Pilates: Works with You, Works for You

August 28, 2017

By Christine Hunter

Pilates is my Pal. What an odd thing to say…right? But this is a true statement for me.

I began practicing Pilates in Denver in 1999, and with the exception of about a 3 year hiatus, have been practicing since. In 2005 I moved across the country on my own to a new place. One of the first tasks I accomplished was find a place to continue my Pilates practice. As soon as I did, I found my pal, along with consistency in the chaos from the relocation of my life. After I had to take that 3 year break from my practice, I returned to Pilates and remember feeling like I found my old pal.

Pilates keeps me grounded.
Pilates respects my body.
Pilates helps me accept this aging body.
Pilates makes me feel good.

Pilates keeps me grounded. For me being grounded means ‘be present where you are’. Change is constant. Chaos (good and bad) continues. The world turns. While most or us are unable to control a lot of what is happening – we can chose to try and remain present and be grounded.
When I (we all) practice Pilates, I must be present. Asking the mind to connect to and control the body requires complete cooperation from my monkey mind. Once the mind quiets down and is in the same space as the body – I become present, and grounded.

Pilates respects my body and Pilates helps me accept this aging body. Okay, so I will be 46 this year, to some that is young, but to me my body is aging. I love this body and I have recently learned to really respect it. I have cut out many forms of exercise that add unneeded stress or strain to my muscles and joints – but I didn’t and will not cut out Pilates. Pilates, by design is meant to work with you and for you. Pilates makes me feel good.

Through my many years of practicing Pilates in different parts of this country – I have encountered a lot of different styles and a diverse range of Instructors – they may all have a different method, but at the base of all of these is the fact that ….

Pilates keeps me grounded.
Pilates respects my body.
Pilates helps me accept this aging body.
Pilates makes me feel good.

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