As you know I am always thinking and always trying to find a better way to help people and to make living in our physical bodies more effortless and joyful. Recently what has come to mind is trying to share my passion for movement so that it is infectious to others. However, the ‘knowing’ part of me knows that change or motivation only comes from inside each individual and sharing what I feel inside of myself is just touching the surface of the ‘knowing’ what moving effortlessly feels like.
There is this amazing exhilaration that occurs when you have used your body to complete a physical task, being it a household chore, work in the yard/garden or climbing that hill on a hike. Knowing that you can rely on your body to see you through, that it will be there for you in a time of need is priceless. There is a certain confidence that is gleaned from this knowing which enables your journey in the world to be one of empowerment and joy.
I am continually astounded by our bodies and our physical capabilities. The range of motion that we are afforded, the strength and power we are capable of and the immense beauty with which we can move.
While on this journey on earth it is so wonderful to feel that complete connection with my body, down to each and every cell. I feel that I am one with every aspect of my body and that with this knowing I move effortlessly through each day completing tasks and activities with a flow and ease that is beautifully harmonious and downright exhilarating.
This is why I teach Pilates - this love of movement, of complete integration with body, mind and soul. I know that these three words have become such a cliche lately, however there really is a power to all of them combined. We cannot afford to be separated from these three different aspects of ourselves. They are all very intertwined and integral to our being human. As quoted by Joseph Pilates:
“However, as we mature, we find ourselves living in bodies not always complimentary to our ego. Our bodies are slumped, our shoulders are stooped, our eyes our hollow, our muscles are flabby and our vitality extremely lowered, if not vanished. This is but the natural result of not having uniformly developed all the muscles of our spine, trunk, arms and legs in the course of pursuing our daily labors and office activities.
If you will faithfully perform your Contrology (what Pilates was called before) exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months as outlined in RETURN TO LIFE, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement. ………..You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain. And this by no means is the end.”
I hope that through my passion, continual journey of learning, embracing all of the information this is the future along with my excitement and devotion for movement I can inspire your own wonderful journey in your own bodies. Pilates is more than firm abs and great looking arms and should not be sold like the next new fad at a gym. It is about feeling good from the inside out, putting a bounce in your step and adding a beautiful internal inspiration to your day.
We only have one body for this journey — love it, use it and embrace all that is has to offer you for it truly is a miracle of the universe in all of its body, mind and soul.