I recently had the chance to speak with Mika Street, owner of Uptown Pilates in NYC and Sag Harbor. She filled me in on why she loves Pilates, what brought her from New York City to the Hamptons, and why Sag Harbor should be your next vacation spot. Now I wish I had planned a trip there this summer!
How long have you had your studio in Sag Harbor and what made you choose opening a studio there?
I opened Uptown Pilates Sag Harbor in the summer of 2010. It was in response to years of clients requesting that the studio have a presence in the Hamptons. Sag Harbor was a natural choice because it is the most conveniently located and I personally love the town!
How is running a studio there different than the studios you run in NYC? And is the clientele different between the two places?
The studio out east has a very casual vibe. Although clients can expect the same level of service, there is a fresh off the beach feel. Clients often come straight from swimming in the ocean with sand still in their hair and mellow music can often be heard when clients request it.
How many teachers do you have on staff, and what kind of Pilates do they teach?
During season we have four full time instructors. They are all classically trained either from Romana’s or from the Boulder Center. Out of season we have one full time instructor.
What makes your studio stand out among other studios in the area?
Uptown Pilates worked hard to earn our clients vote of Best Pilates Studio in NYC for four years in a row! The same dedication to the clients that earned us that reputation is what sets us apart from our competition in Sag Harbor as well.
Why do you love Pilates so much? What about it do you think draws people towards it?
I love Pilates because you can never conquer it! The stronger you get the harder the practice gets – so you can never get bored with it. I also love the way my body feels after a session!
What advice do you have for someone looking to get into Pilates?
Research the studio and instructor. There is a tremendous difference today in teaching styles and you want to be sure that you work with someone who went through an apprentice program that was at least 600 hours. I also advise committing to at least three lessons. It is hard to wrap your brain around the potential benefits of Pilates in just one session.
Do you have any stories about clients who have transformed either physically or mentally, in a positive way, because of Pilates?
Oh for sure. Countless! One of the best parts of my job is listening to clients share their many stories of how Pilates has transformed their bodies and minds. I wouldn’t know where to start in terms of sharing them!
If someone is trying to decide on a vacation spot, why would you recommend Sag Harbor, besides the amazing Pilates of course?
Ha, of course the Pilates! Sag Harbor is a gem in the Hamptons! It is such a charming, casual and centrally located town with the best restaurants, farmers market and Main Street in all of the Hamptons!
If you could open another studio anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Bali – winter 2013! Jokes aside, probably Santa Monica.
What is the best way for someone to contact you and schedule an appointment?
For Sag Harbor bookings – 631-725-5994 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or directly through our website www.uptownpilates.com