How did you get into Pilates?
When I was 15, I was training to be a Rockette, and I was encouraged to take Pilates as a way to add inches to my height. When I went to college and continued to train, I saw Pilates as a way to fix “broken bodies”. A dance mentor that I trusted told me that he knew that I was going to love teaching Pilates. He taught me to see Pilates as a way to see my strengths and use them as a gateway to support things that needed work.
Why is Pilates your passion?
Over the years, I’ve seen the difference it makes in people’s lives: mentally, emotionally, and physically (the whole spectrum). Watching people make a community through Pilates is really cool. I’m also a geek who loves bodies! I get excited about helping people improve themselves.
Why did you become an instructor?
Because I was told I was going to! I grew up a dancer, and the reality of that world is that you can’t only be a dancer. I wanted to do something body-related where my practice matters, especially if the skills and experience I’ve accumulated can be used. I love taking care of people, so I made it my job.
What makes your class sweaty?
Motion – we just move. Similar to Vinyasa yoga, I try to keep it moving and flowing in Pilates.
Why do you love teaching at NYP?
The environment! Everyone is so welcoming, kind and happy, whether it’s the staff or students. It’s an all-around supportive community, and you can’t beat that.
How long have you been an instructor?
Since October 2013.