Oriana: Director of Qi, Holistic Coach, Pilates Teacher

Birthplace?
I am a proud Maori wahine from Aeotearoa.  Deeply connected in wairua, mana and aroha.

When did you move to OZ ?
My whanau moved to Sydney back in 1988.

It was a struggle for the 15 year old me leaving my extended family.

Favourite café? 
All that serves Allpress Espresso

Cat or Dog?
My first pet was a mongrel breed cat Prince and I currently own a Groodle “Bella”.

Star Sign?
Cusp 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 in the Industry?

Eventually, followed my heart in 1999 after a few life twists and turns.

Can you sum up what you do and why you enjoy teaching Pilates?
Being connected to my body through movement and breathing techniques is my happy place.  Pilates provided a set of principles I could learn and impart what brings me joy with others.

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

Favourite pose?

Back extensions, bridge and side series.

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.  However, everyone is a teacher when I’m really open and in the present.

Lululemon or Dharmabums?

Both.

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination?
Anywhere that involves nature, good food and clean facilities.

What do you love most about your job?
Teaching integrative habits and methods for the whole being (mind/body/spirit).

What have you gained by teaching Pilates?
Leadership and confidence.

What would you say to your pre-Pilates self, what would you tell her?
Keep tuning into the quiet whispers you have been gifted to hear and trust what you feel in your body.

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?
Starting teaching at Qi in 2005.  I believed in the foundations of the business so much I brought it off the founding couple.

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