Sara Aleksandra began her Pilates journey after retiring from a lifetime of competitive figure skating due to overuse injuries. Upon completion of her B.S. at Rutgers University in 2015, she attended the BASI Comprehensive course in Brooklyn, NY. Eager to learn more, she traveled to studios around the world where she gained experience in Pilates for athletes, chronic pain syndromes, injuries and pathologies. She is now in her final year as a Clinical Student Doctor at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. We asked Sara what the most challenging part of her Pilates instruction career was and how she overcame it, as well as the one key factor that enhances her Pilates routine.
Pilates of San Diego: What was the most challenging part of your Pilates instruction career and how did you overcome it?
Sara: For me, it was having (then) a very basic understanding of the human anatomy and why Pilates worked. I decided to pursue my Doctorate of Chiropractic to dive into the science of it all and make more sense of the movements and their application. The bonus was choosing to focus all of my neurology course research papers on Pilates, I’ve learned so many incredible things about what it does for both the body and the brain that hasn’t even been published in textbooks yet!
Pilates of San Diego: What is one key factor that enhances your Pilates routine?
Sara: Getting “neurdy” with it! Clients that I have already worked with have definitely heard some neurology babble slip off my tongue every now and then. If I’m working with you and you know what time talking about, great! If not, don’t hesitate to ask… I don’t mind explaining. I geek out on the ability of the human body and the mind-body connection!