Hot Pilates Secret, is my second home. I never leave there in anything but a good mood. My team at Hot Pilates Secret is filled with people that I couldn't picture my life without. When my mom owned Hot Pilates Secret, it was only her and her two friends that taught the class she created. I completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training my senior year of high school with Patricia from the Little Yoga House. After completing it, I decided to stick to teaching kids yoga... adults scared me a bit! One month before my mom passed away, I told her I was ready to teach her class. She sat with me in the sunroom of my home teaching me. I taught my first class to friends, and I can't even tell you what I taught.. I was so nervous. I came home and told my mom all about it. The next day, my mom wakes me up, "Kaley, can you teach with me this morning?" Stage four breast cancer, and she was still teaching pilates. I really did not want to do it. I didn't feel ready at all and like I said before, adults scared me. I couldn't say no to my mom though. She had a way of always getting me to get out of my comfort zone. I got to HPS with her for that 9:45am class, and said, "I'll teach the beginning yoga section and then you teach the pilates and meditation." I began teaching with so many butterflies in my stomach, but I had my mom right there on the mat next to me. When I finished teaching, I looked to my mom and said, "your turn." She gave me a headshake and said, "Keep going." When my mom passed, I felt in my heart that I should continue the beautiful thing that my mom began. I reopened her studio five days after she passed away and taught her class. It was tough. I was crying, everyone in the class was crying. But together, we all became stronger.
In 2014, we had our first ever Hot Pilates Secret Teacher Training. We now have 8 incredibly awesome people teaching Hot Pilates Secret. Love my tribe so much!!!
People Help the People
When I think about the amount of love that surrounded my family to help us get through such a difficult time, I feel thankful, inspired, and moved. This love that people gave my family is what inspired me to create People Help the People. My charity mission for People Help the People is to help a family or someone who is going through something tough and to help them out financially through donation based Hot Pilates Secret classes and/or different community events. Over the past few months, we have helped 5 families. The last family we helped was a 12 year old boy named Jake from Merrick, NY who is fighting stomach cancer. We had 2 events for him and his family. We sent lots of healing thoughts their way and raised over $13,000 for them. Amazing what can happen when People Help the People. If you know someone who is the definition of kindness, strength, and love and are in need support...
You may not currently see my name on the schedule that much because, at age 23, I am now ready to continue my education. I have returned to FIT full-time to study interior design. I am excited for the adventure ahead. I will be writing about this new life chapter on my blog, xoKaley.com.
Escape with me to Tulum, Mexico for our Hot Pilates Secret Retreat. April 22-29th, 2017. Click here to learn more