Intermediate/Advanced Reformer


This class is taught by:

Azita Costa

Certified Pilates Instructor & CoreAlign Instructor.  

Azita is a CSUC graduate with a BS degree in Agriculture. She is a sport enthusiast and enjoys running, water and snow skiing, scuba diving, spinning, step aerobics, and Zumba. She also has a passion for foreign languages, speaking fluent Farsi, Portuguese, Spanish, and a bit of Italian.


 

With a chronic neck and shoulder pain, Azita has been through years of physical therapy and yoga. In 2006, she was introduced to Pilates where she began to see a clear path to the road to recovery. Pilates eased the pain, allowing her to become more active. In 2009, due to some health issues, Azita was confined to bed rest for 3 months. After recovering, she decided to put 23 years of managing her own business behind, to start practicing pilates at Agile Monkey, where she has been instructed by three wonderful instructors Ky, Lisa and Arwen. Pilates has allowed Azita to regain muscle strength, ease her neck and shoulder pains, and helped with her SI joint hypermobility. She fell in love with Pilates and decided to embark on her Pilates instructor training program and completed her training under Lisa Graham through Balanced Body at Agile Monkey.


 

Because of her history of injuries and expertise in Scoliosis, Azita is very eager to pass on the knowledge of healing capabilities on to her clients and help them discover how their bodies can become pain free. She is careful to make sure that no one exceeds his or her body limits, maintaining a steady pace to allow her clients to feel comfortable. She is devoted to pilates and is eager to become the best instructor she can be for her clients.

Susie Durant

Certified Instructor Susie’s approach to Pilates comes from a background in ballet, modern dance, yoga, fascial release work, with the ultimate goals of pursuing healthy, mindful living and graceful aging. Susie received her BA in Dance from UC Irvine, taught ballet to children and adults, and studied yoga. Moving from the dance world, she became a recreational athlete, exploring fitness through soccer, running, rafting and hiking - and raising a family. She discovered Pilates 15 years ago while addressing joint issues, and found the practice to be the very best form of mindful movement, providing both physical and mental well-being. Convinced that Pilates is a technique that is accessible to everyone, she began a long term personal practice and exploration of Pilates and complementary mindful approaches, with a plan to teach. She has completed the PhysicalMind and Stott Pilates instructor programs, and taught group classes in the Sacramento area for eight years. After retirement from a desk job, she moved to Santa Cruz two years ago, and discovered Agile Monkey. Its high quality, supportive environment and excellent instructors inspired her to participate in the Balanced Body instructor training program to further develop her teaching. She is thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding Pilates studio and hopes to provide support to those who want to keep moving!
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/Advanced - Pilates Reformer 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.


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Aug 24 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Aug 31 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Sep 07 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Susie Durant
  • Thu Sep 14 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Susie Durant
  • Thu Sep 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Susie Durant
  • Thu Sep 28 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Oct 05 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Oct 12 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Oct 19 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Oct 26 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Nov 02 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Nov 09 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Nov 16 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Nov 23 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Nov 30 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Dec 07 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Dec 14 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa
  • Thu Dec 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Azita Costa