In Conversation with Pilates instructor Jaime White

We had the opportunity to do an interview with Jaime White, co-founder of Pure Body Teacher Training. It’s hard not to get impressed by her wanderlust and will power to help people live their best life through Pilates. 

Jamie White is a brave and adventurous person who has an eye for tailoring Pilates to individual needs. She is a Pilates and Functional Trainer that spends most of her time teaching new instructors, providing continuing education and mentoring online. For the last 18 years she has worked with clients rehabbing injuries, get into peak shape or with professional athletes for their specific sport.

She is super passionate about Pilates, movement education but she also admire the outdoors. Maybe that is one of the reasons she found her way to Scandinavia. Beyond exercise and nature she sits on the board for a non-profit that works with diversity, equity and inclusion for the outdoor and conservation industry. 

You are such an inspiration and full of life. Where do you get your inspiration from and do you have a life motto that keeps you going? 

I get excited about the little things in life and try to see each day as an adventure and explore either new surroundings or ways I can grow as a person.

I live by those three life mottos:
1. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
2. Do the things that make you feel alive.
3. Lean into your fears.

Is there anything you are extra curious about right now?

Scandinavian history and culture. I fell in love with Sweden and Scandinavia a couple of years ago on a big trip and absolutely loved it there. Today it is my home and where I gave birth two my two baby girls! 

I fell in love with Sweden and Scandinavia a couple of years ago on a big trip and absolutely loved it there. Today it is my home and where I gave birth two my two baby girls!

Being a sportswear brand and working with women around the world, we want to hear about their views on what a beautiful body is. What is a beautiful body to you?

A body that is connected to it’s mind and spirit. There is a grace that happens in the body when those things are connected.

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A body that is connected to it’s mind and spirit. There is a grace that happens in the body when those things are connected.

Many associate Pilates with rehabilitation or Yoga. Can you explain what Pilates is for all our followers who may not know? 

Pilates is an unbelievable exercise method that helps bodies become more in balanced. Pilates can be tailored for any body, injured or very athletic. It is a full body workout always that uniformly develops and reinforces inherent movement patterns that help us decrease degeneration and increase our ability to move more efficiently. 

Pilates is really such a good workout because it allows you to work your entire body in a balanced way and challenges all planes of movement and helps develop strength, flexibility and coordination for other physical activities.

Do you have any favorite Pilates moves?

Crazy but the hundred because there are so many options within it. I also love the teaser, swan and shoulder bridge. 

Of course we have to ask you this question. What is the perfect Pilates outfit?

I am picky about fabric, it’s gotta be breathable, thinner but not see through and open at shoulders and arms.

You are co-owner of Pure Body Teacher Training. What can one expect when joining that Teacher education Program? 

Teachers will learn and evolve through a fully comprehensive program on all apparatus and be able to confidently and effectively teach beginner to advanced level on any apparatus.

Pure Body students learn mechanics of each of the exercises as well as how to work with clients with various injuries and limitations and how to progress clients to optimum health and condition.

We blend Classical Pilates with modern movement science and add some fantastic contemporary variations. 

Last question. In one sense one can say that you work with empowering people. In this world we may have misunderstood the conception of power. What is power to you?

Power to me is bravery, it is knowing yourself, showing up and having the strength to overcome fears to live your best life.

 

This article was updated: 2021-01-10

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