I am a dancer, pilates teacher, movement enthusiast, and mom to 2 young boys. I earned my Pilates certification for both mat and machine work from the Kane School of Core Integration (now Kinected) in 2003 and have been teaching in both studio and private settings ever since. Over the years I've taught at Sal Anthony's Movement Salon, Body Evolution, Pilates Garage, Dance New Amsterdam, and Streamline Studio as well as teaching clients in their homes. I have been a dancer my whole life and have had the pleasure of performing professionally for Zendora Dance company, the Vin Moxie Dance company, and with choreographer Jeanine Durning. In 2003 I also graduated from Educating Hands Massage School in Miami, FL where I became nationally certified in both Swedish and Shiatsu massage. I was fortunate to study anatomy and movement with master teacher Irene Dowd from 2007-2009. I have lived with my husband and kids in Park Slope, Brooklyn for 10 years.
Though the study of the body has been a lifelong focus of mine, the experience of pregnancy and childbirth brought about a whole new awareness for me. After, first, an emergency cesarean section and then a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) delivery, my experience of movement, exercise and feeling connected to my body totally changed, as did my ability to find the time to do any of these things! There were times (and still are), when I only had 5 minutes to check in with my body and at some point I decided that I would allow every 5 minutes count. What became apparent to me was that more important than having a big chunk of time to exercise was making a little time everyday. This was especially true when attempting to rediscover my abdominal muscles after childbirth. Each day that I checked in and did some gentle exercises, I was able to feel my abdominals a little more. The more i connected to them, the more I could feel them and use them when i wasn't formally exercising but still using my body, like when picking up my kids. And as I got used to making time for my 5 minute routine, I started being able to extend the length of my workout little by little, till I developed a 30-35 minute routine that I can do anywhere, works the whole body and gets the heart rate up. Whether pregnant, post natal, or needing a challenge, my routine is endlessly flexible and continues to evolve as needed. Ultimately it was this daily body check-in that helped me regain a connection to my body and feel strong again.
Check out my write up in Brooklyn Parent Magazine: http://www.nymetroparents.com/article/how-to-fit-exercise-into-your-day