I'm originally from Colorado and I currently live in Santa Barbara.
I first started practicing Pilates while I was in college at Colorado State University in 1991. My first teacher was Gary Calderone of the Pilates Center of Ft. Collins.
The most valuable life lesson I've learned through my practice is the importance of being patient - good things come to those who wait. What's the rush? Enjoy the ride.
The most valuable life lesson I've learned through my teaching is to honor the truth that everyone is in their own unique place with their bodies, their minds, their souls, their spirits, and their level of understanding themselves. I've learned compassion and I've learned to accept everyone where they are, at that moment - and then again and again at each new moment. We're always changing, nothing stays constant, and we have unlimited potential.
If I could be doing anything else besides Pilates, I'd be a backup singer in a band.
If I could be anywhere right now I'd be sitting on the top of a rock on a high mountain top, gazing at the amazing scope, breathing in the fresh air, feeling the warm sun on my face, and smiling at the wonder of the world around me.
The most exotic/distant place Pilates has taken me would be Seoul or Glasgow.
It's all going to be okay, go have more fun!!!
If I could do one Pilates move for the rest of my life it would have to be Short Spine. I love the feeling of the full spinal stretch, the ability to roll and lift myself up to unload tension from my back, and that oh so delicious stretch on the way down.
My favorite person to practice with is anyone who wants to be spontaneous and play.
"Rome wasn't build in a day."
I would dedicate my first book to my mother because of her tenacity - a characteristic I believe I embody. She has always been there for me, believed in me, and is so incredibly strong willed. I'm truly her daughter.
Pilates with music when I workout on my own, no music when I teach, unless it's Mozart very quietly playing in the background.
On my workout playlist is: Madonna, Thievery Corporation, Groove Armada, Bonobo, Little Dragon, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Prince, David Bowie, Michael and Janet, Fleetwood Mac, Gotan Project, Queen, Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Earth Wind and Fire, and Drake... to name a few.
If I could meet Joseph Pilates in person I would say "Thank You," ... and, "can I change a few things?"
The last time I attended a class or a session was today.
Advice I'd give a first time teacher is to be patient and don't expect your students/clients to be able to do a Roll Up their first time. Enjoy the simplicity and don't teach too much too soon. Spend more time in the fundamentals and details and find ways to stay excited about them.
I define success by my ability to confidently and honestly say I'm fulfilled by the endeavors that I'm involved in, without a doubt.
I fear dying alone.
If there were a move about my life it would be titled "Keep on Keeping On" and Reese Witherspoon or Jennifer Aniston would play me.
One thing most people don't know about me is that I'm actually quite introverted and enjoy spending a lot of time alone.
If life gives me lemons, I ask "WHY?"
I like to spend most of my time teaching and supporting others.
My favorite journey is that of self-discovery and introspection. From there, all things are exciting. Oh, and a trip to a chocolatier!
My favorite book, right now is, "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan.
My favorite movie is, "The Sound of Music."
My hidden talent is doing detailed painting of ceramic Christmas ornaments.
Want more Amy? Take a class with her!