How did you get into Pilates?
I had only ever taken one class at NYP, which put me on the email list, which is where I found out about the Tulum retreat. I needed a vacation, and it was a good way to be able to travel by myself, so I went! Heather and Brion hired me right on the beach as a studio rep on the front desk. I ended up in the instructor training program, and now I’m here! From the beach to the studio floor. In Tulum, I was watching the instructors (Heather, Arianna, and Jen) give people really detailed information and answer questions about the human body, and I wanted to be able to understand my own body that way too.
Why is Pilates your passion?
It gets me out of my head and in my own body for a whole hour. When I started getting more into it, I was at a weird point in my life, and Pilates gave me something else to focus on for at least that hour. And I wanted everyone else to feel that.
Why did you become an instructor?
It kind of made sense. I grew up dancing, and after I stopped dancing, I no longer had something to give and show people. Pilates was something I naturally fell into, and instructing lets me give something back. I want to be an instructor who people are comfortable enough with to come to as a resource and part of the community.
What makes your class unique?
I like moves that make people feel long and fancy, and I love a killer ab series that people will definitely feel when they laugh tomorrow. I try not to make Pilates a serious, stressful thing. I have an infectious energy, so it’s always going to be positive and fun while you get a hard workout in.
Why do you love teaching at NYP?
I love seeing when people get their moves down and they get to do something they’ve never done before. I love all the students here. Everyone comes in and knows what they’re getting into, and they’re loyal to the studio so I get to watch them progress. Pilates at NYP changed the whole way I look at my body and what it can do, It lets me appreciate my body for what it’s capable of and not just what it looks like. Pilates gave me things to build towards instead of building muscle, just because it looks better that way. I think the students here know and appreciate that too, so I love being able to help them on that journey.
How long have you been an instructor?