Lauren has been training and teaching in Philadelphia for over 8 years. She began her teaching career in college, 2 years prior, after a dance injury left her sidelined and craving movement and healing. She came to Pilates Teacher Training via her master technique teacher, Kim Gibilisco, after years of personal practice. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Darlene Stephens, a dance educator and Pilates practitioner for over 45 years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lauren found her calling and her cadence as a Pilates instructor.
Following her graduation from Shenandoah University with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography, Lauren briefly spearheaded the Pilates adult class program and incorporation of technique for young students at Music in Motion Dance Academy.
She then moved to Philadelphia to pursue a professional dance career, starting in the apprentice company of Philadanco!
Lauren has taught clients and classes at:
Next Level Drama & Dance
110 over 70
12th Street Gym
Corps Pilates PHL
As well as Urbanfront Pilates and UPENN Pilates throughout her training.
Lauren "settled down" in 2010 in order to focus exclusively on teaching at
Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates.
Lauren rose quickly to become a senior Private Pilates Instructor as well as pre-natal, Barre Sculpt and Group Mat Class instructor. At PPYogaThrive, under the mentor-ship of owner/trainer Hally Bayer, Lauren has created a loyal following of regular clients, some whose she's trained over several years, 100's of sessions and even several pregancies!
Pilates is for any and every body regardless of goals, past or current injuries. Lauren has taught clients recovering from breast cancer & fibromyalgia, knee & hip replacement, tendonitis & arthritis, scoliosis & osteoporosis, herniated & bulging discs, tennis elbow & frozen shoulder. However, starting a Pilates therapy program is best at full health! With her extensive experience in Physical Therapy and biomechanics, Pilates with Lauren will show every client the way towards a life of ease, freedom and flexibility!
As the Studio Manager and Assistant Director/Chief of Operations, Lauren is proud to have been an integral part of growing PPYogaThrive into one of the largest boutique fitness studios in Philadelphia over the past 5 years, behind only Lithe Method & Dhyana Yoga in client base and financial operations.
After years of somatic practice, injury and healing through dance, Lauren continued her training in biomechanics and therapy at the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia under renowned podiatrist Elliot Diamond. Through training in Dr. Diamond's global pattern diagnosis and therapy based treatment, only recommending surgery for 1% of clients, Lauren was guided to found the exercise therapy program for the hardest to heal conditions and top dance companies in PHL. While at the Healing Arts Center, Lauren built a balance and fall prevention program matched with orthotic brace molding for elderly and at risk clients as well. It was through Dr. Diamond that Lauren also learned of the use of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture towards musculo-skeltal healing.
In addition to classical & contemporary Pilates at PPYogaThrive, Lauren works on Pilates based Physical Therapy exercise programs for those graduating from PT at the leading practice for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, Zarett Rehab & Fitness. A practice that has corrected countless injuries among the region's elite, on the referral of the region's of Philadelphia's top doctors.
Through her training in balance, meditation, breath and Pilates, Lauren also takes on private at home clients working on a wellness journey over a period of several months to a year. Lauren will design a personalized program just for you including goal setting, daily support, at home practice, weekly workouts and more.
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