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    Teri Steele

    Teri Steele

    Steele Pilates


    Teri Lee Steele graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with her B.A. in Physical Education with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine in 1990. That same year she received her Health and Fitness Instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. She moved to New York in 1991.

    From 1991 to 2002, Teri worked as the Head Personal Trainer at PEx, a private New York-based training facility. Teri helped to modernize PEx’s trainer’s training program and hired and trained all of the new trainers from 1997- 2002. In 1999 she received her certification in Kickboxing. Teri obtained her Pilates Mat Certification in 2000 and Pilates Apparatus Certification in 2001 from the Kelly Kane School of Core Integration. In 2002, she became certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Since the birth of her daughter in 2002, Teri has been training her clientele privately as well as maintaining faculty positions at Dance New Amsterdam, Katonah Yoga and Steps. She and her husband are artistic directors of Steeledance, a New York- based modern dance company.

    Teri created the Steele Pilates Mat Certification Program in 2005 and Continuing Education Curriculum in 2006. She has certified over 200 instructors domestically and internationally. Steele Pilates workshops have been held in Norway and Sweden. Her students have gone on to successful teaching careers in the US, Israel, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Spain and Amsterdam.

    "Teri Steele Pilates is both invigorating and functional. Teri's refined dialogue, skillful sequencing, and perfect pacing add up to a beautifully choreographed ass kicking! I leave class feeling integrated and buoyant, the technique and conditioning are easily applied and felt in my yoga practice. This class is a secret weapon for anyone who uses their body in a dynamic way, especially yoga practitioners."

    "Teri's class is a delightfully unique combination of conscious, controlled movement and sheer, unadulterated physicality, inspired by beautiful language, masterful sequencing, & elucidating cues. I f-in' love it!" -Phillip Askew, Yoga Instructor Katonah Yoga, NYC and Pure Yoga, NYC

    What is Steele PilatesTM?

    Steele Pilates
    truly focuses on the “how you are doing” vs. the “what you are doing.” There is a greater level of focus on the process rather than the product. This attention to detail enables every student to develop a positive relationship with their body - empowering them to make choices about their own movement quality and building the confidence and the desire to establish perfection. The classes are mentally and physically challenging. Steele Pilates teaches the importance of understanding each client’s goals and limitations and seeks to work towards each individual’s goal.
    What Steele Pilates has become is an hour in which every student is educated in the Pilates Core and Movement principals and how they relate to each exercise individually. The class flows effortlessly from one exercise to another via choreographed transitions that challenge the student’s strength and create endurance. Above all, Teri is known most for her more advanced classes in which creative modifications and choreographed exercise sequences are designed to teach each student to impart Pilates principals into movement sequences rather than just individual exercises. To do this in a way that challenges every student yet supports them throughout the entire hour, the personal training principals are applied in order to keep the class moving (no rest periods!) for the entire hour. Students leave feeling neuro- muscularly, physically and cerebrally challenged, yet with a sense of accomplishment and total body integration.

    To learn more, visit her website!

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