Who I am and how I fell in love with Pilates

Pilates class at Kokoafit Pilates in Chelmer, Brisbane.

Who I am

Hi, my name is Maria Alejandra Poggioli and I am 42 years old. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Brisbane, Australia eight years ago.

My passion is to connect with people, travel and experience different cultures. I have three great kids that keep me busy and inspire me everyday to be the best version of myself. 

 Here are ten fun facts about me:

  1. I am only 1.5 metres tall.

  2. I ran a half marathon before my 40th birthday

  3. The ocean gives me peace

  4. I have moved houses 17 times in 41 years across 8 countries

  5. I speak 4 languages fluently…Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English

  6. My favourite food is Pizza (Italian style)

  7. My favourite part of my body are my arms

  8. I don’t like cold water, so I haven’t dare to have a swim in the Australian beaches

  9. I LOVE surprises

  10. My daily goal is to be better than I was the day before

How I fell in love with Pilates

 I found Pilates 14 years ago in a Fitness center in Denver, Colorado (USA). It was a big mat class and I just LOVED it straight away. After a few months practicing we moved overseas back to our home country, Venezuela. There were absolutely NO Pilates classes available there at the time, so I bought a DVD and practiced almost every single day. And that lovely DVD helped me to get my core back after each of my three pregnancies.

Back then, my husband had a job with an international company, and every two years we had to move countries to a new assignment. Each time we moved, my top-two priorities on arrival were to find a good school for the kids and good Pilates classes for myself.

I loved our time as a travelling family and, amongst other things, it allowed me to have many great Pilates experiences in many different countries; I practiced in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Romania and finally Australia.

It was in Brazil where my curiosity to learn more about Pilates reached the peak - and during my time there I became inspired by two incredible instructors that I had the good fortune of learning under. And in 2009 I started dreaming about one day becoming a Pilates Instructor and opening my own Pilates Studio.

Three years later (in 2012) my family and I relocated again to Australia. This time to settle for good! Only a few months after our arrival I started a program to obtain my Polestar Pilates Diploma - and started my current journey.