Level 1 Instructor
What is your fitness experience and background?
I have been an athlete in some way most of my life, albeit not always the most coordinated. I grew up hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, ranching and generally being active in Montana and moved to New Mexico in 2014. As an adult, I have fallen in love with soccer and since moving to New Mexico in 2014, I have become heavily involved in Santa Fe Adult Soccer League, Santa Fe La Liga, Albuquerque Adult Soccer League and have been trying my hand at coaching youth soccer. I also practice hot yoga and indoor cycling when I can at my home studio in Santa Fe.
What makes you passionate about Pilates?
I have fallen madly in love with Pilates and the way it strengthens the body in subtle and targeted ways, as well as how restorative it can be for recovering from injury or working with most chronic medical issues that may be inhibitive in other activities. The principles of Pilates have helped me to become even more aware of how I use my body and I have seen improvements in my yoga practice, trip myself significantly less on the soccer field and the principles of concentration and flow have found themselves a home in my professional life as an Art Therapist.
What types of clients do you love to work with?
Although I like to work with a variety of clients because it helps me remain creative, I do have a desire to work with people who are interested in not only strengthening their bodies, but their minds as well. My professional background is as an Art Therapist and I primarily work with folks who have experienced trauma that has stored in the body, which requires a reacquainting to Self and building trust in ability and respect for limitation. It is from this perspective that I bring in a trauma-informed approach that allows clients to engage in a fitness practice that may be led in a group while still honoring individual needs.
What classes do you teach?
I consistently teach all classes on Mondays and Fridays and cover for my colleagues when I am able to. I also provide Level I privates, Intro to Pilates privates, 30 minute privates for any level and the Intro to Pilates group class that is held on the second Saturday of each month.
What makes your instruction style unique?
I will definitely bring laughter into the class! For better or for worse, it is the thing about me most people comment about, so I trust that it is a good thing…I also will be a teacher who focuses on the principles of Pilates and works to ensure that each pose is done with integrity. As a teacher, my goal is to make sure bodies remain safe while being asked to do movements that may be challenging. My classes are simple in format, no bells or whistles for the most part, but are sneaky tough and appropriate for any level of practice.
For someone considering Pilates and Blue Sky Pilates, what would you tell them?
I think Blue Sky Pilates has such a variety of talented instructors to learn from that it will be hard to go wrong here. Everything from basic mat or reformer classes to fancy bells and whistles sequences that are sure to make you smile is available. My favorite thing about being a part of Blue Sky Pilates is that the client base is strong in their sense of community, supportive of each other and it feels like a home away from home here. I feel honored and blessed to be starting my teaching path in such an amazing place and with such amazing humans in Los Alamos!