I’ve run a lot of miles in my time, done a tonne of high impact high intensity classes, a handful of half marathons and 2 full marathons. I love that this has been my journey. I wouldn’t change a thing, because these are my lessons. In 2015 though I started to get bored of turning up everyday to smash my body, the daily grind was wearing me out. I craved more meaningful and medicinal movement. So I took a year off running and purely did yoga for 12 months. I loved everything about Yoga. It felt like it was an exercise that was a way of showing my body I loved it. After a year of this I felt like I wanted some more strenuous activity. So, I signed up to a functional fitness gym. I became a Functional Fitness Groupie. I did 1-2 classes every day. And again balance went out the door. I was “fit”, but serious muscle imbalances resulted, and then injuries. One of the injuries saw my hamstrings start to tear, and Yoga became painful. In 2016 I saw a lot of health practitioners but it didn’t fix me. I was in pain and didn’t know what to do.
This led me to Pilates. I was told it could help, so I gave it a go. I started at a studio called Karv by Karina. And like magic Pilates changed my body. Thank you Karina! I got so strong and my injuries improved out of sight. For anyone that doesn’t understand what Pilates is about, I highly recommend you find a good studio and qualified teacher and try it out. Pilates is a hard workout! I now combine Yoga, Pilates, with some Running and Functional Fitness. But without Pilates this would have never been possible. After falling so in love with Pilates I had a plan for what I wanted to do with my life. I felt so passionate about these types of methods I did my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Power Living. Followed then by Stott Pilates Certification, and then Barre. And I’m still learning. Study of the body gave me a new awareness around movement and how to help not just myself, but others as well. Yoga and Yogic Philosophy will always be my number 1 love, but Pilates has given me a strength that I never knew I had, and made my Yoga practice stronger and safer. Now when I occasionally injure myself, I can understand why, and help myself in recovery. I’m now a Pilates and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. I teach all sorts of people, all with different goals. I specifically love to teach HIIT style Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates 1 on 1’s, small groups and large groups, at Karv , other studios around Sydney, often with a yoga feel, and often to 90s r and b throwbacks. Pilates is fun as well! Reach out if you want to try a class. Contact me here.