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I am sharing my personal story in hopes that others may relate.

I was heavy and therefore felt self-conscious and didn’t want to exercise. Because I didn’t exercise, I was heavy. Does this sound familiar?

For my 50th birthday, I began a new “life” program which included adding Pilates to my daily routine. I had never tried Pilates before but I read about it and thought it would be for me since I wanted a strong lean body and didn’t want to do hundreds of squats or lunges to get it!

I chose Teague Pilates because they seemed to be rooted on “education” and I thought it would be a place where I would not “be judged.” I started in September 2012. I had bad posture (in fact I had a bone at the base of my head that stuck out from hunching over the computer all day). My 1st teacher was an apprentice named Deidre. She was very patient and made me feel “beautiful” even though I couldn’t bend over because of my stomach rolls.

I caught “the Pilates bug” and began taking classes daily. If there is a good addiction to have, I think that Pilates is one of them. Now I do Pilates 4-5 days a week and consider it a part of my life. My core is stronger. My love handles are smaller; I actually see that I have lengthened in my mid-section from the spine correcting exercises.

My advice to anyone thinking of doing something new for health and life: Begin with Pilates. The foundation on the reformer ensures you not “doing anything stupid.” The guidance from the knowledgeable and gentle instructors ensures that you will “learn the right way.”

I consider this the best gift I could have ever given myself !

Leslie M. Oak Park, CA

I walked into the Teague Pilates Studio not knowing what to expect...I just knew I needed to do something about the general fatigue, pain and unsteadiness I felt.
This sense was not anything new, I had felt this way for years. The first thing I encountered was the wonderful feeling inside of Teague, I felt at ease and this will sound strange - safe. I was impressed with the thoroughness of the evaluation and the new knowledge I got about myself and my body during the evaluation was stunning.
The decision to join was simple - but the best was yet to come.

I was blessed to begin working with a certified teacher named Perri. I now look at my life as before Perri and after Perri, the impact after six months is that great. In fact the impact was after the first month. I noticed the neck pain was gone; no longer did I have difficulty turning my neck to look out the car window or holding my head up staring at the computer screen all day. After another few weeks I was getting up the stairs in the office without any unsteadiness at all and low and behold my body was changing. As someone who has not made it a habit to be in an exercise studio, my twice a week lessons have become an important part of my life. It is my time to focus on me with someone I know cares about my wellness and whom I trust. After six months a much smaller (23lbs and counting) and much healthier person walks into Teague twice a week. No matter how tired or stressed I am when I walk in, I feel great and accomplished when I leave. Thank you Perri and everyone at Teague. 

Ilene H. Encino, CA

For the past year, I have been taking classes at Teague Pilates. If you are tired of that same boring gym routine you have been doing for the past 20 years than Teague Pilates is the place for you. The spa like atmosphere is welcoming, clean, and relaxing. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I take a weekly private with Perri who is amazingly knowledgeable and has taught me so much about my own body. Her support and caring manner has encouraged me to improve and exceed my own expectations. She never gives up. I have noticed increased flexibly, energy, and stamina. My usual aches and pains I've attributed to "old age" have disappeared and most exciting of all, I have increased 1/2 inch in height. I was 5'3" my entire adult life, however my last trip to the doctor I was 5'31/2". Imagine that in my late 60's. And don't forget the turbo and sauna. The whole body vibration is likened to the healing powers of a cat purring. It is very relaxing and I sleep better. I've taken Pilates at other studios, but Teague Pilates is far superior with its welcoming atmosphere and well trained, caring instructors.

Kathie M. Woodland Hills, CA

I want to thank Gerald for making the pain that I had in my lower back disappear!
I came to him for a muscle treatment after finishing many weeks of physical therapy
and shots for the pain. I have had this condition for the last 15 years and after two
sessions with Gerald the pain was gone. I wake up in the morning and feel great.
I highly recommend his treatments to anyone who has not found pain relief elsewhere.

