Marisa Illingworth

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What inspired you to become a Pilates teacher? 

I’ve been a dancer all my life and was exposed to Pilates here and there, but it wasn’t until I dealt with a slipped disc and sciatic pain in college that I realized most of the physical therapy exercises I was given were Pilates based. In the years that followed I felt that deepening my Pilates practice helped me gain the strength I always lacked as a dancer, and I felt inspired to share that empowering feeling with others.

What makes your class unique?

I always try to structure the class so that one exercise flows smoothly into the next, minimizing transition times so that we can pack as much Pilates as possible into one hour! I also place a lot of importance on breath, as Joseph Pilates did himself, because breathing deeply helps us access our deepest, most efficient abdominals, and helps to bring a meditative quality to class. Lastly, I always try and finish with a moment of gratitude and love toward ourselves for having made time in our busy schedules to grow stronger and healthier.

What's your favorite thing about teaching at PPYThrive? 

My absolute favorite thing about teaching at PPYThrive is being a part of the strong, committed, and very beautiful community of teachers and students we have here.

What are you doing when you're not teaching Pilates? 

When I’m not teaching at Thrive, I’m taking dance and Pilates classes, rehearsing, and serving at a nearby restaurant in Rittenhouse. And of course I make time for meditating, journaling, and rewatching every season of The Office.

What's one song that will always pump you up? 

My favorite song is always changing! But right now, Dancing Queen by ABBA.

Current services offered: Pilates classes