How Mins started her Pilates Journey:
I first started with doing Mat Pilates as part of dance conditioning as it allowed the dancers to be strong yet remain lean. I enjoyed how these exercises looked so easy (when you see it). And when you really do, they burn like crazy!
Getting into Reformer and studio equipment was another game-changer, as the machines really helped me home in on parts of my body that I wasn’t aware of, that when activated and strengthened, really help me with being able to walk, move and dance for longer back pain-free.
What do you like about Pilates?
I enjoy its precision and how it’s very much a fine balance of science and art to it. It combines many of my passions in such a beautiful way – grace and state of flow that dance brings one into, technicality of machines in allowing specific (under-active) muscles to fire for a more balanced body, mind-body, and breath connection of Yoga, and many more!
What spurs you to become a Pilates Instructor?
I used to get frequent lower back pains from dancing and even after walking for more than a few hours. I couldn’t get a more sustainable solution to manage back pains until I came across Pilates. It was amazing how much more body aware I grew after sessions of Pilates, that allowed me to pay attention to basic everyday stuff that helped alleviate the pain. Simple things like how I stand and walk (too lordotic, not engaging the right muscles when standing), to being able to dance for longer without pain.
Seeing how I have benefited so much from it, I wanted a way to deepen my knowledge enough to share it with more fellow dancers and movement-lovers, so that more of us can move in ways that we love, pain-free. Digging deeper, the teaching training was a natural progression. It is a good complement to Yoga, which I engage in as a more spiritual practice, and forms a good base for Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
What’s your favourite Pilates move?
Semi-circle on the Reformer – it combines such a yummy mix of moving the spine in all ranges possible, and one literally feels a few inches taller after just a minute or two on it!
What are some challenges you faced while training to become an instructor? Any advice / tips to trainees?
Everyone is on their own journey – in moving, in learning and in sharing. A move/posture does not have to look a certain way, as long as its benefits can be felt. This is something that took me some time to fully understand, especially coming from a background where it is important how something looks, rather than felt. It is now a journey shifting my approach from how something feels, rather than how it looks.
Be present with whoever whom you are working with. Take the chance to let movements show us what our bodies can do.
What can we expect in your group classes?
Lots of spine articulation, movement explorations, shaking, burning and internal sensing!
Any other hobby you enjoy doing during your free time?
Anything that deals with the hands and creating! Pottery, silks, moving, gardening etc.
Tell me something else (unique) about yourself?
Very open to all things really, grounded or woo-woo. Currently on the journey to meld modalities that can allow us to bridge mind and body (Tension-Releasing Exercises (TRE), singing bowls and sound therapy, etc) and am happy to share more for whoever who is keen to experience more!
Mins Teo, Instructor
Min’s is teaching a Virtual Stretch and Release every Monday, 4pm and Virtual Spine and Mobility every Thursday, 6pm. Come give it a try and stretch it out with her. Alternatively, contact us if you wish to book in for an onsite rehab/virtual 1on1 private session with her!
You can also check out her onsite group class schedule from 19 August onwards.