When I took my first Pilates class, I was eight months prenatal and in a totally new environment. I had just moved to Iowa from Florida, and I was feeling displaced from friends, family, and the familiar comforts of home. A social worker at the time, I was also seeking a lighter career. Little did I know, my Pilates career path started then and there.
This body, mind, and spirit felt more alive, confident, and purposeful after just one class! As a mom, I needed a sense of having my body again. Pilates helped me regain that lost connection. It also provided an outlet to express my creative soul in a way I hadn’t since I was a dancer. I knew Pilates was a venue for changing behaviors by choice, not force.
In 2010, I pursued a Comprehensive Certification through the PhysicalMind Institute with Lonna Mosow, in Eden Prairie, MN. It was both thrilling and trying, as I was still doing social work full-time. Trying as it was, I knew I had made the right decision when I saw my first Pilates clients in 2011. They were self-directing their healing process, making huge gains physically as well as mentally. Their success and happiness made me happy too! The next step was opening the doors of Discover Happy in the fall of 2011. My interest for helping more mothers like myself led me to further my Pilates education:
- Pre/Postnatal Courses at Paragon Pilates PT in Edina, MN.
- Pfitales (pelvic floor program for women and men)
- Demi-Bar Pilates Trainer
- Skillful Mentoring (2015-2017)
- Teacher Training Educator (2016-2018)
- Fly Fit™ Aerial Fitness (2016)
- Aerial Art’s Educator and Youth skills Trainer (2017-present)
- Aerial Youth Training with Born to Fly™ (2017)
- Pure Body Teacher Training Faculty (2019-present)
Ever since that first mat class, Pilates has been a personal check-in to see how I’m doing mentally and physically. It always restores me and keeps my whole self healthy. Aerial Arts allows me to express my creative nature and challenge my mental and physical boundaries. I adore teaching Aerial especially with young women to empower them with self expression and valuing their strength. Educating and mentoring teachers is my passion! I enjoy guiding those who are curious to learn more and I’m proud to have a safe space to help them explore. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Pure Body Faculty to continue illuminating Joseph Pilates’ method for more teachers to know the life-giving work. Helping others know their potential in life with Pilates or Aerial Arts, as a practice or a career path, brings me the utmost happiness.
Ways to work with me:
- In MY studio – bodywork, teacher training, mentoring. Just email or call me!
- In YOUR studio – host a teacher training course with PBTT. Fill out a host form here: https://www.purebodyteachertraining.com/host-studios
- In the workplace – I lead inspiring talks or demonstrations for your staff, colleagues, or team. Rekindle some fire with your comrades with some movement or moving conversations. Again, email or call me!
I hope to see you soon!
My husband, Dave and I moved to Decorah in August 1995. We have four amazing children; Olivia, Cecilia, Isaiah and Elijah.
I started attending Pilates classes when a friend attended a few classes of her own. I had struggled with years of low back pain-I have had many relatives and a biological father have back surgeries due to degenerate diseases-that, in combination of four pregnancies were inevitably how my pain started at an earlier age for me.
With much hesitation, I attended the Pilates class and after only a few one-hour classes, I noticed a relief in my low back pain. I was able to completely stop my ibuprofen intake overtime and eventually was able to preform tasks I was unable to due to the pain!
With the inconsistency of Pilates classes being offered, I decided to research how I could attend teacher training only to properly maintain my own Pilates movement independently to stay fit and well.
After my training was complete in July 2013, I dove deeper into how I might be able to help those in the same predicament I found myself in only months earlier-I couldn’t keep this secret of Pilates health and well being to myself!!!
Offering Pilates classes to those whom search to find their own wellness through strength and mind-body movement is one the most fulfilling things I have achieved in my lifetime! Whether Pilates is for pain maintenance, mind-body and fitness achievement, or a little extra weekly social connection, Pilates is for all fitness levels and most find that it fulfills even more satisfaction than they ever imagined possible!
Molly started taking dance classes at age 3 and has been dancing in a variety of different ways and places ever since. While putting in long hours in the research lab to pursue her other passion, chemistry, Molly discovered group fitness classes as a way to bring balance to her life both physically and socially. Since moving to Decorah in 2015, Molly has been part of the Discover Happy community and she has found that her Pilates practice is important for maintaining balance and strength in her life. She is excited to share her love for dance, fitness and Pilates as an instructor at DH and hopes that everyone leaves the studio feeling inspired!
I attended my first aerial class in Fall 2017. I was immediately drawn towards the “play” aspect of it – being suspended off the ground, hanging upside-down. It was like being a kid again, playing on the monkey bars. The strength and conditioning opportunities kept me going. I’m stronger now than I’ve been my entire adult life. I’m excited to help others experience the fun and challenge that is aerial fitness
Hello! My journey with Discover Happy Pilates Studio started out by attending Hip Hop Halloween with a friend in 2016. I had no idea what i was getting myself into, but it was exactly what I needed to add to my life. After that, I decided to take personal sessions with Amanda, along with Mat class and Club Dance whenever possible. What I was really intrigued by was the Aerial class Amanda was teaching at the time. The silks and trapeze looked just too good to pass up as soon as a class opened up that I could attend. I was hooked. I completed the Fly Fit Teacher Training at The Aviary in Minneapolis. I am now teaching Intros, Fly Fit, and Youth Aerial classes. It is the best decision I have made! I am also in the process of the Pilates Teacher Training.
Fitness has always been important to me, but I have always had a hard time finding what suites me. Along with Aerial and Pilates, I also enjoy running and weight lifting. I believe it is important to be as well balanced as you can!
Teri Ann Marting
My Pilates journey began when I started taking classes with Amanda nine years ago. I didn’t have any major health issues. I just wanted to get active, gain strength, and I thought it was fun! In the beginning I wasn’t able to attend as regular as I would have hoped, but I still started to see results.
When I became pregnant in 2015, Pilates became a much more integral part in my overall health. The low impact exercise, and extra level of control that the reformer allowed, was just what I needed to keep moving during those late months of pregnancy. That’s when I fell in love with the reformer. After I had my daughter, I began to have a lot of problems with my low back. I decided to continue taking more classes to build back my abdominal strength, because I knew that would help my back. I started taking class one day a week and started noticing a difference in my lower back almost immediately. This improvement encouraged me to start taking class two times a week… and that’s when I really started noticing the difference! I went from going to chiropractor twice a week to once a month.
Pilates not only helped me gain strength and take care of my core, it helped me gain a new mindfulness to my overall health and self-care. I got back to eating healthier, working out regularly, and gained a whole new confidence. It felt great to hear people ask me what I was doing, and it made me want to share this experience I had with others.
In March of 2018, I decided to start the journey to gain my own Pilates Certification to teach Pilates at Discover Happy Pilates Studio in Decorah. Over the past year, I’ve been dedicated to learning how to help teach others and perfect my own practice while I’ve reached my 498 training hours! I’m excited to continue my practice and to share what I’ve learned to assist others along their wellness journey, too!
A foot in the door is a step toward a healthier you… hope to see you in one of my classes soon!