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Life and Work with Meredith Coffin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Coffin.

Meredith, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Lockport, New York and earned a degree in Environmental Studies from Elmira College in New York State in 2003, and then went on to complete my Master’s of Environmental Advocacy from Antioch University in New Hampshire in 2005. While volunteering on a non-profit board in Portland, I was approached by a fellow board member asking if I have ever done Pilates. I hadn’t, but had danced my whole childhood through college and played sports, so I had body awareness and a love of movement. She offered me five free private lessons. Since I was interested in pursuing Pilates after those five lessons, she offered to help me go through a classical teacher training program!

My Pilates education began in 2007 with Clare Dunphy at Peak Pilates located in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 2012, I completed my Master’s Bridge Program with The Pilates Center of Boulder, under Master Instructors Rachel Taylor Segel and Amy Taylor Alpers. Soon after, I became a Host Advisor for The Pilates Center (TPC) Teacher Training Programs, which allows me to foster the next generation of teachers through TPC’s rigorous educational programs right out of my studio in Portland, Maine.

Teaching the Pilates Method is a medium through which I get to connect with people and help them see their own inner strength and abilities. When people invest in their own health and well-being, they have more space to care for the people and the world around them. This sets off a chain-reacting of positivity which helps make the world a better place one person at a time. It really is a joy to teach.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A lot of the things I have done in my life have seemed to sort of arrive when it was time. I did not have a plan for exactly where I would be or when I would get there but rather kept following the path that unfolded before me. So, in a way, some of the greatest blessings of my life feel like they have fallen in my lap. The perfect example being the fellow board member seemingly out-of-the-blue basically handing me an opportunity that would bloom into my life’s work. Other things, I had to work for, like getting my Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and completing all of the contact hours and examinations in my Pilates education thus far.

I think everything happens to us because of a combination of work input, plus the circumstances in which you’ve found yourself, plus luck. We do not fully control anything. Life is made up of lots of little instances of perfect timing and coincidental meetings on top of intentional goal-setting and effort. It is not a scientific formula one can crack.

Even from a young age, I have trusted my own inner voice. My instincts. My intuition. It sounds simplistic, but it is what I would tell any young woman setting out on a path to which the “end” is still unknown. Life is unpredictable, so staying true to what feels right and makes you happy is maybe the only true guide.

Please tell us about Springboard Pilates.
I own a classical Pilates studio in Portland, Maine’s West End neighborhood called Springboard Pilates. I currently have a team of eight teachers, one office guru, and three trainees. We are a Host Studio for The Pilates Center (TPC) of Boulder’s teacher training programs, of which I’m super proud to be a part! It means students no longer need to move to Boulder to complete a TPC program, but can now learn remotely with TPC online while doing observations, lessons, classes, workshops, advising meetings, etc. at Springboard. We are the only TPC Host Studio in Maine and have so far helped six people earn their Pilates diploma through our studio.

Honestly, we love what we do and stick to what we know. We are not trying to be everything to everyone. We don’t have Barre classes, we aren’t a yoga studio, we don’t offer massage, we don’t sell essential oils, we aren’t physical therapists. We are educated, professional Pilates teachers who see the body in front of us that moment and work with it in a focused, intentional, and loving way.

I am so grateful for the community around us because there are other great classical Pilates studios in Portland and there are other great yoga, barre, and massage studios in Portland and we will happily refer students to each other if we think it would be a better fit or a complementary fit. We thrive on supporting each other, not competing because we all do something just a little different and our people will find us and their people will find them and if we can help each other out, we will.

Who have you been inspired by?
Women who have inspired me: moms. They are goddesses carrying their babies for nine months, birthing them, and then continuing to get back to work as if they haven’t just visited a parallel existence.

My Grandmas who, though both passed now, were ahead of their time, speaking their minds and running their own lives like bosses! All while staying connected to the feminine energy that nurtured families and strangers alike with love given freely.

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Hannah Tarkinson

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