I need a Pilates teacher who can give it to me straight, with no chaser. I happen to prefer my Pilates authentic. I also need a teacher who can look at me and see possibility versus limitation. I may be in my 50s and 10yrs deep into my dance retirement with residual “stuff” going on in my body; but I still have the mind of an athlete that likes to push and challenge myself. So I tend to thrive with teachers who are adept at teaching students, like me, who want to do more than just workout, sweat, and check it off my to-do list. I don’t wanna pay to plateau. I wanna train!
I’m also a kinesthetic learner that responds well to succinct cues. Please don’t rob my lil’ 55min session with long-winded explanations that sound like Charlie Brown’s mama to my ears. I’m a mover that’s gotta move and figure it out through trial and error. So I really appreciate a teacher who can be supportive of that process; offering constructive feedback that fuels the “Aha!” moments. I love those kinda teachers. They’re the ones that want me to be great. I can tell because they’re completely present with me and committed to teaching instead of sputtering scripted cues while oblivious to whether or not my body is actually responding to them. I need a teacher with a keen eye, who can spot my movement imbalances, and use the breadth of the system to help me recognize and correct them. That way, I can keep advancing my skill level safely and with control.
I also tend to gravitate toward teachers who are still Pilates students and practitioners themselves. It shows how much they value what they’re teaching and that they’re humble enough to know that they, too, are constant works in progress. Also, as their practice evolves and their understanding of the Method becomes more nuanced, so does their teaching. In turn, my teacher’s breakthroughs and epiphanies become mine. It’s a WIN-WIN! And, I am so lucky to have found two Pilates teachers just like this. I literally don’t know what I’d do without my regular Private Pilates lessons with them.
S.I.T. With Yourself in April
This month’s #soakedinthought journaling prompts are dedicated to body confidence and fitness as a lifestyle. As we move into Spring and the fitness industry ramps up its messaging about getting “in shape” for Summer, I hope you’ll sit with yourself to figure out what your body, mind, and spirit need to feel healthy, fit, and happy – without all the external voices.