We want to offer a big ho’omaika’i ‘ana (congratulations) to Gwen Arkin on becoming December 2022's Member of the Month!
Gwen is an artist, who also teaches photography, design and art appreciation at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Pilates was something Gwen wanted to do for years. Believe it or not COVID was the pivotal moment that made her decide it was time to give it a try. “I loved it right away, and I only wish I had started earlier. If you are interested in Pilates, try it - don't wait like I did! You've got nothing to lose!
Gwen adds, “Since starting my Pilates journey over a year ago I feel stronger, but more than anything my body feels aligned. The knee pain I was feeling from a surgery many years ago has decreased substantially.”
Gwen loves to travel, “There are so many places that I still want to see. I am motivated to stay healthy and strong so I can travel the world. Number one on my bucket list is to travel to Machu Picchu.”
In addition to a regular Pilates practice twice a week, one Mat class and one Apparatus class weekly, Gwen tries to eat well, walk, meditate, and do her best to stay present in the moment.
We asked Gwen for some final words and we are truly humbled and filled with joy, “I am really grateful for the friendly and compassionate instructors at Maui Pilates Studio. I enjoy each and every one, and love the diversity in classes, techniques, and teaching styles.”