Chakra Pilates is owned and directed by Mariel Filippone. Since 1999, Mariel has worked with clients with chronic back pain, Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease, Scoliosis, rehabilitation for neck injury, Hip/Knee problems, Prenatal and Postnatal, and many others... Mariel was chosen by Lolita San Miguel (First Generation Pilates "Elder" who was trained by Joseph Pilates) to train with Lolita for 2 years as her apprentice to preserve "Classic Pilates." Mariel's recognition as a "Second Generation" Master Instructor under Lolita is one of her greatest achievements. Mariel has also studied Pilates with various Master Instructors under Romana in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and has attended workshops all over the world! Some of Mariel's favorite memories include training Pilates in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Portugal. Mariel truly enjoys preserving Classic Pilates, training apprentice instructors how to teach, and has enjoyed teaching pre & post-natal "Mommy & Me" classes for years! Mariel is PMA certified, comprehensively trained Pilates Instructor of the Pilates Method, Member of the PMA, and Member of IDEA. Mariel is also the Head Facilitator of the Chakra Pilates Instructor Comprehensive Instructor Program. Mariel is most proud that the Chakra studio is repeatedly voted (through many different voting polls) as one of the BEST Pilates Studio in all of San Diego County!
Tara has lived and traveled various places and is proud to have enjoyed the past 5 years living in Southern California, even though she still often refers to “home” as central Wisconsin and Minneapolis. Tara's attraction to Pilates began several years ago when she was having joint problems and couldn’t move around very well. Always an avid exerciser and always having had a passion for fitness, she was at a loss not being able to do her usual running, walking, biking, or even yoga practice. Pilates was the one form of exercise that she could physically do at the time, and still get a great over-all workout. And in the process, she couldn’t help but learn more about her body - all the connections and mechanics that are involved in proper movement and alignment. The knowledge she gained of the overall balance of mind, body and spirit in the process of becoming certified has been invaluable to her. She feels that to be able to give this knowledge to others is truly a privilege.