"I truly feel that I have built a community for my clients and instructors. Westside Pilates is not a place where clients just come in for an hour and leave; my clients here have become incredibly supportive of one another and of me, and have forged close bonds with the instructors they work with ..."
Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of Westside Pilates! What inspired its creation? Adrianne Yurgosky: Thank you! Westside Pilates really began as a passion project. I was working in the corporate sector for a while and began to feel really disenchanted with the work that I was doing, and the lifestyle I had developed. I first found Pilates in efforts to recover from an injury, but soon after I grew to really love it and continued my practice and training long after I regained my range of motion. My growing passion for pilates coincided with my growing disdain for my corporate life, so I decided to take a chance and follow my passion instead. Through opening Westside Pilates I found an opportunity not only to pursue my own relationship with Pilates, but also to share it with others and use it to help people change their bodies, in the same way Pilates helped me regain my body after I was hurt.
Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in New York, what are some of your proudest moments? Adrianne Yurgosky: The moments I feel proudest are when I can feel or see the progress I have made with my clients. When someone comes in with an injury and after working with them for a while I finally see them touch their toes, or they tell me how their days are pain-free—that’s when I feel the real payoff of the work I get to do. Also, through the studio I truly feel that I have built a community for my clients and instructors. Westside Pilates is not a place where clients just come in for an hour and leave; my clients here have become incredibly supportive of one another and of me, and have forged close bonds with the instructors they work with. I feel incredibly fortunate for the community I have through this studio. The community is the reason instructors have been here for years; we all are really invested in preserving this family.
Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Adrianne Yurgosky: One of the exciting parts of this work is that the field is ever changing, and we are excited to evolve with it. We recently opened up a new studio, Long Island City Pilates, in Queens a few months ago. In that studio we are excited about bringing the same classical Pilates training we provide on the Upper West Side to this different community. Additionally, in the LIC studio we plan on providing continued education workshops for instructors and advanced Pilates students to continue their training, because we firmly there is always more to learn. As for our Upper West Side studio, we are pleased to report that we have expanded into a larger location on 96th and West End, which can better support our needs as we grow and evolve in the coming years. In efforts to continually do better for our clients, we will also begin providing combination group classes at both studios where clients can work on a variety of equipment in the same session. These combo classes will be an innovative new take on group Pilates classes, allowing clients to reap the benefits of multiple apparatus.
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