Beginning/Intermediate - Pilates on the Ball / Mat


This class is taught by:

Amy Lamendella

Certified Instructor.  

 
Amy grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and has always been an athletic person. She came across Pilates in 2006 while living in San Francisco, and instantly fell in love with the equipment. She was impressed with a workout system that could at the same time be subtle, challenging, powerful and so fun!

Amy is a "systems" person and her favorite aspect of Pilates is bringing the principles and movements out of the studio and into every day life. Whether sitting at a desk, driving or working in the garden, Amy incorporates Pilates to help her stay balanced, healthy and strong.

Amy completed the Balanced Body Instructor Training Program at Agile Monkey in 2012 and became certified in 2015. She is excited to continue to deepen her understanding and share her passion for functional movement as a Certified Pilates Instructor at Agile Monkey, and to help people change their bodies and their lives in a positive way.

Barb Imhoff

Certified Pilates Instructor.  

Barb Imhoff is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Pilates Instructor at Agile Monkey. She has been an avid Pilates practitioner at Agile Monkey since 2009, where she fell in love with the practice while working with Ky Carnell-Russell. Having Ky as her mentor has motivated her to pursue a second career as a Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.

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.


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.

Beginning/Intermediate - some Pilates experience strongly recommended. Beginning and Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications).

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jan 07 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Amy Lamendella
  • Mon Jan 14 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jan 21 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Jan 28 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Feb 04 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Feb 11 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Feb 18 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Feb 25 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Mar 04 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Mar 11 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Mar 18 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Mar 25 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Apr 01 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Apr 08 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff
  • Mon Apr 15 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Barb Imhoff