Spotlight on Scholarship winner, Ro

Meet Ro Nwosu, international superstar based in Ontario and one of our 2021 Teacher Training Scholarship winners. Give her a round of applause, as we hand her the mic.

Hey Ro! Thanks for chatting with us. Can you introduce yourself to our members?

My name is Ro. I am a yoga teacher, a mum, a previous studio owner, and I’m also a fitness instructor. I live in Arnprior Ontario, which is close to Ottawa. I have two cats who give me joy. I am a content creator and social media influencer. I’m a cool black woman. Oh, and I love pie. Pie is amazing.

We couldn’t agree more, pie is amazing – especially Banoffee. What is it that attracted you to Barre Body?

I’ve been following [Barre Body] for a while. I like the content and how you provide really great information and instruction. And it just seems like a really fun community.

Can you tell us why the scholarship means so much to you?

The pandemic has really taken a toll. I actually closed my studio at the beginning of the pandemic, within the first six months. Things like training and career development, or teaching development, are really hard sometimes – to go ahead and afford them but also to make the time and space. 

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while but there’s always that barrier. I’ve always found when it comes to finding people that look like me in this space, there aren’t many. Or there’s many but they’re not in mainstream spaces. So it’s another modality to learn more about things I already teach now in my classes, to have that foundation.

We’re so happy to be a part of your journey. Can you tell us what movement means to you?

Movement is a safe space for me to be who I am, to move with like-minded people, to keep my brain level. Movement is connection in many different ways.

What are you most excited to get out of the training?

I’m really excited to see how I can provide my students with more knowledge, for them to learn more about themselves. I think that’s going to be really cool. Yoga is great and movement is great in general, but adding a twist to what you’re teaching and then your students being like, “Woah, Woah. What’s that?” is always fun. I’m hoping my students get more out of it.

What impact do you hope your story and the training itself has on your community?

I hope it’ll let others see and know that this training isn’t meant for just a certain type of person. That it’s accessible. Trainings like this aren’t typically accessible, especially when it’s coming out of people’s pockets. Sometimes there’s that need for accessibility. I think when people think of Pilates, they think rich white women. I mean, I do. When at its core, it’s really a foundational practice. Everyone needs a foundational practice but I think there’s a core group of people who need to know that, from any walk of life. That’s the impact I hope to have.

We love that, Ro. Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. We can’t wait to see all the incredible things you achieve.

If you want to give teacher training a go, but keep bumping up against obstacles be it financially or otherwise, you can apply for our of our Teacher Training Scholarships, too. Choose between Barre, Pilates Mat, or Reformer Pilates training, and get ongoing support with our talented and supportive team. 

Applications are open and reviewed quarterly, so it’s always the right time to apply.