Hometown: Born in Raleigh, NC
College attended and degree earned: Wake Technical Community College—AAS Administrative Office Technology
Years teaching Pilates: Since 2014
Years taking Pilates: Since 2003
Trained by: Katrina Foe, Kellee Stooks, & Anna Jones through Balanced Body
Other related certifications/credentials: Licensed teacher of Fletcher Pilates Towelwork, Floorwork and Barrework; RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with advanced certifications in Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) and Shiva Rea’s Chakra Vinyasa
Hobbies: Just call me Renaissance Woman. I adore travel, reading, writing, movies, music, art, fashion, food and wine. Physical activity is a priority. In addition to Pilates and Yoga, hiking (with occasional trail running), biking, walking and weights are the ways I enjoy staying active. Plus, I like to learn new things (tennis, anyone?).
Children: No human children, though I adopted a rescue dog in 2005—Jeffy the Dog, a Chihuahua miniature pinscher mix—who, in turn, adopted my retired parents. He appreciates readily available laps.
Pilates Philosophy statement: “With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person? Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living . . . The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors . . . It is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, it is only through Contrology [Pilates] that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained . . . Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice . . .” ~Joseph Pilates, from ‘Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology’
Favorite Pilates exercise and why: Do I have to play favorites between the Elephant and the Monkey? Elephant provides an excellent connection into and strengthens the lower abdominals—often a difficult region to target. Monkey gives the lower back and hamstrings an amazing stretch. Ahhhhh (or should that be ooo ooo ooo)!
How Pilates helped me: Pilates has helped me connect to and develop both my inner and outer strength. Like yoga, I delight in Pilates as an art, science and discipline. Both emphasize the connection to breath; our life force.
Why I enjoy teaching Pilates: My mission is to serve as a safe, effective and enjoyable guide, leading people on an expedition to experience the ultimate power, beauty and grace of their bodies and witness the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation that occurs. I look forward to each adventure and to what we discover (or uncover) as we work together!