Vicki Ott has been teaching Pilates and fitness classes since 2003. She started teaching Yoga for Elementary and High School Administrators after school for the Long Beach school district, while she attended College at Chapman University for Exercise Science. She proceeded to obtain 200 hrs of yoga teacher training thru Yoga Fit. After College she moved to Ojai California and taught Yoga and fitness classes for the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, YMCA, and The Four Seasons. During this time she continued to educate herself with a 500 hr Pilates Apparatus Program thru Pilates Sport Center in Encino CA. In 2010 she left Ojai to adventure to Tecate, MX to teach Pilates at Rancho La Puerto. After her contract was completed, with a total of 10 years of teaching fitness her desire to learn more about the body and to help others with more mobility, she went back to school for massage. She now enjoys teaching fitness and doing massage work.
Natalie’s background reveals her multifaceted relationship with movement throughout her diverse training and job ventures. She has performed professionally in theater and dance companies; facilitated therapeutic groups within intensive and outpatient treatment programs; and artistically directed over a decade of dance instruction and curriculum design for dance studios and non-profit organizations. Natalie is currently practicing as a Mental Health Consultant in San Francisco and a Pilates, Barre, and Yoga instructor at various locations in Sonoma and Marin County. As a Mental Health Consultant and Fitness Instructor, Natalie invites a partnership of restorative movement vocabulary for a complimentary, creative medium toward a healing, healthier body and mind.
Born and raised in Germany I came to the US with Hewlett-Packard in 1998. Since then I I’ve gone through several transformations re-inventing myself and finding my path as a healer. This path has led me to who I am now, offering Pilates, yoga, intuitive life coaching, energy healing and more. In November 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through couple traumatizing months with a double Mastectomy and a reconstruction surgery gone wrong. After that I set an intention to practice more self-care, lead a more simple life and spend more time with my family (my husband, now 5-year old daughter Luna and our cat Alfie) so I sold my Pilates studio in Marin where we lived at the time and we moved to Santa Rosa. How did you come to Pilates,What is your favorite pilates exercise and why?
Chest expansion changing palm direction, because you can really feel the 3 triceps individually with just a hand rotation and done regularly you see result fairly quickly.
Double-leg circles, because they feel so yummy. I was first introduced to Pilates about 17 years ago while living in upstate New York [Woodstock]. I saw somebody in a private session. The movements were so dance/ballet like (which is my background) and I loved the different ways of moving that were possible on the equipment so I gave it a try and fell in love with it. Do you have a motto or favorite quote?
“The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical” Albert Einstein What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
Spend time with my family, be out in nature (especially trees and beach), Pilates, yoga and meditation, read and learn, create.
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