welcoming, professional, rigorous, sincere, vibrant, intuitive

Leyla

How did you get into Pilates?

I danced my whole life, but only after booking my first professional job did I understand the importance of strengthening the body outside of dance class. I was inspired to study fitness, and once I moved back home to Australia, I became a certified personal trainer. I immediately started working at a functional movement gym, but I craved something more aligned with my dancing background. A Pilates studio was looking for Barre instructors. Once I was hired to teach Barre, I was introduced to Pilates, and I fell in love with the type of movement Pilates offered, especially to dancers. Before long, I also became Pilates certified and felt my body changing and getting stronger as a person and dancer.

Why is Pilates your passion?

Pilates strengthened me not only on a personal level, but also on a professional level. It gave me confidence to do things I never thought I could. My dancing technique improved, my whole body toned up, and I felt longer and leaner. My legs and waistline shrunk, but I kept my strength. I’m stronger now in my 30’s than I was in my 20’s, which is amazing! Pilates has helped me in every aspect of my life. This very unique way of training doesn’t just have to be rehabilitation – it’s a great way to get a workout too.

Why did you become an instructor?

I’ve always loved how movement can change a person’s life. Mobility and strength are so important for quality of life. I was inspired to teach Pilates because I wanted to assist people in seeing the benefits, and how their body can change, at any age. The most important thing I want to share is how anyone can prevent physical limitation in years to come. Today’s work and social environment tends to be sedentary – we were born to be movers.

What makes your class unique?

I like to challenge people. I believe that I am also quite intuitive, and I try to adapt and adjust to people’s needs every class. Having a dance and personal training background does give me a different outlook on Pilates than the traditional sense. I try to give detailed descriptions of each movement and body position, along with physical adjustments / touch corrections to ensure clients are getting the most out of every exercise.

Why do you love teaching at NYP?

The team at NYP is so inspiring. In addition to their exceptional skill and expertise, they are all kind, beautiful people. It’s such a lovely atmosphere in which to come and work. Each studio has a beautiful vibe and its own character. Heather and Brion have built the studios and team from the ground up with heart and passion, so the feeling you get when you walk into the office or studio is irreplaceable. I feel very lucky to be part of the NYP family!

How long have you been an instructor?

Since 2014.

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