The moment Tara Russell took her first Pilates class her passion for movement was born. Tara had just graduated from USC with the intention of pursuing a career in the visual arts when her father was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and degeneration of the cerebellum. To witness her father’s physical deterioration had a profound effect on Tara; her love for movement grew out of a quest to learn everything she could about health, and in turn she dedicated herself professionally to improving the physical condition of others. In time, Tara obtained her Pilates certification through the Physical Mind Institute, her Pilates for Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy certification through Fusion Pilates, her GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, Jumping Stretching Board and Leg Extension Unit certifications through Gyrotonic International Headquarters, and pursued the study of yoga. Tara’s unmatched ability to achieve and to demonstrate proper body alignment inspired Gaiam, the world-renowned fitness pioneer, to feature Tara in thirteen instructional Pilates DVD’s as well as several yoga infomercials. Further, she has appeared on the cover of Pilates Style magazine and has written many articles. Tara’s extensive training is continuously enhanced by her dedication to ongoing education.
As an instructor, Tara challenges her clients by creating customized programs designed to ensure maximum results. When teaching, Tara insists on technical discipline while taking the time to explain every movement in a patient, thorough manner. As a result, her clients continually emphasize that while she always challenges them, she is a complete joy to train with. More than that, they point to increased strength, flexibility, and balance – results that speak for themselves. Tara’s instructors, colleagues, and students agree: she possesses an ability not only to energize one’s body and mind, but to elevate the spirit.