When another dancer introduced Darien Gold to the Pilates method in 1992, she felt an immediate connection to the work and soon began studying with Romana Kryzanowska, a Joseph Pilates premier disciple. Certified in 1997, Darien has been teaching classical Pilates ever since. Her deep understanding of the Pilates method developed out of her extensive background in high level gymnastics and her eighteen years as a professional dancer.
Initially, Darien began teaching in her Hollywood, CA apartment with a used reformer bought from a student. As her practice grew, she moved into a larger space and invested in the Cadillac, additional reformers, chairs and barrels. Three years later, another move — this time in West Hollywood above the famous TOI Thai restaurant on Sunset Blvd., and named this larger commercial space Studio Darien. After fourteen years she moved again — this time to a more tranquil environment — and now teaches in her home studio in Sonoma County. The peaceful countryside insures not only a great workout for the body, but elevates the mind and spirit as well. Moving from hectic Los Angeles to her new forever home proved to be a very positive decision. Darien has shared her talents with a variety of facilities such as Yoga ONE located in downtown Santa Rosa, POST Wellness by Design, a full facility wellness center next to the Petaluma River and Body Kinetics Marin Health Club where she taught classical mat and apparatus classes as well as serving as one of the health club’s Continuing Education Pilates instructors. At Lifestyle Pilates in Petaluma, Darien imparted the classical approach to a mostly contemporary clientele, and the young ballet dancers at the Contessi School of Ballet also benefited from Darien’s teachings. Currently, Darien conducts mat and apparatus workshops at the Airport Club in Santa Rosa.
In 2018, Darien’s talents took her across the pond to England where she was invited to teach classical Pilates to both classical and contemporary Pilates instructors. A decade ago, shehad her first experience teaching outside the United States at the renowned fitness center, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico and now she can add the students in Suffolk, England to her roster. She also offers online lessons to students who can’t make it to her studio and especially, international students.
Every Sunday at 2pm on KPCA Petaluma, Darien’s radio show, “All Things Pilates,” explores the on-going evolution of the Pilates method as well as its connection to other modalities such as Gyrotonic, yoga, podiatry and chiropractic. Listeners can expect additional information about the two main approaches to Pilates – Classical and Contemporary. In addition, Darien lends her talent as a Los Angeles voice-over artist for the station’s PSA’s announcements.
Twenty-six years of Pilates dedication has garnered Darien many accolades. Pilates Style Magazine named her Intermediate Mat DVD in 2010 and the Advanced Mat DVD in 2012, in the magazine’s “Top 10 Best DVDs” category. Darien was the first Second Generation classical Pilates instructor to present the traditional Intermediate Mat repertoire in an app, Studio Darien Pilates and two years later, she produced her second app, Studio Darien Advanced Pilates. For those who are just starting out, Darien’s basic mat DVD, The First Seven is available on Amazon. Now, her newly redesigned apps are available in the App store and Google Play. It is Darien’s hope that with her basic mat DVD and her intermediate and advanced apps will help to keep Pilates practitioners on the classical path.