Hello and welcome, I am Patrice Abood. I am proud to say I am a teacher of the safe spine technique. I specialize in programs teaching about the spine and pelvis and just spent a month with Rebecca Leone and completed her Gap Filler and Portfolio Pilates program. The education focuses on science of the spine and pelvis. I offer courses specializing in safe spine, postural and functional movement techniques. Learn about how to take daily care of your spine (important stuff)! Please check out my “Safe Spine” section on this site for more information.
I’ve practiced yoga since the early 90’s and was trained and certified as an Ashtanga and Sadhana Yoga Chi Instructor by Doug Swenson, an approved 200 hour Yoga Alliance course. As a Sadhana Yoga Chi teacher, I aim to create a holistic balance between strength and softness; between the internal practice and the external results. These are addressed through the encouragement of body/mind awareness, as well as a series of dynamic, flowing movements. Wellness and integrity of daily living are what I most value on my journey as a teacher and life-long student. I’ve also learned a great deal from workshops and classes with Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Tiffiany Cruikshank, Shiva Rea, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane but my main inspiration for this practice came from my mentor Nancy Samuels. I strive in every class to live up to Nancy’s example of guiding students with fun, lots of variety, clear instructions infused with humor and generous helpings of kick-your-asana power flow sequences.
I’m also an experienced Pilates instructor, having studied and received my comprehensive certification from master teacher Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI). I first heard of Pilates in 1980, at that time there were no studios near me or even out west (that I was aware of). I finally got on the apparatuses in the early 90’s taking classes from Madeline Black in San Francisco and from that moment on, I was hooked on what I now call “feel good exercise.” My Pilates training continued in Santa Barbara with Astrid DeWild and later with Rael Iscowitz at On Center Pilates in Costa Mesa, CA. I teach Pilates and yoga (with the safe spine technique) and I have found in conjunction, Pilates and yoga work quite nicely together. Their similarities are they both aim to unite the body, mind and spirit. They also are breath-based disciplines; although the primary styles of breathing are quite different. Yoga teaches you to breathe in and out through the nose, which helps to calm the nervous system down. Pilates teaches you to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth, this method helps connect with the body’s deep abdominal muscles along with preparing you for movement. Students who practice both of these disciplines will find they become more flexible, balanced and will find themselves with a much stronger core. Most importantly, you will feel calmer to deal with your day to day activities. (Now who doesn’t want that in life!)