Happiness is an inside job. Unfortunately we can't find happiness from material things, from friends or families in our lives and the hard part working is from the inside out rather than the outside in. I am a firm believer in the saying 'money can't buy happiness' since I was in high school and still … Continue reading Happiness is an Inside Job
Let's get in touch with our feelings. How does that sound? Scary? Intimidating? Silly? It seems that as we get older we embrace the feelings inside less and less. Emotional feelings, whether it's physical or psychological. The human body is a spectacular machine that can shield feelings, embrace them, and even smother them. Take a … Continue reading I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
Today's post is all about props. Are they helping challenge muscles, distract from the exercise, or a tool to help with the exercise? Think back to the first time taking a Pilates class and how you felt. Overwhelmed? Confused? Out of breath? Exhausted? The first timers would probably find the props to be a distraction. … Continue reading Props: Challenge, Tool, or Distraction?
Have you ever heard the saying "perfection is an abstract ideal"? How often have you wanted something to be perfect- a presentation at work, a paper submitted in class, a craft you made at home, your hairstyle, the list goes on, right? We've all been there, the desire and want to be perfect. But can … Continue reading Present Over Perfection
Why do we try to stop change? Why do we become afraid and work to maintain a routine of the same rituals over and over again? Think about when you were a baby and you didn’t know change and you just did what you wanted or needed- sleep, eat, roll over, yell, babble, etc. Humans … Continue reading Let Change Happen
Today's post features a client of mine from France, Celiane, and the title is Body, Mind, Soul (pardon any improper French grammar). Celiane began doing Pilates when her personal trainer was out for a few weeks having surgery but had done Pilates previously. I've had the pleasure of teaching Celiane at the Wisconsin Athletic Club … Continue reading Corps Esprit Ame
I have had the pleasure of working with Kristen from almost the start of her pregnancy (7 weeks) to currently (37 weeks) and it's been fun to watch her Pilates practice grow alongside her growing belly! Pilates is something anyone can do but it's understandable how not everyone may enjoy Pilates as much as others. … Continue reading Pilates before Baby
As a Pilates instructor I can always give my reasons for starting, continuing, and enjoying Pilates but it's also great to have perspective from people who come to class and take lessons on a regular basis. Here is Mimi's take on how she learned about Pilates, why she makes it a priority, and why she … Continue reading Pilates Perspective by Mimi
The definition of Lifestyle according to Miriam Webster is: "a particular way of living, the way a person or group of people live." I write this post because while many people do Pilates and attend Pilates classes or private lessons, I wonder how many live a Pilates lifestyle? Do they think of a lifestyle associated … Continue reading Living the Pilates Lifestyle
Everyone has a story behind their first Pilates experience or what brought them to Pilates initially. Now it's time you learned how I started doing Pilates. When I first moved on my own to Columbus, Ohio after college to pursue a job in my business degree for Marketing I began running more often. My best … Continue reading Why Pilates?