Hello I’m Joana! I am a wife, and a mother of one, with a professional background in Marketing. I’m originally from Mexico but lived in Sweden, UK, USA and currently in Hungary. A series of events in my early thirties led me to make some radical lifestyle changes. I was introduced to the Pilates method after experiencing a lower back injury. Once my back was free of pain, I adopted Pilates as a lifetime practice for its immense benefits; better posture, body awareness, stronger core, a more focused and refreshed mind, among others. The following life-changing event happened after I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 31, this, as I believe, the end result of chronic stress and a weakened immune system as the main triggers, certainly most likely coped with some genetic predisposition. This took me to adopt a very selective diet. Yet the most meaningful event that triggered me to materialize my desire for learning holistic nutrition was becoming a mother; the idea of providing the most healthy and nourishing possible diet to my loved ones.
I believe that to achieve and sustain a healthy-balanced life we need to unlearn certain beliefs and rewire our brains, something which will not necessarily happen by following fad diets or fitness trends. It is important to understand the triggers that lead us to make poor food and lifestyle choices such as stress levels, physical or emotional trauma, habits etc. Secondly, it is also crucial that we learn the basics of nutrition and the benefits of adopting a whole foods diet and having physically active life. Having a well grounded knowledge will give us the tools to make the best decisions for our well being in an intuitive and effortless manner.
I have significant experience in teaching one-on-one mat based and reformer Pilates lessons and I am keen on spreading my love for this discipline. I am genuinely passionate about helping others in any area which will contribute to their wellbeing. Having experienced firsthand the detrimental effects of the lack of self care and nourishment, I am extremely empathetic and willing to make impactful changes in the lives of others for the better.
I inherited the love and integration of sport and movement into everyday life from my father, whom I consider to be a role model in this field.
Ever since I was a kid, I used to play sports regularly, both, summer and winter sports. As an adult, after many years of seated work, long maternity leave and traditional aerobics, I looked for a method that could help me tone and strengthen my muscles. So seven years ago I found Pilates, a method with which I fall in love immediately.
In 2013, I had two very serious injuries, one on my knee and the other on my upper arm for which I had to have surgical intervention. Both, doctors and physiotherapists could hardly believe their eyes after seeing such a prompt recovery thanks to the magnificent Joseph H. Pilates method.
After witnessing first hand the effectiveness of the method - prevention and rehabilitation - I became more than just an enthusiast, and decided to pursue a beginner, intermediate and advanced instructor qualification (Pilates Instructor Mat Level I-II-III). This is how the love for this method turned into my profession.
Helping others to relieve and eliminate existing problems; finding their physical and mental balance; recovering their bodies as well as keeping their health consciously is an invaluable gift for me.
I believe that the unity and harmony of body and soul is essential to the harmony of human existence. My goal is to spread my love for Pilates to others so that they can also achieve a more mobile, youthful and healthier quality of life.