Meet the Team: Nikita Chugani

pilates in the grove team Jun 27, 2016
Meet the Team: Nikita Chugani

Nikita’s 13 years of Pilates training includes mat and all apparatus. 

She completed her Comprehensive Pilates Training through Polestar Education and is a PMA-certified Pilates instructor.

Originally from London, England, she lived in the Caribbean for 20 years.  There, she opened and managed a gym and spa in 2002 where she taught pilates.  She sold the business in 2010 and moved to Miami.  She started to teach Pilates at other people’s gyms and studios.

Her passion for pilates which began in 2002 has grown stronger with each class that she teaches.  Her goal is for every client to achieve their personal goals and to leave every class feeling challenged and accomplished.

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast

Green juice and an apple

I don’t leave home without???

 My sweater! Miami – it’s hot outside, but cold inside!

If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him or have him teach you?

 I’d love to have Joe Pilates critique my form — curious what his opinion would be! 

What qualities do you admire in a teacher?

 Integrity, professionalism and kindness

Top 3 places you have traveled? Top 3 places you would like to travel?

Top 3 places I have traveled – Hong Kong, Italy and Greece

Top 3 places I would like to travel – Necker Island, Vienna and Capetown 

How would you describe your fashion style?

Classic and a lot of black 

3 things you would grab in a fire?

 My passport, my pilates mat and my sweater

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

To fly an airplane, to visit an igloo and to take a trip to Napa with my daughter 

When was your Pilates a-ha moment?

When I discovered “pelvic floor”

Favorite Blog?

I don’t typically read blogs – suggestions are welcome! I like wine, cooking and beautiful places. 

Favorite Book?

The Great Gatsby

Favorite quote?

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words on kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”.  Audrey Hepburn

How has Pilates changed your body? Your outlook?

 Pilates has made me stronger internally and externally.

I am an expert in…???

Time management

On any Saturday night you will most likely find me at…???

Home with a good glass of red wine. 

How would you describe your teaching style?

Flowing and challenging

What is the funniest thing you have ever heard in the studio?

It’s not you that’s weak, it’s your core!

What has been your biggest teaching blunder?

Too focused on the client’s execution of an exercise and not where I was walking, I once stepped on and broke a client’s glasses which were placed on the side of her mat when I hurried over to give her some tactile cueing.