Aloha and welcome! We bring our true Hawaiian Aloha to every session we offer.
We bring our unique combination of skills to three beautiful studios in La Verne, Claremont & Upland CA
Blossoming Lotus Studios is committed to creating a safe, friendly, and serene healing environment where you are able to restore, rejuvenate and revitalize your mind, body and spirit.
As Massage Therapists and Movement Educators, we seek to create a nurturing environment where the joy of pain-free movement & the expression of creative energies can unfold. We honor the intelligence of the body by integrating intuitive organic movements from the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method with the mental focus and breathwork from Yoga and Chi Kung, the stability and core strength from Stott Pilates, along with the healing power of touch.
This synergy of modalities helps us to improve our clients quality of life and bring each client to a space where their mind, body, and spirit are equally cared for.
Why limit yourself (mind body and soul) to just one type of exercise? We have a wealth of experience and expertise to share with you. We are experts in both the GYROTONIC® Method and Contemporary Mindful STOTT Pilates (plus we're both licensed Medical Massage Therapists with over 1,250 hours of massage training alone). We LOVE creating customized sessions featuring both of these amazing systems to create a unique exercise and wellness experience you'll thrive in.
Our diverse menu of offerings includes:
At Blossoming Lotus Studios (formerly Kona Pilates) we believe health comes from the harmony of mind, body and spirit, and that exercise is a vehicle for self exploration, healing, wholeness, and joy.
We believe that exercise is meant to be fun, educational, inspiring, and life-changing.
Using the specially designed apparatus, mat or other complementary equipment you’ll learn to control your body through precise stretches and actions, placing an emphasis on smooth, seamless movements without any stress on joints. You’ll soon develop greater poise and control, and a leaner, more resilient body.
Whether you’re recovering from a physical injury, looking for an alternative to traditional gym workouts or an accomplished athlete, sessions with Laura and Steve at Blossoming Lotus Studios will challenge you but the rewards will be considerable.
This soon becomes clear to students who end each session with a sense of accomplishment, as well as a deep feeling of serenity and wellbeing.
Put your mind back in touch with your body, and start experiencing what Blossoming Lotus Studios can do for
“The ultimate aim is to be at home in one’s body, experience greater freedom of movement, to feel unrestricted and uninhibited, to be free from pain, to be at one with the nature of oneself, and to experience exercise as a creative and delightful experience.”
~ Juliu Horvath
(creator of The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Method )
Laura and Steve lived on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kailua Kona for 25 years. We had one of the most successful studio of it's kind in all of Hawaii (Kona Pilates LLC and GYROTONIC Kona) from 2003 until our move in 2017.
We've brought our true Hawaiian Spirit of Aloha with us, and we share it with each and every client we work with.
We are available for sessions:
Learn more by checking out our Locations & Services menu above
What makes working with Laura and Steve so special?
Laura and Steve are the only combined GYROTONIC Trainer / Contemporary Pilates Master Teacher/ Yoga Instructor / Massage Therapist in the entire Inland Empire. As movement educators, Steve and Laura combine their advanced training in western anatomical, biomechanical and rehabilitation science with their vast knowledge of Eastern Contemplative and Energetic Systems into a unique experience accessible to everyone. In addition, Laura is a Dance Movement Therapist, Licensed [Hawaii] Medical Massage Therapist, and has advanced degrees in Transpersonal Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine.
How does this benefit me?
We focus on combining Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise into THE most transformational Mind-Body fitness program available.
You probably already know that Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise strengthen your core, improve your posture, increase flexibility, and make your whole body lean and stronger. But did you know that THE most important benefit is that when the combined power of Contemporary Pilates AND GYROTONIC exercise are taught with the focus on the Mind Body Connection that Laura specializes in, these systems strengthen the connection between your mind and your body, even when you feel your abs shaking and your legs feel like jello. In other words, training with us helps makes your exercise more efficient and smarter! Plus, it's the most feel good FUN workout you'll experience!
"Suffering from back pain for most of my life, I'm always looking for alternative methods to minimize my discomfort. Laura and Steve have made a major contribution to achieving that goal. Their knowledge of anatomy, sense of compassion, level of enthusiasm and personalized approach make every session rewarding. Doesn't matter if it's a class or a private, they seriously yet cheerfully provide you with the opportunity to learn how to re-educate your body to make it work the way it's supposed to. Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise have been the only workout programs whose hourly routine I look forward to and whose end comes too quickly. My doctors have watched my strength grow and my pain scale decline and fully credit my working with Steve and Laura on a regular basis for these accomplishments. I can't thank them enough for all they've done and continue to do to help me feel healthier, both physically and mentally. Thanks guys!" -- Mary Lou S.
Laura and Steve offer individualized private and duet sessions utilizing Pilates AND Gyrotonic / Gyrokinesis exercise (along with Yoga and Chi Kung for Healing) to unite your mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being.
Blossoming Lotus Studios (formerly Kona Pilates of Kailua Kona Hawaii) is the creation of Master Teacher Laura Crittendon (and her husband Steve Von Hargett), whose passion for mindful movement spans 30 years.
A message from Laura...
I love transforming my client's lives through GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® sessions mixed with healthy doses of Contemporary STOTT Pilates, while weaving in my vast and deep well of knowledge (both Eastern and Western) of Yoga, Breathwork and Chi Kung allowing me to offer my client's a depth of study and experience rarely found. My sessions are playful, educational, inspiring, and transformational. I believe that health comes from harmony of mind, body and spirit, and that exercise is a vehicle for self exploration, healing, wholeness, and joy. Ask anyone who knows me what I am passionate about, and they'll answer: Pilates Gyrotonic Yoga, Masage and Dance. For me, teaching the joy of mindful movement is my life’s path and I look forward to sharing this gift with you.
Steve Von Hargett has over 18 years experience teaching movement and 7,000+ hours of training in therapeutic exercise and massage/manual therapy. He is Hawaii state licensed and board certified as an Integrative Medical and Manual Massage Therapist and is the Studio co-owner.
The blossoming lotus flower represents the ability of ones body, mind and spirit to grow and blossom bringing beauty into the world, while remaining grounded. Lotus Blossoms float effortlessly upon muddy waters while rain, mud, and debris all slide easily off of their petals.
I love this analogy when dealing with the storms of life that may blow in, reminding us to remain grounded while we allow the storm to roll effortlessly off of us (like mud off the lotus flowers' petals).
Today there are more reasons (and ways) than ever to get fit and healthy. We believe for a fitness program to be the most effective, your body AND your mind need to be engaged. ALL sessions at Blossoming Lotus Studios focus on your mind-body connection. Our sessions provide equal portions of fun, learning, stress relief, and physical challenge. When you engage your whole being, your mind and your body respond with greater ease and with increased energy levels, better function and improved stamina, allowing you to live your life more fully!
We want to get to know you. Your goals, your learning style, your personal needs. And we do this by building relationships with our clients in our private and duet lessons. We continue this into our small boutique-size classes where ALL students receive friendly and personalized instruction.
No matter where you are starting your journey or where you'd like it to take you, we'll meet you where you are and be there with you (cheering you on) each step of the way.
We are passionate about our work and we love what we do. And it shows. Give yourself the gift of a Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, Pilates or Massage session with us and experience our work first hand. (Your mind and body are already thanking you!)