Do You Have the Courage to Pursue Your Dreams?

I'd like to let you know that every stone that appears on your path, it's there for you to climb on top

Pilates Instructor and Practitioner Miguel Silva

This week I am stoked to share a beautiful note from my dear friend and incredible Pilates instructor and practitioner Miguel Silva of Uno Method Pilates in Spain as our guest blogger. I met Miguel through Vintage Pilates as we prepared and then spent a year doing “The Work” with Jay Grimes. Below I hope you find some incredible inspiration from Miguel’s story. I know I did. I am beyond honored to call Miguel a friend. Please check out his handles below and if you have a chance to take a session or workshop from Miguel I promise you will enjoy every minute of it!

Miguel Silva, Pilates Instructor and Practitioner of Uno Method Pilates teaching Pilates exercise with his client
Finding Pilates was finding the light, the hope for my dreams!  Photo Courtesy of Miguel Silva

Incredible Inspiration from Miguel’s Story

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney     

My friend Lesley Logan asked me one of the most difficult challenging and beautiful tasks that I can have in my life – write a note to inspire – 

I wanna start with one question: what is your purpose in life? 

My purpose is to do things that make me feel alive and give to our world something that I can be remembered for – guide people to find happiness. 

It might sound pretentious… 

but for me, it’s the less that we can do during your journey here. 

I’ve experienced lots of different jobs in my life, but all of them were related with “guiding” people. 

Finding Pilates was finding the light, the hope for my dreams! 

Back to the year of 2005, I remember being inspired by my first pilates teacher! 

One of the first things that he asked me and I recommend to all Pilates “lovers” read the books that Joseph Pilates wrote. That man had the power of encouraging me to go ahead with my inquietudes. He put sports and wellbeing together and showed everyone how Pilates works in their bodies.

 My journey continues because of all the teachers that I had and still have. They are constantly inspiring me and many others with their devotion to this wonderful method. 

Thanks to all of them, my UNO Pilates students, and my 2016 mates from “the work,” all of you together with my family gives me the strength to accomplish my dream of keeping Joe Pilates’ words alive. 

In 2018 I’ll see one of my dreams becoming a reality – UNO pilates studio & the Pilates camp – will be open for all of you that want to learn, train and bring your students.  Enjoy the beautiful south coast of Algarve, Portugal.  Surrounded by wild nature, the way that Joseph Pilates wanted! 

I don’t know if my little note will inspire you or not, but I’d like to let you know that every stone that appears on your path it’s there for you to climb on top of her and enjoy the views of what you have ahead… 

Obrigado 

Miguel Silva
Miguel Silva of Uno Pilates in Portugal, expert Pilates instructor

I know Miguel’s note inspired me and would love for you to comment below and share how it inspires you! Please follow Miguel at any of his handles below and let’s all go visit him on the South Coast of Algarve, Portugal. May you have the courage to Pursue all of your dreams!

xx~LL

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Lesley Logan of Online Pilates Classes and Profitable Pilates happy and inspired at her desk.
My journey continues because of all the teachers that I had and still have. They are constantly inspiring me and many others with their devotion to this wonderful method. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

<a href="https://profitablepilates.com/instructor/miguel-silva/" target="_self">Miguel Silva</a>

Miguel Silva

Born in the city of Porto, Portugal, Miguel da Silva inherited early age his father's taste for physical activity. He practiced many sports including handball, basketball, football, field hockey, cycling, swimming, surfing. All this interest in varied physical activity, led him to the conclusion that - "everyone has a different body and different needs". During his two years in the UK, Miguel started the practice of Yoga, increasing his interests in the body with an entirely different concept from his regular fitness regime. When back in Portugal, Miguel began his studies in Alternative Medicine, specializing in Shiatsu, Japanese massage technique, then later settled in Seville, Spain, perfecting the technique. This is where he first experienced the Pilates Method. Miguel suffered from back pain due to his posture and muscle tightness, which limited the practice his favourite sport, surfing. Through the practice of Pilates, he has improved his surfing and practically eliminated the consistent pain in his lower back and gave him flexibility. With his curiosity of the Pilates Method and its depth, this then led to several courses and workshops. He then met the Master Pilates Teacher, Fabien Menegon (Romana Kryzanowska's lineage), of the Spanish School of Authentic Pilates, and successfully completed his training with flying colours. Following this, Fabien invited him to be part of the Spanish School of Authentic Pilates training program and help him to expand the brand. Miguel is very passionate about Pilates, a respected member of the industry, owner of The Uno Pilates Studio - The Lab - teaching director and master trainer. Teacher at Pilatesology web site, following the dream to share the work of "Joe" Pilates! "I wanna to offer to all professional quality training to all those who wish to dedicate the Classical Pilates." One of 12 selected global level to enter the highly regarded certification program "The work" at the vintage studio Pilates under the mentorship of Jay Grimes himself. Co-funder of Uno Pilates Method - www.unopilatesmethod.com - "In Pilates we work the body as one! We don?t put pieces apart we make the body work as one, where everything comes from your stomach".

