In the middle of a freezing cold New York winter I had two very vivid dreams that I was swimming in a pool. The sensation of being in the pool was luxurious and comforting and the effect of having the dream twice was too difficult to ignore--even in February. So I found the nearest indoor pool and got my ass to it. My process made me realize how simple (and energizing!) it can be to begin a new physical practice. I’m going to break it down to 5 Easy Steps.Read More
I surveyed the room. These are people I have not met before. I was stuck sitting on the spine corrector with all of these new and different bodies around me, some on low mats, some on high mats. I was teaching them for the first time. I needed a moment to see the bodies in front of me. One person was leaning slightly forward. Another was looking down. Everyone was quietly waiting for my next word.Read More
Relationships are tricky. Friendships, courtships, co-working relationships all require thought and energy if you want them to go well. Recently, I had an epiphany that I am in a relationship with my body, and I am slacking. My schedule is a bunch of half-assed attempts to maybe get a class in. This in not a relationship that I feel good about.
What kind of relationship do you have with your body? Are you committed and kind? Are you abusive? Think about how you treat your friends, lovers, spouses, kids or your pets. Are you as good to your body as you are to them? Are you as good to your body as you are to the guy behind the counter at the deli? You might take your kids, partner or dog out to do something that will be fun, inspiring, challenging or motivating. Do you do that for your body?!Read More
Lately, in the Pilates community there’s been some buzz about body shaming. As someone embedded in the Pilates world since the 90’s I can honestly say, I have never felt that body size was a factor in this industry. I am so sad that it has become a conversation. As a matter of fact, a curvy, heavier teacher recently said to me, “I embraced Pilates as my fitness choice because anyone of any size, or age, or physical condition is welcome.” One of my first clients was about 75 pounds overweight. You know what she taught me? That sometimes bigger clients get more nervous standing on the reformer or going up and down on the electric chair—that’s it. The rest of the session was a mix of ups and downs, successes and humblings, just like any other Pilates session.Read More
I’m just doing what I love.
Just doing what I love.
Actually, it is no small thing to see what can happen when you do what you love. Along that pursuit there are all kinds of pitfalls—disappointment, rejection, exhaustion, chaos. But somehow, if you keep going through all of that, you get to experience magic. For me that love is sharing the legacy of Joseph Pilates’ intelligent and completely life-altering, body of work.Read More
Wu wei is my mantra for 2015. I am going to do more of what I love and follow a path of spontaneous movement. I will breathe and rest and laugh more and do what comes most naturally to me. Wui wei is the Chinese concept of non-action or non-doing; a way of returning to a purely natural way of being and like the planets revolving around the sun, having power and energy at the same time. In my case, it can be as simple as going to Whole Foods for dinner, and letting everyone eat what they want, while I don’t have to cook it or serve it, and grocery shopping on the way out. It could mean taking a car service if I need a few extra minutes and it could totally mean getting an extra hour of childcare so I can slip in a Pilates class or workout before heading home.Read More