Arlene discovered Pilates in 2002 and has been teaching since 2010. She is a graduate of Vintage Pilates Masters Program, THE WORK, directed by Jay Grimes, one of the few remaining teachers in the world who learned the Method directly from its inventor, Joe Pilates. She is a hands-on, intuitive and technical teacher with a deep understanding of how to use the entire Pilates system to address the particularities of each persons body. Arlene’s passion is empowering others to connect to the Method and guide students to greater self-discovery and independence as they workout in the studio and as they interact with the rest of the world outside the studio.
What are you currently the most excited about Pilates or not Pilates wise?
I am just over the moon about my Vintage Pilates family, I graduated from their program, THE WORK in 2016 and since then continue to go to Los Angeles for their alumni workshops w/Jay Grimes, continuing to build meaningful relationships, teacher exchanges, and continue my private study w/Sandy Shimoda. I couldn’t be happier about fulfilling my Pilates dreams.
I’m also excited about my fermentation lab (haha), I’ve been working away in my kitchen reinterpreting the ancient art of fermentation and cultured foods. I make my own home-brewed Kombucha, Kifer, Beet Kvaas, yogurts, cheeses and herbal tonics as well as pickled vegetables and sourdough breads. These cultured foods are nutrient dense, incredibly rich in B vitamins and probiotics which help your gut and support your immune system. I can really geek on about the subject but the other amazing thing about fermentation is that it elevates the culinary value of food too making it more delicious and thats a big part of what our retreat is all about, really good food.
Q: What is something that people don’t know about Maui?
Maybe people already know this about Maui but it always strikes me at how diverse it is, the people, the weather, the geography. Hawaii is a melting pot of different cultures of people, there’s Hawaiians, Portuguese, Phillipino, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Puerto Rican, English, etc. And there’s the weather, there’s a dry side to the islands, the “leeward side” and a wet side, the rainforests on the "windward side". If you wake up and its cloudy and raining, you can usually drive 10- 20 minutes away and be in the sunshine, and be in a totally different climatic zone. You can be in warm 90° weather, swimming in the ocean and in the same day drive up the mountain to Haleakala National Park where the summit reaches more than 10,000 ft. The year-round temperatures up there range between below freezing to highs of 50°-65°F (10-18°C). When you visit Haleakala you need long sleeves, a sweater, jacket, scarf, hat and gloves because of the wind chill factor, and it does snow up there, it did this year!