Intermediate - Springboard, Mat & Props


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Courtney Sondreal

Certified Instructor.
 
Courtney grew up on an apple farm in the beautiful Watsonville countryside. Throughout her childhood she played soccer, volleyball, and could be found boogie boarding at the beach all summer long. She received her degree in Health Promotion in 2013. While in college she joined club teams for volleyball and ultimate frisbee, and became addicted to running, snowboarding, mountain biking, and cross training classes. These activities were extremely fun, unfortunately they also led to knee and back injuries. Unable to exercise and desperate for a way out of pain, she turned to Pilates as a last ditch effort and fell in love with it. Finally she found an activity that truly nourishes and strengthens her body. Courtney has been known to say that after a Pilates session she feels as if she has received a massage because her body is in such an even and relaxed state. One of her favorite things about Pilates is that it's all-inclusive; there seems to be something for everyone whether you are a conditioned athlete or returning to exercise after an injury.
 
Courtney chose to become an instructor so she can share and help others on their path to greater strength, mobility, stability, and overall health. She hopes to learn all she can about how movement can bring healing to each one of us on an emotional and physical level.
The wall mounted springboards are a great way to get a total body workout utilizing springs based resistance (which can make exercises more achievable and also more challenging, depending on the circumstance and level of the class). The springboard repertoire was originally modified from the original Cadillac exercises, but has been expanded to include familiar favorites from the Mat and Reformer, as well as a lot of exercises you can’t do anywhere else. Most Springboard classes also include some Mat and & Props repertoire for flow.

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

 


Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 19 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Dec 22 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Jan 02 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Jan 05 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Jan 09 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Jan 12 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Courtney Sondreal
  • Wed Jan 16 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Jan 19 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Jan 23 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Jan 26 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Courtney Sondreal
  • Wed Jan 30 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Feb 02 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Feb 06 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Feb 09 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Courtney Sondreal
  • Wed Feb 13 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Feb 16 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Feb 20 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Feb 23 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Courtney Sondreal