When another dancer introduced Darien Gold to the Pilates method in 1992, she felt an immediate connection to the work and began studying with Romana Kryzanowska, a Joseph Pilates premier disciple. The Pilates technique seemed familiar to Darien because of her extensive background in high level gymnastics and her eighteen years as a professional dancer. Darien spent the next few years incorporating Pilates into her dance classes and in 1997, completed her pilates certification.

Darien was compelled to share what she was learning and began teaching in her Hollywood, CA apartment with a used reformer bought from a student. As her practice grew, she moved into a larger space and invested in the Cadillac, additional reformers, chairs and barrels. Three years later, another move — this time in West Hollywood above the famous TOI Thai restaurant on Sunset Blvd., and named this larger commercial space Studio Darien. After fourteen years she moved again — this time to a more tranquil environment — and now teaches in her home studio in Sonoma County. The peaceful countryside insures not only a great workout for the body, but elevates the mind and spirit as well.

Moving from hectic Los Angeles to her new forever home proved to be a very positive decision. Darien has shared her talents with a variety of facilities such as Yoga ONE, located in downtown Santa Rosa, POST Wellness by Design, a full-facility wellness center next to the Petaluma River, and Body Kinetics Marin Health Club where she taught classical mat and apparatus classes and served as a Continuing Education Pilates instructor. At Lifestyle Pilates in Petaluma, Darien imparted the classical approach to a mostly contemporary clientele. This year, Darien worked with the Santa Rosa Police and Fire Departments, and now currently teaches private and group lessons at Internal Fire Pilates studio in Mill Valley, conducts mat and apparatus workshops at the Santa Rosa Airport Club and has international Skype students from England, South Korea, France and Switzerland.

An invitation in 2018, took Darien across the pond to England where she taught classical Pilates to both classical and contemporary Pilates instructors. A decade ago, she had her first experience teaching outside the United States at the renowned fitness center, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.

On Sundays at 2pm on KPCA Petaluma, Darien’s radio show, “All Things Pilates,” explores the on-going evolution of the Pilates method as well as its connection to other modalities such as Gyrotonic, yoga, podiatry and chiropractic. Listeners can expect additional information about the two main approaches to Pilates – Classical and Contemporary. In addition, Darien does voice-overs for the station’s PSA’s announcements.

Pilates Style Magazine named her Intermediate Mat DVD in 2010 and the Advanced Mat DVD in 2012, in the magazines “Top 10 Best DVDs” category. Darien was the first Second Generation classical Pilates instructor to present the traditional Intermediate Mat repertoire in an app, Studio Darien Pilates and two years later she produced her second app, Studio Darien Advanced Pilates. For those Pilates students who are just starting out, Darien’s basic mat DVD, The First Seven is available on Amazon. Her apps are also available in the App store and Google Play.