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Classical and Gentle Pilates offered in elegant studio settings.

Private sessions in classical and Gentle Pilates are offered in elegant studio settings in both Albany, New York and Lenox, Massachusetts. For those of you who are interested, Penelope also travels and teaches a wide variety of healing workshops.

Penny Shure Pilates

Penelope Shure treats and teaches each client who comes through the door with attention, compassion and kindness. Her unique ability to connect with people’s individual needs and personality brings about positive changes quickly, with a seemingly effortless approach in an elegant boutique studio setting.

Workshops are held onsite at YOUR location for YOUR convenience! PMA continuing education provider, certified Meeks Method instructor & studio owner Penelope Shure brings the studio to you, along with her expertise, energy & compassion.  You get a personalized, educational and enjoyable workshop to share.  Participants leave stronger, smarter, self-empowered and feeling great! All you need is a minimum of 8 people who want to be stronger, smarter and empowered after spending 3 hours with Penelope Shure! 

Pilates Workshops & Classes

We are currently planning our 2018 workshop schedule!

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Workshops are designed to provide dynamic movement solutions to the specific individual needs of your patients, clients, students, group members, family, and friends. Choose from an array of different options that best suits your needs.

Workshops are 3 hours in length, $250.00 per person with a maximum of 20 people unless otherwise noted. Please bring your own mat, hand towel and water bottle. If you need to purchase these items, see my recommended equipment page!

Current Workshops

For Fitness Professionals

The Pilates Method Alliance awards continuing education credits for workshop participation through Pilates for Every Body. A 3-hour workshop provides 3 CEC’s. There is an additional fee of $50.00 per workshop when CEC’s are provided.

The following workshops are approved as PMA CEC providers:
Gentle Pilates
Do You Pee when You Laugh?
Happy Feet
60+ For Women Over 60
Are You Afraid of Falling?

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Are you afraid of falling? workshop

Are You Afraid of Falling?

This workshop addresses the emotional and physical challenges that affect adults with balance, pain, and bone density issues. Exercises that strengthen the feet and core, as well as the breathing muscles, are taught. Safe modifications of activities of daily living are included. Participants leave with a new awareness of posture confidence in their individual abilities to enjoy safe movement and "be in the moment".

Do you pee when you laugh workshop

Do You Pee When You Laugh?

Or sneeze, or cough, or run, jump or surprisingly whenever you don't want to? If so then you're going to LOVE this pelvic floor strengthening workshop. Learn simple exercises you can do anytime, anywhere to strengthen your pelvic floor powerhouse muscles and gain control over urinary incontinence issues. There ARE things you can do to gain and maintain strength.

Internal Alignment Awareness workshop

Gentle Pilates

Internal Alignment Awareness addresses life's shifting stances, giving you the blueprints to develop a new movement paradigm for your unique, individual physical fitness programing. More than a personal training concept, this approach involves the integration of alignment awareness for body, mind and spirit. The ease and simplicity to do so makes it possible to integrate into current programs for individuals of all ages, sexes and levels of fitness. It is easily adaptable to the creativity and concerns of the particular group involved.

Although individual respond according to their uniqueness, it is immediately effective in creating positive changes in the body that lead to, but are not limited to: Improved posture; which allows for the facilitation of improved respiratory function & all that preempts, less pain in movement if that was an issue, injury prevention, fluidity of movement & improved coordination, core strengthening in a way that uses the core to assist in global movement, understanding of how the individual parts of our bodies work together as a team and not randomly, beginning from how we think about ourselves, how we breathe and the subtleties of how we sit, stand, and position ourselves throughout our daily activities, increased physical & emotional confidence, compassion for ourselves & others, personal empowerment to be the best version that we can of ourselves in every setting and situation because of comprehensive development.

Implementing Internal Alignment Awareness into your training creates a foundation that will springboard wellness potential for those who apply the approach. The work is less about effort and more about awareness; finding and feeling how transformation of alignment in the body brings about the powerful transformation of alignment in our minds. This piece of our personal movement puzzle when applied correctly creates the peace in our minds and spirits we all seek.

