Join the Dorchester Running club for a weekly Pilates Class!
When: Mondays at 6:30, January 29th through April 9th
Where: Leahy-Holloran Community Center
Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!
What: A weekly class taught by Ana Reyes of Back Bay Pilates to build strength and flexibility.
10 Week Series
DRC Members – $120
Community Members – $150
Drop In (any classes throughout the 10 weeks)
DRC Members – $15 per class
Community Members – $20 per class
Pay online here. Sliding scale and waived fees available – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The first class on January 29th is free to everyone! Come try it out!
About our instructor – Meet Ana!
I came to Pilates looking for an efficient and intelligent way to heal my body after years running and martial arts injuries. I ran Cross Country and all long distances in Track throughout high school and entered college injured, demoralized, and told that I’d never run again. I turned to Tae Kwon Do as a way to get in shape and instill some discipline in me. 10 years , 2 Black Belts, and two pulled hamstrings later, I stopped teaching as I was tired of giving my all to my students, but not giving enough to myself and my body. I was tired of being injured and being told to suck up the pain. That attitude was no longer sustainable for me and of no value whatsoever. There had to be another way that I could stay in shape and feel good. I was also tried of believing that I’d never run again. I missed it so much and wanted to do whatever it took to make that a part of my life again.
I had dabbled with mat-based Pilates classes and videos while training for my black belts. I found the work to be a great warm-up, as it left me feeling stronger, longer, and more connected to my body. As I’m a perpetual nerd, I felt that both my running background and martial arts teaching gave me a small awareness of bio mechanics and alignment. I wanted to gain a greater understanding of anatomy and alignment.
Pilates is an efficient, accessible movement method appropriate for all. We can all use more awareness of our core strength and when we harness that internal strength and power, we become better, more efficient versions of ourselves. The beauty of the method is that it doesn’t need apparatus. Sure, you can come to a studio and play with a variety of props. All you need is clear instruction and a comfy floor mat.
My teaching style focuses on enthusiastically encouraging you to discover your inner strength. For runners, our form tends to break down when we’re tired and chugging away at those last few miles – and that’s when we need it most! I can help you discover how you can easily check in with your body, connect with your core strength, and run tall without driving yourself crazy with details. These skills will not only make your running more efficient, but help you stay strong and tall as you go about your normal day-to-day activities.
I’ve been teaching Pilates for just over 10 years now, comprehensively certified thru Balanced Body. In those 10 years, I’ve worked with people as young as 13 and as old as 84. I have taught to people with Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and Cerebral Palsy.
I am 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, having started with the Cornell University Sport Taekwondo program and earned my black belts thru C.W. Taekwondo Boston. A certified IMPACT Self Defense instructor, I have extensive experience teaching to trauma and abuse survivors. I’ve also studied yoga for over 15 years, with most of my studies in the Vinyasa and Iyengar styles.