Francine

I am not a former ballerina. I am not a personal trainer.  I have never traveled to India to study with a guru. I am a Mover. A Student. A Teacher.  A Teacher of Teachers.

I have been teaching movement since 2005 when I fell “head over heels” in love with Therapeutic Yoga. It was my first desk job out of college, and Therapeutic Yoga was the only activity I could do after developing severe carpal tunnel. I went on to complete my 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, and then, in 2006, a trip abroad led me to discover Pilates and complete a Pilates internship for several months.  I came back to the states even more inspired to learn and eager to expand my knowledge of the body and movement. I spent the next year completing the full training program of Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates, then went on to become PMA certified, complete the coursework of the Pre/Postnatal Pilates Certification from the Center for Women’s Fitness, and Pilates for Buff Bones Licensure.

Along the way I graduated with a master’s in Kinesiology from Cal State Northridge and became faculty for both the Center for Women’s Fitness and Buff Bones, and have had the honor of training teachers both here in California, and in other host sites across the states.  In 2011, I was at the forefront of web-based teaching when I started offering Virtual Sessions, enabling me to conduct private Pilates and Yoga sessions with students as close as LA and as far as Panama and Mexico in the comfort of our own homes with the convenience of internet access, webcam and Skype. In addition, I created a video for Real Living Nutrition Services, adding a fitness component to their online program.  I have continued to keep up my education be attending our industry’s annual conferences and most recently completed the Pilates for Neurological Conditions Course.

I don’t think I will ever stop learning! It is what fuels my passion and what makes me the teacher I am today.  In the last few years, I have been studying and practicing Mindfulness Meditation, which enables me to be that much more present to my clients, my practice, and my life.  Whether you are interested in working with me to strengthen your core with Pilates, deepen your sense of awareness with Mindfulness or restore your body with Therapeutic Yoga, it is my I hope (and belief) that something I offer here at Your Daily Practice can contribute positively to your life, your passion…your practice.

I would like to thank the following teachers who have greatly contributed to my education and helped form me into the instructor I am today. Cheri Clampett, Arturo Peal, Monica Passaro, Jennifer Pearlstein, Carolyne Anthony, Rebekah Rotstein, Mariska Breland, and Audrey Walzer.