I was born in Minot, North Dakota, and I grew up in San Diego, CA. Now though, I feel like Carpinteria (near Santa Barbara), where I live currently, is my true home.
In 1983, at age 13. Kathy Corey started a teen class for her daughters, Justine, Amy and Jenna. Justine and I were in the same grade together and are still friends today.
If I pay attention to my body in relation to the exercises, it tells me a lot about the current state of my life and what I might need to adjust.
I think I learn a life lesson every time I teach. The metaphors that come out of my mouth when I really mean what I say to a client is often the very thing I need to hear in that moment. More specifically, I've learned that I’m not always right, and life (and Pilates) is way more fun when you give room to explore and learn.
Everything I could to become a nature photographer (with exception to being in the ocean where sharks are present).
I used to travel a lot with BASI Pilates®, and I'm very grateful I was able to visit some pretty incredible places. The most distant definitely would be South Africa. I once hiked to the top of Lion's Head in Cape Town! The most exotic would be Istanbul. China fits in somewhere there, too. Thanks, Rael and BASI Pilates®!
Trust yourself. Live now. Love as much as you can.
Spine Stretch without a doubt. I believe Joseph Pilates' quote that you’re only as old as your spine is flexible. Also, Rael Isacowitz taught me a version of Spine Stretch that includes back extension. I feel like a new, solid, younger person every time I do it.
My favorite Pilates quote: “To achieve the highest accomplishment within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life, we must constantly strive to acquire strong healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability."
My book would definitely be a Pilates book, and the dedication would read:
“This book is dedicated to Kathy Corey. For giving me direction, a home, a path, a career, and your friendship.”
Ha! Which one?! I use Spotify a lot. I’m currently trying to learn how to hoop dance to help my brain recover from a fall and because it's super fun! I’m doing less dancing and more twirling hoops on my wrists. For hoop twirling, I am listening to Rush ("Spirit of the Radio," "Limelight," and "Freewill"), and Metallica’s version of "Turn the Page." I’m also creating a sample playlist for the DJ at our annual Pilates Anytime party. I haven’t put any EDM on it, yet, so let’s not show Amy Havens this!
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Just when I was about to get something accomplished my new toys arrived! I wasn’t so good at the bigger hoop so I picked up the smaller ones ??#workrestplay #hoopdreams #hoopdance #dayone #fun #pilatesforhoops #hoopercooper #gottalaughatyourself #braintraining #ineedateacher!
How am I doing? Am I doing ok?
Try not to take Pilates or your teaching so seriously that you miss the point. Ask yourself how you are contributing to your client’s zest for life as compared to just their performance of exercises.
1. A good night of sleep.
2. Time off without thinking of work.
3. Collaborating on a project that makes something better than it was before.
Earthquakes, Tsunami’s (I really should move!),... and I fear being misunderstood.
I got to meet Michelle and Barack Obama at a party.
Pilates Anytime takes a good bit of my time, and I love every minute of it! When I'm not building the company, I spend my time dancing, practicing hoop dance, and taking pictures of birds and sea life.
Shantaram. It's a caper and a travellogue all in one - a complete journey and just so rich.
"American Beauty" and "The Outsiders"
I’m not a trained dancer, but I like to think I do okay without choreography. :)