Mama, Teacher, Lover of the Human Form & devoted to facilitating transformation
I have been on a path towards physical freedom for my entire lifetime. I sought out performance and self expression as a child, and found dance as my outlet. In time dance became the outlet for my perfectionism, and because bodies and the art of dance are not made to be perfect, my body and soul began to suffer. And so, my healing journey began. I learned to heal my very injured body through various body systems, rhythms and holistic paradigms. I learned to quiet my mind through transformative breath and meditation. Through pregnancy I learned to expand physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually; and through post-partum, I again learned to heal. In motherhood, I continue to learn to better listen and better observe. And with every student, I continue to learn the uniqueness of every being and that the body is limitless.
In my practices & teachings there is no one system I follow. One of my first teachers taught me that the body is chaos. It holds the material. It holds what we know of as physical. And it also is full of chaotic magic. This lesson continued through dissection labs where I learned that the human form is its own universe, full of uncharted territory and vast in its potential. When I teach and hold space with you, I listen to what your unique universe is saying and showing to me. We will move from that place and utilize the tools I have gathered throughout my lifetime.
My intention is to guide you towards freedom and alignment in your physical and emotional body. This freedom is created through awareness and listening to your body, aligned strength, and dynamic flexibility.
My priorities as a teacher are to:
Your pain issues or patterns that are not serving you physically and emotionally.
My Most Used Tools:
Fascial Strength and Release Work
Functionally and Fascially sound Pilates, Yoga and Dynamic Movement
Breath Facilitation and Meditation
Essential Oil Healing
When we begin moving and breathing the way we are innately designed, the body functions, dances and flows at a supremely high vibration. This freedom is where the deepest healings can take place and where we are able to transmute our old patterns into new dynamisms and essentially LIVE this life to the fullest.
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In Gratitude to all of my teachers...
Kelly Kane - Pilates, Power, My Hands
Renee Jimenez Orona - Observation
Nicola Weiner PT - Skill & Precision
Christine Wright - Freedom
Elena Brower - Yoga & Self Acceptance
BKS Iyengar - Lineage & Alignment
Kim Finklestein - Thinking Outside the Box
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - Breath, Freedom, Love
Jane Kasdan-Letting Go, Trust & Alignment
Gil Hedley - Form & Formlessness
Jay Grimes - Pilates & Lineage
Sandy Shimoda - My Voice
Tawny Avonne - Intuition,Freedom, True Self
Anna Rae - GST Body & Fascial Truths
My Parents - The World
My Son - The Universe
Thank you for involving and inspiring me...
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."-Benjamin Franklin
"Barbara has inspired me in so many ways that go beyond the hour we spend in class. Her enthusiasm for learning about ancient breathing and movement techniques has guided me to learn more on my own. And physically I have a lot less pain in my upper back and shoulders where I carry all of my stress."
"I have less fear in my mind and body along with more confidence in moving and in life. My body has also changed and I feel I am finding and discovering a new strength that THRILLS me."