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.
Darien’s latest endeavor 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, she had 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.
Currently, Darien teaches a weekly class at LGC BioSearch Technologies, a gene-based applications company. She hopes to expand her Pilates presence in the corporate world, helping to lower the workplace stress level one “Teaser” at a time. You can find Darien subbing at The Airport Health Club in Santa Rosa, and she conducts her own classes for the Cotati Parks and Recreation in Cotati. Check her online calendar schedule for class times/days.
At 2pm on KPCA Petaluma, Darien’s radio show, “All Things Pilates” explores the connection between Pilates and other modalities that compliment the teaching of Pilates. Experts have included: a pelvic floor specialist, podiatrist, chiropractor and physical therapist. This show is also intended to help educate listeners about the Pilates method its two main approaches classical and contemporary. As a side note, Darien’s involvement in the station’s PSA announcements showcases her voice-over qualities.
Darien was the first Second Generation Classical Pilates instructor to present the traditional Intermediate Mat repertoire in an app, Studio Darien Pilates. It was selected by Pilates Style Magazine in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Best DVDs of the Year. Two years later, Pilates Style Magazine selected her second app, Studio Darien Advanced Pilatesfor the same honor. For those who are just starting their Pilates practice, Darien’s basic mat DVD, The First Seven is available on Amazon, and her newly redesigned apps for Apple devices are in the iTunes store and at Google Play for Android devices. 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.