We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurie Alfano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurie, what matters most to you?
Integrity! No matter what we do in life socially or professionally, we still have to be able to sleep at night. I feel integrity give us the sound mind to lead by example and always put our best foot forward. When you have integrity you gain trust, support and loyalty from anyone you connect with.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My story starts when I moved to Florida after 9/11. With a new baby and life on edge, I followed my heart and took my first fitness certification, Pilates. Having been in the right place at the right time, I was introduced into a thriving studio and starting successfully teaching. With my love and passion shining through I caught the attention of another teacher who asked me to assist in her new programming. I became the Director Education for a Barre program and certified 1000’s of instructor in fitness modalities and continuing education.over the next 12 years. As the company started to look in opposing directions, I sought to create my own method; One that genuinely cared for the skills and education of the instructor so clients could easily succeed. Too many instructors can teach themselves and look really great, but helping others is a skill. As I started developing Noga Movement I also took another turn and became certified in another passion- Astrology. I was able to blend my love of movement and astrology into a modality where move to look and FEEL great! It’s all good and well to talk about a body-mind connection, but it’s another to actually utilize and benefit from them in our daily routine. I now include “Cosmic Weather” in Noga Flow and Noga Relax classes in place of traditional Savasana. Getting here was not easy, but knowing my heart was behind the ideas, I knew it would succeed. The biggest thing I’ve learned through being a student, teacher, leader, mentor and creator is to follow your heart, not money. Some people think success comes just from making a lot of money, where I’ve learned that you’re only successful if you’re happy doing what your doing. If your heart leads, you’ll always succeed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Florida is amazing and I love the outdoors- I’d probably go for a stroll in Bal Harbor and some lunch as well. Beautiful scenery, friendly people and great food. Also the beach, you cannot come to Florida without a trip to the beach. And since it would be a week, I’d look to rent a boat and cruise the intercostal checking out the amazing architecture and wind in our hair.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Mother Gaia. My intuitive guidance has been strong my whole life and I would not have been able to take most of the risks I have without the inner “knowing” that I was supported and moving in the right direction.
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