Published authority on fitness and wellness and a pioneer of the Pilates method, Alycea Ungaro brought some of the very first mat Pilates classes to New York City. Both the method and Alycea built a devoted following as people flocked to her classes.
Alycea has expanded her popular Pilates classes into a fitness media empire. Her first multi-media project was the innovative Portable Pilates™, an easy-to-use at-home mat workout. Best selling titles followed including; Pilates: Body in Motion, published in 2002, The Pilates Promise published in 2004, and The Pilates Practice Companion, Alycea’s most comprehensive book yet, released in bookstores in January 2011.
In addition to serving on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine, Alycea also travels widely as a guest teacher hosting retreats at world-famous location such as Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has trained scores of celebrities including Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kyra Sedgewick, Claire Danes, and Molly Sims. Together with long-time client Christy Turlington, Alycea collaborated on a “Pilates Booty” for Puma. The booty was aptly named “The Alycea.”
Alycea was early to the digital game by partnering with Mobile Mind, Inc. to launch a cell phone version of PortablePilates™. This go-anywhere mini-workout, was designed to broaden Pilates accessibility. 15 Minute Everyday Pilates has also been converted into a series of Vooks (video books) that are available for iPhones and iPads as well as the Amazon Kindle and the Android platform. The New York Times has hailed these Pilates Apps as the best on the market. She also created the “15 Minute Everyday Pilates” DVD and the patent-pending Real Alignment Mat for the home exerciser. In 2012 Alycea created the now popular SpringTone class in her New York studio. 2013 marks the launch of Alycea’s Mentor Project designed to merge Pilates technique and business strategies into a unique learning platform for studio owners nationwide.
In addition to her Pilates expertise, Ungaro is a licensed physical therapist having graduated from New York University’s prestigious program. She is also a certified Peri-natal specialist making her uniquely qualified to work with all levels of disability and with clients during any
phase of their pregnancy.
Teresa’s first teaching experience started in 1984 with Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum in Deerfield Beach, FL. There she helped choreograph high impact aerobics to music. The emphasis was on a total body workout in addition to nutrition counseling for all body types and fitness levels. Teresa continued her fitness career with weight training, nautilus equipment training, power walking and more.
Teresa was introduced to authentic Pilates in 2009. At that time she became aware of the benefits of this form of exercise and how it can enhance your body and everyday living. Teresa successfully completed the Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program in 2013. Teresa is always learning and continues to share her passion of Pilates and the benefits to the mind, body and spirit with the community.
Dancing is incredibly rigorous! Mifa realized early on that the strength needed to dance required her to find exercise that provided both strength and flexibility training in order to continue her career in dance. Her search led her to the spiraling movements of the GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Methods and in 2009 & 2010 respectively, Mifa became certified to teach both. Additionally, Mifa also completed the Musical Journey course (2013) and the Specialized Equipment (Jumping Stretching Board) course in 2015. In 2016, Mifa continued her education and became a Gyrotonic Pre-Trainer.
For the past 10 years, Mifa has used her 25 years of ballet experience to teach & strengthen aspiring young ballet students as well as local Fort Lauderdale residents looking for the enhanced physical benefits of Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis exercise.
If you are an aspiring dancer or if you want the benefits provided by Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis exercise, please contact Mifa to set up an appointment — she can be reached at 561.598.1284.
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