Pilates has had such a positive impact on my life, I look forward to my sessions with Mara, her professionalism and calm teaching methods make learning enjoyable.
I have been practicing Pilates since 1990 and began teaching in
2003. I was first introduced to the Pilates Method by my aunt,
Susan Whitlow, who trained with Ron Fletcher in the 1970s. I
immediately was intrigued and challenged, and after all these years
remain so; there is always more to learn.
I was certified to teach by Michele Larsson of Core Dynamics
Pilates in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am classically trained and enjoy
bringing creativity to my teaching to best help the client. My goal
is to teach proper movement and technique in the studio which
anyone can then employ in their daily lives.
I have recently returned to New Hampshire after spending the
last 7 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am also an oil painter;
I received a BFA from UNH and a MFA from Indiana University.
I am particularly excited to be working with Mara since we share
the same Pilates philosophy.
What motivates me:
To stay healthy and strong, as a cancer survivor, this is of
particular importance to me. It also brings me great pleasure when
a student makes an achievement, however small.
My top fitness tips:
Develop a routine - it is much easier reach your fitness goals.
Keep your core engaged whether you are participating in an athletic
endeavor or simply reaching for an item.
My fitness inspiration is:
My aunt, who introduced me to Pilates. She is now in her 70s,
still teaching, and has amazing strength and vitality - a perfect
example of a 40-plus year dedication to Pilates.
My biggest challenge is:
Living with hypermobility in my knees and shoulders. Flexibility
is great, but too much can be very difficult.
My personal fitness achievement is:
Maintaining my fitness level as I’ve gotten older.
When I am not at work:
You will find me outside enjoying all that New Hampshire has to
offer or in my painting studio.