Ashley Miglini , Romana's (Classical) Pilates Level 5 Instructor | RYT | Pregnant and Post Partum Athleticism Coach
I grew up competing in dance and gymnastics, but have spent the rest of my life discovering what my own unique movement expression is - which is constantly changing as I move through life. In 2010, I completed a 6 month yoga teacher training at the Dallas Yoga Center and have taught yoga ever since - primarily in private, corporate settings. Around the same time, I developed a profound love of aerial acrobatics and have since explored, practiced and advocated for aerial circus arts. I am the on the Board of Directors for Circus Now, a non-profit that supports the evolution of circus as an art and practice within the US. From 2013-2016, I spent over 800 hours as an old-school-style apprentice within the Romana's Pilates program. Romana Kryzanowska was Joseph Pilates' protégé, and this program is the most comprehensive training program in the world that remains true to the original Pilates method. I am the owner and instructor at Dallas Pilates, a boutique studio in the heart of the Dallas Design District. From 2014-2016, I took private lessons twice a week for CrossFit & Olympic weightlifting with an incredible coach at Crossfit Odyssey, John Mariotti, the 6th fittest man worldwide in the CrossFit Games Masters age group 55-59. It's my interest in OLY and Crossfit that led me to be a Pregnant and Post Partum Athleticism Coach under Brianna Battles. Antony Lo's guidance as well, has helped me navigate my approach in the fitness category. My goal is to be an educated supporter of people who want to help themselves. I listen, I ask questions, and I offer informed, evidence-based suggestions for us to work through together and figure out what works. Since 2015, I have been practicing the Ido Portal method under the guidance of Brian Johnson, here in Dallas. If you're unfamiliar with IPM - it is one of the most well-rounded approaches to what it means to be adaptable, healthy, resilient, and expressive. I am eager to incorporate these learnings into individual programming, should someone be interested. During pregnancy, I realized how much the fitness industry fails pre and post natal moms. I selected a few training programs to become certified in pre and post natal fitness. I will take Tracy Sher/Pelvic Guru's Female Athlete Course in the summer of 2019. I've completed the Pre and Post Natal Coaching certification with the Coaching and Training Women Academy (Girls Gone Strong), took Jessie Mundell's Post Natal Fitness Specialist program, Haley Shevener's KettleBells Training for Women, and learned a lot about managing intra-abdominal pressure for those with prolapse. All of these interests - my passions, my failed attempts, and all of the explorations - have led me to where I am today, and shape my approach to health and well-being. I do not propose fitness as a 'lifestyle' or encourage any certain image of what 'fitness' is. Living a happy and healthy life requires a constant effort by us all to break through the empty ideals and obsessions that are imposed upon us by the health and fitness industries. We must remove judgement, internally and externally, before we can grant ourselves permission to experience our highest potential. I believe that even the smallest gesture of moving your body in a way that expresses gratitude for your vitality can be incredibly powerful.