EVA STRICKLAND

(she/her)

PILATES MAT INSTRUCTOR

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?  WHY PORTLAND?

The short answer: the PNW --Idaho, Washington and Oregon. I moved to Portland in 2005, after years in Seattle, traveling, some time in the Arizona desert and in the woods of Northern California. Portland was the first place to feel like home. After studying Permaculture in Thailand at The Panya Project (of which I am co-owner and co-founder), I really jived with Portland's urban planning and sustainability leanings. And also: the food.

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASS SO AWESOME?

I have fun and I want you to, too. This is all organic matter, must it be so serious? 

WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

Anatomy nerd meets stand up comic. Also, I like to move the spine in all directions. 

& WHAT'S THAT EXTRA SPECIAL SAUCE YOU POUR ON ALL OF YOUR CLASSES!?

Enthusiasm, fun choreography and reminders to breathe. 

WHAT QUOTE IS MOST LIKELY TO COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH DURING A CLASS?

"Draw your hip points together like you're trying to zip up your pants that're too tight."

IS THERE A SPECIFIC NOUN THAT GOT YOU INTO FITNESS? GUSH ABOUT IT PLEASE!

Is the concept of freedom or self-realization a noun? Trying some Yoga sequences from Sassy magazine at age 13 and dancing at my first rave at age 17 began my process of healing from challenging generational trauma. Movement proved itself to be a way to move old stories and experience and create myself, inside and out. 

WHEN YOU'RE NOT FITNESSING, WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?

Hanging with my olde english bulldog Ruca, reading, riding my longboard with my boyfriend, studying fascia, dancing, working on my handstand pike freeze.

WHEN YOU'RE FEELING DOWN, WHAT'S ONE THING YOU SAY TO YOURSELF TO GET YOU GOING?

"Get up offa that thing,
And dance 'till you feel better,
Get up offa that thing,
And try to release that pressure!
Get up offa that thing,
And shake 'till you feel better"

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