In ten sessions, you will feel the difference; in twenty, you will see the difference; and in thirty, you will have a whole new body.
~ Joseph Pilates
“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, experience greater freedom of movement, to feel unrestricted and uninhibited, to be free from pain, to be at one with the nature of oneself, and to experience exercise as a creative and delightful experience.”
~ Juliu Horvath
(creator of the GYROTONIC Expansion System
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Since all equipment training at the studio begins with our New Student Intro Lessons, simply call to book your first lesson (or book online) and let's get you moving! Together we’ll chart the course for your success.
I look forward to working with you!
Kona Pilates & GYROTONIC of Chino Hills...
specializing in Personal Training in the Mind Body Fitness programs of
Stott Pilates, GYROTONIC® Exercise & Bootie Barre®, Stress Reducing Chi Kung
Nestled in Scenic, quiet Carbon Canyon, Chino Hills CA ~ Est 2003 with Aloha
"What we teach goes way beyond what you’ll do at a gym or even in the studio. You’ll use these skills in LIFE!"
FUN Fitness that feels FABulous
Prepare to be nurtured, inspired and invigorated with Kona Pilates' Mind-Body Fitness sessions that will literally change your life.
Join us in our tranquil private studio for an hour or so of bliss, while you take time to focus on YOU.
Breathe. Connect. Lengthen. Unwind. Arch. Curl. Spiral. Evolve. Thrive.
Experience The Kona Pilates & GYROTONICof Chino Hills difference...
Praise for Kona Pilates...
“I wanted to write and say thank you for the amazing massages and Yoga class Laura and Steve did for our guests during our family vacation on the Big Island. The massages were some of the best we’ve ever had. But the Yoga class blew our minds. We had tweens/teens in the class who immediately connected with Laura – they loved it! Our grandparents felt honored and respected and enjoyed the modifications Laura gave them to make Yoga accessible to them. For those of us who do Yoga on a regular basis, Laura blew our minds with how she explained each and every pose. What the pose is supposed to be doing for your body, which muscles we were to use, where we should be feeling it, and most importantly where NOT to feel it. She gave very clear instruction to create the proper feel in the body. I never knew which muscles to use before and this has completely transformed my yoga practice. Our favorite part of the class was watching our “meat-head” husbands doing Yoga for the first time. Watching the beads of sweating pouring off their brow, hearing them groan with the work, and having them love every minute of it was worth every penny. Now our husbands are interested in pursuing more Yoga with us wives.
We later found out that the only reason Laura and Steve had the time to work with us (two days of 8 massages per day plus a 1.5 hour sunset yoga class) was because they were getting ready to move away from Hawaii. If you are lucky enough you live near their new studio. Do not hesitate to work with them. They are both the finest of their craft that we’ve experienced and worth every penny they charge. Be prepared to be amazed.
Thank you both so much. We’re now talking of having our next big family vacation in Southern California so we can book the two of you again. And this time, we’ll book more massages and definitely more Yoga.”
What makes training with Laura Crittendon (the Owner of Kona Pilates & GYROTONIC) so different?
Laura is the only combined Pilates Master Teacher and GYROTONIC Pre-Trainer (teaching the teachers of tomorrow) within a 50 mile radius. She is a Dance Movement Therapist, Licensed Medical Massage Therapist, and has advanced degrees in Transpersonal Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine. Laura is the resident Dance Movement Therapist/Master Teacher at HM Dance CO & Performing Arts in Corona. (In other words, you're in incredibly good and knowledgeable hands).
Laura focuses on combining Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise into the most transformational Mind-Body fitness program around.
You probably already know that Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise strengthen your core, improves your posture, increases flexibility, and makes your whole body lean and stronger. But did you know that THE most important benefit is that when the combined power of Contemporary Pilates AND GYROTONIC exercise are taught with the focus on the Mind Body Connection that Laura offers, these systems strengthen the connection between your mind and your body, even when you feel your abs shaking and your legs feel like jello. In other words, training with Laura helps makes your exercise more efficient and smarter! Plus, it's the most feel good FUN workout you'll experience!
"Suffering from back pain for most of my life, I'm always looking for alternative methods to minimize my discomfort. Laura and Steve have made a major contribution to achieving that goal. Their knowledge of anatomy, sense of compassion, level of enthusiasm and personalized approach make every session rewarding. Doesn't matter if it's a class or a private, they seriously yet cheerfully provide you with the opportunity to learn how to re-educate your body to make it work the way it's supposed to. Pilates and GYROTONIC have been the only workout programs whose hourly routine I look forward to and whose end comes too quickly. My doctors have watched my strength grow and my pain scale decline and fully credit my working with Steve and Laura on a regular basis for these accomplishments. I can't thank them enough for all they've done and continue to do to help me feel healthier, both physically and mentally. Thanks guys!" -- Mary Lou S.
Why does Laura focus so much on the Mind Body Connection? Why is it so important?
Each time you focus on the things cluttering your mind (stresses, anxieties, worries, pain, your to-do list) your body responds by dumping stress chemicals into your blood stream and this negatively changes how your body functions. By learning to focus your mind on all of the details that a session with Laura entail, these “stress thoughts” fade away, giving your mind and your body a boost in endorphins and a vacation from stress. It’s no wonder so many contemplative traditions include a focus on the mind body connection. Plus sessions with Laura will help you become aware of muscles you didn’t know you had! According to the Journal of Sports Medicine, a regular Pilates practice (on the equipment) is effective in improving dynamic balance, flexibility, reaction time, and muscle strength. A regular Pilates practice was also found to decrease the propensity to fall in older women.
"I work in a high stress job. The breathing techniques that I learned from Laura in our GYROKINESIS and GYROTONIC lessons alone have really helped me. The breathing helps me to stay focused and reduce my stress. And the physical practice of GYROKINESIS has really helped me reduce the physical affects of stress on my body. I am sleeping better, feeling better, and I am more happy than I have been in years! Namaste and Mahalo for everything!" -- Jessica L.
Try this! Take a nice deep breath. And as you exhale, let your chest relax, drop those shoulders right out of your ears
and allow the beginning of a smile to caress your lips. There, doesn’t that feel better?
What can Laura help ME with?
From learning to walk again after a major accident or reducing low back pain, to getting in shape for your wedding or after child birth, returning to exercise after a break, or "simply" reducing stress and feeling younger... Laura's Personal Training sessions and Boutique group classes have helped thousands of people experience the joy of Mind-Body Fitness at Kona Pilates. Why settle for traditional gym training or large group classes where you get lost in the masses. Established in 2003, Kona Pilates & GYROTONIC® of Chino Hills is an exclusive luxury boutique Pilates studio in Chino Hills purposely kept intimate in size, so we can focus on YOU. We are the premier Orange County / Inland Empire (originally from Kailua Kona Hawaii) studio offering Stress Reduction with Chi Kung & Breathwork Practices, Contemporary STOTT Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise, Kona Pilates' Bootie Barre®, Silk Suspension Training (TRX inspired), Post Rehab Therapy, and Massage/ Manual Therapy. Our award-winning studio specializes in customized Private and Duet Personal Training along with small boutique classes of four to six students (we focus on quality over quantity). Our studio owners have the highest levels of education and training in Mind-Body Fitness and Pilates Education found anywhere in Chino Hills and Southern California which keeps your sessions educational, fresh and fun, while providing a friendly, knowledgeable and supportive environment.
Click here to learn more about Studio Owner and Master Teacher Laura Crittendon