This week, we are excited to profile one of Uptown Pilates’ star instructors, Tatiana Jerine. We are always so interested to learn about what drives people to devote themselves to a specific practice and inspired by their dedication. Tatiana is not only a phenomenal Pilates professional, who teaches a solid class for people of all levels, but she is a mother of two who truly enjoys the culture and energy of living in NYC.
You grew up in St. Petersburg – we find that so interesting. Tell us about life in Russia and what brought you to the states.
My childhood in St. Petersburg was absolutely wonderful! At that time in Russia, children were very well taken care of. There was a lot of emphasis on childhood and family life. We had many cultural events and sports activities available to us - for free! As I grew older, I became exposed to the political realities of socialist Russia, and decided that it was too restrictive and consuming. I decided that I wanted more freedom or choice for myself, so I decided to come to the USA. I arrived in 1989 with $300 in cash and one suitcase...and never looked back!