Petaluma Pilates Instructor Spotlight Dara Kasza

Instructor Spotlight

pilates handstand

Dara practicing advanced handstand on the Ladder Barrel

Dara Kasza


Why did you become a Pilates teacher?

I became a pilates instructor for a few reasons. First, after injuring my back and then having a baby, i knew I needed to ease myself back into working out and focus on realigning and restoring. I had done a lot of pilates mat in college but never reformer work and after one class I was immediately hooked. I knew this would quickly become a great passion of mine and I would want to share that. Secondly, after working as a personal trainer for many years I wanted to expand my kinetic knowledge and education. Pilates is spine health and this is a main pillar of whole body health so it was a natural next step for me.

What do you like best about TEACHING Pilates?

I love that pilates is so versatile and can be integrated into any workout and visa versa. I really enjoy complimenting my pilates program with personal training exercises to give my clients both the movements their bodies want and the movements their bodies need for true improvement.

What is your favorite Pilates exercise?

Short spine, butterfly, roll down… anything that allows for articulation and opening of the vertebrae- it feels so good!

What do you like best about downtown Petaluma?

I love the “vibe” of downtown Petaluma, the river gives it a relaxed, almost beach town feeling. Everyone is out exercising or enjoying delicious food and so friendly.
Teaching posture on the Pilates Chair

Teaching posture on the Pilates Chair

What is the hardest thing for you in Pilates?

I have tight hamstrings from running so any exercise requiring a good deal of hamstring flexibility is a challenge for me.

What are your favorite things to do outside of Pilates?

I love to run, workout, swim- anything active. I have a 2 year old daughter and being with her is definitely my favorite thing.

What are you working on right now to improve your Pilates practice?

I am working on flexibility and gluteal strength. Pilates is a whole body exercise is you remember to make it one.

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