I found the Pilates method over 16 years ago as a young parent needing desperately to reconnect to my body. Just as Mr. Pilates promised, as I began to practice the method, I felt the difference, I saw the difference, and while maybe I didn’t have a whole new body, I had a body that I felt good in again. But more than that, Pilates was an education.
The Pilates method asks us to quiet down, tune in, and concentrate on our breath and our movement and, in doing so, provides an opportunity for us to really learn ourselves. It requires that we ask questions about how we’re breathing at particular moments and why; if we’re experiencing pain in our daily activities, it cues us to look at what postures we hold or habits we have that could be related; it gives us a framework through which to better understand ourselves as moving beings (because that’s what we are!).
In a world that seems to only be moving faster and faster, with more demand and less time to attend to our real human needs, the Pilates method is a gift. It has been essential to me in maintaining a supportive relationship with my body through (I’d like to think with some grace) this last 16 years.
I knew early on in my Pilates journey that teaching was for me. In those first few years of practice I wanted to share the method with anyone who would listen and when I could, I jumped at the chance to join a teacher training. 11 years later, I count it one of the most important leaps I’ve ever taken.
Every student of the Pilates method has a “why” for their practice and every teacher, a “why” for teaching. We are all lucky that for Pilates people these are so often one in the same.
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