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
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
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
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.
C. Agoura Hills, CA
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
29020 Agoura Road _Agoura Hills, CA 91301 ~ Call 818-991-9405