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Hidden Gems: Meet Keion Moradi Means of Pilates DNA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keion Moradi Means.

Hi Keion, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am equal parts mover and thinker. In the early 2000s, I was a writer working on an undergraduate degree in English. I was also a recreational runner who used physical activity to help me release energy and focus my mind. And, of course, I did become addicted to the superhuman endorphin rush that seems to be unique to running. Like so many others, I discovered the magic of Pilates after an injury. Mine was a tailbone injury that took several months to heal. Once on the mend, a friend recommended I try Pilates. What started as a passing interest grew into a full-fledged passion and here I am years later — dedicated Pilates teacher and traditional studio owner.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I like a good challenge and the fitness industry is full of them. The market is saturated with multiple movement modalities. The name “Pilates” has also been part of the public domain since 2000, which means anyone can use the term without regulation, which confuses the consumer with regard to what Pilates is and how it should be practiced. From a personal standpoint, my additional challenges lie in raising my two young children and managing other passions alongside my love for Pilates. It’s a balancing act, but my life is full and I like it that way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Pilates DNA, LLC?
I believe in the power of practicing Pilates as it was intended by the man who created it. I have made my rounds to the offshoots and watered-down versions; I know that the original method is what actually delivers on those claims of strength, balance, flexibility and vitality. I co-own Strong Body Pilates, a traditional studio dedicated to promoting the original, invigorating work of Joseph Pilates. My business partner and I are both second-generation teachers, having studied extensively with Jay Grimes, who studied with Joe directly. Our studio is known for setting a higher standard in teaching and, of course, for the results. To reach a wider audience, I also run — an online magazine devoted to building more awareness around the traditional Pilates method.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
A lot of determination! That, and embracing the path of a forever student. There is always more to learn.

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