Another Step on the Path to my Dream Coming True

Silhouette of woman practicing yoga on the beach during a beautiful sunset.

I just realised last night not all my clients at the studio know my exciting news for November.  I thought I had been talking about it so much that everyone knew and it seems this is not so.

My excitement is that in November I am going to the Nappa Valley in the United States to train to be a Yoga teacher with two of the most amazing Yoga Teachers in the world Gina Caputo and Kathryn Budig.  It is a 4 week long immersion certification, so when I get back I will be able to add yoga classes to our schedule.  Yes I am not sure when but I know that it will sort itself out as everything else along the path has so far. 🙂

Visit Gina Caputo and Kathryn Budig’s website

Gina Caputo: http://www.ginacaputo.com/

Kathryn Budig: http://kathrynbudig.com/

Meditation

6 ½ years ago I left my job as a Senior Management Accountant with one of Australia’s largest food manufacturers and I said to myself this is just not me.  I had a dream of one day owning a yoga/Pilates retreat where people could come to a beautiful space and practice yoga/Pilates.  So I embarked on that journey.

As you can see I am not at the end of the journey because the retreat is still a beautiful place in my mind.  But I do now teach Pilates at my own studio and now I am off to add Yoga teaching to my skills.  Which is the next step in this amazing journey towards my dream career.

As I have mentioned before it could not be further from the career I have already established myself in as a Finance Manager.  But these skills certainly do not go astray.  I have often asked myself why I went down that path that seem to be wrong, however I am entirely grateful that at least I was on a path and to be honest if not for that career I would not be able to finance my dream which is slowly but surely starting to take shape.

Anyhow essentially I just wanted to let you all know that yes I will be away for 4 weeks from November 7 – December 5, but I also wanted to let you know I am at work in the background talking to some lovely yoga and Pilates instructors who I am hoping are going to join the studio and start taking some classes.  Which will mean that you all get more timeslots to fit in some Pilates or yoga and most of all you are looked after while I am overseas get my new skills.

I hope you all are having a lovely week, and thankyou to each and every one of you, because without you, I can fulfil my dreams, which is to share the benefit of mindful movement which is my passion.

Cheers

Son

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And She Discovered Pilates Is So Much More – By Karen

Pilates class

 

I have been gym junkie for years and love exercising but as I get older my muscles don’t recover like they use to.  I was speaking with a girl at work one day, talking about exercise and complaining that my shoulder and knees ache, most days walking around as if I was older than I was.  She suggested Pilates and was telling me how it changed her life.

So late last year I decided I would give Pilates a goand what a change it has made.  I have now been doingPilates classes for the past 8 months and in this time my body has become stronger, I stand taller, my core gets stronger every day and I feel fantastic. The aches and pains I once had are no longer there and I still attend a couple of high intensity classes a week, so I get the best of both worlds.

If someone would have said to me years ago tryPilates, I would have saidthis isn’t exercising looks like a stretching class.

Aerobic Pilates stuff like mat balls roller magic ring

Pilates is so much more, I get a better workout in Pilatesthan I do in other classes I do at the gym,  I am stronger through my body & mind, I have toned and I feel amazing. I highly recommend Pilates to everyone, it will change your life.

Karen

Inspiration to follow a dream….

Beautiful Girl with Balloons

 

I started the blog for Sonia Louise Pilates in January, and it started with a commitment to post an exercise a week.   For 17 weeks I did really well.  Then I really stumbled across these things called blogs.  Which took me off track down a 6 month journey of learning, growing, facing reality and then taking the plunge into the biggest dream I have had, to open a studio.  Inspired by a humble guy named http://www.jonathanfields.com, I will get to how, later in the post but bear with me as I share the path.

Coming up 6 years ago, I radically quite my job as the Senior Management Accountant at one of Australia’s major manufacturers.  I walked out the door of that place with no job but a strong knowing in my heart that what I was doing was not my passion and I needed to find what that was and then follow in the footsteps of one of my greatest mentors (my beloved father who the previous year passed on from a terrible fight with cancer).  At the time I took 8 weeks off and really confronted what I wanted to do with this one life I have.  I was not getting any younger and I really only fell into accounting because my wise mum said if you become an accountant you will always have a job.

I had absolutely no idea what I loved to do and I had no idea how to create a business if I didn’t have a product, but I started investigating, researching and really looking at what if?

I spent the first 4 weeks resting and recovering from the corporate climb I have just escaped from, I have heard a couple of times now about climbing the ladder only to realise it is against the wrong wall, this surely was me.   I just had no idea what wall I should place my ladder against.   But I began the empowering journey of exploring just where I should place that ladder.

My journey kept touching on health and wellness, all the way along.  Back then my dream was a yoga/pilates studio in the bush, close enough to Melbourne for clients to get to.  I know one day this will be my final destination, but to quote Lao Tzu and journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  So I started taking steps towards that goal.

These steps were, find a job to keep me fed, clothed and sheltered, start a consistent yoga/pilates practice, train as a coach and then fulfil on being a coach on the Introduction Leaders program at Landmark Education, work hard at becoming the best finance manager I can be,  train as a pilates instructor, continue to develop myself professionally and personally and then finally sign a lease on my first pilates studio.

I reached this destination Friday evening.  Finally signing the lease to my new studio.  It is a really scary step but many of the inspiring blogs I read online say to use your fear as a guide to point you in the direction you need to go.

Here is a picture of my new studio before any work, the floorboards go in next week which is very exciting.

Chelsea Heights Studio 1

Over the next few weeks I intend to share the ups and the downs of this journey, replacing the weekly exercise post with these next steps in my journey.

Jonathan who I spoke of earlier inspired me when I heard his story, he signed the lease on his yoga studio the day before September 11.  Check him out the path he travelled since then is amazing and has truly inspired me to finally take that leap of faith I have been putting off in favour of the comforts of what I know and a really stable corporate career.

Stay tuned and follow the journey of the next step in Sonia Louise Pilates.