Bios Beth Harris – Pilates Trainer and Movement Coach The wondrous alliance of form and function that is the human body is the inspiration for Beth’s work both as Dancer-Choreographer and as Movement Coach-Pilates Trainer. Beth grew up in the red rock country of Western Colorado. The fantastical contrasts of cottonwood and river gorge, quaking aspen and ascending mountain, peach tree and vast valley evolved a passion for the ever changing alignments of the natural world and specifically as they play out in the human body. As a child she studied tap, modern and ballet; by age 14 she had begun to teach and choreograph. After leaving Colorado, Beth danced professionally in Modern Dance companies for fifteen years. A quick study, she often moonlighted in musical theatre, ballroom, and ethnic dance. Private sessions, duets, classes and workshops are offered in Beth’s practice for fitness, for health and therapeutic training, for professional enhancement, and for recreational enjoyment. She has taught in a wide variety of settings which include gyms, recreation centers, clinics, schools and universities, prisons, and dance and yoga studios. Beth’s strengths are in creating dynamic therapeutic programs for alignment, balance and musculo-skeletal integration. She is adept at using her technical skills and insights to provide movement coaching for performing artists and companies – dancers, actors, musicians. Beth is a renowned expert in balance and remediation of musculoskeletal issues. In 1987-88 Beth received her full Pilates Certification at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Center for Sports Medicine under the tutelage of Patrice Whiteside, Elizabeth Larkham, and Mercy Sidbury, after which she worked in the satellite clinic in Walnut Creek and maintained a private practice. Her lifelong fascination with the moving body has led her to explore a myriad of dance forms plus Yoga, Breema, Chi Gung, Feldenkrais, Gyrotonic, the Franklin Method, Kinesiotaping, and Jin Shin Jyutsu. She studies Active Meditation with Dr. Christina Cross and Intuitive Meditation with Dr. Glenda Jeong with whom she recently completed the advanced training in Personal Energetics Management. She has also studied with Greg Cox, PT of the Balance Disorder Institute with Andre Labbe, PT in the Janda Approach to musculoskeletal pain remediation, and with Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. I am happy to announce that I have completed my R-Phase certification in ZHealth with Dr. Eric Cobb. It is very exciting to be integrating my studies in meditation and the brain. In order to more fully address the needs of the mind and body I have recently completed my R-Phase certification in ZHealth. ZHealth is a movement template that was developed by Dr. Eric Cobb and can be used in any setting or situation to help us move to the fullest potential and enjoyment of our body. “I have had so much fun with my body. I worked as a modern dancer performing rigorous athletic and theatrical shows plus a lot of partnering. I spend time in nature hiking and gardening and doing habitat restoration. I gave birth to three children at home and am raising them with my husband, Rick. I know what it is to train my body well but I also know what it is to push too hard and I know injury. And, as a result of my movement and meditation studies and training, I feel better than ever and am able to move and dance in ways that I didn’t imagine would be possible as an ‘older adult’.” Mary Reid – Pilates Trainer and Movement Coach Movement has been a part of Mary Reid’s life ever since her parents enrolled her in dance classes at the Linkletter/Totten School of Dance at age 5. The studio provided a VW bus that transported all students to a small studio where they studied ballet, jazz and tap. Mary’s mother never dreamed that these dance lessons would be the beginning of her movement journey. Mary has her BA in Theater from CSU Fullerton and an MA in Dance from UCLA. She formed Mary Reid/Smaller Than Life after moving to San Francisco and continues to choreograph and perform with Terrain, a dance and performance collective based in the East Bay. In 1989 Mary began studying Pilates-based rehabilitative movement with Patrice Whiteside and Elizabeth Larkham at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. She received her certification from St. Francis in 1990. Other influences include Ideokinesis, Laban Movement Analysis and the Bartenieff Fundamentals. She has studied with Mercy Sidbury, Marie-Jose Blom and many others. In addition to teaching at Pilates at the Plaza, Mary has been on staff at St. Francis’s satellite clinic in Walnut Creek for over 14 years. “It has been a pleasure to study and teach this movement work. I learn something new every day. My desire is to help people develop skills and techniques so that they can be comfortable in their bodies. Many of us have become disconnected from our bodies and it is a joy to be part of the process that reintroduces clients to their physical lives.” Lisa Yang – Pilates Trainer Lisa has completed her Pilates Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, and Chair and Barrel training through Balanced Body University at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. While she is completing her full Pilates certification, she is interning at Pilates At The Plaza. She first discovered pilates in college where she enrolled in a mat class that she thoroughly enjoyed. It wasn’t until a few years ago that Lisa began practicing pilates at Pilates at the Plaza. It was there that she gained an understanding of what Pilates is really about. Her desire to pursue a career in which she could help people, combined with her fascination with human anatomy and physiology, and a little encouagement from Beth Harris, drove her to enroll in the Instructor Training Program through BBU. Through her private training sessions of therapeutic movement therapy, she began to heal from the wounds caused by her own life’s emotional and physical trauma. This healing process is what truly sparked her love for Pilates. Pilates not only brought awareness to her body and mind in ways she never thought possible, it also brought awareness of the endless factors that can negatively affect one’s body. As she continues exploring the path to health and wellness through movement, she looks forward to sharing her knew knowledge with you and inviting you to accompany her on her enlightening journey.