This Classical Pilates and Gyrotonic studio is the best! I've been coming for weekly Pilates sessions for over two years, initially for small group classes and now for individual training. The studio is very attractive, neat and spotlessly clean. There is the complete range of Pilates equipment maintained in excellent condition. Parking is very convenient on a side street within a block of the studio. The best part is the quality of the instructors: all are welcoming, friendly and very well trained.
I work primarily with Maria and, under her guidance, my strength, balance, posture, ability to move well and body awareness have all improved. She is patient in guiding me through the exercises, working especially on areas that need improvement but also challenging me with more advanced movements as appropriate. The sessions are well structured, varied from week to week, and consider how I'm feeling that day, what I want to work on, as well as my long term goals.
From time to time I have worked with other instructors, and while Maria is my favorite, they are all excellent and I have learned from each of them.
Sarah Eriksen came to Urban Body San Jose after a decade-long journey as a dancer with the former Ballet San Jose, where she enjoyed a professional dance career. Favorite roles with the company include: Stomper Girl in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Serenade and Theme and Variations.
Mrs. Eriksen received her ballet training from Santa Cruz Ballet Theater and Ballet San Jose School. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified instructor and teaches ballet at The New Ballet School in downtown San Jose and guest teaches at respected academies throughout the Bay Area.
Having used the GYROTONIC® method herself since 2011 with trainer Catharine Grow, Mrs. Eriksen earned her GYROTONIC® certification in 2014 so she could share her knowledge with dancers and non-dancers alike. Mrs. Eriksen, a proud San Jose native, teaches The GYROTINIC® Method to inspire greater knowledge of the body at Urban Body San Jose. She is also certified to teach GYROTONIC® as a Musical Journey, which is the musical portion of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System. She and her husband live in Santa Clara Valley’s south county region and enjoy spending quality time with their growing family.
Christine fell in love with the GYROTONIC Expansion System® after being introduced
to it while studying as a dance major at Florida State University’s School of Dance.
From practicing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods as a supplement to dance
training, she noticed improved strength and increased fluidity in movement from the
many three dimensional movements and breathing patterns. It quickly became a
fundamental tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation that supported her dance
training. Her experience in dance includes performances in classical, contemporary
ballet, and modern repertoire with The Tallahassee Ballet, World Ballet Inc., Alonzo
King’s LINES Ballet School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive.
After receiving an MSc in Dance Science, Christine continues to concentrate her
expertise on teaching movement using the Gyrotonic method and dance science
research. She has presented research at the International Association of Dance
Medicine & Science (IADMS) Conference and continues to investigate ways to
understand and enhance methods for dance injury prevention and performance
enhancement. While teaching the Gyrotonic method she customizes programs to best
fit clients’ needs and includes assessments to track progress. She specializes with
artist athletes on strength and conditioning methods as well as rehabilitation. At the
heart of her teaching, Christine focuses on using different techniques to help clients
discover their greatest movement potential and become empowered by it.