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instructor of the month

Victoria Cunningham

January 2020

WHERE DO YOU TEACH?

I teach Pilates at a lovely Yoga Studio in Glasgow's Southside and I train Pilates Instructors and Yoga Teachers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (and soon-to-be Wales!).

Your teaching tips

In both my Pilates and Yoga teaching I like to emphasize the breath, like my mentor Max Strom. Whether its lateral breathing (like in Pilates) or Ujjayi breathing (like in Yoga) I always talk about the importance of breathing consciously. I find when my clients are breathing consciously they are able to forget about the other things in their life for an hour and relax their minds while they're working their bodies.

Favourite Exercise and reason why?

I love the Double Leg Stretch because, to me, it epitomises the simultaneous strength and stretch required of Pilates. Done correctly it is so graceful to watch as an Instructor and done incorrectly it gives me lots to work with.

tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in the industry

I have been teaching Yoga since 2001, Pilates since 2006 and training instructors since 2011. I now run a business where I work with Trainers to train Yoga and Pilates Instructors in their own area. I also deliver CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses both face-to-face and online.

And this year I'm hosting international Yogi, Author and TEDx Speaker Max Strom in Scotland. His weekend of workshops in Glasgow on 10-12 January 2020 will address many of the issues he discusses in his books as well as look at some new content around finding your life purpose. This special seminar on the Sunday morning will help you to see your world differently and even course-correct the trajectory of your life path which is perfect for the start of this new decade!

Do you have a motto or mission statement?

Stretch your body AND your mind. I am so in love with the idea of stretching yourself both physically and mentally that I named my business StretchBodyMind!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I want to franchise the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training and Pilates Instructor Training internationally so I see myself travelling to lots of different countries to work with my Master Trainers. I'd love to write a book as well so that I can become an international speaker like my mentor Max Strom.

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