"After a hip arthroscopy, months of physical therapy, and many failed attempts to get back into running, it wasn’t until I worked with Mirea to strengthen my entire body with Pilates that I was able to exercise pain and injury-free. I’ve since grown to love the challenge of Pilates and the way it makes me feel, and also returned to regular running, golfing, and swimming. Mirea helped me to focus on the quality of each movement and tailored her instruction to meet my evolving needs as I continued to practice Pilates during my pregnancy. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about body mechanics as it relates to Pilates and all kinds of movement. Beyond being a brilliant teacher, she is an incredible person and now friend!"
"The words I use the most to describe my Pilates mentor, Mirea Sharifi, are 'wise' and 'compassionate'. Her knowledge of Pilates and its history is beyond impressive, and her stories and bits of information and knowledge only add to the amazing experience of one of her private sessions. As a mentor, Mirea has always pushed me to do and be better, always keeping me on my toes with an unexpected anatomy question or a question about a specific exercise. As a teacher, she has taken me to places in my own Pilates practice which I never thought were possible for me.
Mirea finds the best and unique qualities in each student she interacts with, then teaches and helps them to make those qualities shine. I am so thankful for my relationship with Mirea and look forward to continue to learn from her in the future."
-Jonathan Jedrzejewski, Pilates Instructor
"Mirea Sharifi is the reason I am a Pilates teacher.
Mirea Sharifi is my mentor and friend. One day, in 2009, she simply asked if I would like to learn to teach Pilates and today it is my livelyhood. Mirea opened her arms and shared her extensive knowledge of the Pilates method with her community. She is an amazing Pilates teacher and refined Pilates educator. Her thirst for personal continuing education is insatiable an on-going. It is one reason she is an effective Pilates teacher to all ages and abilities. Another reason she is a great teacher is her background and passion for education. She knows how to help people learn. This contributes to her ability to help students accept new movement possibilities in their body and their mind. She is a passionate, loving and generous friend who would give the shirt off her back to help those who ask. Anyone who has the opportunity to take a Pilates class with Mirea Sharifi should not hesitate to take advantage of the amazing Pilates teacher in their community!"
-Stephanie Christenson, CSCS, PMA®CPT, Owner, BodyQuest Pilates
"Mirea is a marvelous teacher. She is articulate, imaginative, and caring in and out of the studio. Her own joy for movement is infused into every session. I learned so much from Mirea as a pilates practitioner and later as a pilates teacher. She inspires me to immerse myself in the legacy of Joseph Pilates and master teachers, while always looking forward for new connections, and new applications of this work. Thank you Mirea!"
-Jamie Robinson, MalikaJames Pilates
"Mirea is a pleasure to work with. I worked with her in a professional setting for 2 years and learned so much from her. With over 15 years of experience, she has seen it all!
In addition, I took Pilates with her after a car accident. She is patient and insightful, providing creative solutions for each client, as an individual. For me, she focused on targeted muscle strengthening as well as cohesive overall movement, so that I could retrain my body to work together the way it was supposed to.
It's very evident that Mirea is not only a professional but that she has an incredibly extensive Pilates knowledge, and can also call on her dance background, if needed. She knows the body well and explains what muscles are working in each movement, or what muscles aren't activating properly, but should be. This knowledge is a tool that clients can use throughout their daily lives to heal and improve their movements.
At the same time, she is a senior teacher trainer, so can also create very challenging and fun workouts for athletes and athletic gurus alike.
I highly recommend her as she has a unique approach and is also just a joy to be around."
-Jenny Eisenberg, Pilates Manager, Pilates Instructor
"Mirea is simply an incredible human. She is such a warm, intelligent, exuberant instructor. I had the privilege and pleasure of learning from her as both a client and Pilates instructor in training. She is the master of creating positive movement experiences for her clients."
-Geneva Kaplan, Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Pilates Instructor
"I highly recommend Pilates to everyone, any age, and any fitness level. Unlike other exercise regimes, Pilates has strengthened and toned my entire body. My posture is better, my core is stronger and I have flexibility that I didn't think was possible. I go as often as I can and look forward to each session with Mirea. Mirea is knowledgeable, welcoming, and gives you a GREAT work out at low impact."
"I suffered a clean and complete break of the Transverse Process off the L1, L2, and L3 on my lower spine while surfing in Samoa. I chose not to have surgery but instead took a long and slow healing process allowing my core muscles to position the broken pieces back into place by basically not engaging my core muscles for 6 months.
While my back healed almost perfectly, this time out of commission from any exercise was quite a setback. Knowing I needed to concentrate on my core muscles I took the recommendation of my wife and other friends to focus on this area with you through a nicely scheduled Pilates routine. We worked together for the better part of 8 months over which time everything came back together. I really appreciate the way you were able to structure my exercise and overall program to focus on my physical issues and rehabilitation. It seemed like a long time, but really only one year from initial injury that I was back in the water surfing. Now at 53 years of age I feel the work we did together has really prolonged my surfing career.
Thank you for the time we spent together and I look forward to working with you again in the coming year."
-Sean Murphy, President, WaterWays Surf Adventures