about Native Pilates
Native Pilates is a unique studio located inside of The Therapy Gym in the heart of Providence in Mt. Juliet, Tn- Just outside of Nashville. We offer private instruction on the Pilates equipment, hold weekly group mat classes, and workshops. Our studio is small in it’s design to insure that together we can create a program that is unique to YOU. Our goal is to bring you high quality, personalized instruction within a fun, calm, and judgement-free space. We believe that Pilates offers so much more than just a set of exercises, but a way to be empowered and fulfilled through mind-body movement for everyday life. With over 10 years of experience working with the pre and postnatal body, injuries, injury prevention, athletes, and anyone looking to get into shape, we truly believe that Pilates is for everyBODy, regardless of your background.
About amanda howard
owner of native pilates
I am a mama to three kids, a dancer, a nature lover, and a classically trained Pilates Instructor teaching in Nashville, TN. I believe that Pilates is for everyone regardless of your background and that Pilates can help during pregnancy, after pregnancy, with injury prevention, sports, daily activities, and overall health. I love guiding women in all phases of life as we learn how to navigate and understand each new change that our bodies make.
I enjoy working with all populations, but have especially grown to love working with mamas in all stages of mama-hood. Whether you are pregnant, had a baby yesterday, or 30 years ago! As a mother, I understand that "getting your pre-baby body back" isn't going to happen. However, what CAN happen is that through Pilates, we can find strength again in a different body and can heal from the inside out. I even became stronger after having my babies!
I love saying that I am a “Native” of Nashville. After leaving my dance career, moving back home and having three kids, I opened Native Pilates in March of 2019 -Exactly a year after I had my twins! It has always been a goal of mine to own my own studio and to provide quality instruction in my hometown. A goal for all of my clients is for everyone who walks into the studio, to leave feeling empowered and strong, ready to conquer anything that life brings.
I received my 750 hour comprehensive certification from Frog Temple Pilates in Chicago, IL under the direction of Randi Whitman (Pilates Center in Boulder, CO graduate). I am a faculty member and a Pre and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist™ through The Center for Women’s Fitness founded by Carolyne Anthony. In addition to opening Native Pilates LLC, I currently teach at Nashville Pilates Company and hold workshops around Nashville, Tn.
I began taking Pilates at the age of 12 at the School of Nashville Ballet, but really began to fall in love with it in college as an adult, where I noticed Pilates strengthening me as a dancer while keeping me balanced throughout daily life. I received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and danced professionally from 2006-2017 with Chicago based dance company, The Seldoms, both nationally and internationally. I have made dance films, choreographed independent works, and taught dance in Chicago and New York. I believe Pilates is truly for everybody and hope to continue my Pilates practice until I'm 100 and feel passionately about helping others do the same! I continue to seek the best certifications and information out there.
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