Lisi G. Oak Park, CA

I’ve had a history of back problems. I tried acupuncture, cupping/scraping, chiropractics, massage, epidural shots, ice/heat, spa, etc. Some of these things masked the pain temporarily and did help, but a week later, pain again. I felt like 34 going on 54 and even contemplated surgery (the last resort). I had an MRI which revealed severely herniated discs in more than one place in my back.

Over the years, I heard more and more about Pilates. My good friends from England informed me that Pilates healed there back pain and insisted that I try it. I called around and found Teague Pilates.

I talked extensively with Gerald Teague, Neuromuscular Therapist who was very knowledgeable about the physiology of the back, nerves and muscle. He explained how muscle imbalances are the primary cause of muscular and joint pain and that Pilates would help align my muscular skeletal structure and help alleviate pain.
Teague certified instructors have worked closely with me find balance in my body and move with ease and efficiency. Interestingly enough, the amazement associated with my back pain going away has been completely overshadowed by how it has affected the way I sleep, work, walk, get into my car, play sports and everything else that involves movement. I am now naturally aligned. The muscles that I didn’t know I had are stronger and are actually playing a role in how my body moves. I have absolutely NO back pain!

Mike S. Oak Park, CA

I have exercised my entire life but found that over time, some exercising began to hurt my back. I did aerobics, running, weightlifting, yoga, and even Jane Fonda workouts. Whenever I did sit ups I always felt I was using my back muscles instead of my stomach, and consequently never had a flat stomach.

As I got older and received steadily worsening back “conditions” (8 of them per MRI), even Yoga began to cause problems after exercising. My muscles would lock up a couple of hours after working out and even massage would only keep me pain free for about 2 hours. I went to a pain specialist where I received monthly injections (prolotherapy) to help promote blood flow and help my body heal itself, strengthening weakened areas. I also took pain medicine (Vicodin and Soma) for 20 years, DAILY! Thankfully I am not an addictive person, but I never liked having to take these meds with the side effect of making me tired. I tried to get off of them a number of times but was so preoccupied with pain that I couldn’t function at work without them.

I have been coming to Teague Pilates on and off for a few years, with large breaks in time for shoulder and hernia surgeries. Through a combination of privates and classes, I have learned to use core muscles, muscles I didn’t know I even had. With uniform development of these muscles and correct movement of my spine, I have been able to isolate my stomach and not overuse my back muscles. I have come steadily for the past year and am happy to say that, for the first time since 1992, I have been able to stop ALL pain medicine! All of it! No more running to the doctor every month for prescriptions, no more pharmacy costs, and no more people looking at me funny when they find out what I am taking. All I need to do is come to Pilates three times per week and I feel great. Normal.

Just like that.

It has been over two months now with no medication at all.

And more importantly, my stomach is flat…..

Dr. Jodi Rowe West Hills, CA

I entered the Teacher Training Program with only two months of Pilates experience. In the two months of training to prepare to enter the program I pushed myself to learn all of the level three exercises. After the first Lecture/Workshop I panicked. I thought maybe it was too much information to handle. But, the passion for Pilates that the teachers had motivated me and after the second Lecture/Workshop I began to build my own passion for Pilates. In the third Lecture/Workshop I really began to learn how to teach. After that I craved more and more information. It was no longer over whelming. The amazing teachers that worked with me gave me the knowledge, the tools and confidence to become a great teacher; by being present for the student, helping them move correctly and get out of pain, and finding their own passion for Pilates.
I want to thank my teachers for showing me that Pilates is a lifestyle. I still hear your voices in my head while I’m teaching and also before arriving to the studio. Thank you so much for teaching with belief!

Yoni Anvi Kfar Blum, Israel


I have been doing Pilates at Teague Pilates Studio in Agoura Hills, CA three times a month for seven years. It has improved my tennis game in many ways. I am more agile and I can move better in all directions. I can switch hands, I have a better sense of balance and my serve has improved. I also ride Motor Cross, doing monster table tops and double jumps. Before every Sunday race, I do Pilates to prepare my body for going into extreme positions that require control to maneuver on the bike. I can get more speed and more traction because I have better balance.

