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Deborah Sarkas

Pilates Teacher in Private Practice
Home 2049 Walnut St., 1R Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103 Cell Phone: 949-231-9313


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I am a Boulder certified teacher (TPC 2000) who pre-trained with Amy Lange (TPC graduate) in Aspen, Colorado for 6-months prior to entering The Pilates Center teacher-training program. I received my certification following an in-residence training with Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel. I also studied weekly with Cara Reeser (TPC graduate) in her Denver studio. As a resident trainee, I benefitted from and my teaching is influenced by many senior and master teachers.

Following the completion of my training in September 2000, I returned to Aspen and established a private practice at the Maroon Creek Club until relocating to southern California in 2005, to augment my teaching practice in philanthropy. In July 2022, I relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania following retirement from the fund development profession of 38-years.

In addition to Pilates training, work experience teaching privates and classes, and an active personal practice, I received a B.S. in Dance Therapy and Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; successfully completing academic studies in physiology, cadaver anatomy, and kinesiology. I also benefited from 5-years of training under the tutelage of retired founder of The Rehabilitation Institute in New York City, Dr. Harry A. Royson. Dr. Royson, like Joseph Pilates, also developed his own unique physical conditioning regime for rehabilitation purposes. In 2014, I completed The American Viniyoga Institute Viniyoga Foundation Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy. It was an immersion in the Viniyoga tradition and personal practice with a comprehensive study of asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting, teaching methodology and yoga philosophy.

I regard myself as a teacher with a deep understanding of movement education, results-oriented through attention to detail and alignment, and passionate about experiencing and delivering the full benefits of the Pilates Method.