Who I am and how I fell in love with Pilates
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:
I am only 1.5 metres tall.
I ran a half marathon before my 40th birthday
The ocean gives me peace
I have moved houses 17 times in 41 years across 8 countries
I speak 4 languages fluently…Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English
My favourite food is Pizza (Italian style)
My favourite part of my body are my arms
I don’t like cold water, so I haven’t dare to have a swim in the Australian beaches
I LOVE surprises
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.