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Member Spotlight

 

 

 

    Summer 2017

Our Summer 2017 featured member is Amy Angel. Amy joined Epiphany Pilates in the early days, shortly after we first opened in 2014, and quickly became a supportive voice in our community. We love how she embraces both our commitment to mindful movement and honoring the body that you are in, at the moment. We were thrilled to interview Amy and learn her secret of success.

  

What is your favorite Pilates exercise?

I like the crazy, stretchy things which make Eurona sigh and say, "Only you Amy--More Internal Rotation!" However, what really [challenges me] are the ab and oblique isolating exercises. I whimper and complain through these, but later feel how much nicer I sit in my car and carry myself through life.

 

How long have you practiced Pilates and how did you first discover Pilates?
I'd been to a handful of pilates classes in the last ten years, and came to Epiphany Pilates in the Fall of 2014. My first love is yoga, but I need to be stronger. I'd been doing some CrossFit and badly hurt my quadrilateral muscle in my low back. I was looking for a way to strengthen my body without injury!

 

What initially drew you to Epiphany Pilates?

I was immediately drawn to Eurona and her personal story of transformation. I, too, have maintained a large weight loss. I appreciate being taught by an instructor who understands the limitations of a middle-aged body. I like that Eurona is content in her own body. I know what it takes to be so confident in a tank top. I'm still pretending that you don't see my 'bat wings' when I'm wearing short sleeves. 

 

How has Pilates changed your life?
I feel stronger and more confident. I have increased awareness of how I move and hold my body on a daily basis. I travel regularly and can, without struggle or injury, put my suitcase into the overhead bin. Given the longevity of my family, I'm looking forward to the upcoming decades, knowing that I've got more muscle, balance and endurance than I did ten years ago.

I went to the doctor recently and was able to answer the questions about exercise without shame. I am currently a person who gets a really reasonable amount of exercise. [That’s a] big change for a fat kid who just didn't want to be associated with her body at all.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Epiphany Pilates community? 

I have focused primarily on semi-private sessions [at Epiphany Pilates] with my husband, Jim, more than on group classes. The classes that I have managed to get to were super friendly and the group vibe was supportive. This is super important to those of us, like myself, who are still recovering from the trauma of PE classes when growing up. When Epiphany Pilates offers more daytime classes after the big move to the Fairfax location, I'm looking forward to adding a group class or two to my weekly routine.

 

What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to try Pilates for the first time? 

Just try it! Come for a month or so. The teachers are friendly, super-knowledgeable about safely getting stronger. Everyone is friendly and wants you to succeed. However, the real juicy change happens if you stick with it and make it a life change. Tiny changes add up!
 

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  Spring 2017

This Spring our featured member is actually a couple....Katya and Nikola Mijatovic. We can't imagine the studio without both of them....their laughter is contagious and their commitment to the program is inspiring. We took a moment to chat with both Katya and Nikola about the secret of their success at the studio.

What is your favorite Pilates and/or barre exercise?

Katya: I love them all, but my top picks would be One Hundred, Roll Over, Jack Knife, Full Pike, Frog and Planks in all their variations. I love them because I couldn't do them without giving up half way through the exercise at the beginning. I thought they were unattainable; and, yet now, I'm doing them ... not without struggle, but nothing is without struggle in Pilates or barre. I hope my next favorite is going to be splits because I, currently, absolutely hate them and probably will never be able to do them fully; but, my goal is to at least get as close as 3 inches off the floor. 

Nikola: Peter Pan, Leg Pull Back and Godzilla. After two decades of refereeing soccer, I've had quite a few injuries that were never treated properly, and those three magic exercises helped me get rid of constant pressure and pain in the ligaments and muscles in my legs. They did what none of the chiropractors or physical therapists were able to do over the course of several years.

How long have you practiced Pilates and/or barre? How did you first discover Pilates and/or barre?

KatyaI've been practicing Pilates and barre for 2 years now, and my first Pilates and barre class was here, at Epiphany Pilates. I was in search for a Pilates studio in the neighborhood for a long time and was excited to find this studio just a short walk away from our place. I think the studio had only been open for a few months at that time.

Nikola: I got this birthday present from Katya, a reformer duet session. I had no idea what it was, so I started with Pilates mat classes and then did the reformer session a few months down the road.

What initially drew you to Epiphany Pilates?

Katya: Definitely the location and the size of the studio. I don't own a car and being able to walk to the studio was a great plus. I also never liked big gyms and crowded classes. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and how the instructors treated their students. When the instructors know your name, your past injuries, your weaknesses and strengths, it adds a whole different level to your fitness education and training. It's just never going to be possible in a large gym-like environment.

Nikola: Not what, who...my wife

How has Pilates and/or barre changed your life?

