Teacher Feature: Keion Moradi Means
We are thrilled that our newest teacher, Keion, agreed to answer a few questions about her life and passions. Keion is a writer, as well as a Pilates instructor, and her analytical approach to life comes through in this interview. Enjoy!
Why Did You Become a Pilates Teacher?
The seed was planted by a desire to take control of my own health and fitness, and of course, what better way to do that than to become a Pilates teacher?! I became immersed right away and found immense joy in being able to help others feel stronger, healthier and overall, better. I consider myself a guide on a compatible journey and I want those I’m working with to be successful. And, to have fun!
What Are Your Other Passions and How Do They Dovetail With Pilates?
I love writing. I love literature. I approach these two passions with a critical eye and that’s part of how I connect to Pilates. Whether I’m analyzing an exercise or working on the best way to progress a client, it’s an interesting puzzle — it’s something to unpack. It requires illumination in the best possible light.
As much as I’m in my head, I’m also a mover, with a pretty intense fondness for running, which is actually how I fell into Pilates. I rely on movement to quiet my mind and regain focus.
What Is Your Favorite Work OF Art?
I choose the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and Cupola del Brunelleschi, for its beauty, yes, but mostly for how it encapsulated a poignant moment in my life. I was a newlywed in Florence, Italy, and the city had been drenched in rain. My husband and I debated going on the tour of the Duomo – the long line ran all the way outside and we didn’t want to get caught in the weather. We stuck it out anyhow and began our climb up the 463 steps. The narrow passageway was crowded and dimly lit, but once we made it to the top, everything thinned out and we were surrounded by a breathtaking view of a most beautiful city. My new husband. Our new life. In a new country, and the world was ours.
Why Are You at Vintage Pilates?
Vintage Pilates is a matchless treasure that uplifts me and underpins my growth as a teacher. I love the energy of the studio, the clientele and the excitement around continuing education events. I am so fortunate to be working alongside such an extraordinary group of teachers.