Today we’d like to introduce you to Eliza Nimon.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Eliza. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Pilates came into my life at pivotal time. I had left my paralegal job in Cambridge to travel in Zambia and Tanzania with my sister. I had been feeling the call to make a career change and the opportunity to travel was a clear “yes” for me. Travel adventures are where I do my greatest thinking and soul searching–the opportunity to be somewhere new always sharpens my focus and re-centers me. I quit my job and off we went for about 3 months to visit our friend in Kabwe, Zambia. No trip thus far has offered me so much…I feel eternally connected to Zambia and the beautiful and painful memories we experienced there.
I arrived back in Boston a few months later, still slightly weakened from a bought of malaria (a rite of passage as they say!), but feeling positive and confident that things were about to change for the better. I was hired by Lululemon Athletica a week later to assist in opening their first Boston store at the Prudential Center. A huge part of my role in the early days of opening the store was to mix and mingle and take loads of fitness classes with Boston’s yoga and wellness instructors. I became friendly with the manager of the Pilates program at Franklin Street Equinox and she asked if I was interested in getting Pilates certified and that she would hire me after. I thought, how cool is this?! So I did my initial training in 2009 with Power Pilates and it’s been my work ever since, first as part-time, now as full time.
I’d taken mat pilates classes before but nothing could have prepared me for the deep resonance that the Pilates method would have on my mind and body as I studied and began to teach. Joseph Pilates’ overriding message was and is to “return to life through controlology, which encourages student to harness the power of the mind to restore health in the body; to develop them uniformly. Since age 8, I played basketball and other team sports, yet I was unprepared for how humbling Pilates was to practice. I consider Pilates one the greatest gifts I’ve been given and one that I continue to pay forward with reverence. It opened up my teaching path and gave me a way to be of service to others–I’ll always be grateful for that.
Has it been a smooth road?
We all experience struggles and curveballs–the real learning is in how we handle all of that; how we choose to respond. One of my greatest struggles with working for myself has been remembering to balance out my work time with self-care. I recently completed a 200 hour certification in the Fundamentals of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of life and sister science to Yoga) and that taught me so much about natural rhythms, the true causes of dis-ease in the body and how to take better care of yourself and loved ones by cultivating mindful awareness of your diet, routines and even the seasons.
As you begin to get established as a teacher, it can be very challenging to choose your needs over those of your clients. I have an autoimmune condition that surfaced around age 11 and affects my skin and histamine levels. Overworking and high levels of stress hit my immune system extra hard–but learning to back off is a challenging lesson for a passionate, self-driven, ambitious person like me! The universe has flattened me–and rightly so–a good many times health-wise, but looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. All the lessons, the good, the bad, the ugly, have brought me to this place and I look around and think, “I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.” And that’s a wonderful feeling.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Empowered Living with Eliza is my virtual domain and one that I’m focusing on more now as I launch the retreat portion of my business, begin my blog and continue my globe-trotting next year. I also look forward to building in more workshops about Ayurvedic beauty and natural health in 2018–I adore this kind of stuff and know my clients will too!
Principally, as a Pilates teacher, I’m there to hold space for my client and just work with what’s showing up. The energy and bodies of my clients and classes guide me in how and what I’ll teach on most days. As someone who comes from a team sports background, there’s definitely an element of coaching to my style of teaching. I love and believe deeply in Pilates and its transformative health benefits and I’ve been told how much my clients love my passion and focus, which makes me happy! I believe the greatest gift I offer my clients is my presence–I believe they feel that and I hope that’s a big part of why they keep coming back.
This year has been about looking in the mirror and being honest about how I can be a better leader, stronger in my role as a teacher, acknowledging what should stay and what should go. As I elevate and expand, what I can offer my clients and the world does the same! Everybody wins.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Everyone can benefit from Pilates and similar modalities as tools for clearer minds and stronger, more resilient bodies. The city or location is less important than making it affordable/accessible for more people who need it. And with the high-stress, technology-driven culture of the Northeast (and much of the US), people who want to avoid premature aging and disease due to poor posture related to that sort of lifestyle definitely need it!
Boston has been and remains an amazing place to learn, grow and teach for the past 8 years. I look forward to expanding here and across the globe in 2018!
- Website: www.elizanimon.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/eliza.nimon/
- Twitter: @ElizaNimon1
- Other: www.linkedin.com/in/elizanimon