Trainer Level 2 Member, Movement Collective Studios, Sydney, NSW
Instructor Name: Lauren Jones
Studio(s) you work at: Movement Collective Studios
Location: Sydney, NSW
Instructor training: PilatesITC Diploma
PAA level: Trainer Level 2
What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?
I always enjoyed participating in team sports and keeping fit, and injuries kept getting in my way. Pilates helped me build strength and rehabilitate these injuries in a non-clinical setting through my teens. With my Mum already a firm advocate of the Method, I was strongly encouraged to undertake teacher training, and have stuck with it ever since!
What did you eat for breakfast?
In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?
What impact has the recent COVID-19 virus had on your world.
ZOOM ! Being a traditional hands on and face to face model virtual classes were not in our mindset. We adapted in less than a week!
How have you handled your Pilates teaching with COVID-19
Adapt to survive!
Any advice to other teachers?
Encouraging clients out of their comfort zone
What’s the best thing about your job?
When a client “Gets it!”. Each exercise seems to have an “Ah Ha” moment and I love experiencing the learning journey with each student.
Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?
The best advice you’ve ever had?
You have to travel through peaks and troughs with Pilates, but that’s what makes the high points stand out!
An indulgence you can’t live without?
A glass of red and a binge-worthy TV series
How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?
Member since 2005. As a PITC student
Do you have a motto?
Teaching is the easy part of running a studio – Love what you do!
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
Managing 3 studios through a pandemic!
How do you use PAA?
Excellent advice on forums, workshop suggestions and keeping up to date with relevant industry information
Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?
Julian Littleford was a joy to learn from, and to this day I still hear his words coming out of my mouth, particularly when teaching The Armchair! An industry legend.
What do you appreciate most about your body?
How it adapts to different methods of training, even within the various styles of Pilates. Overcoming injury through movement has been the single most educational experience for me.
The book you’re currently reading?
The Wife Drought – Annabel Crabb
Will you be our next Instructor in Focus?
We’d like to get to know you and how Pilates fits into your life.
Every two weeks we highlight a PAA member as our Instructor in Focus. To be a featured member, answer a few questions and submit a headshot or a photo of yourself doing Pilates (min. 570px wide).
We look forward to getting to know more about our PAA community!