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Elisha Grow

STUDIO MANAGER & APPRENTICE TEACHER

Qualifications: BASI Graduate Program Trained

Why I teach Pilates: The mind/body connection inherent in Pilates and the difference that it made in my own life is really what drew me to become a teacher. Yes, it changes your body. And yes, people of all shapes, sizes and ages can practice the method. But the emotional well-being that a student can gain from the practice is why I love to teach the method.

Favorite Pilates exercise: I live for Semi-Circle. The range of spinal articulation, the intense hip flexor stretch, and the coordination required to complete it properly... there's really nothing like it. Plus, it looks beautiful!

My personal path to Pilates: I was introduced to Pilates when my mom (Audrey) opened the studio in 2008. I was pregnant at the time and Pilates allowed me to exercise throughout my entire pregnancy without compromising my back, abdominals, or an old knee. During those nine months, I felt stronger and better than I had at anytime in my life. After my second baby was born, I took a fairly long hiatus from Pilates because, well I had two small children and a small business to run. There was just no time. I finally made physical fitness a priority for myself again and what brought Pilates full circle for me and inspired me to become a teacher was the immense difference it made in my emotional well being. Leaving the office at the end of the day feeling drained, and then being re-energized at a Pilates class... it was life changing. The positive impact it had on my body was just a bonus. Pilates brought a balance to my life that was sorely missing, and now I can't imagine doing anything else.

In my free time: I spend pretty much every spare moment with my two kids, Jackson and Alice, my husband Nate and our dog, Lucy. We spend lots of time outdoors trying to soak up as much fresh air and nature as we can. I also have a passion for cooking and healthy eating, and am always trying out new recipes and ways to prepare healthy and tasty food for my family.