Teresa inside the Pilates Barre + Jams studio
Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I'm serving which is watching people become stronger in their bodies. I'm Teresa (She/Her/Femme), Oakland, CA born and where I currently live. I have been teaching the fitness since 2008 and ever since then, my goal has been to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio because the staff and participants would be assholes if the person didn't fit the aesthetic. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, I know what it feels like to be othered, so I opened Pilates Barre and Jams in 2017 to center Black, Brown and indigenous humans as well as Queer, Fat-bodied, Trans, Non-Binary humans and Sex Workers. It just made sense as who would l be fooling if I didn't include the very peeps who have brought so much joy, love, support and badassery to my life? There is no such thing as a Pilates body. The Fat Sex Therapist said, "Thinness is a White Supremacist beauty ideal." At Pilates Barre and Jams, feeling good, feeling strong, being able to do functional movements pain free is our ideal.
So if you've always wanted to try Pilates and felt like you would never find a spot with weirdos or queerdos like yourself, your serach is over. I look forward to meeting you, laughing with you, encouraging you and witnessing you.