Pilates for Women over 60

For Women over 60

(and 60 is the new 50) We are aging differently then we used to. Women are stronger, more independent & vibrant than ever before. We are working longer, sometimes beginning new careers instead of retiring, and often care takers for both the younger and older generations we are sandwiched in between, adding new challenges and different stresses to our lives. Aches and pains have a way of sneaking up on us when we least expect them especially as our bodies age. Learn how to add movement to your personal wellness tool kit and experience first hand the "fountain of youth" benefits that Pilates has to offer with safety modifications necessary to avoid injuries caused by strengthening compensatory movement patterns and bone density changes that can come with age. A sedentary lifestyle, sitting at a desk all day or standing on your feet all day at work both can contribute to pain issues if posture, breath and bone health are not addressed. Core strength & breathing are necessary to support us physically and emotionally as we age. Pelvic floor, joint health and our feet can be compromised with age.

Come learn how you can find the control and body wisdom necessary to deal with the specific challenges your body faces over 60. The lessons learned in this workshop will resonate with all areas of life.

Million Dollar Bones workshop

Million Dollar Bones

Designed for kids 8 and older, this workshop emphasizes the prevention of osteoporosis at a time in life when it makes the most difference – the teen years.
Through movement and media, Penny teaches the lifestyle modifications necessary to build strong bones and nurture healthy habits towards a lifetime of wellness. This workshop is meant to be adapted for classroom settings with the sincere hope that knowledge will create empowered young people. This is also an ideal inter-generational experience. Media sharing is encouraged and appreciated.

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Happy Feet

There IS something you can do about it right now! Learn safe, effective exercises that will stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles. Understanding basic anatomy and neutral alignment concepts will give you Happy Feet!

In the Media

Penelope Shure began her Pilates teaching career in 2004 in upstate New York and now divides her work schedule between her 2 studios in Albany, New York and Lenox, Massachusetts. She specializes in classical and Gentle Pilates private sessions. She also travels to give specialty workshops which provide continuing education credits for Pilates Method Alliance members. Penelope has been a guest presenter at the Meeks Method Annual conferences in Sundance, Utah, and Baltimore, MD and recently co-taught a course on “Dynamic Movement Solutions” with Sara Meeks, TP in Lenox, MA. Her Gentile Pilates and Gentle Dance videos for bone health have been featured in Margie Bissinger, PT’s Happy Bones Happy Life” program and on the website where Dr. John Neustadt recommended them to his osteoporosis patients. She taught as an adjunct professor for the College of St. Rose in their Physical Education into movement education courses. She teaches her Gentle Pilates class weekly at Albany Dance & Fitness.
Penelope was born in Syracuse, New York and began training in tap, jazz and ballet at the age of five. She attended Syracuse University, receiving a B.S. in fashion design that brought her to New York City in 1984. There she continued her dance training at Steps & Broadway Dance Center where she was first exposed to Pilates. She taught dance to children and adults and began her formal Pilates training in 1994. In 2004 she completed the Power Pilates NY Intensive certification program and was certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2010. She is a Meek Method osteoporosis exercise specialist and trained extensively through Pilates Therapeutics in foot, scoliosis and performing arts specialization with Dr. Suzanne Martin. She loves working with dancers and people of all ages.
Penelope is a former National Osteoporosis Foundation support group leader and served as a Patient Advocate for “Strong Voices for Strong Bones on Capitol Hill” speaking to NYS elected officials to raise awareness for osteoporosis, bone health & the need to access quality healthcare, bone density testing & increase research funding in 2009. She served on the Eli Lilly & Company’s Mobility Advisory Board in 2009-10 and was a featured bi-monthly blogger for “Better Bones, Holistic Health & Fitness” for the Albany Times Union between 2013-2015.
In her spare time, Penelope loves to hike the Berkshires and take ballet classes. This along with safe Pilates helps her maintain strong bones! Penelope’s sons, now 20 & 22 years old pretty much grew up in her Pilates studios. They would complain that she was “too healthy” but now they have seen how much it has changed so many people’s lives, fitness levels, and confidence about their health.

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