About Me| Vida Pilates
My name is Jenny and I am the owner of VIDA Pilates. I am definitely not the most traditional Pilates teacher you’ll find out there and I do pride myself in being a little different – life wouldn’t be fun if we were all alike, would it?
I believe that Pilates should be fun and interesting leaning experience, rather than a repetitive and boring exercise class, so I try to make my classes as interesting and as memorable as possible.
Being a teacher and spending most of my days speaking can sometimes make me want to cry – not because I find Pilates or my clients boring, but because I have to listen to my own voice all day long, and who can honestly admit to liking the sound of their own voice?
So to make it a little less traumatic for my ears I’m always trying to find new ways to engage with my clients and show them how to move whilst having fun, no matter their age or level of fitness.
My goal as a Pilates teacher is to help my clients to explore and improve their movement patterns and to take the knowledge and incorporate it into their everyday lives. We can’t make big changes without first understanding what we are currently doing, and without practicing the changes every day.
I teach Matwork group classes as well as private equipment classes. The Pilates apparatus (The Reformer, The Tower, The Chair, The Ladder Barrel) look scary, but are loads of fun and challenge and support the body far more than the Matwork exercises allow.
If you are interested in exploring what Pilates can help you achieve, please drop me an email. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
My Background| Vida Pilates
I grew up in sunny South Africa where I played sport almost daily during my time at school, and a lot of time was spent outside. But then I started working for an Investment Management company, which meant spending most of my day sitting at a desk.
After arriving in London in 2004, I started spending even more time sitting (whether it was at work, on public transport, or at home in front of the television) and my sporting activities stopped completely. Most of my time at work was spent sitting at my computer and rarely took breaks. It wasn’t a very stressful job, but the long hours at my desk with little movement, took their toll on my body.
I started attending a Pilates class twice a week hoping to find the movement that my body was so desperate for and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to train as a Pilates teacher through the Pilates Foundation.
It was around the same time that my nervous system decided that it had had enough of my daily desk habit and it suddenly fought back. I developed Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (similar to RSI) which had an enormous impact on my quality of life. Like many people I honestly didn’t think that it was a ‘real’ condition and that people made it up to look for attention. How wrong I was! I lost the strength in my arm, hand and fingers and I was in constant agony feeling as though my arm was on fire. It has been a very slow, often frustrating and painful journey, but Pilates, together with the support of my mentors and friends, I have improved significantly.
As much as I hated being injured, it did lead me to make the biggest decision of my life – to resign from my office job and to teach Pilates full time.
It hasn't been an easy journey, and I've found out a few nasty truths about running my own business. It has led me to struggle with anxiety and depression (which is still an ongoing battle), but my passion for teaching Pilates is still what keeps me going.
In 2017 I embarked on a new journey in my Pilates path and I began my equipment training through Polestar. I qualified in September 2018 and I'm now spreading the joy of the apparatus.
I'm looking forward to continuing to learn about the Pilates system of exercises as well as the human body and the effect of movement on our physical and mental well-being. It is a never-ending practice!