August 30, 2023

Keeping It Real with Real Pilates’s Owner Alycea


If you practice pilates or are interested in learning more about it, you’re going to love this week’s episode of the Wake the F*** Up Podcast, with our special guest Alycea Ungaro, owner of Real Pilates. Alycea is a trailblazer in the world of fitness and wellness and has left an indelible mark on the industry, and we are so excited to share her journey with our Wake listeners today. A pioneer of the Pilates method, Alycea has used her expertise to improve people’s lives with fitness media, expert products, and best-selling titles such as Pilates: Body in Motion, inspiring countless people on their wellness journeys.In this episode, Alycea discusses her early introduction to movement as a child, growing up in a challenging environment, and finding solace and expression through dance, and ultimately transitioning from a professional dancer to a movement instructor. Alix and Jami agree, movement can be incredibly healing, offering a safe space for both expression and connection. That’s why on our podcast we talk so often about the transformative power of different movement modalities, from walking, to yoga, to pilates. Movement can play a significant role in helping people deal with emotions, especially when words fail. Throughout our conversation on the podcast today, Alycea underscores the importance of using artistic and creative expression to channel emotions and build a connection between mind, body, and spirit.Later in the podcast, we discuss how Pilates has become a healing practice that goes far beyond physical fitness, and that it’s important to stay focused on well-being, rather than getting caught up in the rules of different styles and techniques. The idea is to enjoy the movement, and avoid judgment and divisiveness within the Pilates community, so that people who want to practice Pilates can experience a more inclusive and collaborative approach, where everyone can share and learn from one another and grow in their practice.Alycea shares some powerful insights as we dive deep into the transformative nature of movement, and its ability to help people reconnect with their bodies. Especially during times of crisis and change, movement can be an incredible vehicle for healing. It’s a fundamental aspect of life, starting with the very first heartbeat. And the good news is, there is a huge variety of movement modalities for you to choose from. If you have listened to our other episodes (especially the “Dishing” conversations) you already know we encourage all of our listeners to consciously engage with their bodies, whether it's through Pilates, yoga, or other forms of exercise.And stick around for the end of the episode when Alycea gives us a glimpse of her Pilates aspirations, and where she hopes to take her practice in the future!


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