Instructor of the Month
Introducing Tali Swart, owner of TaliStudio
I got into Pilates as it was natural progression from Personal training. I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2008 and immediately took Level 3 Pilates Mat based.
Although I was always physically active, doing ballet from the age of 8, serving in the Israeli army and being a gym goer for nearly 20 years, I am actually a hotel manager by profession, working in the Hotel Industry in Israel- lovely hotels by the beach…! Apart from raising a family, 2 husbands, 2 boys and a dog, I run our family business alongside my husband and have been doing so for 25 years.
I love Pilates, it’s a way of life more than a just job. It has saved my back and my health. I have learned to teach, my self-esteem and confidence has shot to the roof, it calms me down and relaxes me, keeps me fit and focused.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
With beginners I concentrate on flow and movement, as they get more familiar with the moves I focus on technique and as they get stronger and more body-aware I introduce more equipment, the 34 move sequence and increase intensity. However I always encourage the advanced people to dip back in beginners classes.
What is your client base like?
My client base is very much group mix, I have a few 1 -2-1 's and I have walking group twice a week.
What are you planning for the next 12 months?
2015 is going to be more about technique and anatomy and I would love to encourage more young people to attend my classes.
What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?
The most challenging thing for me is to take time for myself, to take a step back in order to have a broader picture. I get extremely busy ( over 20 hours a week teaching), I cover for other teachers and work 7 days a week. I would love to read more articles, learn new concepts, go over my papers, my Pilates books ,go to classes....I need to find the balance!
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates tecaher?
The most rewarding aspect being a Pilates teacher is the fact that I have such a positive impact on people's lives. and the feedback and gratitude I receive back from my clients.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
Keep learning! Go to as many classes and different instructors as you can and invest in your Pilates education. Specialise and aspire to be best - you will inspire others!
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