Whilst a cool start to the week, My Local Pilates venues were hotting up nicely as both regulars and newcomers turned out in force for the start of new courses. A record number attended the Healthy Back course; I'm delighted that so many are facing pain head on by re-educating minds and bodies in a bid to combat a condition that's frustrating at best and distressing at worst. To find out more about the Back4Good program and Healthy Back group classes see About Back4Good and About Healthy Back.
After last week's amazing launch, Pilates at Chats Palace has officially begun! By Thursday temperatures had risen somewhat and beer gardens across Homerton and Clapton were calling out, so I congratulate everybody who came- we had a near 100% attendance!
Exercises performed in class are taken from a repertoire by Body Control Pilates. Whilst respecting the heritage of classical Pilates and the pioneer Joseph Pilates, my beginner/improver exercises are designed to be suitable for the modern body who spends much of the day sitting. That said, it's useful to be reminded of the end game (i.e. the classical work) and the exercises as they were performed in the day of Joseph. A fellow teacher shared this video and I'd love to share it with you. My added disclaimer is "don't try this at home" (and certainly not in my class!!).
On a final and personal note, teaching Pilates has become so much more than a means to pay the mortgage; it's a way of life that once embraced will influence everything you do. The way it acutely heightens your body awareness is astounding; the ability to move freely without tension and tight joints is almost an added bonus. To illustrate a point, I've recently begun rowing and can immediately appreciate the likeness of the mind-body connection within Pilates and that same mindfulness needed to row with perfect precision and alignment. Love it!! (and selling pitch over!!).