Lana is passionate about teaching Pilates with a focus on helping clients find strength and balance in their bodies. Originally from the Pacific North West, Lana grew up a year round athlete - playing soccer, golf, snowboarding and biking. After relocating to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2006, Lana became an avid mountain biker and a friend recommended Pilates as a way to balance muscle development and promote flexibility throughout her body. After taking her first Pilates class she was thrilled to find that her body felt both challenged and centered by the Pilates repertoire. Lana continued to do Pilates mat work as part of a cross training program, but after suffering a hip fracture in a biking accident, Lana began to count on Pilates as an integral part of her rehabilitation and found that it offered unparalleled progress in pain relief and increased mobility. Pilates ability to simultaneous relieve and revive ones body, is the reason that Lana continues to preach the benefits of daily practice, which she has relied on heavily after the birth of both her children.
Lana approaches teaching from a strengths perspective, she wants clients to gain confidence and joy in their movement. Her goal is to provide clients with a session that leaves them feeling stronger, balanced, and more body aware. Lana believes that whatever your bodies need, Pilates can compliment and challenge your strengths, while addressing, and mitigating ongoing problems you may be experiencing. Lana is thrilled and honored to be part of the talented team at Agile Monkey Pilates studio and she looks forward to helping you on your Pilates journey.
Lana lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband and 2 young children. She enjoys cooking, biking, traveling, and entertaining friends and family over local food and wine.
Lana Dussell instructs the following:
Intermediate - Springboard, Mat & Props: Fast Flow
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.
This class will keep everyone safe and challenged, while flowing through the exercises in a way that keeps the pace high. Best suited for clients with some familiarity with the pilates repertoire but open to all.
Intermediate - Pilates experience required. Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications).