Posts tagged pilates
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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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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