This is part of our Meet Our Visiting Instructor Series where you get to read about some of the visiting teachers to our studio. Meet Ashley Ritchie, she is a proud Senior Faculty member of the Body Arts and Science, International (BASI Pilates) with an extensive background in dance, fitness and health.
Ashley will be with us in Dublin in September 2018 to teach her three day Pilates for Pregnancy & Beyond course.
What have you been up to recently?
Traveling the globe, teaching BASI educational programs, running my own studio and spending as much time as possible with my family.
How long have you been a Pilates teacher and what inspired you to become one?
20 years – having taught classical ballet from the age if 18, becoming a mom and then wanting to be home with my children in the afternoon – Pilates was the obvious choice for me.
What’s your favourite Pilates exercise? Why?
So many favorites, so little space…. BOOMERANG! A combination of coordination, strength, flexibility, control and the art of dance all in one!
If Joe Pilates was still alive, what would you ask him?
If he were now satisfied with the profound impact he has had in the world.
What are your top three tips for clients and students for progressing their Pilates practice?
1. If you don’t use it- you lose it!
2. Whatever they tell you they hate doing is exactly what they need to do.
3. Consistency is key.
1. If this is not your passion – honour your heart and go find it.
2. Be a practicing instructor – stay in touch with the feeling of each exercise.
3. This is a never ending journey…. be willing to explore.
Describe your teaching style
Controlled flow that allows you to feel and learn enjoyably and precisely.
Where are your three favourite places in the world?
Europe, my home and the mountains.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Okavango, Machu Picchu and Grand Canyon
Tell us about someone who inspires you
Rael Isacowitz– masterful mind, masterful mover, masterful reader of bodies. He moulds your body like clay. Truly Inspirational.
When you’re not teaching what do you do for kicks?
Spend time outdoors in nature with my family.
Tell us one last thing we might not know about you
I LOVE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM.
Ashley is with us in Dublin in September 2018 to teach Pilates for Pregnancy & Beyond.
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