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Elevating the Spirit

My first introduction to the Pilates Mat was as a moody but disciplined teenager at the High School for Performing Arts.   It was a required course in our dance curriculum alongside classical ballet and Martha Graham technique.  I don’t think I loved it, but I’m not sure I hated it either.  Something about it must have felt right though because, fast forward, 10 years later while crammed behind a desk in the offices of PEOPLE Magazine, I went searching for that feeling of stretch, strength and vitality.

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Wake up. Work out. Done.

Wake up.

For the past few months I have gotten up once a week at 4:40 AM to teach a Pilates class at 6:00 AM. 4:40 AM is usually an hour reserved for people waiting at the airport, or suffering from jet lag, or camping. In these instances there is a kind of magic to waking up – you’re looking forward to an exciting journey, vacationing somewhere far away and exotic, or watching the sunrise after a long night of stargazing by the camp fire. But that first Tuesday morning of July what I felt wasn’t magic – it was astonishment. How did I ever agree to this?

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