Niedra Gabriel is a seasoned Pilates and Yoga instructor who takes a holistic approach to understanding the body and exploring its tremendous gifts. With over thirty years of experience, Niedra first began teaching Pilates and Yoga in the 1970’s.
Niedra is committed to fitness education in both the U.S. and abroad. She is currently involved in creating and delivering concentrated trainings, workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and continuing education classes that represent her eclectic blend of knowledge, gathered over a lifetime. Niedra also holds master classes and workshops throughout Europe, and is currently establishing a Pilates training program in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
A certified Pilates instructor for over 18 years, Niedra has trained directly under Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates, while completing her Pilates Certification at the New York Pilates Guild. She is also a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.
In addition to her role as a Pilates teacher trainer at Mind 2 Body, in Sherman Oaks, California, Niedra offers intensive one-on-one training at In And Up Pilates in Silverlake, California and at The Studio at Padaro Beach in Carpinteria, California. She teaches a variety of workshops and classes at Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour. She also regularly leads classes and retreats on physical and personal growth and lifestyle, taking a comprehensive approach that includes an exploration of nutrition and wellness.
She believes we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, and that the practice of Pilates and Yoga helps us connect with that spiritually and enhances our overall awareness and lifestyles. She developed her respect for technique, which she cites as the “key to freedom” after studying Yoga under B.K.S. Iyengar. She has also studied the John Friend system to master Anusara Yoga and was certified in Kundalini Yoga under the direction of Yogi Bhajan. In addition to Yoga and Pilates, Niedra’s breadth of expertise also extends to dance, choreography, and Circus/Aerial Arts training, which she first learned as a hobby eight years ago and has more recently begun teaching and performing.