We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Pearlman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, what’s your definition for success?
Success is the moment that I’m able to affect another human on a physical, mental, and/or emotional level. That could be making someone’s day a little happier, helping someone experience and process their emotions, or giving someone a greater understanding and appreciation of their body and how it works.
There are these breakthrough moments with all clients where someone’s body is suddenly able to do something it wasn’t able to do before. Suddenly they realize that a part of their body they didn’t even know could move, moves. Or their mental state shifts in regards to how they perceive themselves. It’s within these small moments that success is felt. We often focus on these huge goals as the only measure of our success, but those large goals are only attained through experiencing many of these small moments.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Movement is my art. I practice my art as a dancer and I teach others how to unlock their movement potential.
My holistic approach to movement and exercise is what sets my studio apart. I specialize in the GYROTONIC® method, which views the body as whole. We explore how each individual movement affects all parts of the body. The nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system, muscular and skeletal systems are all influenced by motion! Using full body, three dimensional movement, we are able to bring balance to the body. You experience this as greater strength, flexibility, range of motion, and overall well-being. A lot of other exercise methods are very linear and compartmentalized. While those approaches can be helpful, the three dimensionality of GYROTONIC® adds a different perspective and is often the missing piece of the puzzle for complex issues.
I got into GYROTONIC® because of dance, and at first, I didn’t like it at all! I quickly saw how much it improved my dancing and my body, so I decided to dive deeper. I can’t imagine my life without it at this point. As a dancer, I’ve always struggled with not having the perfect “ballet body,” but with GYROTONIC® my body started to look the way I had always wanted it to. The movement is super lengthening so your structure and musculature start to reflect that. I think it’s also protected me from injury. I’ve been a professional dancer for eight years and haven’t suffered from any major injuries, that’s pretty rare!
My main goal as a teacher and studio owner is to share my knowledge with others. I want to enable people to feel more at home in their own bodies and appreciative of all of the incredible things that it can do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As an LA native, I have to say going on a great drive is one of the most LA things you can do. There are some pretty iconic streets, like PCH or Mulholland drive. There’s nothing like driving in the sunshine, listening to the perfect song, and maybe adding an iced coffee to the mix. It’s also a cheap activity!
Otherwise, I live on the east side so I’m pretty partial to that. For coffee I love Maru and Dinosaur Coffee. And, as someone who lived in San Francisco for 11 years, I have to put Philz Coffee in the mix. As far as restaurants – Botanica for fresh flavors and a lot of herbs, Pine and Crane has amazing Taiwanese food, Little Dom’s is great Italian (and has great ambiance), and I’ll go to Hugo’s Tacos for some fresh Mexican (their Honey Chipotle Salsa is a must).
I’m a big fan of a themed bar, so Harvard & Stone and Good Times at Davey Wayne’s are some of my favorites. (H&S has a prohibition vibe with live burlesque + music shows while GTDW feels like you’re at a house party in the 70’s!) I can’t forget the dive bars – Fox Fire Room in the valley is a good one. They even have homemade tamales on Tuesdays!
After moving back to LA, I was introduced to natural wine (which I didn’t even know existed before!) Now I’m a huge fan of both the flavor and the lack of hangovers. Vinovore is a great wine shop in Silver Lake that focuses on natural and mostly female winemakers, and Silverlake Wine is another favorite with a huge variety.
Apart from food and drink, I’d also recommend hiking at Griffith Park, The Getty Museum, and going to the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my grandmother Betty Pearlman. She recently passed away in summer of 2020 and has always been a huge supporter of me and my passion for dance and movement. She’s part of what made it possible to open my studio, The Body Los Feliz. Although she’s not here to share in the experience, I know she would be really proud of me. It feels like a great way to keep her memory and energy alive and adds just a little bit of extra love to the space.
Instagram: @thebody.losfeliz @ninamoves