20 Comments

  1. M. José Campos

    Miguel Silva ha sido una de las primeras personas que me dio mi primer contacto con el pilates, eso fue en 2009.
    Ocho años después continúo mi trabajo en su camino y junto a él, sigo aprendiendo de él y de los que componen el equipo de Uno Pilates-Method, me siento muy orgullosa de lo que he logrado gracias a él y de los que le rodean, y de lo que aún queda por venir.
    Nunca se puede perder la ilusión ni las ganas de luchar por tu sueño.
    Gracias!

    Reply
    • Lesley Logan

      Thank you so much for sharing your kind words and thoughts!!! I’ve translated it below for other readers xx~LL
      Translation for above comment-

      Miguel Silva was one of the first people to give me my first contact with pilates, that was in 2009.
      Eight years later I continue my work in his path and with him, I continue to learn from him and from those who make up the Uno Pilates-Method team, I am very proud of what I have achieved thanks to him and those around him, And of what is yet to come.
      You can never lose the illusion nor the desire to fight for your dream.
      Thank you!

      Reply
      • Miguel Silva

        Thank you María José!!
        It’s always a pleasure have you next to me!! Besos

        Reply
    • Miguel Silva

      Gracias María José, es un placer tenerte a mi lado!! Besos

      Reply
  2. julia

    Beautiful note and I have to say, you Lesley inspire me everyday and has put a lot of new ways of thinking for a pilates instructor like me. I hope to come to London in september!
    best
    Julia

    Reply
    • Lesley Logan

      Awe you just made my day!! Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes!! London! You must come! Let me know if you have questions xx~LL

      Reply
  3. Raquel Giesteira

    Miguel really shares he’s passion about Pilates Method in a genuine and sincere way. And when it comes from the heart, the dreams begin to come true.

    Reply
    • Miguel Silva

      Thank you Raquel!
      It’s always grateful to have your feedback!!

      Reply
  4. Susan

    My daughter is getting married in Algarve on May 27, 2018. See you for a session next year!

    Reply
    • Miguel Silva

      It will be ready to receive you Susan!! Thank you!!

      Reply
  5. Tricia

    I would love to come to Portugal and study with Miguel in 2018! Please keep us updated on the details 🙂

    Reply
    • Lesley Logan

      Wonderful! I will make sure that we have an update!! Or that Miguel comments back on here:) xx~LL

      Reply
    • Miguel Silva

      Hi Tricia!!
      Thank you so much!
      Everything will be ready by spring 2018!! I hope to see you there!
      If you want any more info about it you can email me: [email protected]

      Reply
  6. Joel Crosby

    From getting to know you, Miguel, for the past 2+ years I can say that you truly embody the words you wrote. Thank you for taking the time to put into words what has inspired you. I hope to come to Portugal and Spain to visit you soon. You are an inspiration to me.

    Reply
    • Lesley Logan

      Totally agree Joel! And, I too cannot wait to come to Portugal and Spain!

      Reply
    • Miguel Silva

      My friend it’s honor and pleasure to receive you at my house!!
      Whenever you want!! I’ll see this afternoon!! Thank you for your feedback!!

      Reply
  7. Kristen Iuppenlatz Grech

    “…every stone that appears on your path it’s there for you climb on top of her and enjoy the views…” I love your perspective, Miguel. Thanks for sharing, Lesley. My husband and I have been discussing a trip to Portugal, Pilates on the coast in wild nature sounds divine. Maybe I’ll see you there! Congratulations on your dream becoming reality.

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    • Lesley Logan

      Yes! Kristen you both will love Portugal!

      Reply
    • Miguel Silva

      Thank you so much Kristen!!!
      I really hope to see you and your husband there! It will be a pleasure for me to show you guys around!!

      Reply

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