Joseph Pilates believed that “Practice and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.” Often referred to as the 3 P’s of Pilates; Practice, Patience and Persistence are thought to be the three essential elements for creating change.
In the spirit of “the beginning”, we thought it would be appropriate to begin the new year with Centering Body, Mind, and Spirit. Centering is the first of the six Pilates principles and it is the focus point of the Pilates method. Similarly, January is the beginning of a new year, and this year, a new decade! January is often a time of self-reflection and setting new goals and intentions. So, while we are all focusing to work from our center physically, let us also go inward to our “core” to discover where we want life to take us in the new year.
Hi SFP friends and family!
I just wanted to start this blog with a brief introduction of myself, as I’ll probably see most of you in the studio! I recently completed and passed my Pilates teacher training through Lolita’s Legacy Program under the training/mentorship of Jennie and Brittany. I may be new to teaching, but my love of Pilates started long ago.
As students at Studio Flo Pilates, we are very familiar with the rich benefits that the Pilates Method provides. Do you ever leave class thinking, my kids really need this! Well, Joseph Pilates said, “First educate the child.” And here’s how you can get started:
Maybe you have seen Carolina Rorato observing or taking class for the past few months. She is visiting from Brazil and has been taking part in Jennie’s mentorship program. Carolina will be heading back to Brazil soon and we will miss her eagerness to learn, and her kind smile.
Sitting at a desk 40 hours per week, my mind was fully stimulated, but my body was changing for the worse. I felt an overall sense of tension and I could feel my posture and strength declining. Like a lot of people in that situation (i.e. desk job), I knew I needed to do something to improve my physical health. That’s when my Pilates journey started.
At the time, I was going to graduate school for physical therapy, so I didn’t have a ton of free time to dedicate to exercise. There was a Pilates studio near where I lived, so I figured I’d try it. I set what I felt was a reasonable goal: two to three classes per week. After just a few weeks, I could feel my posture, strength and flexibility improve, and I felt a physical sense of relief, rather than tension throughout my body.
At Studio Flo Pilates, our classes are not leveled to demonstrate their difficulty, but rather to reflect the growth and mindset of the students that have been with us through years of physical (and mental!) growth and change. Our classes are designed to layer. The skills learned in our 101 classes are built upon in our intermediate classes, which lay the groundwork for the more advanced classes. As you progress through the levels, it’s important to return, from time to time, to the basics. The fundamentals of the Swan mean one thing the first time you do it. They mean something very different when you start learning the Breaststroke.
So, regardless of how long you’ve been doing Pilates, or where you did it before, here is a guide to help you understand where you are in your Pilates journey.