@2018 Pilates by Sarah James

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Being a dancer and gymnast from a very young age, I have always had a deep and a very natural connection to my body and movement. As I continued to dance and create through my adolescence, I began to realize that my body was not a typical “dancers” body. I was more muscular and athletic, and because of this, I had many story lines I told myself and held on to for many years to come. Until I realized how unbelievable and amazing the human body is in all its perfect imperfections. How much it can overcome when we truly begin to not only love our bodies but change our story lines. People prove it all the time. People with far more physical and mental obstacles than I have ever had. I learned this profound lesson when I found Pilates over 15 years ago as I began to practice the Classical Method in San Francisco as a traveling performer. I became stronger in body and mind, more balanced than I had ever been, and stayed injury free. I saw such change in my being that I decided to become certified and enrolled in The Pilates Technique Certification course taught by Jill Cassady in Los Angeles California. A very in depth 400 hr program derived directly from Jill’s own one on one apprenticeship with Romana Kryzanowska. I was fully certified on all equipment for all levels in October of 2010 and have been enjoying teaching and training ever since.

 

Throughout my teaching career, I have brought many clients out of debilitating pain into strength and flexibility. As well as pushed healthy

clients to fitness levels they have never experienced. This is why I love Pilates, it’s for everyone, from in chronic pain and injury sufferers, to the highly accomplished athlete.

Leila Bazzani