Chris C. Agoura Hills, CA

Romina is a "BRUTE HORSE", proclaimed my college dance instructor. As he pushed on my standing leg, I held the other in the air. It was no wonder that I ended up either on the bottom of our formations or as the male lead in partner work. It was my station in my life as a dancer – never the lithe ballerina gliding across the floor, always the brute horse.

This Permeated my mind and body throughout my post college years. Despite my petite 5 foot 3 inch frame, I always seemed to define myself by pushing harder…faster…heavier. I tried it all – step class, stair master, spinning, cardio barre, weight lifting and yoga. While I seemed fit and felt “the burn” during my grueling two hour a day/five day a week regiment, my body grew more brutish and I suffered joint pain and sciatica. I knew there had to be another way. That is when I discovered Classical Pilates.
In my first lesson, I learned much more than just a series of exercises. I discovered a challenging method of movement that was kind to my body. I listened to my body and understood the way in which it liked to work, where it liked to overwork and amazingly, where it was just plain lazy. Who knew this old horse actually had lazy in her vocabulary?

Within weeks my hard muscles gave way to a supple form. I grew stronger without the bulk and tightness of my former self. I was able to do things I once thought impossible. For the first time in my life, I could run long distance without joint pain and competed in my first 5K race.

I became so greatly enamored with the Method that I joined the Teague Pilates Teacher Training Program. I want to be able to share with others the great truth that I had learned. I want to free others like me that had chained themselves to the gym, the scale and unhealthy expectations.

Today I have the privilege of doing just that – sharing my passion for Classical Pilates as a certified instructor at Teague Pilates. The brute horse has been put out to pasture.

Romina L. Oak Park, CA
About ten years ago, my right arm started to get numb every night. Within a few months, both of my arms began to swell and turn numb throughout the day. I was subsequently diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the spine. I was put on an anti- inflammatory and a muscle relaxant and sent on my way. This worked well for my day-to-day life, but I was still unable to enjoy two of my favorite things, snow skiing and water skiing. Every time I skied, the numbness and swelling would start again. Every couple of years I would try some new exercise hoping to find something that would help me. Then I remembered hearing about Pilates and I thought I'd give it a try.

I visited a couple of studios and some of the local gyms that offer Pilates and then promptly did nothing! I guess I was intimated. I wasn't sure I could do Pilates and truthfully, I wasn't sure I trusted any of the studios or gyms I visited with the care of my spine, but then I found Teague. I trusted them from the very beginning. I knew I had found the best place for me. I took my first private lesson in November of 2004 a few days before my 54th birthday.

At first, I didn't notice much change, but then friends started asking me if I'd lost weight. I thought that was odd; I hadn't lost any weight! Then I noticed I was standing taller and straighter and my clothes seemed to fit better. I became increasingly aware of how to move my body. I'd skied most of my adult life, but suddenly I got a whole lot better and I could ski all day without any numbness. By the end of six months, I'd lost eleven pounds; a welcome surprise! But, the very best thing is that within nine months, I was able to completely go off all of my arthritis medicine. My doctor thinks it's great!

When I first started at Teague, I thought I'd try every instructor and then settle on the one I liked the best, but to tell you the truth, I like all of them. They all have different styles and little tricks to help you do your best and they're all encouraging and supportive. That makes it easy to schedule lessons and classes. I just pick the time that is best for me. With my hectic schedule that is something that I really appreciate.

