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Meet Ania London of Pilates of San Diego in Downtown San Diego and Del Mar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ania London.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ania. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
From a very early age, I have always been passionate about physical fitness. Over the years, I gravitated closer to a more integrative and holistic path. This is how I found yoga. Attracted to the full mind, body and spirit synchronicity achieved through the various body lengthening and strengthening poses, I became a certified yoga instructor through my teacher, the renowned Shiva Rae. After years of teaching yoga, I had noticed my client base becoming more complex.

People would come to me with serious injuries and/or physical handicaps, that required a different, approach. This is where my journey into pilates began.

As a self-professed yogi, and proponent of yoga, I still found that pilates provided more support for these clients. The reformer, while visually intimidating to some, creates a safe framework for the client to work within their current abilities, allowing them to literally be where they are at until they build the necessary strength to move to the next level. I also noticed that the reformer exercises, the foundation of pilates, allowed my clients’ muscles to relax so that they were better able to receive physical healing.

What a metaphor for life! Pilates is seen as a “washboard ab” building exercise and is marketed for its body enhancing aspects. And, while there is nothing wrong with a beautiful physique, what many don’t realize is the psychological benefits hidden within this practice. Many of my clients come in to see me feeling vulnerable, and disempowered by their physical ailments. As we work together, not only do they feel supported to overcome their physical obstacles, they end up truly stepping into their own power.

Pilates focuses on strengthening the core, or solar plexus chakra (energy center) according to yogic tradition. Many people talk about “gut reactions”, or feeling “sick to their stomach”. There is no coincidence that this body region is associated with personal power and our deepest emotions. It is only through facing our deepest wounds that we can heal them.

Has it been a smooth road?
As a foreigner, endeavoring to build my own business in America, I have definitely experienced various struggles along my path! I learned quickly to let go of my innate desire for certainty, and welcome changes as they arose, especially in the early stages of my career, where my monetary compensation fluctuated. There is no fixed income when you work for yourself!

This is where my spiritual practice of yoga has helped me: learning to remain present and be in flow in the midst of challenges or setbacks and to welcome each one as an opportunity for growth, and self-mastery. Life is always evolving, and the only certainty is change. Once I internalized this simple concept, I was able to release a lot of self-imposed suffering.

Like many people, I admittedly struggle with perfectionism. I realized, however, that building your own brand is messy, humbling, and at times overwhelming, and that you learn the business while you are doing it, and that mistakes are an essential process of growth. I have learned a lot of self-compassion on this journey, which has, in turn, enhanced my own compassion towards others.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pilates of San Diego – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company, Pilates of San Diego, is not only a pilates studio. We are a community of like-minded, healthy individuals gathering together to strengthen the body, mind and spirit. Our mission is to create permanent change from the outside in. We believe that re-forming your body will translate into re-forming other aspects of your life.

We also are strong supporters of social causes in our city. I personally am very passionate about the human sex trafficking awareness. The exploitation of young girls, not to mention young children, is an ugly truth in our community and around the world.

Twenty-seven million people are trafficked each year worldwide, with approximately ten thousand victims in San Diego alone! In February 2018, we raised over $8,000 at our event for Generate Hope, a non-profit organization focused on helping rebuild the lives of sex trafficking victims.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The cultural melting pot of San Diego is fabulous–I liken it to the NYC of the west! The homelessness crisis is reaching epic levels, and it’s so incredibly sad and frustrating that despite an excess of funds and manpower, the solution remains elusive.

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Monique Feil- www.moniquefeilphotography.com

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