with Megan Windeler
Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
$40 (with $5 discount if purchased 7 days in advance)
The Pilates Method is a wonderful way to develop core strength, as well as overall stability, agility and stamina. However, as instructed in its original form, the exercises are not always appropriate for those with low bone density or injury in the back or neck.
Fortunately, the Pilates method can be adapted to accommodate and help those with Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, and neck and back injury. In this 2 hour workshop we will learn how to safely modify the Pilates exercises in a way that is effective for those with low bone density and injuries. You will leave the workshop feeling empowered to join a Pilates class with the knowledge of how to modify the movements to keep you safe and build strength.
(If you have a neck or back injury, please contact the instructor, Megan Windeler, at email@example.com to ensure this workshop is appropriate for you.)
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a remarkably effective, comprehensive program of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Its focus is on creating strength, agility and stability in the deep postural muscles of the body. The approach is holistic in nature, bringing body awareness and mental concentration into the structure of each exercise. Pilates aims to teach how to be in control of your own body, allowing you to handle stress more effectively and relax more readily.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure. To achieve the highest accomplishments 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.” -Joseph Pilates
*This workshop is intended for people with disk injury, osteoporosis, osteopenia or neck injury. But all practitioners are welcome to take the workshop, even if you don’t have the above conditions. It is an appropriate introduction to Pilates, as well as a return to exercise for new moms.
Instructor — Megan Windeler
Mindful movement, in whatever form it takes, is Megan’s passion. She firmly believes in the power of movement to help people feel at home in their bodies and more connected to their lives.
Her classes are creative and full of detail. Expect to work, rest and have space to explore the shapes and movements in equal measure. She is a master at creating a version of any shape or movement appropriate for every body.
Megan has been teaching Yoga since 2005 and Pilates since 2017. She was a student of both methods for years before she ventured into teaching. She is ever curious about movement modalities and feeds her teaching by being a perpetual student.
Megan got her first Yoga certification at The Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2005 with teachers Stephanie Snyder, Jamie Lindsay, Darren Main, and Jai Kumar. She studied Pre Natal Yoga with Jane Austin and Marisa Toriggino. She continues to learn from many teachers. Her favorite locals being Britt Forman and Kate Truka-Tartuk. She studies Pilates on-going with Ruthie Wahlborg Scott in the lineage of Ellie Herman, blending classical Pilates with a more contemporary approach. She holds a license from Incorporating Fitness, LLC, allowing her to teach the Buff Bones ® Method – an osteoporosis safe workout designed to enhance agility, fitness and bone strength. Presently, she is working on a Personal Training and Health Coaching Certificate with ACE.
Outside the studio, she rides her bike and hikes on mountain trails, drinks tea, loves plants, books, heavy metal, bad jokes, and her son.