Season 3, Episode 8 – Guest: Kristi Cooper
Kristi Cooper is the creator of Pilates Anytime and she’s back for the third time on The John Garey Show! This time we’re focusing on her concussion and recovery process and some of what she’s learned through this experience. It’s a really interesting show and Kristi is, as always, engaging, captivating and absolutely lovely!
Kristi’s approach to Pilates maintains that the exercises practiced in the Pilates method are the vehicle which drive us towards increased awareness, balance, and harmony. “Through Pilates we can begin to bridge the gap between the body and the mind that seems to exist when we aren’t paying attention.”
Kristi had her first exposure to Pilates at the age of 13 when she took a “teen class” taught by Kathy Corey in Solana Beach, California. She loved Pilates right from the start. She took lessons for two years and became a teacher herself at the age of 15. “I knew back then that I would always have Pilates in my life in some way,” says Kristi of her immediate love and passion towards the work. Continued learning is always a high priority for Kristi, so after earning her degree in Communication at University of California, Santa Barbara, she decided to explore the method in more depth with Cathleen Murakami. Two years later, after earning a certificate from Synergy Systems™ and the Physical Mind Institute®, Kristi met and aligned with Master Teacher Rael Isacowitz , the founder and director of the world renowned Pilates education organization, BASI Pilates®. Kristi earned her certification with BASI in 1998 and shortly after, accepted an invitation to work with Rael in his studio in Costa Mesa, California. In 2000, Kristi became a principle instructor for BASI Pilates which afforded her the opportunity to work closely with her mentor as well as travel the globe teaching Pilates.
In 2005, six months after introducing Pilates to Oprah Winfrey, Kristi was featured in a Pilates segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In October of 2009, Kristi partnered with Ted Johnson and John Marston to create PilatesAnytime.com.