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Peace. Love. Light. Namaste.

Nanci Patch

 

I am a wife of 23 years and mother to 4 beautiful boys. I am from Houston, TX and graduated from The University of Houston in 1990. I first got interested in health and fitness 24 years ago to overcome a poor body image. I believe I am called to be a good steward of the body I was given, and do all I can to learn what will provide health to my mind, soul and body. I am passionate about sharing what I have learned with others, and helping them to achieve their goals. I believe God deserves all the credit for what I accomplish in this life. I love God, spending time with my family, Pilates, Yoga, barefoot running, triathlons, cooking, studying, reading, and music.

In 2001 I read about Pilates in a fitness magazine. It specifically addressed some physical issues I was experiencing, including back pain. I bought some videos right away and began to include Pilates in my home exercise regimen. After only two weeks, my back pain subsided. I came across information about teacher training in one of my videos and decided to seek out the possibilities.

I discovered the Pilates Center of Austin and was apprehensive about this new endeavor. I felt too old, had no professional training, referrals or credentials. Owner, Wendy LeBlanc Arbuckle gave me the opportunity to enter into her Core Connections Certification program in the fall of 2003. The certification process was intense and required a year and a half course of study. The requirements and deadlines, while raising children, were daunting, but strengthened and challenged me to become the teacher I was intended to be. There were many trials and difficulties, but it was (and continues to be) one of the most life-changing experiences of my life.

I continue to seek growth in my personal and professional life. I hope to continue to grow and mature, so that I have more to offer in this life. I have the privilege of training others to teach Pilates through the Balanced Body teacher-training program. My goal in this humbling position is to inspire others to understand the body in a deep way and to know the great joy of becoming a lifelong learner, so that they can pass that on to others.

I am a firm believer in the life changing benefits of Pilates. Pilates is only one way of discovering what our bodies are capable of. Perfection is not the goal. Learning how the body works, what is working for your body, and how this work relates to all movement and function is what I want to guide others in discovering. Taking the risk of becoming aware is I believe the measure of success. Mastery is a journey, rather than a destination. I carry on the mission statement taught to me: "...to be engaged as creators of a pathway for people to generate an empowered sense of passion, purpose and vitality in their physical and personal wellbeing." This mission sets a new standard of fitness, one that invigorates and opens the body, prevents injury, and empowers us to become fully responsible for our own health.