APPROACH + PHILOSOPHY
Each body has individual needs with distinctive tightness patterns, imbalances, weaknesses, and injuries. With the passing of time, these distinctive patterns worsen and become a downward spiral - restricting the natural ease and joy in the body, causing chronic pain and often leading us into injury, which further increases limitations... and so on and so forth down the spiral.
Pilates is geniusly designed to reverse this downward trend. Programs are highly adaptive and can be customized for your unique needs, challenges and goals. With a frequent practice, Pilates can be an invaluable tool to correct the body's imbalances and poor patterns while building fitness and improving alignment (as experienced by millions and millions of people all over the world).
At heart, Temple Pilates is a classically-rooted, alignment-focused studio, teaching the method and philosophy as close to the original work of Joseph Pilates -- while at the same time, layering in variations of the work that have been evolved and expanded by master teachers around the world.
In addition to Pilates, we draw from a broad range of fitness and wellness modalities (including fascia work, Yamuna Body Rolling, Yoga, joint mobility and functional range conditioning).
IN THE STUDIO
Temple Pilates Studio offers Pilates instruction for individuals and small groups. Located in midtown Ventura, the clean, modern and fully equipped studio offers classical Pilates apparatus including Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chairs, Reformers, Towers, smaller apparatus such as Spine Correctors, Small Barrels, Magic Circles, Foot Corrector, Toe Corrector and complementary tools like rollers, balls, straps, and bands.
At Temple Pilates, your journey begins with an assessment of your current physical condition and alignment, a discussion of your goals and a workout where you'll learn and perform foundational Pilates exercises and concepts, as well as complementary movements from the other modalities noted above. As you continue, we'll work toward your personal fitness goals while we find and correct key physical imbalances, weakness and areas of tightness. Simply put, we'll strengthen what is weak, stretch what is tight and restore your natural alignment with a program customized for your body and needs.
Nicole Growdon (formerly Nicole Hawthorne), founder and principal instructor, is a classically trained and nationally certified Pilates instructor based in Ventura, California.
Like many others, Nicole discovered Pilates searching for relief from chronic pain and a way to safely move and restore her body after a series of injuries, a pregnancy, a couple surgeries and 20 years of stress, deconditioning and misalignment from long days of corporate work and travel.
Nicole studied and practiced Pilates for more than a decade before teaching. After losing a close friend to breast cancer, she realized she had to change her life and focus her energy on helping others improve their health and well being. She walked away from the career she had spent so many years building to study Pilates full time and achieve comprehensive certification as a classical Pilates teacher.
A graduate of the Equinox Pilates Teacher Training Institute, Nicole maintains a consistent self-practice and continues to study with a variety of master classical and contemporary Pilates teachers, as well as complementary movement and wellness modalities including Yoga, fascia release techniques and functional range work.
It is a sincere privilege and honor to teach. I greatly appreciate my students and view myself as a partner in their journey to good health, mastery of this beautiful work and the natural empowerment that comes from effectively learning how to develop and manage inherent strength, flexibility and alignment.