Katya: Body control and awareness. Knowing the difference between the burning sensation during practice and actual pain. I hated any kind of physical exercise and I grew up avoiding them at all costs. Doing Pilates and barre taught me how to make friends with the "good pain" or rather physical discomfort during the exercise and how not to inflict the "bad pain". I'm learning what it feels like to work every muscle in my body while learning their proper names (thanks to the "Pilates Nerds" who are teaching us ;)). Nikola jokes that he doesn't like being around me when I've missed a couple of days of my training; he says that Pilates makes me a happier person.

Nikola: I've learned how to exercise and not to injure myself. It is definitely more effective than sports medicine doctors and physical therapists put together in the long run. It makes me stronger without hurting my body.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Epiphany Pilates community?

Katya: I think that it's become a part of my everyday life and routine, like having a cup of coffee in the morning; it's a win-win, really. Instead of plopping on the couch after a day at work, I go and socialize with all these nice people, work out, feel great, get so tired that I don't have time or desire to stay up late and binge-watch Netflix. It's pretty much how I spend my free time other than sleeping and reading.

Nikola: I love the relaxed atmosphere, and the fact that the instructor tolerates my clumsy jokes. :) I'm happy to come to the studio after an entire day being serious and professional, and behave as if I was a teenager during a class.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to try Pilates and/or barre for the first time?

Katya: Don't let the simplicity of some exercises fool you. If you don't feel it, it's probably because you are not doing it right...yet. After a while, when it does become easier, you'll learn many ways to make that same exercise harder for yourself. There is always something to sweat through. And, don't expect miraculous results with one or two classes per week in a couple of weeks. Whoever promises you that, never did Pilates. It takes consistency, repetition, and time. I do promise you that after about a month or so of consistent training of 3+ times a week, you will start seeing changes not only in the way your body looks, but also in how you eat, sleep and feel.

Nikola: Come give it a shot. You will not regret it. I did and I'm still here.

Member Spotlight Winter 2016

This winter our featured member is Manisha Singh. We can’t imagine the studio without her beautiful smile and unwavering dedication, which has inspired us to push ourselves to higher limits. We took a moment to chat with Manisha and to ask about the secret of her success both on the mat and at the barre.

What is your favorite class at Epiphany Pilates?
It’s quite difficult for me to choose one since I like all of the classes. But, if I have to choose, my favorite would be Pilates Mat I/II and BootyBarre Plus. I think both of them are intense and cover each muscle group, especially the Pilates Mat I/II classes which work the core. It helps me build strength in my body.

How long have you practiced Pilates and barre?
It’s been around 3 months since I have been doing Pilates and barre.

How did you first discover Pilates/barre?
One of my close friends recommended Pilates to me.
 

What initially drew you to Epiphany Pilates?
[The fact that it’s] closest to my home brought me here.

How has practicing Pilates and barre changed your life?
Each passing day, I have been building strength in my body, which was lacking before. Also, learning a new form of workout is exciting.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Epiphany Pilates community?
I think Epiphany Pilates is for everybody. [The fact that the studio] offers a range of class times and different types of classes is what I enjoy most.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to try Pilates and barre for the first time?
It’s worth it! Just be patient – that is the key mantra.

Member Spotlight Fall 2016

Our very first featured member is Emma Warin. We sat down with Emma, who has been so dedicated and consistent with her Pilates practice, for a brief interview and to ask about the secret of her success, both on the mat and while juggling work, kids, and regular studio time.

What is your favorite Pilates exercise?

My favorite Pilates exercise is Tower on the Cadillac. I like it because it is very challenging for me and I feel like I have accomplished something good when I do it.

How long have you practiced Pilates and how did you first discover Pilates?

I have been practicing Pilates on a regular basis for a little over a year with Epiphany Pilates, but had done some pre- and postnatal Pilates when I was pregnant with my first son, 7 years ago.

What initially drew you to Epiphany Pilates?

I was looking for a physical change from my constantly aching body and remembered that I liked doing prenatal Pilates years ago, and decided to call Eurona at Epiphany Pilates. When we spoke on the phone, Eurona made me feel like I was very welcome at Epiphany Pilates and [very] comfortable. When I did my first class, I noticed that Pilates was for regular people like me and there was no pretentious air at Epiphany.

How has Pilates changed your life?

Pilates has made a HUGE impact on my overall body strength! The majority of my aches and pains are gone. Before Pilates, I walked with a significant hunch in my neck and upper back, which caused me to have severe back spasms. Now, I stand much straighter and taller, and I feel much less pain in my back.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Epiphany Pilates community?

The Epiphany Pilates is a place where I can do something that is just for me. Between working full time and being a mother of 2 young boys, I rarely get time for myself. The Epiphany community is a warm welcoming place where people of all Pilates abilities can go to have time just for them.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to try Pilates for the first time?

My advice for someone who is just trying Pilates for the first time would be – give it a serious try. Some of the exercises may seem almost impossible at first; but, if you stick with it and honor your body, it won’t be long before you are able to do things you never thought were possible. And, that is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!