Karen is a teacher, healer and lifelong learner. She uses a holistic approach to her teaching addressing the body mind, and spirit. When you train with Karen, her nurturing personality supports personal growth and empowerment. She educates you to understand how to take care of your own body to eliminate faulty movement patterns that could lead to pain or injury.
Karen has been teaching Pilates for fifteen years, and is certified by two internationally renowned programs: the Physical Mind Institute as well as Body Arts & Science International (BASI). In addition, she has extensive training working with clients with Scoliosis. One of her long time clients (ten years) has seen dramatic results and shared this testimonial: “After a session with Karen I stand taller and straighter, and my body is noticeably more balanced. I am free of discomfort and walk away feeling better about the way I look and feel! I will never stop working with Karen.”
Karen is equally comfortable teaching a full range of fitness levels from athletic to rehab oriented. She has been able to help her clients with back, neck, shoulder, knee, hip and foot issues, and is experienced working with clients who have Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, MS, Parkinson's disease, and Spinal Stenosis. Her greatest joy comes from showing people how Pilates relates to their daily life helping to eliminate pain, and create strong flexible bodies. To read more about Karen, please visit her website:http://www.bepresentpilates.com
Dixie Mills has been teaching Pilates for more than twenty years. In 1993 Dixie became certified through the Pilates Center of Boulder, while pursuing an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Colorado. After graduating from both CU and The Pilates Center, Dixie got a chance to teach some of the healthiest and most athletic people in the country. The following year she moved to Seattle where she got a chance to stretch her rehab skills teaching at a studio near Microsoft. Dixie also worked with many teenagers in the Seattle area on building strength and coordination to support their sports or dancing pursuits (how wonderful to have the alignment, strength, flexibility, and connectedness that Pilates brings when you are young—please consider sessions for your teenager or college student!).
After 5 years of teaching clients, Dixie relocated to New York City, where she developed several continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers. She has since taught in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, Seattle, Virginia and Hawaii. Known as a teacher’s teacher, Dixie has great eyes for seeing the body’s quirks, and great hands and words for explaining how to reach your best potential.
Barb comes with a background in competitive bodybuilding and ballet, as well as Spanish Classical Flamenco (she was a dance company member for the Patri Nader Dances of Spain from 1988-1992). Her fascination for the mind-body connection and how Pilates has made a long-lasting improvement in her mental and physical well being has kept her craving for more. For Barb, "Pilates is my sanctuary, a place to leave my busy life at the door, to take a deep cleansing breath, focus and ground myself into the practice of the ultimate movement principles of Joseph Pilates". Observing the exceptional group of talented Agile Monkey Pilates instructors is also a motivating factor towards taking the next step of becoming a Pilates instructor. Barb's over 20 years of nursing experience, her hands on ability to care and nurture for others and how that relates closely to teaching Pilates has led her to pursue her Pilates Certification with Balanced Body, which she attained in 2015.
Barb's passions are her love for music and dance, physical activity, her family, her granddaughters, and her LOVE of Pilates at Agile Monkey.
Intermediate/Advanced - Pilates experience required. Int/Adv level exercises will be the focus and the pace will be faster, assuming skilled participants without injury or serious physical limitations.