Class and Session Information
Pilates on Harrison
- Beginning/Intermediate Mat/Tower Equipment Class on Fridays @ 7:45 am at Pilates on Harrison. Sign up here.
- Intermediate Chair Equipment Class on Fridays @ 10:00 am at Pilates on Harrison. Sign up here.
- Mixed Equipment Class on Saturdays @ 9:00 am at Pilates on Harrison. Sign up here.
- Introductory Equipment series on Saturdays @ 10:00 am at Pilates on Harrison. Sign up here. This is a repeating 6 week series. See the website for the next start date.
Quarry Arts Building
Strong and Mobile 6-week series: Sept 3 – Oct 8 on Tuesdays @ 4:00 – 5:15 pm at the Quarry Arts Building Room 170. Contact me to sign up.
Strong and Mobile: Healthy movement for achy, bendy, or aging bodies. When your body is tweaky, it’s tricky to work out. You want to grow strong but not push so much that you end up in pain. In this series, we’ll use Pilates, yoga, and mindfulness to learn what your body needs to be strong, mobile, and graceful.
Essential Strength 6-week series: Oct 15 – Nov 19 on Tuesdays @ 4:00 – 5:15 pm at the Quarry Arts Building Room 170. Contact me to sign up.
Essential Strength: How to be strong for the activities you love. Whether you love hiking, kayaking, running, or skiing, your body needs core strength. Different from “weight-room strength”, you need the strength that makes your favorite activities smooth and easy. Join us for this series on developing core strength with exercises you can do at home.
What is a private yoga session?
A private yoga session is your chance to work with me individually on your yoga poses. You get feedback, tips, and advice that is tailored to your situation, your body. People use these sessions in various ways:
- You can work with an injury or health issue
- We can develop a home routine that meets your needs
- You can get your yoga questions answered
- You can go more deeply into your practice, both refining your understanding of the poses and bringing additional mindfulness to them
What is a Pilates equipment session?
Pilates is a series of exercises that develop your core strength and bring flexibility to your spine. Some Pilates is done on a mat but there are series of exercises that are done with equipment. These exercises are particularly powerful because the equipment works to both support the body when the exercise is challenging, and to bring additional challenge once body is strong.
The equipment is unique. Each piece uses springs to create the resistance. The springs make the motions very glide-y and soft. Most people find them very enjoyable.
My Pilates sessions are geared to what you want and need. Want to get moving? We can work through the Classic series. Want to address an injury or imbalance? We can work slowly and deeply to reorganize your nervous system so your body works more efficiently. Your sessions give you whatever you need to develop a strong, balanced body.
How do I get started? Privates or classes? Yoga or Pilates?
So many choices!
Of course, classes are always a great way to get started. Yoga, Pilates–either one is fine. Pick one that seems interesting. Taking a class lets you get to know me and see how it all works.
I encourage you to contact me. I’d love to get to know you. We can discuss what you need and come up with a plan that works best for you. Use the form at the bottom of the page to send me an email.
I have an injury. Should I start now or wait?
Let’s talk. Both yoga and Pilates offer a lot of support for healing. Contact me and we can discus what your body is ready for and what is the best way to go forward.
“Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?”
“In six months, even in one day or one hour, we can experience so many extremes of pleasure and pain. The question is, how can a human heart–my heart or your heart–absorb the continual, unremitting contrasts of this life without feeling shattered and thinking that we cannot bear it?”
~ Sharon Salzberg
“To put it simply, the full benefits and fruition of meditation cannot be experienced or enjoyed when we are not grounded in our bodies.”
~Reginal A Ray, PhD
“We have to learn how to live with our frailties. The best people I know are inadequate and unashamed.”
~Poet Stanley Kunitz to The Paris Review
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There’s more to yoga than being bendy. My yoga classes combine alignment, strength, awareness, and curiosity.
Pilates builds strength and helps your spine flex. The equipment is smooth and glide-y, and makes even the most difficult exercises easier.
Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and calm your mind. More and more research points to physical benefits as well.
I’ve done yoga a long time. In the beginning, I tied myself with belts and lay on hard, wood blocks. I hung from the walls, hoping my hips would open with gravity. I chased the dream of the perfect backbend.
Yoga is kinder now. Instead of forcing bodies to bend in ways that are unhealthy, yoga focuses on training healthy movement. Who cares if you can do a backbend when your body functions well and moves freely in your daily life?
I bring this thinking to my classes. I started with Iyengar yoga and eventually got a teaching certification in Alignment yoga. Into yoga, I mix Pilates, mindfulness practices, and sometimes unexpected surprises. I think the real value of the poses is to get to know your body and mind.
…and have fun. Bodies are interesting and yoga gives us the chance to enjoy them.
I live, work, and teach in the Madison, WI area. You can contact me by phone or fill out the form below.