Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Beinhorn.
Jordan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My work in Pilates is the result of a life-long passion for movement that began at a very young age. You could often find me dancing in aisles as a kid and always on my toes.
By 15, I had been figure skating for nearly my entire life; had many titles under my belt and had competed in three national figure skating championships. I retired at 16 and began ballet dancing full time. Within a year, I was off to college, and received a BFA in Dance with a focus on choreography.
It was in college that I found Pilates. At 17, I began studying with two instructors who were trained by Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joe Pilates’ proteges. The Pilates method was known for “fixing you”, aka helping people recover from injuries and giving dancers long lean muscles. As I trained more, I began to realize that there was more to Pilates than creating “a look” and that Pilates could not only strengthen, but heal the body. With that, the healing aspect of movement and moving with understanding came onto on my radar.
While in a junior in college I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, “a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints and resulting in painful deformity and immobility, especially in the fingers, wrists, feet, and ankles.” Relieved to have a diagnosis, I had no idea the ramifications for me as a dancer. I finished college with honors but as full time dancing was off the table. The next natural step was choreographing, coaching skating and hockey players, ballet and Pilates.
I was certified as a trainer in 2004 with Power Pilates in New York, I began working in the city as a trainer, commuting from Connecticut where I still coached and choreographed figure skating.
In 2006 Pilates brought me to Los Angeles. I returned to New York in 2011 to continue my education with the eventual goal of becoming a teacher trainer.
Teaching Pilates is like peeling an onion. It is important to give the body exactly what it needs at the appropriate time, but it takes skill to address and recognize those patterns that need to be changed. For me Pilates, and teaching Pilates is about helping people heal, even if they come because they want their butts kicked. When a person is ready and open to change and they apply the Pilates method, it changes them; body, mind and spirit. We don’t talk about that last bit too much, but it’s still important.
I’ve been in LA for 11 years now. I’m profoundly grateful to have opportunities teaching internationally and for being able to inspire others on social media. Over time, it has become important to me to have my own working environment, hence, I created Pilates on Traction.
I train regularly and continue building my knowledge-base. I feel that keeping up my own practice is vital to what I teach. This also helps hone my personal teaching style and going deeper into understanding the method. I’ve recently started working with Jay Grimes- another Pilates elder.
My primary goal is in helping people strengthen and better understand their bodies. In the words of Joe Pilates, “change happens through movement and movement heals.”
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s the struggles that shape who we are and how we see the world. I’m sure I got that from somewhere but it resonates with me.
In order for me to excel in figure skating and receive the best training possible, I left home at 12 with a one way plane ticket to live with 5 families in 3 years. To become an adult so young definitely left me playing catch up in other aspects of my life. That was a toughie but looking back it was a decision that got me where I am today.
Figure skaters are tough athletes that are required to look like models. When I was skating and dancing, I dealt with anorexia and body-image issues. There was an immense pressure to look perfect and to be perfect especially when I was at my highest point of competition. Luckily, the standards are changing and even Barbie had a make over.
Then there was my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis at 19. When you’re a mover, you express yourself through movement and if that ability is taken away, you have to go deep inside and make peace with the redirection.
Dealing with these issues affected my outlook and taught me compassion for myself and others.
Please tell us about Pilates on Traction.
My studio is called Pilates on Traction.
It is a classical pilates studio in the Arts District, Downtown LA. I offer private and semi private sessions, in accordance with the original method of Joseph Pilates.
My approach to teaching Pilates is systematic and integrative relevant to the specific needs and abilities of my clients, utilizing all of the apparatus.
The studio uses Gratz equipment.
I feel I’m best known for my attention to detail, touch cues, immense knowledge of, and application of technique.
This is one of my all time favorite testimonials from a client: “How can anyone be so sweet and beautiful, kick our asses so commando and make it feel like Christmas!? She’s a fairy, a magical fairy. That’s all there is to it.” I just love that and she’s pretty right on.
Presently, my clients range in age from 20’s to 78 years young. I work with the healthy body, pre/postnatal women, athletes and those that are recovering from injury.
As a studio owner, I am most proud of providing a calm, safe environment for clients to experience what they may be suppressing so they can leave everything at the door and focus on themselves regardless of their skill level.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory would be standing on the ice at the National Figure Skating Competition at 13 years old, in front of a huge crowd waiting to perform.
- New Client Special 3 classes for $240
- Single private session $100
- Package of 10 private classes $900
- Address: 837 Traction Ave. Los Angeles CA 90013
- Website: http://www.pilatesontraction.com
- Phone: 323-973-3327
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image Credit: Laura Grier