Entries by Darien

In the moment, your Past and Future

I was working with a client recently, when it dawned on me that I had something literally within my reach that could get across to my client, what I could not. We were working on Knee Stretch Series and despite my verbal and physical cues, she could not figure out how to stay back on […]

Un-sticking the heart

I’ve worked with many people over the years and the one thing that always becomes evident to me, is that with certain challenging exercises, the fear of losing one’s balance or even looking foolish, can reveal emotional and psychological blocks that hamper the learning process. There is a connection between our thoughts and our physical […]


Many people ask me how it’s possible to eat ice cream, a passion I’ve had my entire life, only once a year – on my birthday. Well, this is the story: I made a decision many moons ago that I wanted to feel and look healthy for as long as I could, so I eat […]

Peace through Pilates

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t have a little war going on inside. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the general exercising public understood that by practicing the Pilates method, one’s inner conflicts would diminish? And, wouldn’t it also be something if people made the connection between their own personal turmoil and the conflicts they burdened […]


My mom used to say that I was an empty hospital…no patients. If she had also warned me that it might take decades for my talents to be recognized, perhaps it would have been easier for me to accept patience as my friend. I thought that talent, discipline and my drive for excellence would be […]

Power is in your house

They say false power shouts but true power whispers. So, are you a shouter or a whisperer? Up until now, expressing my thoughts has been pretty tame. These last blogs have focused mostly on the spiritual and psychological potential of the Pilates influence. Now it’s time to talk about another aspect of Pilates and a […]

The Next Step (or somewhere down the road)

What do you do after you’ve developed a sound Pilates technique? Well, you create art with it, of course. As with all classical teachings, once a strong foundation is set, revelations begin to emerge. Mr. Pilates gave us a beautiful gift to help us in our lives. The Method has so much more to offer […]

Fake It, ‘Til The Doors Are Shut

New York City offered so many experiences with dance, of course, being my backdrop – and experiences positive and negative reached out to teach me. I descended the subway stairs to ride the IRT back to Brooklyn one day; my head in a dance cloud as usual, entered the train and sat in a seat […]