I began my journey in 1996 studying Ashtanga Yoga at Aims Community College, I later received my Yoga teaching certification through AAAI/ISMA. In 2003 I completed my Pilates training at the world renowned Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.
I have been blessed with the amazing experience to run and operate my own studio for 7 years out of the Health Club at Pelican Lakes from 2003-2010 and to birth the Yoga Pilates Center at the Fort Collins club directing and managing their program for 2 years, from 2007-2009. The opportunity to take on The Windsor Pilates Yoga Studio in June of 2010 added to the unbelievably divine and fortunate events of my journey.
I am grateful and look forward to providing outstanding service to current clientele as well as giving new clients the experience of these modalities.
I'm passionate about Pilates! For me one of the best feelings ever is seeing my clients successfully and safely executing exercises they never thought possible. I love being part of those "light bulb moments" where someone really gets what Pilates is all about and how it can help. When I'm working with a client, I focus on using breath to lead and assist every movement. I gently and consistently help clients find and take control of their bodies, with movements that start and end in what Joseph Pilates called "the Powerhouse."
For me, coming to the Pilates studio is about letting go of the many things that tug on a person throughout the day, and for the hour simply breathing and moving and being in your body. Inevitably we leave feeling more refreshed, taller and all around better than when we first came in. I received my Pilates education though The Pilates Fitness Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado.
In 1997, I graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors of science in human nutrition. I went on to get my high school teaching license and, after a short stint teaching high school in Fort Collins, I left teaching to raise my two wonderful kids.
When I first began Pilates, I was drawn to the mind-body connection, uniformly developing the body, and engaging often neglected muscles. Some years later, I committed stronger to the Pilates method for my own personal wellness and to avoid injuries I experienced from playing tennis and HIIT workouts. I love that Pilates is for all bodies and all abilities!
My Pilates training is through the Pilates Sports Center under the direction of the fabulous Lee Cooper. I am now thrilled with the opportunity to work with Maila Rider at The Pilates Yoga Company. I have always had a fascination with the ability to create health and wellness within our own bodies. When we move better, we feel better, and we live better!
I began my love of Pilates while cross training for Ballet in high school. When I started Pilates I was amazed by how much better and stronger I felt even though I was dancing almost 30 hours a week. I had a fairly severe injury while dancing in college and was thrilled by how I was able to reset how I worked though my Pilates practice, and have been nearly injury free ever since! After this experience I became a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Sports Center. This method takes a progressive approach to the classical Pilates repertory, adding modern anatomy and movement ideas to the work. It is such a joy to see my clients improve their alignment and reduce pain while gaining strength and awareness of how their own bodies work. I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology shortly before finishing my certification, and I also continue to dance as well as teach ballet.
My love for yoga began in 2011. My past job required hours of driving and stressful deadlines. My body was in need of restoration and my mind was in need of peace. I gradually started to include more and more mat time into my life and, soon enough, yoga became a necessity for me. After I was bit by the 'yoga bug,' I started to expand my horizons with all different types of yoga styles.
I received my teacher training from Om Ananda Yoga Studio here in Fort Collins. I am currently registered with Yoga Alliance with a 440-hour Hatha Yoga Certification. My training only enhances my background in yogic methods and techniques. I am forever a student and will always continue attending trainings not only to enhance my own practice but also to teach my students the newest methods to help accomplish their physical and mental goals.
My love affair with inversions is never-ending but I have learned more than just the simple 'headstand' or 'handstand.' Through years of practice I have learned when to listen to my body and when to hold back (even when my ego begs me to keep going). Finding trust in the process of yoga is a crucial component that I try to communicate to all my students.
I cannot stress enough to all aspiring yogis that yoga is not just a physical practice but also a mental one. I value the yoga sutras and you will find that many of my classes are based on these friendly moral principles. I truly believe that yoga is not just for the flexible or fit; yoga is for anyone at any age. My classes are catered to not only seasoned practitioners but also beginners. I will challenge every one of my students because only when we escape our comfort zone is when we learn and grow. I enjoy practicing as well as teaching Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Hatha, and Kids/Teen, SUP Yoga, and Barre. I value creating a balance between these styles of yoga and the balance it helps to create in my life.
My fascination with movement began as a young adult after the joy and freedom of moving without pain was taken away from me. At 17 a perfect storm of events caused my health to spiral downward and changed my world as I knew it. I suffered from chronic pain and a neurological disorder that left me mostly bed bound for the next 5 years.
I began to regain health as I worked with an OT that specializes in a form of bodywork called Myofascial Therapy. As my body began to heal it was clear I needed to relearn how to move! That is when Pilates came into my life. I worked with a Physical Therapist who used Pilates as a tool to teach movement. That allowed me to begin to break free from the ties that bound my body and the fear that had restricted my movement for so many years. I began to experience joy and freedom in moving again. That is where my passion and fascination of the human body and its power to heal began.
I pursued an education in both John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) and Pilates through the Balanced Body training program. I believe that these two modalities complement each other in the most powerful way. MFR provides deep, authentic healing and Pilates makes functional movement accessible and fun! Pilates is so much more than an exercise regimen. It is a way to address dysfunctional movement patterns that may lead to injury down the road, or retrain muscles due to an old injury or chronic pain. I love using Pilates as a tool to help people tune into their bodies and find efficient movement that feels good!