Teacher / Coach / Mentor
Lifelong Student / Continuous Improver
Organizer / Planner / Simplifier
Technology Team Lead
2nd Generation Greek-American
Born Nancy Paulos
All 4 of my grandparents came from Greece.
Parent / Aunt / Sister / Friend
Cat Mom to Nini
My goal has always been simple: Keep moving every day ― without buying expensive equipment or going to a gym!
When I was deep into a full-time tech career, raising my son as a single parent, and caring for my elderly mother -- I had ZERO time for "traditional exercise." Going to a gym to workout was simply not realistic or sustainable during those years. Plus, I never liked doing that anyways!
So, when I was overwhelmed and time-starved, I would gently remind myself to forget about "exercise" and just keep moving. For example, I consistently parked in the farthest spot in parking lots and ramps, and I took the stairs whenever I could. Sometimes, that's all I could fit into my marathon days!
However, as a former gymnast and dancer, I was determined to stay active, healthy, and agile -- so I started to explore time-efficient, affordable, home-based practices like Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi.
I learned these mind-body practices from watching home videos. I was inspired by the pioneering teachers who popularized these practices in the 90s and early 2000s.
With a background in teaching, it wasn't long before I decided to become a movement instructor myself.
In 2005, I took my first Pilates Teacher Training and started to teach group classes in my local community. I've been studying, practicing, and teaching mind-body fitness or "mindful movement" ever since.
Now, I teach my own blend of basic Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi-style flow.
Even now, when I'm feeling overwhelmed and time-starved, I gently remind myself (and now my students) to just "Keep Moving".
I competed in gymnastics for 8 years ― My happiest memories are when I was practicing on a 4" wide balance beam, concentrating on every move. Gymnastics taught me to focus, overcome my fears, and make it all look effortless.
I took ballet and dance classes to improve my Floor Exercise and Balance Beam routines.. ― I loved to choreograph my own routines. I studied world-class and Olympic performances to learn new moves. I lived and breathed gymnastics!
NCAA Scholarship Gymnast ― My efforts paid off when I was offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri-Columbia. It was the inaugural year of the program. Only eight young women were chosen to be on that very first women's Mizzou Tigers gymnastics team to compete in the NCAA Big 8 Conference. We laid the foundation for a hugely successful program, now in its fourth decade.
Gymnastics prepared me lead, break down barriers, and trailblaze. ― I've been on the cusp of major cultural changes for women my entire life -- from advancing girls athletics in my youth -- working in male-dominated STEM career paths -- to reinventing fitness and aging for women over 50.
2500+ hours of Teaching Group Classes
A variety of formats with people of all ages.
I've had many inspiring teachers, but these Master Teachers have influenced me the most.