Blue Sparrow Pilates

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Anyone can beat you up. We can build you up.

At Blue Sparrow Pilates, we want you to get the most out of every single workout. We want you to look and feel amazing. We want you to build your core strength without pain or tension.

That’s why our team teaches exercise methods based on science, and rooted in what we consider to be the world’s leading method of fitness: Pilates. STOTT PILATES®, GYROTONIC®, CORE™, and Total Barre™ will expand your understanding of your body in a way you can feel right from the first session. By understanding your body, you’ll build a deeper connection with the core muscles, making you resistant to injury and able to tackle life with strength.  These exercise methods will transform the way you move, because we build you up from the inside out.

STOTT PILATES®

We train everyone from athletes to those suffering from injures and chronic pain. Our clients improve core strength, flexibility, ...

GYROTONIC®

GYROTONIC® will help you feel rejuvenated and resilient. Based on movements from Kundalini yoga, swimming, dance, gymnastics, an...

Total Barre™

Total Barre is full body sculpting that will firm butt, thighs, arms, and core while increasing flexibility, stamina, and enduranc...

CORE™

CORE™ Athletic Conditioning + Performance Training is a high powered workout that will jumpstart your metabolism and build total...


Increase metabolism and strength while having fun in your workout!

Our sessions utilize the spring-based Reformer, Stability Chair, Cadillac Table,  and Springboards, as well as BOSU stability trainers, balls, rollers, resistance bands, and much more. As your fitness evolves, so will our sessions. With hundreds of challenging and safe exercises, we encourage you and keep you flying high.

See and feel a difference in your body

The average, healthy participant sees and feels results within 10 sessions. “In ten sessions,” suggested Joseph Pilates himself, “you will feel the difference; in 20 you will see the difference; and in 30 you will have a whole new body.”

Spend eight hours a day sitting at your computer?

STOTT PILATES®, GYROTONIC®, and TRX® can help lift the stress and stagnation from your body, leaving your mind, body, and spirit soaring! Strengthening your deep abdominal and core muscles, your body will learn to support your spine with less effort. Within the first few weeks of training, you should stand straighter, feel fewer aches and pains, and begin reducing the strain that sitting puts on your body.


Our Story

 

Holly Furgason, Founder & CEO Blue Sparrow PilatesBlue Sparrow Pilates’ came out of the idea that the sparrow is a symbol of freedom, happiness, integrity, and revitalization, characteristics we aspire to bring out in our clients. The sparrow, or the "blue bird of happiness," is also known for traveling great distances, yet always returns home. We want to help you feel happy, healthy, and home in your body.

The backbone of Blue Sparrow Pilates is its well-rounded roster of extensively experienced instructors, who each offer a unique approach to training. Our instructors are truly the “crème de la crème” of the Pilates world having all trained in STOTT PILATES®. STOTT PILATES® is widely considered the “Harvard” of Pilates education institutions, requiring a minimum of 800 hours of rigorous study and training in anatomy, rehabilitation, and special populations, as well as apprentice teaching. They're the best in not only San Francisco but in the industry.

The pairing of our expert instructors and philosophy of individualized programming will bring out the best in your body as well as get you to your fitness goals. From losing weight and toning physique, to improving athletic performance or recovering from an injury, we're dedicated to continuing to challenge, tone, lengthen, and improve your overall health with every session.

Holly Furgason, Founder & CEO Blue Sparrow Pilates

Our Committment to You

 

You are not just a number to us.

Private sessions are personalized to you and your body, with encouraging instructors who really get to know you and help you reach your goals. Our group classes are intentionally kept small so that you get individual attention, instead of getting lost in a big class.

We make fitness enjoyable.

We think that high standards and elite teachers don’t have to spell stuffy or intimidating. Whatever your fitness level, age, or exercise background, we’ll work with you to get you to where you want to be. With hundreds of different exercises and variations, sessions are always fresh, unique, and challenging.

A Friendly Neighborhood Studio.

From our loyal clients and close-knit staff, to other local businesses and the neighborhood we’re a part of, we are a true community. Since we opened in North Beach in January 2007, we’ve cultivated a dedicated clientele through authentic experience. Our clients and instructors work together for years, through the different stages of life and their bodies.


