I never could sit down
I love to move and started my journey into movement as a dancer in college. It was, however, after a long dreaded, but required course in anatomy and physiology that I discovered my fascination with the human body and how it works. I suppose, in many ways, this was my first step on the road to Pilates.
After college, while pursuing my dance career, I studied massage therapy. This not only deepened my understanding of anatomy, but it began to train my eye to see the body from the inside out. I love massage therapy, but I missed the movement.
In my ongoing exploration of movement, I stumbled onto Pilates. Being a dancer, I had heard of Pilates, but had not yet experienced it. I signed up for a private session and that was IT! I was hooked! I fell in love, not just with the movement, but the mental aspect of the work. Doing Pilates, I had to be in the moment and focused. My mind and body coordinated at all times. I was amazed at the power the mind has over the body and how the body responds to the mind. When the mind and body work together you become capable of doing things you never thought possible. I would (and still do) leave my sessions with my mind focused and clear and my body worked out and energized.
I am a third generation instructor in the lineage of Joseph Pilates. I have been a practitioner of Pilates since 2004 and have been teaching professionally since 2005 after having completed a 700 hour comprehensive teacher training program in Classical Pilates.
I have continued my studies with The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO (considered the “Harvard” of Pilates schools). I completed their Master’s Program in 2012 and their Bridge Program in 2013. Additionally, I am a Host Advisor for The Pilates Center, enabling me to mentor Trainees of the The Pilates Center’s teacher training program.
I continue to participate in classes and workshops as I believe the best way to grow as a teacher is to be a student. Besides, I LOVE THIS STUFF!!!
Everlea Bryant McGrath
It all started with a dream…
I began my movement journey as a little girl wanting to be a gymnast or a figure skater for the U.S. Olympic teams. I was an extremely clumsy child, so my mom thought it safer to enroll me into ballet classes than throw me on ice or uneven bars. My love for dance and fitness began there. To date, I’ve been dancing for 25 years, and dance brought me to discover Pilates as a college junior at The University of Florida/New World School of the Arts. A semester of Pilates was required while pursuing my dance major, and over time I noticed my old injuries improving and my recovery time between performance was shorter. I continued taking Pilates Mat classes beyond the mandatory time periods and did an independent study in Mat Pilates and Tower. Pilates was changing my life, so I dove in with both feet and pursued obtaining my certifications after completing my Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. I’ve been teaching Pilates Mat since 2009, and Apparatuses beginning in 2011.
Recognitions and Credentials
I received my BFA degree with honors in Dance Performance with a minor in African Studies (concentration on African dance and performance Arts), and since college I’ve have been nationally recognized by groups like The National Association of Professional Women, International Women’s Leadership Association, and am on the VIP registry of Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. My Pilates education is predominantly contemporary, with my certifications attained through Balanced Body University. More classically, I’ve studied with teacher trainers from Peak Pilates and Power Pilates.
Outside of the studio
In my off time I still find myself dancing and doing Pilates! I’m also a passionate yogi and practice almost daily. Outside of The Arts and wellness, I spend lots of quality time with my husband, Jonathan, and our twin boys Micah and Elijah.