I have a passion for helping my clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals. I offer private Pilates training to people of all ages, from fitness buffs to those managing their osteoporosis. I’ve sold my studio and am currently working at the same location. The studio is now called The NINE: A Pilates and Fitness Studio. It is a clean, comfortable and safe environment where students of all fitness levels, or with rehabilitative and sports-specific needs can enjoy the many benefits of Pilates training in a fun and nurturing way.
My mission is to inspire clients to find the power within themselves to achieve their goals toward a balanced body, mind and spirit.
Pilates is an exercise method like no other. The specialized, spring driven equipment is designed to help you focus on starting from your center with each movement. Practicing Pilates can help you improve your total body strength, flexibility, balance and posture allowing you to move through your day with more grace and ease.
I follow Joseph Pilates’ original principles including breathing, concentration, control, centering, precision, balanced muscle development rhythm and flow, whole body movement and relaxation. At the same time I apply current concepts in human movement sciences with every exercise I teach my clients.
Besides being a fully trained through Polestar and Balanced Body and a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, I am also trained in:
CoreAlign®: I am a certified CoreAlign trainer, having learned from the inventor himself, Jonathan Hoffman. Built by Balanced Body, the CoreAlign is available for private sessions. The CoreAlign is part cardio, part strength, part flexibility training and totally unique! Easy-to-learn exercises on the CoreAlign emphasize standing movements and are designed to improve posture, balance and functional movement. The CoreAlign method, developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman, stimulates core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing challenging exercises, very deep stretches and core-controlled aerobic training. For more information see our CoreAlign page!
Pilates Suspension Method: I am also a Pilates Suspension Method Advanced Certified instructor. The Pilates Suspension Method, developed by Rebecca Beckler, takes traditional and contemporary Pilates equipment and mat exercises and takes them to the suspension ropes to improve your core and overall body strength. Each PSM exercise has a Pilates root exercise and is done in many of the traditional Pilates series. You’ll find doing the Pilates Suspension Method will improve your form, alignment and core strength when you take the moves to the Pilates equipment. This fabulous body weight suspension method follows all of the the principles of Pilates exercise! For more information see our Pilates Suspension Method page.
Paula Anderson, MS NCPT: Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
My interest in movement sciences and rehabilitation led me to pursue my Master of Science Degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology, with a concentration in Wellness Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in the early 90’s. I became the group exercise and fitness director at a small fitness club in SLO. At that time I decided to give competitive bodybuilding a try. It was a lot of hard work, but gave me a great sense of dedication and empowerment, in body, mind and spirit. I competed successfully for two years. With the reemergence of the Pilates method in the fitness industry and the encouragement of my group exercise students and personal training clients, I started studying the Pilates method in 1998. It was a similar mind, body, spirit connection as with bodybuilding that convinced me to become a Pilates professional full time. I received my Pilates Mat training though the PhysicalMind Institute with Maria Leone at Bodyline Pilates studio in Beverly Hills, and my apparatus certification through Polestar Pilates Education with physical therapists Dav Cohen, PT and Sheri Betz, PT. I began teaching Pilates in 1999, and I opened my own studio in 2005. I have been a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (formerly PMA certified) since 2006, and I have continued my education in Pilates by becoming an osteoporosis and gait training specialist using Pilates and CoreAlign techniques. I am also a Pilates Suspension Method Certified Instructor. I recently sold my studio and it is now called The NINE: A Pilates and Fitness Studio. It is in the same location in the Grocery Outlet center in Arroyo Grande, upstairs on the end. I love Pilates and hope I can share my enthusiasm with all of my clients for many years to come!