Bodhi Suspension System

Wake up your body’s neuro-reflex and achieve your true physical potential.

When you work against gravity in a suspension system, you activate your “righting reflex.” This righting reflex instinctively keeps us from falling over by stimulating the deep local musculature that protects the joints, organs and spine. You also decrease unwanted stress on the joints while continually challenging your muscles and their range of motion. Your body and mind learn to respond against gravity as the situation demands, building greater strength and control.

This full body integration helps us create new neuro-pathways in the brain and re-educates the nervous system.

Challenge your body by challenging your center of gravity.

Exercises on the Bodhi can be gentle and rehabilitative, as well as athletic and incredibly acrobatic.

At Paragon, we offer Bodhi classes for clients and Bodhi training for fitness professionals, movement educators and rehab clinicians. We also design Bodhi workouts to match your physical abilities and goals in private or duet sessions.  With two anchor points and four points of suspension, the body is challenged more intensely with a wide variety of exercise options. Call our studio at (952) 405-9765 or send us an email to learn more.

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Join us for Bodhi Suspension Training

November 9-11, 2018

Appropriate for fitness professionals, movement educators, rehab clinicians and anyone with a strong movement background. Learn the essential Bodhi exercises, how to create balanced class sequences and more!

To register, please use the Balance Body Education Finder.

Next test-out date: May 30, 2018, Feb 20, 2019

Other test-out dates available upon request.
Call the studio to schedule (952) 405-9765

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*All Bodhi suspension system photos courtesy of Balanced Body.

Cari Riis Stemmler

Meet the Instructor

Cari Riis Stemmler

Cari has been teaching Pilates since 1997 and educating Pilates teachers since 2001. She has an extensive background in Pilates, dance, movement science, anatomy and yoga.

Her professional dance career began in 1991. She performed both company and commercial work in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and South America.  She performed with Ballet of the Dolls, Winifred Harris’ Between Lines, and Cirque Productions among others.  She has been a practitioner of Ashtanga and Anusara yoga since 1996 and started teaching Pilates in 1997 while dancing professionally in Los Angeles. In 2002, she earned her ACE & NASM certifications.

In 2004, Cari trained in Dance Medicine with the prestigious Harkness Center for Dance and has lectured at national dance summits at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and in Minnesota for the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation.  She also served as Education Chair for the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation from 2011-2018, and started their “Ask the Experts” outreach program.

Cari was part of the original movement that pioneered the idea of combining Pilates and physical therapy at Core Conditioning in Los Angeles, CA.  In 2009, she moved back to her home state of MN and opened Paragon, which was the first fully integrated Pilates and physical therapy studio in the region.

She is a PMA Gold certified Master Teacher and teaches comprehensive Pilates teacher training courses and continuing education as a senior faculty member for Balanced Body Education under the tutelage of Nora St. John.

In March 2007, she became a BB Master Instructor for Pilates Teacher Training as part of the inaugural group at Balanced Body.  In 2009 she became a Master Instructor for Anatomy in Three Dimensions, 2015 Master Instructor for Bodhi Suspension System, and in 2017 Master Instructor for CoreAlign.

Cari also teaches continuing education courses on integrating Pilates with physical therapy and special conditions, and has presented at national Pilates conferences since 2005 including Pilates on Tour and Pilates Method Alliance. She was invited by Balanced Body to contribute to their video podcast library. Check out her Balanced Body video podcasts for Athletes.

Cari holds a B.A. degree in Cross-cultural Communication from the University of Minnesota, has attended countless hours of continuing education coursework, and is a casual student of neuroscience.  She enjoys helping those individuals with involved and complex movement issues, taking a whole-body myofascial approach to healing.