You may be scratching your head when reading that statement so let me elaborate a bit. Most of us know the history of Pilates, Joe Pilates came to the US in the 1920s. Worked with injured dancers from the New York Ballet, etc. I think there’s more to the story or better said, “More to the Method of PIlates”. Joe meant for Contrology/Pilates to be more than a way to exercise. He saw Pilates as a way of life, “a lifestyle”, in modern terms.
When reading many of his quotes they aren’t solely addressing the Pilates method. These quotes talk of a healthy mind and how to attain it; a healthy body and how to achieve one not only through exercise but also through healthy habits. Here are a few of the many habits Joe referenced.
- Inhale fully and exhale completely
- Get yourself as much sunshine and air as you can
- Focus on making each day the best day
- Use your intelligence in respect to your diet and sleeping habits
This got me thinking, how I as a Pilates “Geek”/ Instructor/ Studio Owner could better convey these messages. How does Pilates leave the mat and become a lifestyle????
I think this BLOG is a start to sharing those ideas. And bi weekly I’d like to share with you my thoughts about how Pilates can be more than exercise class. How it can become a Lifestyle.
I would love to hear your thoughts!!! Please comment below.
Marion : ))