantly I aim for you to leave with a deeper understanding of your body and a more integrated sense of self. Your approach to problems both physical and mental shift; as a result people's reactions to you shift. The hard lines between self and other blur and dissolve. Learn to speak your Truth and discover how joy, unconditional love and equanimity become your new foundation.

 
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ATTENDING YOUR FIRST LESSON

  • Refrain from eating at least one hour prior to class, or eat a light protein snack
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to the scheduled start time. You will be asked to fill out a short waiver and intake form when you check in.
  • Wear comfortable, fitted clothing that will allow the teacher to see the alignment of your body in motion. Bare feet or non-slip socks recommended.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your session
  • Let the teacher know you are a new student and if you have any specific physical circumstances or injuries. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor prior to attending.
 

Joseph Pilates developed Contrology, now known as The Pilates Method, to unite body, mind and spirit through uniform muscular development, regulated breath, and flowing, precise movement. Oxygenating and circulating your blood in this manner results in overall health and wellbeing. 

Joe Pilates said that his method, "develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit." (Return to Life Through Contrology and Your Health, p.9)

Born in Germany in 1883, Pilates was a boxer, a gymnast, a physical trainer and a circus performer. His method consists of exercises that when done in a particular sequence with a set number of repetitions aim to provide full body healing, core strength and spinal flexibility. With a regular practice you will "…gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm associated with all your subconscious activities."

The structure and organization of The Pilates Method teaches stability and control. Within it you can find the strength to hold yourself in alignment and the ease to move the body unconsciously with grace.  I attempt to make lessons as individualized as possible while keeping a group engaged and in motion.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A PILATES CLASS OR LESSON

Your first Pilates lesson will teach you some of the basic fundamental movement principles of the practice, which you will continue to use from beginner to advanced levels. Typically you balance your 50 minute lesson time between the mat and the Reformer. 

While Pilates mat work is most commonly known, within the system of exercises it is considered the most difficult. The equipment Joe Pilates invented uses resistance in the form of various weighted springs which both challenge and align the body during your workout, thus aiding good posture, proper breathing and uniform strength building. Other equipment you may experience are the Cadillac or Trapeze Table, the Wunda Chair, the High Barrel, or a variety of props such as Magic Circle, the Triad ball and foam rollers. 

Many people prefer to learn Pilates one-on-one with a qualified teacher. Workouts can then be tailored specifically to your goals, whether your needs are more therapeutic or you're looking for a challenging cardiovascular routine. Group lessons and classes are also available.