by Joseph Pilates during WWII, this program of exercises focuses
on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles of the "core."
A strong core benefits the entire body allowing for optimal
posture, increased flexibility, strength, coordination and
balance. Pilates exercises are an excellent rehabilitative
system for back, knee, hip, shoulder, and repetitive stress
injuries. In Joe's words, the Pilates Method "develops
the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical
vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit."
In each Pilates Mat class we will start by practicing the
fundamentals to gain an insight into proper muscle usage then
move into a variety of mat exercises. All levels of fitness
are welcome and beginners are encouraged to attend! Please
see the class schedule
for time and dates.
Meet the Pilates Instructors:
Jennifer Pearl became interested in Pilates
while taking a program developed by the NYC Ballet Company
in 1994. The program emphasized length and strength within
the physical body and she found many common elements with
her yoga discipline.
In 2004, she became certified by the Physical Mind Institute
in Pilates Mat and in Pilates Standing Exercises. In the summer
of 2005, she completed a certification in Pilates Equipment.
She had planned to start teaching in the fall of 2005 when
Katrina hit New Orleans, closing the NOAC for one year. Jennifer
taught locally and then furthered her Pilates training in
the summer of 2006 and again in 2007 with Ellie Herman in
San Francisco. She set up a private Pilates studio at the
NOAC in the Fall of 2006 and has been teaching mat classes
and private clients. She is certified on the all equipment
through the Physical Mind Institute based in NYC.
Eleanor Carney has been a professional ballet dancer for the
past fifteen years. She received her Pilates training from
Pilates on Fifth in New York City and her certification from
Stott Pilates. Eleanor is currently a professor in the dance
department at Tulane University and continues to guest as
a professional dancer across the United States.