Instructor in Focus: Kirsti Viitala

Kirsti Viitala

Kirsti Viitala

Level 3 Member & current Committee Member, Kirsti Pilates To You (mobile Pilates business), Bayside VIC

Instructor Name: Kirsti Viitala
Studio(s) you work at: Kirsti Pilates To You (mobile Pilates business)
Location: Bayside, VIC
Instructor training: Authentic Pilates Education International. Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction
PAA Level: Level 3 & current Committee Member

What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?

Someone at my old corporate job told me Pilates gave them a 6pack. I was 25 at the time, so that sounded appealing

What did you eat for breakfast?

Avocado and Goats Cheese on Sourdough

In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?


What impact has the recent COVID-19 virus had on your world?

Hello Zoom Pilates! Thanks for opening up a world of possibilities.

How have you handled your Pilates teaching with COVID-19, any advice to other teachers?

Learn to roll with the punches.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The learning. Learning about different bodies, anatomy, conditions, The Method, all of it.

Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?

Not a website. Just Instagram. The talent and knowledge out there is extraordinary.

The best advice you’ve ever had?

Fake it until you make it

An indulgence you can’t live without?

Ham. I love ham.

How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?

Since I was a student studying the method back in 2013. My teacher was on the committee back then… thanks Olga Tamara!

Do you have a motto?

Not really, I’m so bad with sayings, if I had a motto, I’d probably stuff it up.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

The business side of owning a Pilates business.

How do you use PAA?

I’m volunteering on the committee now, so I’m getting an insight into so many sides of the PAA I didn’t know existed… and how hard everyone on this committee works!

Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?

It changes, depending on who pops up on my feed on IG, who I see at a conference or a workshop, who’s doing the moving and the shaking. There’s the internationals…Lesley Logan and Kathis Ross Nash and some of my local faves are Tanya Cates and Sara Colquhoun.

What do you appreciate most about your body?

That I get to wear active wear on my body every day and call that workwear!

The book you’re currently reading?

Nothing! I have a stack next to my bed to dig into and no time to dig!

Will you be our next Instructor in Focus?

We’d like to get to know you and how Pilates fits into your life.

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