About Anula Maiberg
-Who inspires you the most?
Anula Maiberg: Oh man… my mom is first on a long list. Whenever I teach, do a photo project, try something new, I think: “will this make my mother proud?” Its just built into my brain. If the answer is “yes”, in my mind, I know I am on the right track. Its a simple and effective way for me to stay inspired and take risks but also keep in line with the values she instilled in me. That’s probably the most inspired I ever feel.
AM: Kelly Kane is in everything I do. Cara Reeser speaks to me even when she’s not in the room. Jeremy Laverdure, my business partner, makes me a better teacher. All these people tell me the truth about my words, my focus, my approach. They also teach kindness, compassion and empathy. That’s the most inspiring. Being surrounded by mentors who teach from the heart and allow the mind to follow naturally. Their passion for teaching from a place of love is what I hope to one day achieve.
-What else informs your work?
AM: My students. Above all else. They are my most valuable source of information, inspiration and community. A sense of community has been a driving force for me. Showing up for other people drives me on a day where I want to just quit. Someone is waiting for me. Is looking forward to our time together. It informs the work so much. Looking at how humans move in space informs how to teach them. In group classes for example you have different people with different needs. Working together as a team, the action of collectively learning, creates a special bond. Its invaluable to my day-to-day life.
AM: My instagram page speaks volumes! (@sixthstreetpilates) I collect vintage photography and videos from the ages. Ranging for rare dance documentation to 80’s nostalgia and everything in between. I make little curated series and try to find either humor or rare footage that evoke an emotion and a memory. So it can go from the best moments of the show Dynasty to long lost images of Merce Cunningham teaching his students. Eclectic is the good word to describe it. I also do Pilates based photo projects like MarchMatness or various happenings as my studio Sixth Street Pilates
I received my Pilates training at the Kane School for Core Integration in NYC and I am a graduate of the Kathy Grant Heritage training led by Cara Resser of Pilates Aligned in Denver. I have been teaching for about 8 years in NYC and my main mission is to make practicing Pilates more accessible to people who may have been intimidated to try it. You do not need to go on a diet to walk into a studio. All you need to do is show up to begin practicing Pilates.