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 advanced 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 felt compelled to share what she had learned and with a used reformer bought from a student, began teaching in her Hollywood, CA apartment. As her practice grew, she moved into a larger space and invested in a Cadillac, additional reformers, chairs and barrels. Three years later, another move — this time to West Hollywood above the famous TOI Thai restaurant on Sunset Blvd. and named this larger commercial space, Studio Darien. After fourteen years, she moved north to Sonoma County and created a home studio. The peaceful countryside encourages students to experience what Mr. Pilates meant when he referred to his work as, “The complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”

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 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 taught the classical approach to those who knew only the contemporary style.

In 2019, she worked with the officers and fire fighters of the Santa Rosa Police and Fire Departments. Her class quickly gained popularity because of the improvements in core strength and mobility the attendees were experiencing. Besides conducting private and duets lessons at her home studio, Darien also teaches mat classes at the Soulstice Mind+Body Spa in Santa Rosa, apparatus workshops at the Santa Rosa Airport Club and private and group lessons at Internal Fire Pilates studio in Mill Valley. She also has an international following with 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.  

Darien shares her deep knowledge of the Pilates method to an even wider audience with a live weekly radio show, “All Things Pilates,” on KPCA.FM and local radio, 103.3FM. She also has a bi-monthly podcast, ALL THINGS PILATES that can be heard on Apple Podcast, Spotify and many other directories. Listeners learn about the two main approaches to Pilates – Classical and Contemporary as she features some of the top Pilates experts, as well as lesser known experts — who are making an impact in this fascinating industry. Darien also makes many of the station’s PSA announcements.

In the March/April 2020 issue of Pilates Style magazine, Darien is featured in the Masters of the Method, Powerhouse section, in a 3-page article called, “Voice of Pilates,” written by Anne Marie O’Connor. Darien’s forty-year journey from the gymnastics mat to the Pilates mat is explored and the magazine is available online and in print. In 2010, Pilates Style magazine named Darien’s Intermediate Mat DVD and the Advanced Mat DVD in 2012, in their “Top 10 Best DVDs” category. She 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, and both are sold in the App store and Google Play. For those Pilates students interested in learning more about the Pilates fundamentals, Darien’s basic mat DVD, The First Seven is available on Amazon.