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  Harriet Garfinkle owns and is the director of Woodside Pilates.

 She has been a student and a teacher of movement all of her adult life. Harriet danced professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1975 and 2005 with many notable companies and choreographed over 15 plays, along with teaching creative movement.

Harriet is proud to have staged the movement for the original stage play, Purple Breasts, a play about one woman's struggle with breast cancer, which toured internationally to much acclaim.

In 1985, under the tutelage of Ed and Linda Avak, Harriet received her certification in the FM Alexander Technique. She was lucky enough to be exposed to the wonderful teaching of Walter and Dilys Carrington. She began her studies in Pilates in 1995 after a spiral break to her right fibula in a skiing accident and she her did her first Pilates training through Jennifer Stacey. In 2001, Harriet plunked down a reformer in her garage and deemed it Woodside Pilates. 

From there, Harriet took over 17 workshops with master teacher and Pilates elder, Ron Fletcher and got a teacher certification through his company. She has a certification to teach Bodycode and has studied with Pino Carbone. Harriet completed two years of coursework and certification with movement educator, Eric Franklin who teaches functional anatomy through imagery.

She has taken many courses through Balanced Body University with Tom McCook, Elizabeth Larkham and Nora St. John.

In 2008-2009, she completed yet another certification with Marie Jose Blom of Long Beach Dance Conditioning combining Pilates, dance medicine and post rehab. Harriet also is trained in the CoreAlign system.

Harriet has a dedication to continuing study, for her own personal transformational process and on behalf of her students. 

She has been fortunate enough to take trainings and workshops from such Pilates luminaries as Tom McCook, Ron Fletcher, Nora St. John, Elizabeth Larkham, Michelle Larson, Alan Herdman, Karen Clippinger, Cara Reeser, Rael Isacawitz, Jonathon Hoffman and Deborah Kolwey.  Additionally, she has taken classes in conferences from Mary Bowen, Brent Anderson, Kelly Kane, Jillian Hessel, Suzanne Martin, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Jonathon Hoffman,  Irene Dowd and Kathy Grant.

Harriet wants to help extend your 'shelf life' through functional movement patterns: creating mobility, grace, poise and preventing injury.

Her interest is in moving the body from the functional core.

Contact Harriet at
Studio: 650-257-3075
Cell: 650-804-4644 (texts welcome!)

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