Indigo Co-Owner Eric Black had the good fortune to be introduced to Pilates in 1992 at the now disbanded Portland Pilates Center, the first of its kind in the Northwest. Eric credits the rhythmic movements and breathing of Pilates for leading him to yoga and meditation. A musician and actor as well, he graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied intensively for four years. At Juilliard, his training incorporated many styles of movement along with extensive work in the Alexander Technique, a mind-body release technique that continues to influence his approach to Pilates and the arts.
Eric has taught Kundalini Yoga since 2001 and Pilates since 2002. Over the years, he has experienced many styles of Pilates; most recently studying with Elizabeth Larkam through Balanced Body University. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, Eric uses Pilates as a highly individualized, holistic training tool, even in a group environment. His students grow tremendously—not only in strength, flexibility and balance—but in kinesthetic awareness, confidence and freedom of movement.