In Conversation with Pilates Instructor Nancy Castiglioni

We had the opportunity to connect with the amazing woman and globe trotter, Nancy Castiglioni who are currently based in Panama!

Meet Nancy Castiglioni, professional Pilates instructor and studio owner:

Currently I'm...

mostly teaching classical Pilates at Classic Pilates in Panama City, Panama. Then coming home to see my two almost-adult kids, my dog and my dad. 

The best thing with living in Panama...

is nature! I love the outdoors and I'm lucky that I have a beach not too far away, where I can go almost every weekend. 

My very favorite studio here...

is definitely the studio where you can find me every day. It's called Classic Pilates and it is every instructor's dream! It's simply gorgeous and has the most amazing energy and some of the best instructors in the world.

Nancy Castiglioni Pilates instructor for Pebbles Pilates

My first Pilates experience...

was a Mat class and it kicked my behind! I haven't stopped since. I used to be in complete denial about Pilates. I used to think it was just stretching and not "tough enough". 

The Mat has been my companion for years and years. I love how democratic it is. You can do the Mat anywhere any time. Of course I love all of the other studio apparatus as well but the Mat is my first and forever love. 

My secret to maintaining a consistent Pilates practice is...

make time. Train just about every day, if only for a short series. 

The best thing about Pilates is...

that it does the body, mind and spirit good. 

My dream client is everyone, because...

every client is different and brings their own unique energy and needs to the studio. I honestly love the differences and stepping up to make everyone get the most out of their practice. 

My go to Pilates moves are...

the intermediate Mat series plus a sparkling of advanced exercises are my go-to wherever I may be. If I'm at the studio then it could be any of the apparatus, depending on how I feel that day in my body.

The best Pilates sportswear is the one that makes you feel confident and comfortable, able to work on your moves and not worry about your clothes, yet feeling fabulous.

Studios I want to visit are...

Eric Carlovich, Miguel Silva and Jean-Claude Nelson at their respective studios. 

Nancy Castiglioni for Pebbles Sportswear

The first thing I do after a Pilates session...

hydrate and eat! I'm usually starving. 

My favorite food is...

all types of food, usually a lot of ethnic food. Thai, Mexican, Japanese, I could go on and on. I have been lucky to live in 8 countries across several continents, so I'm very open-minded about food and the enormous possibilities! 

Best music to listen to when I do Pilates is...

the sound of my own breath.

The feeling after a workout session is always...

joy. To feel better than when I started and grateful that my body allows me to do the things it does. 

My best way to prepare for a Pilates session is...

to simply check in with my body and see what it needs that day. I usually start with the Reformer and go from there. 

A book I suggest you read is...

Joseph Pilates’ book Return to Life Through Contrology. It never seizes to surprise me how many instructors have never laid eyes on it. 

Nancy for Pebbles Pilates Sportswear

My mantra during tough times is...

this too shall pass. Focus on what’s important. If you want to get in contact with me...

Right now I am extra curious about...

working on pushing myself and accepting at the same time. I’m curious about the possibilities always. 

One thing I can't be without in life...

my family, love, movement. 

The most important thing I have learned is...

love. It is the most important thing in life. I treasure the time and experiences with those I love. Material things are only secondary. 

If you want to get in contact with me...

the best way to contact me is via email to castiglioninancy@gmail.com or through instagram @nancycastiglioni

 

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