Pilates for living. Pilates for life. Pilates in Portland, OR.
Imagine an exercise program that leaves you feeling energized, supple, graceful and strong. Imagine looking forward to your workout, instead of dreading a formulaic, boring series of exercises. Under the experienced eye of Adrienne Silveira, you’ll be introduced to the Classic Pilates Method. These precise movements stretch one muscle group while strengthening another, all the while originating from abdominal control. The result is a toned body, but without the bulk seen in more conventional exercise methods.
Core. Control. Concentration.
At the core of Classic Pilates is the notion of the “powerhouse,” which is comprised of the upper and lower abdominal muscles, the lower back and the buttocks. All movements are initiated from the powerhouse, which strengthens the support muscles deep within the body—muscles that are often overlooked in conventional weight bearing or aerobic exercise. By stabilizing the powerhouse through control and concentration during the exercises, the arms and legs can move freely from a stable spine, increasing both flexibility and strength and ultimately translating to better posture in everyday life.
Pilates is for every body.
You don’t have to be a dancer, an athlete or a gymnast to participate in Studio Adrienne Classic Pilates. What is helpful, however, is a desire to imagine your body as an integrated, elegant machine, one that will become more efficient, more fluid, stronger and leaner with Pilates practice. Whether you spend your day sitting at a desk, or find yourself on your feet most of your waking hours, or even if you already lead an active, physical life, you will benefit from the series of exercises prescribed by Adrienne at her Pilates Studio.
Adrienne Silveira received her certification in the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning from renowned Master teacher and Joseph Pilates protégée Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Mejia Santos. She has been teaching in the Northwest for over 25 years.
Prior to moving to Portland Adrienne taught at Pilates Seattle International and introduced the Pilates program at the prestigious Washington Athletic Club. She opened Studio Adrienne Classic Pilates in 1997 after moving to Portland, Oregon. Adrienne’s expertise has been honed from her investment in authentic classical instruction. In addition to her background in Pilates, Adrienne draws on her experience teaching yoga and movement therapy. She is a certified yoga instructor and has a history in professional dance and modeling.
Martt Lawrence has been teaching Pilates for two decades and has worked with dancers, athletes, and students of varying injuries. Originally certified in 1996, Martt was re-certified in December of 2005 by Dorothee VandeWalle at Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle. In 2006, she founded The Pilates Center of San Francisco, which she owned and operated for thirteen years.
Prior to opening her studio, Martt was the Pilates instructor to the dancers of The San Francisco Ballet for five years. There she was able to help the dancers prevent injuries though Pilates and drew from her own experience as a former professional dancer with the Houston and Cincinnati Ballet companies.
As a teacher trainer for M.A.T. Pilates (Metropolitan Authentic Training) in Seattle, Martt has been preparing apprentices for full certification since 2008 and is certified to teach the Basic and Intermediate Seminars. In 2019, Martt relocated to Portland, Oregon, where she continues to teach and train clients and new instructors. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work at Studio Adrienne.
Romana Kryzanowska, June 30, 1923 - August 30, 2013
Adrienne's mentor and teacher Romana Kryzanowska passed away at the age of ninety. As a young dancer with George Balanchine, Romana met Joseph Pilates, the man who was to change her life, when she was sent to him for an ankle injury. Thus began the relationship that lasted a lifetime first as his protégée, then as instructor and finally as Master teacher and keeper of the true classic Pilates Method. Romana and her daughter Sari Mejia were Adrienne's first teachers who in time also became dear friends.
I feel so fortunate to have been taught personally by Romana and to have benefited from her 60+ years of teaching experience. I will always remember her humor, love of life, and passion for her work. Romana Kryzanowska was a great lady who gave her heart and soul to her many students.