Here to help you start your week off in Swan style, our newest Swan Instructor, Mariusz will help you organize your core and define your musculature. Movement and the body are his passion! Mariusz shares his philosophy of teaching, his favorite place to eat and more in our newest #SwanQ&A!
Can you tell us a bit about your philosophy of teaching, what interests you about the body, and any influences that have shaped your practice and your teaching?
I believe Pilates is a way to live, not just a set of stagnant exercises. The exercises I teach are meant to be used as tools for everyday actions and should feel good in everyone’s bodies. My major influences are Amy Beversdorf and Joan Karlen, who are professors at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and the incredible Lesley Powell, a master teacher in New York City. They have helped me understand that with consistent practice I can change old habits and create new spaces in my body. Developing muscle memory often takes time; I aim to create space in my classes for people to take their time to investigate and integrate new ideas into their bodies. In my classes, you will focus on discovering efficiency in your alignment, have room to breath, and get your sweat on.
What’s your favorite piece of equipment and why?
The reformer. It helped me with redirecting my hyper mobile body. It was not until I jumped onto the reformer that I figured out what my core really is. Just footwork by itself does wonders!
What is your favorite city to travel to?
My favorite city to travel to is with no doubt Rimini, Italy. I have the best memories there with my mother at the beaches and flee markets.
Go out or stay in?
If you had to eat at the same restaurant every night for a month, where would you choose?
My mom’s kitchen. Clearly, I’m a mama’s boy.
If you could ask Joe and Clara anything, what would it be?
I’m very curious about what they might think about the state of Pilates today and all their potential opinions about how Pilates has developed between then and now.
Anything else you want to share with The Swan community?
Cannot wait to see you in the studio!