I moved to London in 1990 to do a degree in contemporary dance. While I was working there as a dancer I started taking Pilates equipment classes at Pilates Off The Square. In 1999 I trained to be a comprehensive mat and equipment Pilates instructor with Moira Stott in Toronto. On my return to London in 2000 I also joined the equipment teacher training course with Pilates Off The Square, which was part of the Pilates Foundation UK.
I was one of the original Pilates teachers at triyoga in London and worked at their equipment studio since its opening in 2001 until I moved back to Oslo in 2018. I was also the manager of this studio from 2015-2018. In addition to this I have worked at several other studios across London, most notably Pilates Off The Square, which was one of the first and most prominent studios in London.
Since 2005 I have also taught the GYROTONIC® method. This technique beautifully complements Pilates with its three dimensional, flowing, circular and spiralling movements. Many of my clients train in both Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method and benefit greatly from being able to cross reference these techniques. The main teachers I have studied with are Beatriz Pascual, Jan De Miranda and Cherie DeHaven.
In addition to this I am a certified teacher of the Skinner Releasing Technique (contemporary dance) and in 2012 I completed my Masters degree, MA Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance. at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Movement and Dance, under the supervision of Dr Martin Hargreaves.
My teaching style is informed by all of the different movement techniques I have trained in, including my back ground in dance and my training in anatomy.
I enjoy working with a wide rage of age groups and abilities from dancers to the elderly, including rehabilitation, fitness and general well-being. Since I started teaching in 2000, I have worked with many types of injuries and conditions including spinal conditions, spinal operations, joint replacements, osteoporosis, arthritic conditions and pre- and postnatal work. For several years I have also had the pleasure of working alongside physiotherapists and osteopaths giving their clients classes in Pilates and the GYROTONIC® as part of their recovery from injury.
My aim is to find ways to help my clients develop a more balanced, pain free and harmonious body through the framework of these movement techniques. As classes progress we focus on releasing excess tension, freeing the breath, increasing mobility, building functional and well balanced strength, and increasing awareness of the body in stillness and in movement.
My classes are always tailored to the individual’s needs regardless of their level of experience and age. With a solid understanding of the basic principles, my clients can progress safely from beginner to advanced level.
“I am 64 years old and have been doing classes in the GYROTONIC® method weekly at triyoga for four and a half years. I also do a weekly Pilates mat class. Both help keep me supple and strong, but it is the one-to-one work on the GYROTONIC® equipment which has enabled deeper work on the parts of my body which have become misaligned over the years through bad habits. I really enjoy working with Aud. As well as taking me further in the GYROTONIC® practice, she has contributed to an increased awareness of my body both in the classes and in the rest of my life.” Helen Janecek
Kvinner og Klær, November 2005