How did you get into Pilates?
When I was in grad school for acting, the program involved extreme physical conditioning. I had terrible alignment and knee issues, and my body started to break down. Luckily, we had Pilates classes on Friday. I tried it, and I realized how weak I was – I couldn’t do the simplest mat exercises! I kept working at it, and my posture drastically improved, reducing my joint pain. My instructors wanted to take me on to train as teacher, and it transformed my body.
Why is Pilates your passion?
I’ve always been an athletic person. As with most athletes, I’ve dealt with injuries, including patellar tendinitis and a hamstring tear: when you can’t walk without pain, it’s really scary. Rather than tearing me down, Pilates allows me to continue building a healthy body. Even with my injury history, I’m stronger now than ever thanks to focused, full-body workouts. Pilates provides a method for gaining agency over your own body, your own life – and I love sharing that knowledge and seeing students grow stronger!
Why did you become an instructor?
See above! In the fitness industry, I have found that some of the most dramatic changes in people come from Pilates. Anyone can do Pilates, and everyone can benefit from it. The work can help you run a marathon, and it can help you hold your shoulders when you’re at a desk for too long – it’s applicable to your everyday life. Not every form of exercise is as practical, and nothing is as sustainable over your life time. I’ve seen people literally grow an inch, just from better alignment. It’s very empowering to help others have control over their bodies with advocacy moving forward.
What makes your class unique?
It’s accessible and still going to kick your butt. My class has something for someone who’s done Pilates for years, as well as first-timers. I like to do a little more full-body work and push people’s limits. Still, I always leave room for an active stretch, so you leave feeling restored. I have a ton of fun in my classes. My personality is dry and relaxed, but I can also get really goofy and energetic. I like to make people laugh, even if they’re holding a plank and they’re already shaking!
Why do you love NYP?
I love NYP for a lot of reasons. The quality of the equipment is versatile and adaptable to any range of strength. It’s like a gym in one machine! I also like teaching this style of class: athletically rigorous and anatomically sound. NYP has struck a balance between a rugged fitness class and a safe/restorative class. The space is always beautiful, and it’s pleasant to be in that room: beautiful lighting, slow and steady movements, and great music. The ambiance alone makes you feel a little lighter than when you came in.
How long have you been an instructor?
Since March 2015. I’m also certified as a personal trainer.