Posts tagged Health
Pilates Loves Your Body

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.

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Wu Wei through 2015 with BT

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.

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