Great intro to your studio! I plan to start coming regularly.
Over the years I’ve been an elementary school teacher, a financial advisor, and a stay home mom to my two amazing daughters. All of these endeavors prepared me to become a small business owner, creating the opportunity and platform to teach this incredible movement system invented by Joseph Pilates.
I fell into Pilates back in 2000, when Pilates was making its way to the Twin Cities. My personal trainer was getting certified and needed to practice teaching on a willing body. Always up for a new experience, I said, “Sure!” When I first saw that strange piece of equipment call the Reformer, I remember thinking, “What on earth did I get myself into?” But once I experienced the incredible resistance/assistance of the springs, I was hooked! As the Pilates industry continued to grow in Minneapolis, I took lessons at various studios. One of my teachers asked me if I’d ever considered becoming an instructor. No, I honestly hadn’t. But then I got to thinking: my daughters are teenagers now, I love everything about Pilates, teaching is in my blood, so YES! I’d love to help people move and feel good in their bodies.
After three years of training through Peak Pilates, I earned my Comprehensive Certification. I taught at a gym studio for a year and then opened my home studio. A year and a half later when my students were ready for more, I opened Studio L2 in Eden Prairie in September 2012. Wearing my entrepreneurial hat is sometimes challenging for me as the actual teaching and working with my students is where my passion lies.
To be the best teacher possible, I believe it’s imperative to stay a student of the work. I attend weekly private lessons with my own trainer/mentor in addition to practicing 2-3 times a week on my own or with my fellow Pilates “Nerds.” Someone asked me recently if my impression or perspective of Pilates has changed over the years. Yes, because when I first started practicing Pilates I did it for the fitness aspect. I was in my late 30’s and loved feeling my flat stomach and strong, flexible muscles. Fast forward to living in my 50’s…now it’s less about how I look in a bikini and more about not falling on my keister while walking my dogs on an icy winter day. Balance is yet another Pilates perk. Try as I might, I realize I can’t stop the aging process, but with a consistent Pilates practice I can slow it down. As Joseph said, “You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”
I love helping people feel healthy, strong, and confident in their bodies while moving in their body's natural alignment with grace and ease. I also love when a student makes that true mind/body connection and finally executes an exercise they’ve been working on or my students share examples of how they’ve taken Pilates out of the studio and into their every day lives.
I look forward to sharing this life-changing movement system with you. Living a quality life is a Choice. Choose Pilates!