I love Pilates and Yarn

I love doing Pilates and teaching Pilates. I also love crochet and sometimes knitting too. I recently embarked on a big crochet project for a friend where I was making small animals with a very small hook. The work was not very ergonomic and the animals required a lot of tension on the yarn. AfterContinue reading “I love Pilates and Yarn”

The Importance of Self Practice

How often do you practice Pilates as an instructor? How often do you take classes or private lessons? I know how busy we can be and how little we might feel like practicing. But I also know if I don’t have someone helping me and correcting me I’ll go back to my bad habits. I’mContinue reading “The Importance of Self Practice”

Be One with the Spring

I did not see Star Wars until a couple years ago and ended up watching almost all of them. I grew up with a brother who was into Star Wars and had watched the movies and I resisted watching them. But now that I’ve seen the movies there are certain quotes that I can’t resistContinue reading “Be One with the Spring”

Connecting People to People

Have you observed another instructor’s class? More than likely yes you have. There are plenty of opportunities to observe an instructor’s class whether it’s at your studio, on Pilates Anytime, being a student and taking class, observation for your teacher training program, or at a continuing education class to name a few.  What’s your firstContinue reading “Connecting People to People”

The Seesaw in Pilates

Take a moment to close your eyes and picture a seesaw (or teeter totter). The seesaw is at the playground with no one sitting on it and leaning to one side. Now picture two kids on the seesaw, one heavier than the other. Notice how the seesaw tips to one side because of the weightContinue reading “The Seesaw in Pilates”

Vulnerability: the Good and Bad

Recently I experienced unexplained pain in my left hip for about a week. This happened after a road trip that had me sitting in the car for 8+ hours on a weekend both Friday and Saturday. Can the the hip pain be linked to the car ride? Maybe. But do we always know the causeContinue reading “Vulnerability: the Good and Bad”

Footwork: The Massage for Your Feet

If you’ve ever done a classical reformer workout you know you start with footwork. Usually Pilates V, Bird on a Perch, Heels, and Lower Lift. The different foot positions help open your feet, create flexibility, and even prepare you for more difficult exercises. But we can end up doing footwork using our larger more developedContinue reading “Footwork: The Massage for Your Feet”

Human Connections

The fitness industry has changed over the last 10 years. Squash clubs are a thing of the past and now more specialized gyms are opening everywhere. You can have a gym membership to use weights, treadmills, pools, or you can do Cross Fit, Orange Theory, even Solid Core. They are all variations of exercise andContinue reading “Human Connections”

Marrying the Body

Have you considered marrying parts of your body with other parts? How do you typically think of your body? Upper, lower, middle, arms, legs, front, back, side? Throughout a Pilates workout we want to move the body in all directions meaning flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and lateral rotation. But to do any of those fourContinue reading “Marrying the Body”

Pilates is Feeling the Motion

When you did Pilates for the first time did it feel easy or difficult and you thought you might die? Was it mat class or an equipment class? Was it a group class or a private session? Did you come to class thinking you had strong muscle groups as well as some weaker ones?  SometimesContinue reading “Pilates is Feeling the Motion”