Priya Tew - Pilates With Priya Interview
Updated: Jan 9, 2022
Pilates With Priya
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Specialist in womens wellness, helping ladies through pregnancy, post-natally and through the menopause with movement, kindess and the breath.
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months?
A set of yoya tune up balls, so great for foot rolling and doing this at the start of a class can really help you feel more connected to the mat and your core. I think the feet can often be the missing link.
How do you want your chosen field of exercise to change in the future?
I have a womens health focus and would like to develop this further. Often exercise is aimed at men and women are seen as small men! Our bodies are different, for example our pelvic floors need love, nurture and constant work. I'd love to see the conversation move to women being able to talk about their health and wellbeing more.
How did you first get into pilates or yoga?
I was asked to train when I was an exercise to music instructor at the local gym. I had never really done pilates and was not keen! However I trained and fell in love.
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Learning more about breathing and letting go of tension in the body. We live life in a whirlwind of busyness. Really deep breathing can connect you to your core, reduce anxiety levels and help you release tension. I love a body scan.
What’s more important: the teacher or the mindset?
The mindset for sure. More importantly the teachers mindset.
What is your proudest moment/accomplishment in pilates or yoga?
Keeping the studio not just surviving but thriving through 3 lockdowns. We moved online and now have people joining from all over the UK and a couple from other countries too.
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
After my 2nd and 3rd baby I had diastasis recti and this led to me studying it in depth and learning how to help other ladies. It's now one of the key things that I do.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.
My reformer. I personally love it for my own workouts and I love teaching on it.
Do you think there is any trait that all exercise practitioners share?
A love of movement and leggings!
What is the most significant thing that someone much younger than yourself has taught you?
My children teach me a lot about movement. Watching a toddler squat, seeing how their bodies works is fascinating
Do you like classical or contemporary pilates/yoga more? Why?
Both. I love the classical, really love it but I also teach contemporary too.
What advice would you give to people wanting to start pilates or yoga?
Find a teacher you like, take time to breath, connect with your body and really focus on the basics first.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?
Katharine Jemmett (KSJbodycontrol) I love her approach to life, full of joy and love. She teaches because she really cares and she takes time to explain things so clearly.
What is a 'hack' you have for success that most people don't know about?
You don't always have to plan a class, sometimes it works even better to just move your body with others and let it flow out of your mind.
What is the most surprising thing you've seen in your industry?
Going to fitness awards and seeing how much alcohol was consumed!
How would you describe pilates/yoga in 1 word?
What's your favourite colour?
What's your favourite holiday destination?
What popular celebrity do you admire the most and why?
Jameela Jamil who is breaking down taboos and really fighting for women to be heard.
What one thing in life do you consider to be overrated?
Having a perfect body
What's something exciting you're currently working on/learning that only a few people know about?
I'm writing a book
What are you NOT Very Good at?
What's your star sign?
I don't believe in them!
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Porridge with nuts and fruit
Most satisfying experience practicing yoga/pilates?
Being on my reformer for a 1-1 lesson
Most embarrassing experience practicing yoga/pilates?
Wearing my leggings inside out to teach
What are your biggest pet peeves about the culture/community of your chosen practice?
The accent on things being perfect or there only being one way to do it.
What is your favourite thing about the culture and community of your chosen practice?
The community and kindness of some teachers. I love my studio community especially. Through lockdown it has been very evidence how much pilates has helped people and how they all care for one another.
Do you tend to use a lot of different equipment when you practice?
It varies. Right now we are all online so it is simple, we use bands, maybe a cushion, a ball or tins of baked beans!