Finding the Next Video Star

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Prenatal Blog

Holly Furgason was asked to be a Pre/post-natal blogger for Pilates Style Magazine...

Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Contest

Holly Furgason was selected as a 2013 Top 10 Finalist for the international contest selecting the "Next Video Star"...

Daily Candy

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Pilates Style Magazine

Check out our recent features in Pilates Style Magazine...

Our Team

“Blue Sparrow Pilates is fantastic! For someone who had not exercised in years, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that I absolutely love pilates. I have BSP to thank for that!”

Roselie, San Francisco

“Holly Furgason and her very qualified team are without question some of the most capable, knowledgeable, and advanced players in the world of Pilates and fitness.”

Susan, North Carolina

“I love Blue Sparrow, the space is inviting, the instructors knowledgeable and friendly and the classes kickass!”

Michelle, New York City

“The instructors are professional, knowledgeable and caring, working with each client to understand their fitness goals and desired results. The workout is intense and precise - my abs hurt for days! The studio itself is lovely - inviting, serene and immaculately clean. I look forward to each session at this first-class studio!”

Gina, San Francisco

Level 3: Certified Senior Instructors (CSI)

Works with general conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, chronic conditions, athletic and performance training.

Fully certified with a minimum of 5,000 hours teaching STOTT PILATES® and has successfully completed the requirements necessary to teach new instructors in the STOTT PILATES® method. Each CSI has developed a deep understanding of the method and is able to communicate effectively to a wide-range of clients and students alike. CSI have extensive rehabilitation training and experience. Additionally CSI may be qualified to teach GYROTONIC®, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™, Total Barre™, personal training, and/or TRX®.

Holly Furgason

Holly Furgason, Blue Sparrow PilatesHolly Furgason
Founder and CEO Blue Sparrow Pilates

University of Michigan, BDA
Mills College, MFA
Certified Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist
Pregnancy Fitness & Postpartum Rehabilitation Specialist
STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer and Fully Certified on all Equipment
Instructor Trainer CORE™ Athletic Condition + Performance Training
Instructor Trainer TotalBarre™
Certified GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, Archway®, Gyrotoner®
Certified TRX Suspension Trainer™

Holly Furgason is the founder and CEO of Blue Sparrow Pilates with locations in San Francisco (2007) and Oakland (2015), CA. Renowned for excellence in the Bay Area, Blue Sparrow Pilates attracts students from around the world as the only STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center in San Francisco. Holly is the creator of Fit4Real.com, a mentorship blog for Pilates instructors, and Prenatal Pilates, a mobile Pilates app designed to train prenatal and postpartum women at home.

Holly has been studying Pilates for close to 17 years and teaching in San Francisco since 2004. Holly completed her STOTT PILATES certification in 2001, and then went on to become a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer (2011), CORE Athletic Conditioning Instructor Trainer (2013), and a Total Barre Instructor Trainer (2015).

Holly’s challenging classes and playful personality have established her as a powerful name in Pilates. In a recent article Holly was called a “favorite Bay Area fitness gurus.” Holly is a blogger for Pilates Style Magazine and in 2013 was voted as one of the top ten instructors international through Pilates Anytime. In 2013 Holly joined the faculty at Mills College to train dancers to teach Pilates.

With well over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, Holly has worked with a wide range of clientele from severely injured to high level athletes. Holly has extensive experience working with a diverse range of injuries including chronic pain, scoliosis, herniated/slipped/bulging discs, back pain, shoulder & rotator cuff tears, knee and hip issues, tendonitis, labral tears, ACL tears, hip and knee replacements, post-polio, breast cancer recovery, and pre/post-natal recovery.

holly@bluesparrowpilates.com

Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy, Blue Sparrow PilatesMelissa Kennedy
Certified Senior Instructor & STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer
San Francisco Studio

BA in Dance and a BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota
STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified on all Equipment Level 1 & Level 2
Certified TRX Suspension Trainer™
Certified TotalBarre™
Certified CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training

