Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Contest 2015 - Finals

Presented by Pilates Anytime and Pilates Style Magazine
Please watch all 10 videos below, and then vote on your favorite. The winner will become the Next Pilates Anytime Instructor and get a 4-6 page spread in Pilates Style Magazine. This round of voting ends September 14 2015 at 3:00 AM EST. Contest Voting FAQs. Only Pilates Anytime members who signed up prior to July 6, 2015 can vote.

Contestants are listed in alphabetical order by first name
Barbra Bean Abell

Barbra Bean Abell

Orange County, California
19 Years Teaching
Studio du Corps, PMA-CPT
Barbra's Website
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by considering the alternative! If we do not commit ourselves to taking care of our bodies, the alternative is likely a life of decreased mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance. It’s easy to veer off course from consistent exercise because of work, parenting, injuries, travel…life! Choosing to incorporate a consistent Pilates program into our regular routine enables us to accomplish our goals - whether it is participating in other physical activities, simply sitting at a desk, having the strength and energy to take care of family, or incorporating functional movement in our daily lives in order to stay pain free and move well.
Current standing: #7 of 10 (12 votes)
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Diane Niec

Diane Niec

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
19 Years Teaching
Stott Pilates
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by reminding them to be mindful of the core Pilates principles on a daily basis, no matter what age, ability, or activity, and to push their physical boundaries by constantly exploring new experiences.
Current standing: #10 of 10 (3 votes)
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Jessica Valant

Jessica Valant

San Diego, California
13 Years Teaching
Polestar
Jessica's Website
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by believing in them. Many people don't believe in their own ability to move, to heal, and to be powerful. I believe in my clients from the first moment I meet them, which opens the door for them to believe in themselves. They start to see the possibilities in movement, fitness, and feeling great, and then taking responsibility for that automatically follows. They become excited to take ownership over their own health.
Current standing: #5 of 10 (16 votes)
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Kelly Snailum

Kelly Snailum

Scottsdale, Arizona
10 Years Teaching
Physical Mind and Pilates Sports Center
Kelly 's Website
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by being true to themselves. No one can make someone treat their bodies good or plan for a life of health. Each person has to discover their own path. I hope to inspire when I can and I always let them know that I am here when they are ready. I sincerely hope that they let me travel that path with them. It's what makes the hours of motivation worth every minute.
Current standing: #8 of 10 (12 votes)
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Lesley Logan

Lesley Logan

Los Angeles, California
7 Years Teaching
Power Pilates Comprehensive and The Pilates Center Master Program
Lesley 's Website
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by celebrating their wins! It's important for clients to know when they've improved by acknowledging efforts and connections, and pointing out when they did something on their own. It's easy to focus on the things one should be doing, but it takes that extra step to show them how far they've come. Connecting Pilates to their other facets of life allows them to challenge themselves to bring Pilates with them when they are golfing, sitting in history class, or painting in their art studio. Their wellness continues long after their Pilates session. The more confident they are in their movement, the more they can take that "lift" with them!
Current standing: #6 of 10 (13 votes)
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Louise Johns

Louise Johns

Lafayette California
17 Years Teaching
Turning Point Studios/Balanced Body, PMA
Louise's Website
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by taking a step back. When wellness is viewed with a global prospective it allows for better decision-making, as our lives are a combination of choices: the choices we made in our past bring us to this moment, and the choices we make today take us into our future. Using Pilates as a tool to help one focus allows the peripheral part of the mind to slow down which gives rise to a quiet mind. When the mind is quiet awareness takes place, and awareness can be the first step to change. Wellness is about awareness, and awareness brings change.
Current standing: #1 of 10 (48 votes)
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Lydia Lunsford

Lydia Lunsford

Paso Robles, California
9 Years Teaching
Polestar Pilates
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by being the master of their own bodies. As Pilates instructors, we are fortunate to have a bounty of movement “tools" to guide them through a greater understanding of the bodies they live in every day. With these tools, the first and most subtle benefit of Pilates is awareness — of breath, of stillness and movement, of tension and relaxation. The awareness of where their bodies are today, in the moment — to honor that — and to be able to take one step closer to achieving their goals.
Current standing: #9 of 10 (9 votes)
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Maya Pingle

Maya Pingle

Denver, Colorado
9 Years Teaching
The Pilates Center; Kathy Grant Heritage Training
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by empowering them to own their work. We believe in each other and they find rewards every day in Pilates, and themselves. I love skill building and progressions. These stepping stones always seem to reinvent my clients' experience and give them the confidence and accountability for success to move with a powerful ease. I am amazed by my clients who combat fear and injuries, and move forward towards happier and healthier lives. I never thought I could give up performing and being on stage, but to teach people every day who discover, grow, and succeed, is a MOST rewarding career!
Current standing: #4 of 10 (22 votes)
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Sara Colquhoun

Sara Colquhoun

Melbourne, Australia
12 Years Teaching
Pilates international and National Pilates training Centre
Sara's Website
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by encouraging my clients and the local community to participate in weekly Pilates classes and general physical activity everyday to keep a healthy mind and body. I believe in overall health and wellness as a way of life. Through the Pilates method, I am able to teach clients that they themselves have the power and the tools to keep their bodies strong, mobile, fit, and healthy. Once they realize this, the sky is the limit and a wonderful journey of physical health and overall wellness begins to unravel. If my clients have someone in their life who can inspire them, it will help their own journey of health and wellness. I aim to be this inspiration by constantly striving to further my Pilates, my involvement with the community, and my overall fitness journey. I also share healthy recipes, home exercises, and inspirational videos on social media to our local Pilates community so the client constantly has the ability to further their own health and wellness journey outside the four walls of the studio!
Current standing: #2 of 10 (44 votes)
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Susanne Staehr

Susanne Staehr

San Francisco, California
14 Years Teaching
The Pilates Center: Advanced Teacher Training, Masters Program, and Licensed Teacher Trainer. PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
I encourage my clients to take responsibility for their own wellness by creating a Pilates experience that inspires curiosity, drive, confidence, and excitement. I value what lies at the core of Pilates - true health - so I aim to nurture this in each of my students by encouraging a deeper connection to their bodies without judgement or limitation, but with possibility. I strive to teach my clients to own their Pilates skills and to bring them in their lives, at home, at work, and at play, so that healthy movement becomes their way of life.
Current standing: #3 of 10 (29 votes)
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