I’m Kate Sanders, a qualified Pilates and Yoga instructor who’s been teaching in France (the Dordogne, Gironde and Lot et Garonne) since May 2005.
I especially love teaching the over 40’s, though anyone’s welcome. Total beginner? Already a yoga or Pilates fan? Let me know and I’ll see if I have a suitable class for you.
Everyone in my class is an individual. It’s harder to get to know you in a large group so I work with preferably no more than 12 at a time.
Learning new things is a passion of mine. As my knowledge grows, so does yours.
Come and join a class or arrange for one-to-one tuition.
My journey towards teaching pilates and yoga began at birth, but took over 40 years to come to fruition.
I was dragged into the world with forceps – it seems my mother had a difficult delivery. A baby’s skull has to be pliable to exit the birth canal. But I began life with quite a pointed forehead and, little did anyone know about it then, this would have a profound effect on my skeletal development, in particular my jaw.
Very little was known then about how the development of the jaw could affect the rest of the body. I never connected the chronic pain I had in the left upper side of my back or the ‘episodic migraines’ with the alignment of my teeth and the state of my jaw.
Diagnosing the problem
I moved to west London in my early thirties and found a new dentist. Going for my regular check-up and was told that I had an overbite – the teeth in my lower jaw were overcrowded and the solution was to remove a couple of teeth. I went away to decide my next step but fate intervened.
That dentist had a heart attack and had to retire due to ill health. A much younger, more dynamic dentist called Dr. Chatfield took over. His specialism was the jaw and its dysfunctions. He recommended a threefold treatment, including a gum shield to stop my teeth from grinding (hence the headaches), followed by a process that involved stretching the jaw to create gaps between my teeth. Finally a brace top and bottom to realign everything.
It was painful and meant that I couldn’t eat crusty bread or corn on the cob for a while but it was worth it.
Posture to Pilates
Something else happened post-treatment – my posture changed. Previously I had had splits on the outsides of my feet due to the way I walked, but afterward my gait was much more centralised.
It was then that my dentist mentioned Pilates, which was at the time a very new concept. I found a class at my local gym and loved it so much I went on to teach it, later adding yoga to my repertoire too.
Today, despite doing Pilates on a regular basis through my classes, neither my back nor my posture is perfect. I have slight scoliosis (curvature of the spine) to the right and still have bunions because of the previous imbalances of my feet.
I have recently begun to have regular sports massage sessions to help iron out the remaining kinks. Again, painful during treatment but it will be worth it. I love what I do and see it benefit so many others in my practice – so I aim to carry on for some time yet!