Melissa is classically trained in ballet and modern dance, and performed professionally in Minneapolis, MN and the Bay Area. She certified in STOTT PILATES®in St. Paul, MN (2007), studying with Kelly Dormady, Jill Winnegar, and Deborah Hunt. She completed her STOTT PILATES® full certification in 2012, and then joined the elite ranks of STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainers in 2014.
Melissa offers her lifelong study of movement with Pilates, TRX, barre, and athletic conditioning. She works with a vast array of clients seeking general conditioning, athletic training, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Melissa has training and experience using the Pilates method for back rehabilitation and/or management, breast cancer recovery, osteoporosis, and scoliosis. Additionally she instructs rehabilitation session for injuries ranging from joint replacements; knee meniscus tears and ACL repairs; ankle sprains and fractures; shoulder and rotator cuff strains and tears; pregnancy related trauma. Melissa has been teaching at Blue Sparrow Pilates since 2008.

melissa@bluesparrowpilates.com


Level 2: Certified Instructor (CI)

Works with general conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation, athletic and performance training.

A Certified Instructor has achieved certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and has been recognized as possessing the qualities required to teach at our STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center. Every CI has been trained in equipment including the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair, and has adequate knowledge to be able to work with clients who may require specialized programming because of injury or other conditions. Depending on other educational programs completed, a CI may be qualified to teach GYROTONIC®, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™, Total Barre™, personal training, and/or TRX®.

Amie Davis

erinAmie Davis
Certified Instructor
Oakland Studio

BS Honors in Chemistry and Business, University of Warwick, UK
Certified STOTT PILATES® on all Equipment Level 1 & Level 2
Certified CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training
Certified TRX Suspension Trainer™

Amie has been a fitness enthusiast throughout her life, representing her school, university and even country in long distance running, netball, and swimming. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Honors degree in Chemistry and Business at the University of Warwick UK and embarked on a career in Management Consulting in London.

Fitness continued to play a vital role in Amie’s life as she began her career in the corporate world. She spent much of her free time using her passion for fitness and her unlimited source of energy to coach her friends and colleagues to complete marathons and mountain climbing challenges. During her training for the London marathon in 2009, Amie was introduced to Pilates by her physical therapist to treat a hip injury. The experience completely transformed her outlook on her fitness regime and Pilates has been an integral part of it ever since.

Upon moving to San Francisco in 2011, Amie was given the opportunity to pursue one of her lifelong goals of obtaining STOTT PILATES® certification whilst maintaining a hand in the corporate world. Amie is dedicated to inspiring, motivating and developing realistic goals for her clients. She strives to make Pilates fun, yet challenging, for clients of all ages and fitness levels! amie@bluesparrowpilates.com

Ashlee Johnson

Ashlee-JohnsonAshlee Johnson
Certified Pilates Instructor
San Francisco & Oakland Studio

STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified on all Equipment Level 1
BA in global and international studies from University of California at Santa Barbara

Ashlee found and fell in love with Pilates in college. Having grown up a self-proclaimed "book nerd" she hadn't given much thought to sports or movement before college when she found herself needing to move her stressed body to help shake off the pressures of college life and newfound responsibilities as a young adult. Once she realized the beauty and value of movement there was no turning back, and she quickly realized how much Pilates improved several aspects of her life, she had an easier time managing stress, had better posture, and felt an overall sense of strength and well being. Ashlee continued to practice Pilates after college and after a particularly inspiring class decided to begin career in Pilates. Ashlee is currently working towards a full certification in the STOTT PILATES method. Ashlee's goal is to help clients feel empowered invigorated through movement because it has been an invaluable gift in her life that she would love to share with all that attend her classes.

Kate Jordan Augusto

GYROTONIC® Instructor
San Francisco Studio

GYROTONIC® Apprentice (Certification completion date November 2015)
Certified in Pilates Matwork Education Lab (Sharon Gallagher and Carol LeMaitre)
M.F.A. Dance Performance and Choreography, S.U.N.Y. Brockport
B.S Marketing Management, Grove City College

Kate grew up in Grove City, Pennsylvania, an east coast town where the seasons were harsh, the streets safe and the stores self-owned. Her movement experience developed naturally through biking, climbing, soccer and gymnastics, then found a home in dance. Kate pursued technical dance training in her teens and early 20’s, before starting her professional career as an artist. For the past ten years she has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer, choreographer and dance teacher. Kate currently is Co-Director of Arts & Above. Kate entered a deeper study of the Pilates and GYROTONIC® work with the desire to strengthen her own body, remain injury free and increase her movement range.

