Shirah Perry is a teacher of movement and an advocate for the enormous benefit and healing power that movement offers to the body, mind, and spirit. As a Pilates and yoga instructor, Shirah encourages her students to develop a biomechanically sound movement practice that is both pragmatic and exciting for the unique individual. Drawing from her background as a professional dancer and dance teacher, she offers technical, anatomically-informed physical practice that realigns the body, encourages functional breath, and cultivates proprioceptive skills. While facilitating the development of mind-body awareness, she emphasizes the importance of language and thought that is precise — but also compassionate.
With a great respect for classical tradition, Shirah’s teaching avoids adherence to strict methodology and instead draws from many somatic influences to allow students to find pathways to both stability and freedom. She shares mindful movement practice a tool to empower stability, freedom, and positive self-image through the discovery of the incredible capacity of the human body.
Shirah hails from the United States and worked in New York before relocating to Berlin in 2016. She regularly makes guest contributions and has taught in Spain, Kenya, and Zanzibar, in addition to Germany and the U.S. She regularly continues to study independently with particular interest in fascial research and spinal and pelvic health, including trainings with luminaries such as Tom Myers, Irene Dowd, Mary Bowen, and Leslie Kaminoff. Shirah works particularly with people addressing chronic back pain, disc herniation, and scoliosis, and specializes in movement for safe pregnancy and postpartum restoration.
600 Hour Contemporary Pilates Certification: Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Props, and Mat; Brooklyn, NY, USA
200 Hour RYT - Functional Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with YOGAMAZÉ; Berlin, DE
BFA in Dance - Ballet Pedagogy Emphasis, Magna Cum Laude; The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA
Biomechanics of Movement & Kinesthetic Anatomy with Irene Dowd; New York, NY, USA
Prenatal and Postnatal Protocols; Brooklyn, NY, USA
Barre Method Training; Berlin, DE