Chapel Hill, NC 27516
I have been a student of Pilates for over 10 years, and after retiring from Duke decided to become certified to teach Pilates Mat classes as one of my “post retirement adventures”. In the spring of 2007 I was certified to teach level I mat through the Pilates Certification Center in Raleigh and began teaching classes at the Durham YMCA in Sept. 07. Over the past 3 years I have also taken additional certification classes in Pilates with the Band, Pilates with weights, Pilates on the ball, Pilates and anatomy, Pilates with the fitness circle and I completed the Pilates Level II mat certification in Jan. 2009. I like my classes to have VARIETY! I am currently teaching Pilates Level 1at 8:30 am on Thursdays at the YMCA American Tobacco Branch, Monday & Thursday afternoons at the Chapel Hill Senior Center, and Monday afternoons at Empower Fitness.
I love to be outdoors as much as possible and have been an avid cyclist and hiker, doing several multi-day long distance bike trips each year and have done 3 short section hikes on the Appalachian Trail. For me, exercise and being outdoors is energizing and uplifting and good for both the body and the spirit. I believe that the Pilates exercises have significantly improved both my strength and form in cycling and jogging because of stronger core muscles and better attention to my posture and breathing. Pilates exercises combine mental focus and concentration with improving muscle strength and flexibility in a way that is helpful for people of all ages and all levels of fitness.
I enjoy teaching students who are new to Pilates, focusing on teaching proper form and helping them develop a strong foundation for more intermediate and advanced movements. The hardest part of teaching level I classes is gauging the level of intensity for a range of abilities, trying to challenge students, but not overwhelm them and stress muscles that are working in new ways. My goal is to create classes which allow students to progress at their own pace, to learn how to modify movements to accommodate their own strengths and problem areas, and to infuse them with excitement about what Pilates can do to improve their flexibility, posture and strength.