Kate uses GYROTONIC® to train everyone from athletes to those recovering from injury. Kate helps athletes improve their game by diversify their workouts, and sustain fewer injuries. General movers feel less tension throughout the body, and improve strength, flexibility and coordination for everyday life. Kate also uses the GYROTONIC® system to keep people moving while recovering from injuries such as back pain, pre/postnatal recovery, and scoliosis.

She's passionate about passing this knowledge along to others.

Eryn Lauckern

erinEryn Lauckern
Certified Instructor
San Francisco Studio

Certified Massage Therapist, Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy
Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork
Certified GYROTONIC® Level 1 Trainer

Eryn’s path to GYROTONIC® and Pilates came from a deep love of the body’s ability to move, expand, heal and change. She first began practicing GYROTONIC® in 2001 and was so moved by the practice that she went on to certify as a teacher in 2007. Trained as a therapeutic massage therapist, Reiki master and Reflexology bodyworker, Eryn has a solid foundation and understanding of anatomy and how movement can help rehabilitate and strengthen the body. Currently she is continuing her GYROTONIC® Level 2 training as well as working towards full STOTT PILATES® certification. eryn@bluesparrowpilates.com

Erica Pinigis

Erica-PinigisErica Pinigis
Certified Pilates Instructor
San Francisco & Oakland Studios

Certified STOTT PILATES® on all Equipment Level 1
Certified CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training
Trained in Ashiatsu massage with Barefoot Bodywork
MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Mills College
BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Erica came to Pilates work as a somatic supplement to her dance training. Her original dance training was in Martha Graham technique, which continues to shed light on her ongoing study of Pilates. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she has performed and produced her own choreography in many midwestern venues, including an Artist Residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts in Red Wing, MN. Since migrating to the Bay Area in 2008, Erica has been a happy company member of several local dance companies and continues to present her own choreography. For Erica, Pilates and CORE ™ continue to enrich, enable, and sustain that highly active lifestyle.

With experience teaching dance students from 4-84 years old and a diversity of Pilates clients, Erica enjoys helping clients with widely varying goals and backgrounds to become more healthy and embodied. In particular, Erica has worked with clients that are managing autoimmune diseases, working to increase strength and body awareness before life-changing events like pregnancies and surgeries, and restoring balance and healthy function to clients whose careers require unusual physical demands. Imaginative imagery and targeted tactile cues are highlights of Erica’s teaching, contributing to fun, challenging, and rewarding group classes and private sessions.

Erica also is the Education Coordinate Blue Sparrow Pilates instructor training program.

erica@bluesparrowpilates.com

Natalie Nelson

NatalieNatalie Nelson
Certified Pilates Instructor (Certification date August 1, 2015)
San Francisco Studio

BA in Dance and a minor in Exercise & Health Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara
Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, and Barrels

A classically trained dancer, Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Dance and a minor in Exercise & Health Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She began practicing Pilates at an early age due to the recommendation of her ballet teachers. After an ankle surgery post-college, she began her full training and certification in the STOTT PILATES® method.

Natalie began her training in 2013 and has been teaching at Blue Sparrow Pilates since then. She specializes in working with athletes, dancers, pre/post natal clients, and clients using Pilates as a complement to other training regimens. She has worked with clients recovering from and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease, shoulder and knee injuries, bulging and degenerative discs, back pain, and sciatica. natalie@bluesparrowpilates.com


Level 1: Trained Instructors (TI)

Works with general conditioning

Trained instructors have completed a minimum of 200 hours of coursework, physical review, practice teaching, and observation hours for STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer. TI possess adequate knowledge to modify exercises based on clients’ unique needs and postural goals. TI are actively pursuing full STOTT PILATES® certification on all apparatus which may take more than one year. TI may be qualified to teach CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™, Total Barre™, personal training, and/or TRX®.

Magda Boulay

MagdaBoulayMagda Boulay
Trained Pilates Instructor
San Francisco & Oakland Studios

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University
Bachelor of Science in Physiology, University of California, Davis
Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Stability Chair, and Barrels

Magda has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University and worked as a physical therapist in an outpatient setting since 2005. As a physical therapist Magda has worked with everyone from people with chronic pain to high-level athletes with sport specific injuries.

