A B O U T M A R I N A
Marina grew up in Carlsbad California, homeschooled in a household that included VW vans, home births, citrus trees, menagerie of pets, beach time and more beach time. Her early years were spent practicing the violin, daily ballet classes and beautifully prepared meals by a family that believed in food as medicine. These years were formative to her belief that taking care of and moving the body, creates strength, beauty, integrity and intelligence,
She was first exposed to the Pilates method in 1992 to supplement her dance training by the late Julian LIttleford, a former Martha Graham dancer and esteemed teacher in the Pilates community. While in college she apprenticed under the wing of Astrid de Wild of de Wild studios Santa Barbara. This 4yrs long apprenticeship gave Marina an ingrained understanding of how to teach, how to look at and how to listen to bodies.
Marina spent several years in the Fashion industry working in product development in San Francisco and New York City, eventually finding herself at odds in a career in which her values weren’t lining up.
Upon reflection and curiosity, she started teaching Pilates once more, finding resonance in this return to her previous career. She began teaching in NYC and opened her own studio, happy now flat belly, in Williamsburg Brooklyn. She became immersed in studying other bodywork modalities that would greatly influence her teaching including cranial sacral technique, Anatomy with Irene Dowd, meditation and dance. She became certified to teach Yoga thru Om Yoga at the 200 hr level in 2004 and received her NY State license as an aesthetician in 2011.
While her technique is steeped in the building blocks of Anatomy, Yoga and the Pilates technique, her classes are inspired by gravity, color, light, shape and form. Her style integrates breath centered movement, precise alignment, mind-body connection and joy. Continually studying, refining, she keeps her students motivated while sharpening their kinesthetic awareness both in and outside of the classroom.
Marina came to the class in the Summer of 2015 and was immediately drawn in and inspired by this force of a movement. She is so grateful to be a part of this community that speaks to so many and has such vast potential to change people’s lives for the good.