SFP: A Love Letter

There are special places in the world.

I found Studio Flo Pilates by accident.  And I suppose I would have found it eventually anyway, but the timing would have been different.  The real story is more magical. And the journey, though brief, has been extraordinary.

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Meet Jenny Kim, New SFP Teacher

Hi SFP friends and family!

I just wanted to start this blog with a brief introduction of myself, as I’ll probably see most of you in the studio! I recently completed and passed my Pilates teacher training through Lolita’s Legacy Program under the training/mentorship of Jennie and Brittany.  I may be new to teaching, but my love of Pilates started long ago.

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Three Pilates Principals To Teach Your Kids

As students at Studio Flo Pilates, we are very familiar with the rich benefits that the Pilates Method provides. Do you ever leave class thinking, my kids really need this! Well, Joseph Pilates said, “First educate the child.” And here’s how you can get started:

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Mentorship Goes Beyond the Basics

Maybe you have seen Carolina Rorato observing or taking class for the past few months. She is visiting from Brazil and has been taking part in Jennie’s mentorship program. Carolina will be heading back to Brazil soon and we will miss her eagerness to learn, and her kind smile.

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Physical Therapists Do Pilates Too!

Sitting at a desk 40 hours per week, my mind was fully stimulated, but my body was changing for the worse. I felt an overall sense of tension and I could feel my posture and strength declining. Like a lot of people in that situation (i.e. desk job), I knew I needed to do something to improve my physical health. That’s when my Pilates journey started. 

At the time, I was going to graduate school for physical therapy, so I didn’t have a ton of free time to dedicate to exercise. There was a Pilates studio near where I lived, so I figured I’d try it. I set what I felt was a reasonable goal: two to three classes per week. After just a few weeks, I could feel my posture, strength and flexibility improve, and I felt a physical sense of relief, rather than tension throughout my body.

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What Level Am I?

At Studio Flo Pilates, our classes are not leveled to demonstrate their difficulty, but rather to reflect the growth and mindset of the students that have been with us through years of physical (and mental!) growth and change. Our classes are designed to layer. The skills learned in our 101 classes are built upon in our intermediate classes, which lay the groundwork for the more advanced classes. As you progress through the levels, it’s important to return, from time to time, to the basics. The fundamentals of the Swan mean one thing the first time you do it. They mean something very different when you start learning the Breaststroke.

So, regardless of how long you’ve been doing Pilates, or where you did it before, here is a guide to help you understand where you are in your Pilates journey.

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Farewell to 2017!

It has been another wonderful year at Studio Flo Pilates. This has been the year of the baby boy, with three of our instructors giving birth this summer to Nels, Hugo and Connor. We had a busy workshop schedule, added new classes, hosted two special guest presenters, and moved into our new home!

Every year it seems that our community expands and develops deeper bonds. Our instructors continue to work on their education and skills in order to constantly challenge and progress our clients in new ways. We started a new Lolita's Legacy Pilates Certification Group in January and they are about to take their final test in early 2018. SFP has truly become the center for Pilates education in San Diego. 2017 was a year of tremendous growth and memories.

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Pilates Is For Every Body!

“Pilates is for every body!” That’s a popular phrase right now. But what does that mean? While everyone, regardless of gender, ability, physique, mobility, or experience, can benefit from a traditional Pilates practice, it’s important to remember that we are all unique. So what does that mean for you? Quite a lot. 

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A New Life Chapter

A little under 3 months ago my life changed for the better. I started Pilates at Studio Flo. I was BEYOND nervous. I am a heavier woman and I had myself convinced that Pilates was only for thin, athletic woman and men. There was no way that someone that is my size would be able to keep up in a class, let alone get any benefit from this type of fitness until I lost a LOT of weight.

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What It Means To Be A Traveling Pilates Teacher

 

I recently got a huge opportunity to travel to the UK to teach Pilates. Scotland boasts some really amazing views and loads of fascinating history. Not that living at the beach is anything but epic, but what a change from everyday life for me in the city of San Diego! Life is definitely different—like taking a short walk to the neighborhood egg shed to leave some change and pick up fresh eggs and grocery stores that are the size of our 7/11 convenient stores. I could ride a bicycle to the studio and not even have to lock it up outside! My 3 weeks in this place were nothing short of magical. It took me back to my rural upbringing and proved to be the perfect combination of keeping busy with teaching and site-seeing and relaxing time out from my busy life. 

I’ve been teaching Pilates for a little while. I’ve worked at more studios than I can count on two hands in a city of 1.4 million (and surrounding areas). Pilates has taught me so many things about myself and about helping others. This was my first experience teaching Pilates abroad. I was welcomed with open arms at Bälans Pilates in Scotland and would love to share my experience.

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Where Is My Butt?

No, seriously where is it?

Have you ever been in class and your instructor cues you to “use your glutes”, “push through your heels” and you have no idea how to engage this infamous backside of yours or how to find this connection?

Do your legs feel heavy when you’re doing the hundred? How about the teaser? Did you know you should be using your butt here? Does your pelvis move more than you would like it to when you’re doing single leg circles and leg circles? Do you have tight hamstrings? Tight hip flexors? Low back pain? Knee pain? Do you have pain in your shoulders? I know, totally opposite end of the body and guess what they are connected to your butt!

If any of this applies to you, you may have a lazy butt. Yup, I said it. A Lazy Butt!

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Kaitlyn Bradley

Pilates at Home

As I write this blog I am holding my 4-day-old son in my arms and dreaming of the Pilates method I love so much. Today I want to talk about my personal situation and how I've managed to bring the Pilates studio into my home. So many of us love the method created by Joseph Pilates. We love it for many different reasons -- the way it makes us feel, the results, our mental physique, the community our studio has built -- whatever the reason, we are hooked. We look forward to class each week and may feel a little giddy on the drive to the studio wondering who else is in class and what the instructor has in store for us that day. I know I feel that way each time to walk in the doors of Studio Flo.  

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