Master Pilates Teacher and Certified GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and specialized Gyrotonic® equipment teacher. Alana brings more than 30 years of dedicated Pilates, wellness and medical experience to Pilates in the Pines. She began studying Pilates in the early 1970s under the tutelage of its premier disciples including Ron Fletcher, Bruce King, Romana Kryzanowska and Eve Gentry. She went on to graduate from the Chinese School of Medicine with an emphasis on neuromuscular, Swedish and deep tissue massage.
“My philosophy of looking at the whole person is founded in the neuromuscular retraining from the inside out that Pilates offers,” she says.
Most of the students that Alana trains suffer from some kind of condition or issue with their body, from stroke victims to athletes with sports injuries. The refinement of pure Pilates is not something Alana takes lightly. “Pilates is best under the instruction of an expert,” she says.
Rachel is a classically trained Pilates instructor through Peak Pilates, and is also certified in Trigger Point and Pilates Suspension Method. She began taking Pilates in 2015 to help with alignment for her scoliosis and was instantly hooked! She loves the way Pilates brings awareness to her body and relieves back pain that comes with other forms of exercise. As a former elementary school teacher making the switch to instructing Pilates came natural. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals by finding their mind, body, spirit connection. Rachel is a true believer that Pilates is for everybody.
Pilates Instructor Cary Holbig received her Comprehensive Pilates training certificate from BASI Pilates. She holds certificates in mat Pilates , equipment Pilates and Barre. Cary is originally from the North East, but has been living in sunny Colorado for the past 7 years. After being a stay at home mom for 5 years Cary decided to follow her passion for exercise and health. She has been practicing Pilates since the birth of her second child and has fallen in love with the physical and mental aspects of the work. Her goal is to share her passion and knowledge of Pilates with those around her.
I fell in love with Pilates about 10 years ago. I started taking reformer classes as a way to increase flexibility while strengthening at the same time. I noticed an immediate difference in my body.
I always would walk away from my classes feeling 2 inches taller.
Soon after I started running with some friends and enjoyed that as well. Pilates took a bit of a back seat while I focused on training for my first half marathon.
I started noticing back and hip pain but dismissed it and pushed through the pain to the point of knowing something was seriously wrong. I met with my physician.
I had herniated two discs and had torn the labrum in my hip! My doctor strongly suggested no impact training and his physical therapist put me on the Reformer as part of my rehab.
I learned much about Pilates in strengthening the stabilizing muscles and it’s ability to heal regain the strength needed to function through life pain free! I fell back in love with pilates and appreciated it in a whole new light. Since then I have fully incorporated Pilates into my life. I was asked by an instructor if I’d ever considered teaching and that was just the nudge I needed to sign up for Peak Pilates teacher training.
I first certified in Peak Mat classes.
Then went on to getting my level 1 and 2 comprehensive training through Peak Pilates.
Peak pilates is known for following Joseph Pilates’ classical style and they’re also known for their expertise in teaching HOW to instruct. I have always enjoyed volunteering at our local assisted living/nursing home and decided to take my pilates training there first. I teach a bi-monthly pilates class to some wonderful folks who happen to be in wheelchairs.
I will continue to learn and grow and take advantage of workshops and trainings in my area. The pilates community is a very welcoming, kind and encouraging community.
One of the best parts of teaching is seeing the difference in my client’s bodies! They feel better, they function better and they know it’s something they can do for the rest of their lives! The other great part is getting to know and love those that walk through Club Pilates door.
Elizabeth Richmond began her Pilates journey in 2013 after a successful 25 year career in multi-family housing development, construction and management. It was in 2013 that Elizabeth discovered Pilates as a form of exercise. In 2015, she began her teacher training in the methodology of BASI Pilates, successfully completing the 500 hour Comprehensive Teacher Training Course. Elizabeth received her BASI Mat Pilates Teaching Certificate in 2016; continuing her education to achieve the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teaching Certificate in 2017. Elizabeth's passion is teaching Pilates to bring the joy of health and wellness to the minds and bodies of clients through strength and length.
Growing up in Colorado I was always an active outdoors person. I knew that I had a passion for fitness and nutrition and the desire to help others reach their fitness goals. One of my passions in life is singing. I studied Music Performance in College and still love it to this day. Throughout my life, exercise and nutrition have always been important to me. While living in Denver prior to moving to California, one of my friends told me about a form of exercise called Pilates. They told me that Pilates would give me some of the same results as weightlifting plus the added benefit of more lean muscle and flexibility. I thought it sounded great and began practicing Pilates. After several months my body started to change and became more lean and defined. I was hooked! When I moved to California several years ago I found a wonderful Pilates instructor who I started training with. When I saw the changes he was making in people's lives, I knew that I wanted to do the same. That’s when I decided to get certified as a Pilate’s instructor. I received my Mat and Apparatus certifications through Mind Body Connection in San Francisco. During my certification process I had the benefit of working with some of the very best Pilates professionals in the Bay Area. I learned so much about the body and what goes into being a top-notch instructor during that time and am now able to apply those learning’s with my own clients. Since being certified, I continue to further my education by attending Pilates on Tour conferences throughout the United States. Pilates on Tour is designed for Pilate’s instructors and offers a variety of workshops with some of the best instructors from around the world. I have been fortunate to train with and observe some of the most diverse group of Pilates professionals, learning something different from each of them. Since moving back home to Colorado in 2015 I’ve been fortunate to be part of the Club Pilates team! I love the classroom style format and the Club Pilates philosophy of making Pilates affordable for everyone! My clients have ranged in age from teenagers to people in their eighties. From athletic people who want a boot camp style workout, to people who have been referred by Physical Therapists looking to Pilates to assist in healing or gaining relief from chronic pain or injury. I have a wide variety of clients that I work with who I coach, helping to change their bodies and make them more functional for everyday life. I have had some great success stories with my clients. My philosophy is that through nutrition and Pilates you can change your body from the inside out.
Clare Harriman was first introduced to Pilates many years ago when seeking relief from a severe low back injury. After her first Pilates session, she was hooked. Clare has since worked in many different studio settings and worked extensively with pre- and postnatal women as well as those with spinal injuries.
Clare holds a BS in Business Administration and Economics, PSC Complete Pilates Certification, Holistic Nutrition Certification and extensive education in women’s health issues, including pelvic floor disorders and myofascial release. When not on the reformer, Clare enjoys spending time outdoors in the Colorado mountain air with her husband, two young daughters and Vizsla.
Kristin brings the experience and perspective from 20 years as a physical therapist and ultra-trail runner to her pilates practice. Recently completing the comprehensive 500-hour Club Pilates Teacher Training has brought a new direction to her passion for providing functional movement education. She loves witnessing the “lightbulb” moments as people get more connected with their bodies and their potential. It is not at all necessary to have flexible hamstrings, experience in dance, or a background in pilates to attend her classes—individuals of any age and ability are welcome. She will do her best to ensure the session is challenging but accessible to each and every person. Kristin loves being a mom, high alpine running routes, strong espresso with cream, French pastries, and paddle boarding.
Balance Body, NASM CPT
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