Varvara: Pilates Instructor

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My NativeAdVert:

Varvara has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years .   Born in Moscow and raised in Los Angeles, New York, and Australia, she comes from a family of all professional dancers. Her parents both are graduates of the Bolshoi Academy and former dancers of the Moiseyev Ballet Theatre. After receiving her BFA from Stephens College in Theatre she spent over 10 years performing with various dance and theatre companies around the country. Since leaving the performing world, Varvara has dedicated her life to helping people discover the joy and freedom of movement through refined and intelligent exercise methods. Varvara received her formal Pilates training through Long Beach Dance Conditioning with renowned Marie Jose Lawrence Blom, in 2001 . Along side Pilates education ,she is a certified Gyrotonic Level 1 trainer , Thai massage practitioner and certfiied Buff Bones trainer (protocols of Osteoporosis and bone health )

Always seeking to continue her education, Varvara has taken numerous workshops in injury rehabilitation and prevention, muscular imbalance and correction,  motor control, scoliosis correction, and Pre-natal/ Post . This knowledge gives her the ability to guide clients through exercise for pain relief, injury prevention, post rehab and bone health. With training in both scientific and artistic studies of movement she creates a supportive and fun environment to explore and understand the human body.

My Goal of the Day: To inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle through mindful exercise. 

My Thought of the Day: Stay focused.

My Action of the Day:  It depends on the day.  Today I need to finalize the launch of our monthly Health and Wellness events. 

My Pic of the Day;      

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What do you love most about Your City?

I love New York city for it’s contagious energy that you don’t feel anywhere else in the world and of course for the arts and culture.  I think Timeout quoted NYC as the “incubator of innovation “. I can’t agree more.  It inspires me to create!   

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I love making breakfast with my husband.  Every morning I start with a spoon full of local honey and a tall glass of lemon water. I then   brew a dark French roast in a French press followed by two soft boiled eggs with a few pieces of smoked salmon, avocado and fruit.   I like to start my day off with a big breakfast.  

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I’m hitting the snooze button.  I’m up by 6;30 am

10:00 AM – I’m on my 3rd private session.  

 12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

For lunch I usually go to a local Moroccan café and order a chicken salad with roasted carrots and beets with some delicious Moroccan spices and a tall glass of water. 

7:00 PM - I’m teaching a group class at my studio.  

11:00 PM – I am sound asleep. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I like having  one cup of dark French roast in the morning.  Throughout the day I try to drink tons of water. In the evenings I usually have a cup of tea or one glass of a California Pino Noir.  

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I just love the travel accounts.  Love discovering new places around the world and adding them to my travel bucket list.   

What should everyone try at least once?

My myofascial, restorative stretch/release class on Thursdays at 7pm.  Your body will thank you for it :)

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Being a dancer, I get lost in my weekly ballet class that I take three times per week.  It helps me unwind and detox. I call it my movement meditation.