Sandy’s Interview with Hummingbird Pilates

Sandy spoke to Hummingbird Pilates owner Abey Scaglione about how she came to become a Pilates instructor, and what she would do if she weren’t an instructor.

Here’s an excerpt:

How did you become a Pilates instructor?

Well, maybe it was inevitable. Pilates fascinated me from the start. I was intrigued by the strength and mobility it gave me, and the way it relieved the physical strain my body endured from performing on stage eight shows per week. It was immediately clear that it would take time and discipline to really learn Pilates, and since I couldn’t afford the time then, I tucked the idea of teaching somewhere deep in the back of my mind.

During the time that I was performing, I was exposed to a lot of ideas about work and personal life. What I learned was that depending on the country, the culture, and the career, the balance between the two varied. Can you imagine that not every culture values working overtime, weekends, and when you are sick? In fact, when I was working in Europe, I was granted two weeks of additional vacation because I had performances on the weekend – a total of 6 weeks per year!

When I moved back to the States, that little idea that I had tucked in the back of my mind came to the forefront. After nearly 15 years of being on stage, I was ready to follow my fascination with Pilates. Teaching offered me a chance to indulge my love of movement, be of service to others, and to keep the work/personal balance that I had enjoyed while working abroad. I love teaching Pilates and am continually amazed at the way it transforms people physically, mentally and emotionally.

Why do you love Pilates?

There are so many reasons to love Pilates, don’t you think? I would say that I am in a committed relationship with Pilates. We see other people, but I can’t think of ever being without it. Pilates helps me balance and care for my body, keeps me strong and flexible, and conditions me to do all the other activities that I love. Some of my favorite indulgences are hiking, swimming, yoga, dancing, and trying random activities such as surfing and bowling.”

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