Darien Gold was certified in the Pilates method by Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates’ principle disciples and one of the few he designated to carry on his work. Darien continues their legacies by staying true to the traditional method and uses her previous passions for professional dance and high-level competitive gymnastics in her approach to teaching Pilates.
In the three years that Darien has called Sonoma County her home, she’s brought her talents to a variety of facilities. Her recent hire is at POST Wellness by Design, a full facility wellness center that rests beautifully next to the Petaluma River and it now offers traditional Pilates with Darien. She works in conjunction with the physical therapists and looks forward to learning from the various health practitioners at the center. The employees at LGC BioSearch Technologies, a gene-based applications company, have become Pilates converts as well and Darien hopes to expand her Pilates presence in the corporate world, helping to lower the workplace stress level one “Teaser,” at a time. The oldest ballet studio in Petaluma, Contessi School of Ballet, is also a proud recipient of Darien’s teaching knowledge as the ballet dancers experience how integral the Pilates method is to developing strength, control and balance. She teaches Mat and Apparatus classes at Body Kinetics Marin Health Club where she is also one of the health club’s Continuing Education Pilates instructors. The first studio that Darien bought traditional Pilates to, was Yoga ONE in Petaluma, as well as the second location in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa. She is also following in the footsteps of Romana Kryzanowska, by developing a program for students interested in learning to teach traditional Pilates and for teachers and students interested in deepening their traditional repertoire knowledge. Her new studio, Le Petit Studio Darien, is designed for privates lessons only. If interested, please contact her using the Contact page.
Darien was the first Second Generation classical Pilates instructor to present the traditional Intermediate Mat repertoire in app form, Studio Darien Pilates and two years later in 2012 the iTunes store again accepted her second app, Studio Darien Advanced Pilates. Twenty-three years of Pilates dedication also garnered Darien other accolades: Pilates Style Magazine named her Intermediate Mat DVD in 2010 and the Advanced Mat DVD in 2012 in its “Top 10 Best DVDs” category.
Darien makes no claims for Pilates that she has not experienced herself. This year, after a twenty year absence, she returned to dance, one of her passions and concedes her conditioned and youthful body to the power of Pilates. Her ballet teacher, Marcela Contessi was so impressed with Darien that she invited her to join the faculty of the Contessi School of Ballet, the oldest ballet school in Petaluma. The school’s youth and adult dancers are discovering for themselves how Pilates enhances their own passion for dance.