Pilates NJ offers superb training in the Pilates technique out of Warren Township in Central NJ. Premier Authentic Pilates NJ offers access to a fully equipped Pilates studio with Pilates instruction by Deborah Harris, a certified Pilates instructor formerly of Pennsylvania Ballet.

 

 

 

 
     Premier Pilates & Yoga is truly lucky to have two different instructors, both fully trained and certified in the traditional Pilates technique. Deborah Harris has a very strong background in dance. Her insight into the mechanics of body movement tends to bring a unique perspective to a Pilates workout. She is deeply committed to helping each client reach their full potential and to get the most out of every session.


Deborah Harris

     Deborah grew up in Lancaster, PA and has a very strong background in dance. She was completing her BFA in Dance at Temple University when she had a dance injury and used Pilates to rehabilitate from it. She was fascinated by the technique's unique ability to concentrate its healing in the specific area of the injury. She was also drawn in by the focus of Pilates on complete physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
     In 1999, Deborah was admitted into the highly competitive and intense New York City Authentic PilatesTM Training Program. Over the next year and a half she was instructed, trained, tested and, ultimately, certified by Romana Kryzawinska, an internationally acknowledged The Grande Dame of Pilates, who was a star pupil of Joseph Pilates in the 1940s.

     Deborah was also taught by such Certified Teachers of Teachers as Sari Mejia-Santos, Bob Likens and June Hines. As a part of her training, Deborah completed over 600 hours of practical instruction in her certification program and clearly demonstrated an excellence in working on all different Pilates apparatuses, as well as an ability to work safely and effectively with women and men at all levels of physical fitness and ability, including those with musculoskeletal injuries.

     Deborah started to teach at the Pennsylvania Ballet Pilates Studio in 2001. She worked closely with Greg Taylor, a physical therapist. This relationship and proximity to the world of professional dance gave Deborah a chance to apply her training and perfect her approach to clients with such varying conditions as dance injuries, scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, hip surgery rehabilitation, chronic pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, and low back pain.     
      While at the Ballet, Deborah has worked with Prima Ballerinas, principles from Cirque Du Soleil, members of Broadway shows "Fosse" and "Contact." She was an integral part of a recovery team for Phillip Dulebohn, an Olympic Ice Skater. Deborah enjoys the challenge of the rehabilitation work and is constantly amazed by the quality of improvement her clients experience with Pilates.
     Deborah believes that Pilates should be challenging but fun and spiritually invigorating. She is committed to her clients and works hard to accommodate their busy lives. At the same time she expects dedication from them and a serious commitment to improving how they feel, their function and the way they relate to the world.


Tara Orlando

     Tara Orlando is the newest addition to our facility. Tara graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in Communications and minor in Psychology. After working for 2 years in Pharmaceutical Advertising she had decided that this path was not for her.  

     After the initial exposure to Pilates, Tara fell in love with this technique. She loved how her body felt after every class. She proceeded to get trained in classical Pilates. Tara received extensive training in all aspects of the Pilates technique: from teaching a mat class to working with the equipment. Following her rigorous training she passed the examinations to get certified in both Pilates Mat and Pilates Equipment.
     Tara is now pursuing her teaching certification in Health and Physical Education at Kean University. Tara has already taught at numerous New Jersey locations. She has been complimented on her flow, personal connection with the clients. Clients have enjoyed the way she ties in her knowledge of Pilates with the information acquired through her health and physical education courses. She is currently teaching the full spectrum of Pilates classes: Pilates mat, Tower, and privates. We are truly lucky to offer her skills, knowledge and expertise to our clients!

Gillian Rosenthal
     Gillian has been practicing Yoga since age 17. In 1995, after a stay at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass, she realized Yoga to be her path both personally and professionally. With influences varying from Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa, her style has become a unique blend. Holding two certifications, one from Kripalu, the other from Stefani Pappas of Devalila Yoga, Gillian's style of teaching focuses on alignment as well as flow of movement.

      Gillian, like Joseph Pilates himself, incorporates her Yoga knowledge into her Pilates sessions. Her detailed attention to form, and alignment help her classes obtain the sense of a moving meditation. Mind, body and breath are fused, and true presence is achieved. Her classes are challenging, encouraging students to 'play their edge', to meet perceived limitations (both physical and emotional) with compassionate awareness, and overcome them when appropriate. The result is increased strength, stamina, balance, flexibility, and most importantly, personal empowerment. In all her classes, Gillian seeks to create a sacred space for people of all levels to practice, de-stress, to realize the true nature of themselves, to cleanse from within, and ultimately to heal.
 

      Gillian is also a health supportive personal chef, trained at The Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC, with culinary apprenticeships in both Macrobiotics from the Kushi Institute in Becket, Mass, and Raw food preparation from The Raw Experience in Maui, HI.

      Gillian is also a certified massage therapist, a recent graduate of The North Jersey School of massage, specializing in both eastern and western modalities, including Shiatsu, Swedish and Deep tissue work. Some of that knowledge also makes its way into the classes she teaches.

( Premier Pilates & Yoga, Inc. - (908) 754 5901
.  53 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059
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