Oriana Chee: Pilates Teacher

I was born in Wellington, New Zealand.  I grew up in a large matriarch family and the 2nd youngest of 7 children.  Our cultural traditions include serving, respecting and thinking of others which sets a strong foundation for helping people.

When did you move to OZ ?
My family moved to Sydney in 1988, which was also the bicentenary year.  The change was emotionally difficult moving away from my extended family and best friend.

Favourite café? 
During the week I have a ritual with my two younger children Elijah and Giselle, we pop into our local café and bakery.  I enjoy a soy latte with honey and they share a freshly baked chocolate croissant.

Cat or Dog?
My first pet was a mongrel breed cat. I named her Prince after my favourite pop star at the time.

Star Sign? 
a cusp date – Aquarius/Pisces 

Favourite quote?
–  Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”

How did you start Pilates?
The Pilates method crossed my path in 2002.  I was working in the fitness industry at the time training groups outdoors on Manly beach. 

Can you sum up what Pilates gives to you in a few words? 
Pilates to me is a structure of body principles which can always be improved.   I also believe it helps to develop a person into their own unique self. 

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
I enrolled in my first teacher training course in 2000.

Favourite pose? series includes extensions for the spine, hips and gluteus to balance daily habits.

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why? 
I would love to meet and be trained by Mary Bowen, an Elder who has been teaching since 1959.  She is also a Jungian psychoanalyst.

Lululemon or Dharmabums? wardrobe is full with Dharma Bums so I have to say Dharma is the favourite.

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination?
My ultimate retreat destination is anywhere that includes nature, good clean food and facilities.

What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy what I do for work because I engage with people and have good work/life balance (most of the time).

What have you gained by teaching Pilates?
I have gained self-confidence and kept my body in good shape and financially independent.

If you could talk to your pre-Pilates self, what would you tell her?
Prepare a clear business or career pathway plan. 

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga? 
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, eating, dancing and music.  

How long have you taught at Qi?
10+ years!

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