Intermediate - Reformer


This class is taught by:

Avra Pirkle

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, CoreAlign Instructor & Scoliosis Specialist  

 

Avra is extremely enthusiastic about teaching Pilates because her clients experience tremendous benefits in fitness as well as a pain-free lifestyle. She is devoted to helping people reach their goals and aspirations through an individualized training program and specific exercises to maximize recovery from pain and injury.

 

Her Reformer classes are unique because of her caring, personal attention, and because they are fun, creative, fresh, energetic and interesting through using Reformers and other studio equipment as well as 10-15 minutes of mat core work (with props). This format is especially important for clients that take her classes several times a week, year after year after year. Her Active Agers Reformer class incorporates training for clients with osteoporosis/osteopenia.

 

Avra has personally felt the changes in her fitness, health and dancing. She discovered Pilates after a hip injury which had kept her in pain on and off for years; there was even a time that she was immobile in bed for three days. But Pilates has brought relief from all this and has kept her free of pain for many years. She is also a passionate competitive ballroom dancer competing in International Latin with her teacher. Avra has struggled in the past with her dancing because that hip injury made her body compensate in ways that were detrimental to her balance, coordination, core, flexibility and strength. She has been very motivated to find solutions to her issues (resulting also in solutions for her clients) especially since her teacher is one of the top dancers/coaches in the world and is very demanding. When they compete together (going all over the United States), he expects her to rise up to his level since they are judged together as a couple. Talk about pressure! Thankfully, Pilates really helped resulting in better form and freer dancing.

 

Certified by both BBU and PMA, Avra's extensive Pilates training includes specialized training in shoulder/neck issues, low back/knee/foot pain, postural alignment, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and pre- & post-natal care as well as CoreAlign. On top of her competition experience, she has a considerable background in yoga and various other forms of dance. She also has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she used to teach.

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.

Karen Christiansen

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor & Certified Scoliosis Specialist.  


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


Rose Nolen

Certified Instructor
 
Rose has always loved to move. As a child she danced around the house until her parents finally decided dance lessons were in order. She studied ballet and modern dance, and then earned her BA in dance education from the University of Maryland. Upon graduating she performed professionally and then started her own dance company. She began studying Pilates to help with back pain, and over time appreciated the physical benefits as well as the mindful approach to movement.
 
While raising a family, Rose earned a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and as she started to teach in the classroom she integrated creative movement and Pilates. She became convinced that Pilates was an incredibly flexible and powerful technique that served a wide range of physical needs from adults to children, as well as athletes and an aging population with varying abilities.
 
In 2008 Rose completed her comprehensive Pilates training with Rael Isacowitz and BASI Pilates, and then studied Polestar Pilates and Therapilates with an emphasis on osteoporosis. Rose began teaching adult classes shortly thereafter and hasn’t stopped since. After retiring from teaching third grade, Rose moved to Aptos and began studying at Agile Monkey to continue her own practice. She was thrilled to find a knowledgeable, caring community of gifted teachers who inspired her to participate in the Balanced Body instructor training program. She feels certain that her Pilates practice has helped her to continue moving and dancing with joy, and is excited at the prospect of sharing her love of movement with others.

Irina Semionova

Certified Instructor.
 
Pilates for Irina is an adventure of physical and mental discipline. Irina was introduced to Pilates by her friend (and future teacher) in 2008. This event completely changed her life direction. Since then, she has been working on improving her body movement and physical capabilities.

Growing up in Russia, Irina always actively engaged in physical exercise like swimming, figure skating, running, tennis playing. After immigrating to America Irina experimented with many different workouts but never felt at home until discovering Pilates. After five years of practicing and learning how much Pilates has to offer, Irina, with the support and encouragement of her mentor enrolled in the 2013 Balanced Body Pilates Instructor training program. After broad training she graduated in 2015 and was certified in 2016.

Irina believes that Pilates is an improvement to anyone’s life style and she hopes to share this knowledge and experience with others. She understands the practice of Pilates can be of benefit to both teacher and client. Irina believes that Pilates is a life time journey. She is also aware that with practice she and her students are prepared to face the future with confidence.
The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinary piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. Our Reformer classes will challenge you to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance. The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating workout for clients at any level of ability.

Please note that all of our Reformer classes will organized at the discretion of the instructor and interest of the clients, and may utilize some time on the mat or other equipment (Tower, Chair, Barrels, etc) to ensure the best class experience.


Intermediate - Pilates Reformer experience required. Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications). These classes are aimed at experienced clients who understand the beginning level concepts and exercises, and also have a good understanding of their own injuries/limitations and know how to modify accordingly.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 23 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Fri Aug 25 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Fri Aug 25 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Class Full
    Sat Aug 26 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Aug 28 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Aug 30 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Class Full
    Fri Sep 01 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Karen Christiansen
  • Fri Sep 01 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat Sep 02 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Sep 04 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Sep 06 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Fri Sep 08 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Karen Christiansen
  • Fri Sep 08 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Sat Sep 09 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Avra Pirkle
  • Mon Sep 11 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Wed Sep 13 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm with Avra Pirkle
  • Class Full
    Fri Sep 15 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Karen Christiansen
  • Fri Sep 15 1:30 pm - 2:25 pm with Rose Nolen
  • Sat Sep 16 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Irina Semionova
  • Mon Sep 18 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm with Avra Pirkle