Karen W. Thousand Oaks, CA
Teague Pilates has truly changed my life in so many positive ways. I started Pilates two years ago as a means to overcome the mental stress of my job and the physical problems of neck and back pain. I had always been a gym member, but didn't find that the workouts were helping me with either problem. I was seeing a chiropractor twice a week to relieve my back pain and within two months, I was down to once a week. I now go in only once or twice a month. My headaches are gone and I feel so much better. I usually come to Pilates after a stressful day at the office. I rush in the door and within five minutes of my workout, I’m completely relaxed. It feels like a miracle, but it is really just common sense. Breathing, stretching, strengthening your core – these basics of Pilates have become a regular part of my life and I’m stronger, healthier and in better shape than I’ve ever been. Not to mention 25 pounds lighter!

I love the classes and the support of the fellow students and amazing teachers. Consistent privates have been a huge part of my progress and also keep me motivated to push myself to improve. I have a long ways to go, but I know that Teague Pilates will be the foundation to a better me!

Laurie S. Oak Park, CA
I have been going to Teague Pilates for many years and what this experience has done for me is absolutely amazing. This method of body conditioning has promoted physical harmony and balance to my body while providing me with a very refreshing and energizing workout. I see a great improvement in my muscle tone, amount of energy and mental concentration, derived from going to Teague Pilates Studio. I also have noticed a big increase in my strength, flexibility, and also my breathing and circulation.

I'm 64 years of age and I feel it is important to spend as much time building strength and flexibility as you spend on aerobic fitness. Strength and flexibility help your body better handle the age related changes and help with injury prevention, recovery and illnesses to the body. Pilates has certainly done that for me.

I just want to thank Teague Pilates for everything they have done for me. I don't believe I have ever felt better.

Mary C. Newbury Park, CA
Teague Pilates has made a significant impact on my health, fitness and mental well being. You and your staff are the best.

As a woman in her 50's, my doctor watches me closely for bone loss and other aging issues. To my great pleasure, when I went in for a routine exam, we found that I have grown one inch in height over the last year. We even measured twice!

Marcia F. Oak Park, CA

I am a hairstylist. Standing all day and keeping my arms elevated left me with tremendous pain and tension. I first looked into Teague Pilates to help relieve some back and shoulder pain. I received an amazing treatment called Neuromuscular Therapy that immediately relieved me of the shoulder pain that had been nagging me for years. I had tried acupuncture and massage, but nothing had ever come close to relieving my pain like the Neuro Treatment I received.

In Pilates, I have developed strength, balance and poise that I never had before. I have tried all types of exercise routines and believe that Pilates is the most effective in toning, strengthening and providing a solid core.

The instructors are friendly and approachable. The explanations are precise and the individual attention is great. With Pilates I am physically, mentally and spiritually stronger. Thanks to the Neuromuscular Therapy and the team at Teague Pilates, I am pain free. I am stronger, more flexible and in control of my movements. Thank you Teague Pilates!

Kristy P. Agoura Hills, CA


Approaching 50 years of age I found myself in the worst shape of my life, 40+ pounds overweight and taking three or more Advil everyday for back pain. For my 5’2” frame it was beginning to be difficult to find a big enough “big” shirt to go around my butt.

I needed an exercise program that I could connect with. I was curious about Pilates because it had been mentioned in my Dressage Magazines, as great conditioning for the rider. Dressage is a sport I have dabbled with for the past 15 years. I started with Teague Pilates taking private lessions and really enjoyed working one on one, something I’ve never done before. After two months I was taking 3 to 4 classes every week. My co-workers said once I began Pilates I just started to shrink.

Forward one year and I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made. I’ve lost 35 to 40 pounds and carved inches off my body. I have muscle definition in my arms and haven’t taken Advil for about a year. I’m shocked at the exercises I’m able to do – I would not have believed it possible a year ago. It is truly empowering to take your life, health and fitness and see it change so greatly. I feel I’ve received great instruction at Teague Pilates. I’ve been sore, but have never hurt myself and all of the instructors know I like to be challenged. Pilates is a journey – not unlike Dressage. It’s built on basic exercises that enable you to increase the difficulty of moves as you become stronger. Each level has a flow to it and is a building block to the next level. I love the challenge and expect to enjoy the journey for years to come.

Joan C.
Oak Park, CA

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