Hello, and welcome to The Studio Be Blog. My name is Kathy Lopez, owner of Studio Be. Many of you may know me already, but for those of you who are new around here, I thought I’d kick things off by introducing myself and telling you a little about my Pilates journey.
It all started in 2001 when a good friend and colleague invited me to a Pilates studio open house. When I walked in, the instructors were doing a short performance on the Wunda Chair—the most advanced apparatus Joe Pilates invented. The exercise was called “Going Up Front,” a vertical lunge up into the air with no handles to hold on to, and they all looked like graceful gymnasts. All I could think about was how fun it must be to work out like a performer. I was so bored with weight training at the time.
And I was hooked…
I went home that day and immediately investigated getting certified. I had no idea what I was getting into. In fact, I’d never done Pilates in my life. I ended up signing up on the spot because I was presented with the rare opportunity to study with Rael Isacowitz, the legendary founder and director of BASI Pilates International.
Since then, I have studied the work from many gifted teachers, attended workshops and conferences all around the U.S. I’ve met the elders who studied with Mr. Joe Pilates himself and their teachers and completed countless Pilates programs.
Looking back, I cannot tell you how grateful I am that I did not listen to the fearful little voice in my head. Pilates changed my life forever. It became my way of life. It’s my breath, mental focus and awareness. Pilates is the owner's manual of how to properly move your body with ease, grace and fluidity.
Over the last twenty years, I’ve built a community around this way of life at my studios in beautiful Ventura, California. I thought it was time to bring this community online.
With this blog, my hope is to not only be a resource for my current Studio Be community, but also for those who are seeking out a new way of life, or maybe just a new way to move their bodies.
If you’re already an avid Pilates person, this is a space for you. If you’re interested in getting to know what the Pilates method and lifestyle is all about, this is a space for you.
I hope the Studio Be blog is your one-stop-shop for…
About Studio Be
At Studio Be, we specialize in classical Pilates. While there are thousands of Pilates studios out there, what sets us apart comes down to one thing: experience. Our team of instructors are all highly trained and certified in the Pilates method, each having over twenty years of experience under their belt.
Our full-service studio in Ventura, California offers all the pieces of the Pilates apparatus, including the Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair and, of course, the Mat. In addition to Pilates, we offer barre classes, yoga instruction and TRX training, which support and round out the Pilates practice. We also believe in the Melt Method for rehabilitation and therapeutic wellness.
When you walk into our studio, you can let go of the pressures of the world and focus on your wellbeing. Our motto? Be Strong. Be Flexible. Be Well.
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About The Author
Fitness has always been a guiding force for Kathy Lopez, owner of Studio Be. Her inherent drive for health has naturally translated into helping others achieve strength, balance and wellness. Kathy has been voted Ventura's best Pilates instructor nine years in a row. Learn more...