by Amy Butler
Mary is a soft-spoken woman with a calming energy, but don't let that fool you. She gets pretty excited when she talks about life and Pilates! Here's what we learned about Mary Pellett...
Q: How did you become interested in Pilates?
A: I became interested in Pilates because as a lanky ballet dancer I wanted to find a way to learn to control my flexibility and build strength.
Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching Pilates?
A: I love seeing the smiles on the clients’ faces when they leave a session because I have helped them connect to their bodies and find sustainable ways of moving. Pilates inevitably makes them stronger and feel better. I love that I have the honor to walk with people on their life journey in this way.
Q: What has been challenging for you during your Pilates journey?
A: Until recently, I balanced teaching Pilates with other jobs and school, and that was challenging because as a teacher I want to give the most I can to my clients. Now I am teaching Pilates full time! I will be able to devote more time and energy to providing great care to each of my clients and their individual needs.
Q: Do you have any advice for others who may want to start their own small business?
A: Honestly, I am just starting mine and I would love some advice from those more experienced. One thing I am finding out quickly, though, is: be patient and kind to yourself. You’re the one that is going to make this happen! And breathe.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Nashville? (besides teach Pilates, of course)
A: My favorite thing to do in Nashville is go outside! I have a terrier mix, Eloise, who I love walking with in the Warner Parks or at Radnor Lake. I also have a beautiful obsession with Frothy Monkey on 12th Avenue South.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: A friend gave me Hither & Yon by local author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, Becca Stevens. It’s a travel guide for our spiritual journey through life. One beautiful reminder she shares is: “It also helps to be silent and to take in our surroundings—we don’t wait for the rare blue rose; we look at wildflowers growing in the grass next to the prison fence.”
Q: Okay, share some inside scoop about yourself? Any random skills, hobbies or interests?
A: I am really good at finding four leaf clovers. I can just be walking along in a field, look down and find one. So maybe they find me!? One day I found eight!