I Wasn't Always a Pilates Teacher...

My Journey from Corporate IT to the Studio Life



I have struggled with body image and self-esteem for most of my life. Working out was not really a thing for me until high school when Jazzercise came out. I took those classes and came to realize that my coordination is poor, and my sense of rhythm is non-existent. I sporadically kept at it. Over the years, I tried aerobics, Zumba, Curves, and other types of exercise. You do not want to see me in a Zumba class! Nothing really resonated so I wouldn't keep it up.


In the mid-2000s, I saw a Pilates Mat class being offered at Columbia-Greene Community College. I signed up. I really loved it.

I felt empowered and connected to my body for the first time ever. And guess what? I didn’t have to be coordinated! I wanted more.

I continued taking the mat class and I also started taking Pilates with a local teacher who had (at the time) a little studio in Ancram, NY. It was my first introduction to Pilates equipment. Love! I did this for a couple of years until CGCC stopped offering the Mat class. (Sidenote: Guess who teaches that Pilates mat class as CGCC now? Me!)


I stopped Pilates for a year or so and tried my hand again at other things, but I MISSED Pilates and how it made my body feel! Enter Chelsea….she took over the CGCC mat class and I started back up. In class one day, she handed out flyers and announced that she was opening a new studio in Catskill!



When the Catskill studio opened I stopped in that first Friday and signed up for a private with Rachael. I started taking privates and classes twice a week while still taking the mat class at CGCC.


I found my home!


At some point during my years there, Body Be Well was offering a Pilates Teacher Training class and my trainer, Rachael, said “You should look into that. You are really good at it.” I had ZERO concept of what that meant. I am fairly sure I signed up at the absolute last possible minute.


Taking the leap


I was working a full-time high-pressure job in corporate IT where I was on call 24-7-365! I had an overflowing plate, yet I was feeling the nudge. My gut was telling me to go for it, so I took the leap! Going in, I thought that this “class” was for a deeper understanding o