Written by Winsor Choza Pilates
Winsor Choza Pilates was honored to host Pay it Forward for Mari, this past March 19th. The event is our community coming together to support our beloved friend, internationally renowned Pilates instructor Mari Winsor, who was diagnosed with ALS three years ago. The event not only raised funds for Mari Winsor, but also for the ALS Association's Golden West chapter, who educate and raise money for ALS research. It was a unique day of compassion, strength, and flow. The event was a great success. The day started with private lessons offered at Winsor Choza Pilates, as well as group classes and workshops at Hot Pilates. It was an inspiring day filled with so many teachers from around the nation, so giving of their time to come together. The energy during the private sessions, with so many talented teachers, was palpable. Everyone’s intention was to give and be of service.
Donations came from different companies, which helped raise a great sum of money in our silent auction at the Cocktail party in the evening. Gratz was very generous to donate a Cadillac, which was one of our highest earning bids at $5,000. The attendees took away a great sense of community and coming together for one of our own.
To continue supporting Mari and ALS Association's Golden West Chapter, go to our website and find the Pay it Forward for Mari link. There you will find two places to donate. If you donate through the ALS Association's Golden West Chapter link, donations are 100% tax deductible. The paypal link will help Mari directly with her medical expenses.
Donations to Mari: Click Here
The PayPal link will help Mari directly with her medical expenses
ALS Associateion's Golden West Chapter Link: Click Here
Donations are 100% tax deductible
Winsor Choza Pilates
8336 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Romana Certified Teacher and fitness expert Mari Winsor is widely credited with popularizing Pilates and making this once-obscure workout accessible to the public at-large. In 1990, Mari opened her first Pilates studio in Los Angeles, and introduced her innovative signature workout, “dynamic sequencing,” based on techniques developed by Joseph Pilates. Soon after, the highly visible bodies of musicians, professional athletes, and celebrities began to flock to her studio to be shaped, toned, and strengthened.
Eager to learn as much as she possible could about Pilates, in 1992, Mari began studying with Romana Kryzanowska, who trained with Joseph Pilates and took over his New York studio upon his death. After one year of intense study, Mari earned her certification in the true technique of Joseph Pilates. Mari continues to study with Romana to this day.
In 2003, Mari brought Pilates to a new level of public recognition when she released her first infomercial. The record-breaking success of the Winsor Pilates workout series and award-winning infomercials was unparalleled. Thirty videos later and over 50 million programs sold,
Mari’s groundbreaking dynamic workouts have helped millions of Americans get the body they want making Winsor Pilates a household name. Committed to sharing her knowledge and experience with the public, Mari has created an Online Winsor Pilates Fitness Club. She has co-authored three books: The Pilates Powerhouse; The Pilates Pregnancy: Maintaining Strength, Flexibility and Your Figure; and The Pilates Workout Journal: An Exercise Diary and Conditioning Guide. Mari’s fitness expertise has been featured in countless magazines such as: Allure, Glamour, Fit Pregnancy, Health, InStyle, More, Redbook, Shape, Vogue, W, and Woman’s World.
Now the owner of two Winsor Pilates studios and with a continuous roster of A-list clients that includes Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Berkeley, Minnie Driver, Daisy Fuentes, Jasmine Guy, Jewel, Melanie Griffith, Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Dita Von Tees, Mari remains the most sought-aftertrainer in Hollywood and a celebrity in the world of health and fitness. (Source)