Lana Dussell

Certified Instructor.
 
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
  • 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).
     

  • High Energy Springboard & Cardio - All Levels
  • High Energy Springboard & Cardio - All Levels
     
    The High Energy class incorporates Pilates Springboard and High-Intensity Interval Training (HiiT), and ends with a restorative cool down. This type of training technique gives the client a proper warm-up and alignment prior to the cardio circuit.
    HiiT is where you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short recovery periods. HiiT has been shown to burn fat over a short period of time and increases the resting metabolic rate for 24 hours afterwards.
    DO PILATES, BURN FAT, INCREASE CONDITIONING, ENDURANCE and HAVE FUN! You will leave feeling energized and exhilarated!

    This class is designed to support clients at all levels of ability who want to introduce a little more cardio challenge into their workouts, improve endurance, build strength and lose weight through the strategy of interval training.

    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.

    All Levels - Some Pilates experience strongly recommended but this class is open to all. The instructor will teach to the level of the students in the class, modifying exercises for less advanced students, and adding challenges for those that need the extra intensity in their workout. Clients with serious injuries or limitations, should first take an Introductory Private Session and/or seek the advice of an Agile Monkey instructor before taking any group class.


  • 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).