Karina Saade|| Our September 2014 HPS BELIEVER
Karina Saade has been coming to the Hot Pilates Secret for the last 10 years. Karina followed us through 3 studio changes. The positive energy she brings to the classes and the world is truly amazing. We would like to thank her for this and are celebrating Karina as the believer of the month!
Grace: When did you start coming to the Hot Pilates Secret?
Karina: It will be ten years that I’ve been coming since the beginning. I took my first class because of my friend Melissa. At that time I was a member of a gym that I had been going to for years. She said “ You have to try this class you might like it.” I’m very independent so I was a bit skeptical at first. I figured I would come and see what this class has to offer and what it was all about. I started the classes in Freeport in a rather small room. I used to take my class directly behind Beth I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I remember Beth looking back at me because I would just drop my leg and you would hear my bones hitting the floor. So you can say at first I was horrible because it was so new. However, I was so attracted to Beth’s energy she was so very kind and a lovely woman I became hooked! I stopped going to the gym and started following Beth. Soon I became better and I then moved over to sit right next to Beth on the right, this became my matt. I started to become stronger and I could feel my body changing it was amazing. The class isn’t just geared to your physical body but mentally as well. Over the past 10 years I feel as though I’ve become the woman I am today because of Beth and her classes. My perceptions and focus changed drastically, not that I was ever a bitter person but I see things so differently now. Beth would greet you with this warm smile all the time and it made you feel so special. Beth became a role model to me because I thought we had a lot of things in common. She has a lovely husband like I do and three children, I felt so at home with her. When you You go to Hot Pilates you forget about all your worries and stresses of the day. Beth’s positive outlook on life just brought this inner peace to me. I remember when we moved to the other studio I said to Beth “I promise you I will follow you wherever you go! I don’t care if you go far away thats where Ill be.” I remember when they first moved into this location Beth sent out an email asking who wanted to join as monthly unlimited, I was the first one to respond. I remember Kaley was the one who emailed me back saying “ my mom will be so happy you were the first one to sign up.”
G: You’re a loyal follower.
K: Yes, so loyal she has given me so much. As I mentioned I look at things differently and even now I feel so blessed that Kaley has continued Beth’s journey. Some days you can come in with all of the challenges of the day and you start by releasing your stress and by the end of class you feel stronger. You realize “I can do anything, I can’t take things personal, it’s not about me it’s about that other person , because life is tough”
Back in 2004 I had gotten laid off. My only regret is that when Beth asked me if I wanted to become an instructor I said no because I needed a full time career. I would have loved to be taught by Beth and learned from her. My daughter took dance at The Dance Barn. I just felt like Beth’s Hot Pilates Secret has become such a big part of my life that throughout the years my family knew my Pilates schedule. Don’t plan anything Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday because I’m not coming. If you really want me to come to something it cant be during my Hot Pilates Secret classes. My life structure and daily routines were effected by the class in so many ways. I take this commitment so seriously because of the benefits that it gives me mentally, physically, and especially spiritually. Im so much more compassionate and understanding. Kaley is so amazing following in her mothers footsteps, Kaley is like her clone its wonderful. I feel so grateful to be a part of The Hot Pilates Secret. I’ve been here for 10 years and I will follow Kaley wherever she goes. I hope one day that I can become and instructor and help Kaley out. I would love to give back what Beth has given me.
G: Do you feel like coming to the Hot Pilates Secret helped you disseminate the message of the class to the people around you.
K: Oh absolutely, even at work I try to use it. People can always challenge you but I try to always be very kind. I’ve always been somewhat distant but the class has changed my perception of people. If you’ve had a rough day or someone was rude I didn’t think, oh maybe they’re going through something , now I’m not judging anyone I’m much more compassionate.
When I don’t come to class I don’t want to use the word “monster” but I’m different. You hold onto the stress of the day and the daily challenges. When you don’t release that you feel different. When I come here I get all of the weight off of my shoulders. This experience for me is so amazing. I feel very blessed that my friend introduced me to this class. Im so happy that I was able to connect to Beth. Beth would text me when she was sick in Europe and say, “ I hope you’re in class I was just thinking of you. I need you to be in class because I need your energy there.” That to me meant so much.
G: Beth genuinely cared about every single person that walked throughout the doors.
K: Exactly, and for me you’re not going to get that anywhere else. She cared for everyone, she genuinely appreciated us and I appreciated her so much. The hugs, smiles and her demeanor, everything about her was awesome. I see it in Kaley and the entire family. My next step is to try and become a Hot Plates Secret Instructor. I am in love with the Hot Pilates Secret. I still have dreams with Beth in them and it’s like she’s still watching over me. In class I still cry sometime because I feel her presence and have these beautiful visions of her. I know she's proud of me and she knows I finished my schooling. Over the past 10 years Beth knew all my goals and she would make all of these positive affirmations helping me visualize myself in a suit. She knew I was going for an interview and when I did get the job she knew it was what I always wanted.
G: If you had to say 3 things you take off of your mat and into the world what would you say they are?
K: Strength, Compassion and Devotion. Im so much stronger and I’m compassionate and devoted now. For someone to do something they love and have so much passion for like Beth did and Kaley does it makes you devoted to them as well. I devoted my time to come to these classes because I was benefiting in so many ways. I am feeding my mind, my soul and my body. Coming here and having Beth as a role model makes me want to become a role model to the working woman and young girls. It’s okay to take an hour for yourself with 24 hours in a day. That 1 hour for yourself is important and puts yourself back together. When I don’t go to Pilates my husband says “ you have go to class.” My daughter who knew Beth, I told her that I wanted to help out and become a volunteer for religion and my daughter says “ You’re too busy mom you can’t do that.” Then one day I said, “ I think I want to become a Hot Pilates Secret Instructor.” and she said: “Okay thats fine!” Because she knows how important it is to me.
Sweating out all the bad toxins is such a great feeling. Even though its been 10 years, there are still challenging poses but I know its all mental, I know I can do it! I just really want everyone to try this class!
G: I think everybody finds it in the right time.
K: It’s a sanctuary. We all have obstacles in life and life can be tough but you have to make the best of it. I try to bring the same thing to work with my staff. I tell them not to look at the cup half empty but half full. When I come here I energize, refill my battery and I’m ready to go.
K: I’m honored that Kaley asked me to be the believer of the month. I was hysterically crying when she gave me the flowers. I was so touched, because she knows my commitment to the studio.
Fun Fact: Beth would keep this book in the studio about different parts of your body and what it means when they hurt and it gave you the reason. I went out and purchased the book and it’s now it’s a Bible in my house. I do my daily affirmations and why I am blessed and all of this is from Beth King.