In a career that’s included co-owning an award-winning design/build company, managing a chain of NAPA auto parts stores; teaching scuba diving; selling industrial propane gas on the docks of Port NJ/NY, and managing a western US sales territory that spanned to the islands of Guam and Saipan, I am relieved to be a Pilates Teacher.
I started Pilates in 2005 because: my back hurt, I couldn’t do a sit-up (or a roll-up, though I didn’t know it yet) and Oprah bared her abs on her magazine cover and credited Pilates. Shallow, but true.
I took lessons for three years at Joes’s Place/True Pilates, under Romana trained teacher Joy George Bryden and fell in love with the way Pilates made me FEEL. I practiced consistently twice-a-week and watched with delight as my body, slowly but surely, reshaped itself.
It was a fellow student’s casual request to share the experience and expenses of a teacher training that set me on the path to Pilates Teacher certification. My life was in a “tsudramanami” of change on every level, and I thought “Why not? I love Pilates….”
One year, and 650 training hours later, and I was comprehensively certified by Peak Pilates Master Teacher Trainers Clare Dunphy and Pam Garcia. And then the learning really began. Each student moves uniquely, and represents an opportunity for me to watch and learn as both student and teacher. I often research their concerns or challenges before lessons and am blessed with a deep and caring Pilates teacher community, eager to share their experience. I am committed to further education (and continue my own lessons) and have taken seminars from - and asked many questions of – some of the most respected teachers in Pilates, including: Brett Howard, Kathi Ross-Nash, Alycea Ungaro, Peter Fiasca, Jerome Weinberg, Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt, Lolita San Miguel,Jillian Hessel, Julian Littleford, Jon Owen, Dana Santi, Bob Liekens, Moses Urbano, and Chris Robinson.