Magda decided to pursue certification in STOTT PILATES® because of it’s anatomical and research-based approach to the original work of Joseph Pilates. She is passionate about helping others appreciate the value and power of core strength for successful long-term resilience, optimal posture, and injury protection. She loves working with clients after they’ve been discharged from the physical therapy as it allows her to work with the body as a whole, creating unique plans to target each individual’s needs.

Magda uses Pilates to help clients with lower back dysfunction such as disc injuries and sciatica; shoulder rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder; medial or lateral epicondylitis; hip labral tears; pre/post-natal issues such as diastasis recti or pubic symphysis separation; post hip or knee replacement conditioning; and exercise for Parkinson's.

magda@bluesparrowpilates.com

Natalie Nelson

NatalieNatalie Nelson
Trained Pilates Instructor
San Francisco Studio

BA in Dance and a minor in Exercise & Health Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara
Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, and Barrels

A classically trained dancer, Natalie received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Dance and a minor in Exercise & Health Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She began practicing Pilates at an early age due to the recommendation of her ballet teachers. After an ankle surgery post-college, she began her full training and certification in the STOTT PILATES® method.

Natalie began her training in 2013 and has been teaching at Blue Sparrow Pilates since then. She specializes in working with athletes, dancers, pre/post natal clients, and clients using Pilates as a complement to other training regimens. She has worked with clients recovering from and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease, shoulder and knee injuries, bulging and degenerative discs, back pain, and sciatica. natalie@bluesparrowpilates.com

Stephanie Soleil

NatalieStephanie Soleil
Trained Pilates Instructor
San Francisco

DEUG Arts du Spectacle, Nice, France
Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Stephanie has dedicated her life to the study of movement since childhood, realizing from a young age she would pursue movement as a career. She began intensive ballet training and examination in France, and at the Ballets de Monte Carlo. She has danced professionally in France, Europe and the United States. After relocating to the United States in 2001, she established herself as the Modern Dance director of the Dance Center in Santa Rosa, directing and choreographing for her company which performed around the Bay Area as well as in South Korea.

Stephanie is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University with the goal of pursuing an education in physical therapy. To complement her education and fulfill her passion for Pilates, Stephanie is currently completing her full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method.

Stephanie offers challenging Pilates sessions at all fitness levels. She will tailor session to each individuals needs and goals. Stephanie has worked with clients ranging from professional dancers to individuals who have limited movement experience. Stephanie can successfully assist individuals in active aging, post-rehabilitation, poor postural habits and back pain, and help weekend warriors reach the next level.

Aerliah Tregoning

Erica-PinigisAerliah Tregoning
Trained Pilates Instructor
San Francisco

Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Theatre with minors in Dance and Drama from the Australian Institute of Music
Post Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education in Dance, Drama and Music from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney Australia
Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Originally from Australia, Aerliah trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap dance from a young age. Aerliah turned her focus to music theater dance in college. Her professional dance experience includes theatre, cabaret and television, as well as teaching dance in studios and high school settings.

Aerliah first began practicing Pilates based on the advice from her dance teachers to help avoid injury and build strength. She began her training in the STOTT PILATES ® method in 2014. She is trained in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, and Barrels, and is currently pursuing her full certification. Aerliah has worked with a variety of clients looking to supplement other movement and training modalities.

Aerliah’s goal is to help her clients achieve a healthy mind, body and ease of movement through Pilates, and hopes to impart a love and joy of movement to everyone in her class.


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From a small ache to debilitating pain, 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes. For some, an episode will occur once but for others, pain will become chronic. It can compromise an individual’s quality of life: keep a parent from enjoying time with their young children, affect daily routines, cause an athlete […]

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Contact

San Francisco Studio

North Beach
1441 Grant Avenue
San Francisco CA 94133
415-398-4425

BART: We’re a quick 15-20 minute walk from Montgomery Station.

MUNI: Lines 45, 30, and 15 stop nearby.

PARKING: Parking available at 2-hour meters on Grant Avenue, Free 2-hour neighborhood spaces are available throughout the neighborhood, and 3 parking garages within a 5-minute walk.

Oakland Studio

Temescal Plaza
5095 Telegraph Avenue, Suite C
Oakland, CA 94609
510-655-4425