This month we are featuring the one and only Cecelia as our instructor of the month. Not only is she an incredible Barre and Yoga teacher, but she works behind the scenes at M.Power to keep things running and bring you a memorable experience on every visit to the studio.
Cecelia teaches a ton of classes throughout the week. Check our schedule and come join her soon!
What led you to become a barre instructor?
I love to learn and I wanted to be able to teach all the classes that M.Power offered. Plus, this class was the closest to Pilates at M.Power.
What barre exercises challenge you the most?
Upper body have always been where I am the weakest, so any exercises that works the shoulders, back, and arms are challenging. BUT, i can really feel the burn with the side line series, those are exercises that recruit the small muscles in the gluts.
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
First and foremost is the interaction with the students. It is amazing when the student has that moment when they get it, whether it is nailing a pose or just the look on their face when they get into the moment. I have been teaching since I started working (a long time ago) and it is the one thing that I keep coming back to whenever I changed jobs.
Where would you most like to travel, and why?
During my previous career, I have traveled to England, Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy and Sicily), and Japan. It was interesting to see the differences between wall those locations. I liked England because I am a big Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes fan. Italy and Sicily (YES, they are separate, ask anyone there) are the country of my parents. I would really like to go back there and see more of the country and meet the next my cousins. BUT, In this weather, it would rather be in the Caribbean. Sorry to all those who love the snow, but I hate to be cold. All I want to do in the winter time is hibernate. In addition to the weather in the Caribbean, each island is unique with it own culture and history. Some of the islands remind me of colorful flowers, so vibrant and the people are friendly. For exercise, I like to walk and the islands afford me that opportunity in weather that I really like.
Outside of teaching, what do you like to do for fun?
I have a number of hobbies that I do when the spirit moves me. I occasionally crotchet and knit. I am just am a beginner, mostly creating scarves and blankets. I tried to knit a sweater and it ended up being so big that it would be big for a giant. I started to make malas, but I realized that you need really good eyes to work with beads, and that is a challenge for me. One of my favorite things to do is being on a boat, doesn’t matter what size and it can be stationary or moving. But, my all time favorite thing to do is read. I have over 1000 (Yes, I didn’t make a mistake on the number) electronic books that I have read, some I have read multiple times.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I am an introvert. With a one-on-one situation, I am fine. Even teaching to a group is not a problem. I got over that when I had to give presentations to large audiences at user conventions. I am not good with group social situations, such as parties. I tend to freeze if I have to go up and talk to people in those situations.
Tell us about one goal you are setting for the New Year:
The major goal for this coming year to get my husband to retire. I am hoping that this year, we can sell his business and he can take time and finally relax.