Teacher Feature: Andrea Maida

Andrea Maida has been with Vintage Pilates, practically since the beginning. She was in the first class of both THE WORK and it’s highly selective follow-up program TEACHING THE WORK. Many of you know her by her popular and entertaining Pilates blog (which can be found here).
Andrea has her own private Pilates practice in the San Diego area — but she comes to L.A. every Monday to teach at Vintage Pilates.

In October, Andrea will join Karen Frischmann at EveryBody Pilates studio in the U.K. to teach workshops and group classes.

Read on to get a little taste of Andrea’s humor, wit, intelligence and passion!

Why did you become a Pilates teacher?

I first fell in love with the Pilates Method as a client. I felt so challenged and invigorated in my workouts. I had never before been so consistent with any form of exercise and I wanted to learn everything I could about the method.

The studio where I took my lessons had trained under Romana and had just begun their own Teacher Training program. They suggested that I might be appropriate to apply for their program. I didn’t know if I would enjoy teaching others. I really had never had a job where I told anyone what to do.

Once I began my practice teaching hours I found teaching Pilates to be so rewarding and satisfying. Teaching Pilates required that I become more confident and insistent, which was a challenge for me. See that’s Pilates: a challenge for the body and the mind!

What are your other passions and how do they dovetail with Pilates?

In 2012 I started my blog about the Pilates method: the exercises, the challenges and my journey along the Pilates path. I have a great love for the written word. Creating the blog posts helps me to articulate the concepts of the Pilates method in a way that brings my mind along with the intuitive information I get from the exercises in my body. Pilates is very good exercise. Nearly every practitioner of the method is jazzed by it. It’s important to have fun and not take ourselves so seriously. Joe Pilates and Romana both lived life to the fullest. They used Pilates as a healthy balance enabling them to embrace the zest of living!

What is your favorite work of art/creativity?

This is a difficult question. There are so many wonderful works in every art form. And my tastes are eclectic. I love the opera Candide by Leonard Bernstein. I am also a big fan of Matisse, all of his body of work. Books and movies are harder to pin down. I guess I have to say it. My favorite film is Jaws. Fargo is a close second. And I love the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen brothers. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than watch really good acting.

Why are you at Vintage Pilates?

Vintage Pilates is a wonderful studio in which to learn and to work. I began my weekly lessons when I entered the Work and I never want to give them up. So I keep showing up on Mondays and now I see clients as well. I learn/see something new every week and I find working at Vintage to be a great balance to my home studio where I work by myself.

It’s just a great place to be. Both teachers and students are eternal students of the Pilates Method and that is exciting to hang around.