Studio Cloud 9 - making a dream come true
By the time you read this, I will be a Pilates studio owner! The name of our studio is what else but Studio Cloud 9 – a place where it is believed each of us CAN find our Perfect Cloud 9, or state of euphoria. The studio carries the message of 3 ideas: Love your body, Love your workout and Love your Community.
So many of us have areas of our bodies where we tend to hide and disguise, critiquing to no end. It is, of course, an “imperfection” only we ourselves notice. To others, our insecurity is unnoticeable, sometimes maybe even beautiful. Here at our studio, every Body is loved, treated and honored with respect and care. We challenge ourselves, but we do what we can. Somedays we do more, other days we sit back a little. It is listening to our bodies instead of mindlessly pushing through. Instead, we embrace.
Love your workout – this studio is not a place to just check a “to-do” off the list. No, we want you to come to the studio to engage, breathe and challenge yourself, all the while enjoying it. We don’t want you to look at the workout with dread, but rather with excitement and love! All things done with love and intention will show a different result than a careless errand.
Love your community – this is a place to come and embrace other members of the community and engage in conversation and comraderie.
This studio has been a dream of mine from my days travelling as a buyer/ merchandiser. I was in the habit of visiting different yoga and Pilates studios while travelling for work. I really disliked travelling and being away from my family. Whenever I travelled, I still maintained my running schedule and would take either a taxi or an Uber to a studio I had previously researched and mapped out to take a class or two.
Three years ago, I was in Salt Lake City for a trade show and I happened upon a little studio called 9th and 9th Pilates. The studio was named aptly for the cross streets where it existed. They offered spinning and Pilates. I showed up at 5am for a Reformer Class and it was one of the best I had ever taken – even better than the classes in New York during my lunch hour. I fell in love with the energy of the class, the teacher, the environment. I didn’t want to leave! The owner was super nice and just gave me a cute tote bag with their logo on it when I asked how much it cost.
As I walked away from class, I dreamed about living in Utah and coming to this studio every day. My head was swirling with creative thought and I remembered my husband’s hometown, Corvallis, Oregon where there was never a proper Pilates studio whenever we visited. I would always either go to a yoga class or just forgo a class in general, but it seemed to me such a shame that something like 9th and 9th didn’t exist there. I wanted to take this little studio in Utah and plant it in New Jersey, where I lived at the time and also Corvallis!
Fast forward to now, we opened our own Pilates studio in Downtown Corvallis, Oregon! It is a place I am proud of – my husband and I picked every fixture, every paint color, everything out of love and passion for a dream. During the final days of crunch time to open, my husband spent 12 to 14 hour days at the studio, putting up the moulding and trims, renovating and refinishing the bathroom entirely on his own. We contracted out the majority of the work, but some of the things that we thought we could save on, we did ourselves. I was so proud of him.
Five years ago, I was thumbing through Pilates Style magazine and an article I read had captured my attention. The article was about 6 women who had normal 9 to 5 jobs they weren’t passionate about and transitioned to either teaching Pilates or becoming a Pilates studio owner. I was so affected by the article, I tore out the contents and placed them in my “wish box”. The wish box is a container of all my dreams so that one day they might come true. Every so often, I would see the article as I opened the box to put something else in…but that passion never subsided. I knew I wanted to teach Pilates and become an owner one day and to share my love of health and fitness with others.
Now this is a dream I have made come true. Whatever your dream is, however unreal it might seem and despite what anyone tells you, the mere fact that you can think about it means it is achievable. And this is how a girl who lived in New Jersey for almost 40 years, and worked in Manhattan for over 20 years, came to reside in a small lovely town in slow paced Corvallis, Oregon.
With the utmost gratitude…