The Spaces In Between
October 22, 2017 My choice to study Pilates came at a time in my life when my interest in movement was becoming more about the how and why of movement rather than learning cool moves. I had already done that; I had taught exercise classes and personal training for more than ten years and I was becoming bored with what was being taught in health...
Performing Vs. Learning Pilates and Yoga
July 9, 2017 It is said that Joe Pilates did not like working with dancers (he originally wanted to work with boxers, which is why his studio was located close to Madison Square Garden). It was alleged that the reason he didn’t was because dancers wanted to perform, rather than learn the Method. I can understand his thinking although if I was able to talk...
Achieving Results With Pilates
I have taught Classical Pilates Method for close to twenty-six years now and worked with hundreds of students and clients. Most of these people had goals in mind when they began practicing the Method but not all of them achieved those goals. Why? A few things to consider about a Pilates practice: Pilates is a skill and, like any skill, contains a mindset in addition...
Be Led By Your Spirit and Not Your Wounds
If someone told me thirty years ago that in 2016 I would own my own Yoga and Pilates Studio, I would have thought they were confusing me with another person. By the time I was 28, I was working in a CPA firm preparing individual and corporate tax returns and financial statements, setting up the books of new businesses, and representing clients in front of...
The Case for Intelligence in Adjustments I recently attended a three-day workshop that left me wondering about hands-on adjustments. The questions I had – and still have – are: 1) whether they can really be taught at all or are they more of a learned art combined with intuitive sense and 2) are being overused by instructors who are not able to articulate the dynamics...
To Tuck Or Not To Tuck?
To tuck or not to tuck? That is the yogic question inherent in Tadasana (aka Samasthiti or Standing Pose). What is the end product of this action supposed to feel like? We are told it should feel as if the tailbone is lengthening. But what does that feel like? And should there be other actions going on to support the asana? To answer those questions,...
Changing Into Summer
No doubt by this time, you’ve put away all the winter clothes and have been enjoying your summer couture (especially if you live in my neck of the woods – the very hot, very humid St. Louis area). Have you changed into your summer lifestyle, too? Enjoying robust health means that we flow with nature and its changing seasons. The heat of summer brings...
My Story Of Depression
Friday, June 3, 2016 Every once in a while, an article comes across my Facebook feed linking exercise as the cure for depression. “Pilates Cures Depression” or “Yoga Cures Depression” is guaranteed click bait for those who suffer from it. Mostly, I find these articles glib and dismissive; for one, exercise in general is often prescribed for depression so really, there is nothing specifically...
Does Ego Affect Your Workout?
When we hear an instructor tell us to “check our egos at the door,” we tend to think that what he/she is saying is don’t be a show-off. But the ego is more than just the desire to show off – a whole lot more. I use the word “ego” the same way it’s used in the classical yoga – as interchangeable with self-identity....
The Psoas: Key To Connected Movement
Saturday, April 23, 2016 This weekend, I had the privilege of attending a workshop by Liz Koch, author of “The Psoas Book” and all-around psoas expert extraordinaire. I first became aware of Liz’s work in the early 1990s as a student in the Laban/Bartenieff School of Movement Studies in New York City. I found the first edition of her book – which was really little...