Barbara Stamis and Sarah Reese

Beyond the Method PilatesThe Mechanics of Mountain Pose

Tadasana (Mountain Pose) is seemingly the most basic posture. This is a myth!  If we look deeply at our Tadasana, the first pose learned in asana, we can see many of the habitual movement patterns we carry into other poses.  We must learn to use Tadasana as a foundation, the first floor to a multi-level practice.  Through Mountain pose we have the ability to define our level of awareness in all asana work and it is where we begin to understand center, strength and ease in our bodies.

In this workshop we will explore our individual habits at an anatomical and energetic level through Tadasana.  You will be given tools, cues and hands-on adjustments in order to maintain the essence of a powerful Tadasana in all postures.

You will be challenged physically and mentally in new and creative ways.  Please come ready to explore and move.

In this workshop you will…

  • deconstruct and reconstruct Tadasana as the first pose and the grounding pose for all asana
  • increase your knowledge for optimal joint alignment in Tadasana and all asana
  • decrease injury or strain during asana
  • teach you to be aware of habits that are not serving you or your practice
  • give you the tools to take your practice to the next level.

Barbara Stamis


About Barbara:

Barbara Stamis is a certified Pilates instructor and the founder of Pilates: Beyond the Method, a  Pilates and movement education practice based in Santa Monica, CA which integrates functional anatomy and biomechanics principles into mind-body fitness, specifically, Pilates and Yoga.  She specializes in injury prevention and recovery, and chronic pain management.  Barbara teaches privately, group classes and continuing education workshops and has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2003.


About Sarah:


Sarah spent 3 years of study under Cyndi Lee, Jennifer Brilliant and Dana Strong and left her career as a professional dancer to teach the Om Vinyasa style. For the past 15 years she has been fortunate to work with, and learn from a wide variety of healers, doctors, and yoga teachers.  She hopes to create for her students greater awareness in body and mind through the understanding of one’s own unique alignment needs.  Sarah is a senior teacher at Yogaworks and teaches privately in Laguna Beach, CA.

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