heather andersen

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Heather oozes downtown cool - definitely out of place above 14th street, this Pilates instructor grew up dancing and opened her studio over a year ago. The epitome of a New York transplant, she splits her time between the village and the jungles of Mexico. Her studio, New York Pilates is a contemporary space that fuses minimal and rustic design touches harmoniously to create a balanced space where clients can check out of their day-to-day bustle and take an hour to focus on their bodies - without even a hint of the new-age over-the-top language that was so fashionable five years ago. 

where do you live Lower East Side, Manhattan

favourite neighborhood dinner Sauce

luggage Piero Guidi (the silly circus print!)

gadgets Apple everything - I'm a loyalist

favorite accessory Sunglasses. Either clear periwinkle Illesteva or Clear & Turtle Moscot

favorite charity Looking for a great human trafficking charity - would love suggestions! 

favorite hotel Lafayette House (unfortunately now only available for long-term stays)

favorite apps Wunderlist - to help me keep track of my enormous to-do list

favorite airport None!  

favorite airline Virgin Airlines

home is...wherever I'm with my love




how many trips to you take a year? Around 4

how many of those are vacations? At least 2 are pure vacation 

without traveling, you relax by? Exercise! 

won't board the plane before/without? A few good books downloaded on my iPhone/iPad

indispensable to your carry on? Socks & a pashmina 

take off routine? Water, Socks, Snack, book. 

first thing you do after landing? Check the weather 

travel is...not a luxury, a necessity




where would  you like to live? Mexico

where & when were you happiest? On a recent trip to Tulum, I let my phone battery run out and kept my laptop closed, and completely technology cleansed. I swam in cenotes and played in the sand and the jungle.

what do you consider your greatest achievement? My current project is the pilates studio, it’s the largest undertaking for me yet!

what is your current state of mind? Work hard, Play hard

"I think New Yorkers really need a place to care for themselves in a holistic healthy way, without drowning in self-help mumbo jumbo or faux religiousness. We want to help people get strong and heal from injuries in a beautiful, cool, judgement free environment." She prefers working out in New York but she travels quite a bit and can always make it work on a mat in the sand - her list of stuff for the road to make it work: 

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