Intermediate - Pilates on the Ball / Mat


This class is taught by:

Lisa Graham

Owner, Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, Balanced Body Faculty & CoreAlign Master Instructor.  
 
Lisa Graham is the owner of Agile Monkey, as well as a senior certified instructor, Balanced Body faculty, CoreAlign master instructor, and published author.
Lisa was first introduced to Pilates at UCLA in 1993, where she received her Bachelors in Dance while also studying kinesiology and anatomy. She received her formal Pilates training from Ellie Herman, at EHS Pilates in San Francisco and quickly became the Education Director and a Pilates-based rehabilitation specialist. Lisa continued her education by working with inspiring leaders of the Pilates community such as Lolita San Miguel, Elizabeth Larkham, Lizz Roman, Nora St John, Brent Anderson, and many others. In recent years she has been training in the newly invented CoreAlign system, which brings the Pilates methodology into a more upright and functional setting. In 2013, Lisa was honored to be named a CoreAlign master instructor by the systems creator, Jonathan Hoffman.
As an educator, Lisa has trained instructors locally, across the United States and internationally. Her students have gone on to great success and now teach all over the globe, as well as right here at Agile Monkey. She is honored to be able to pass on her knowledge and mentor a new generation of Pilates and CoreAlign Instructors.
Lisa’s book credits include co-authoring Ellie Herman’s Pilates Mat and Ellie Herman’s Pilates Cadillac, as well as collaborating with Ellie on the three other books in that series. She has also worked with Nora St. John on the instructor training materials for Balanced Body and participates in their continuing education program development.
Lisa established Agile Monkey in 2007 and expanded it to its current location in 2012. Lisa works with a broad spectrum of clients and instructors on a daily basis, and is always excited to see what a profound impact the practice of Pilates and CoreAlign can have on an individual.
 

Dixie Mills

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor.  

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.

Deepen your Pilates practice, and increase the fun with use of a large ball. Balance, proprioception, coordination and core strength will all be challenged.

Pilates is a method of exercise that aims to create a balance of strength and flexibility in the body. It challenges your mind and strengthens you from the inside out, enabling you to perform complex movements safely, with power and grace. The foundation of the Pilates Mat repertoire builds from simple exercises that help you to learn the underlying concepts and movement principles. You will learn things like how to do a proper upper abdominal curl without straining your neck, and how to stabilize your pelvis so that you can protect your back while working out. As the client progresses, the exercises become more complex, challenging them to use their accumulated knowledge to advance safely through the levels.

Intermediate - Pilates experience required. Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications).

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Jun 29 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Lisa Graham
  • Thu Jul 06 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 13 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 20 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 27 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 03 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 10 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 17 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 31 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 07 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 14 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 21 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 28 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Oct 05 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Oct 12 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Oct 19 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Oct 26 9:30 am - 10:25 am with Dixie Mills