· By Megan Alexander
We chatted with Pilates teacher, Jennifer Winter
How did you get started in movement and pilates?
The art of movement has always been a massive part of my life. I was a ballet and contemporary artist for 10 years and have a deep love for all the movers and shakers out there. When we move, our body sings and a vibration is released into the space. That same energy lives in pilates which made it a very easy transition for me.
How do you incorporate breath and body scanning into your practice?
Body scan meditations have super powers! This effective practice allows us to find a deep connection with ourselves on a micro level. We always begin each session with a light scan to draw awareness to the areas of tension. We continue to keep this collected energy throughout the class by incorporating conscious breathing with each moving shape.
How do these movements compliment a yoga practice?
When we breathe we let go. When we move we let go. When we meditate we let go. These vibrations allow us to grow and create headspace. If you’re looking for a class that’s raw, sweaty and transformative, this is for you! This class also offers a heavy focus on core which is a great bonus for your yoga practice.
Do you have a self-care/mindfulness practice?
I take my self-care remedies to heart. It took awhile for me to understand that my mind, my body and my soul all want different things. My mind needs stimulating conversations, inspiring artwork and a daily challenge. My body craves pilates reformer, plant based food and rest. My soul craves daily meditation, self love and purpose.
How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance as an entrepreneur and business owner?
I keep my sanity with work and life by formulating little weekly plans. I like to complete one thing at a time before I move on to the next project! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed but once you start to break things down and do the fun stuff first, you’ll notice your long list of to-do’s will start to disappear. My mantra is: pause, breathe, repair your universe & proceed.
What is your favourite book/music/movie to feed your soul?
When my soul is in need of a hug I always go back to the Artist’s Way (by Julia Cameron). It’s a book about coming back to your inner golden child and igniting your lost creativity. It’s a beautiful reminder about who we are and who we aspire to be. If your feeling artistically blocked, this will open the floodgates.