For years I have taken a variety of types of yoga classes for the primary purpose of having a spiritual experience with movement. However, what I've come to realize over time is that charting “Om” and practicing pranayama breathing isn’t the only way to connect with yourself in a soulful way.
You may notice you find this experience while hiking in nature, bike riding, swimming, surfing, tennis or whatever calls to you. I'm hoping many of you, as our clients, have a this meaningful experience through your Pilates work.
Joseph Pilates initially termed Pilates “Contrology “ with the sole purpose of connecting the mind, body and spirit. I think we can all attest to the amount of focus necessary during skilled Pilates exercises, and therefore the presence within our bodies that is needed during our sessions. In my mind, this presence and connection to breath and body, is what Joseph Pilates felt as well, and founded his work on.
Over the years, I've been in awe at the transformation I can see in a client from the beginning to the end of their session; not just physically, but their entire energetic being and persona. In this way, I believe Pilates is deeply spiritual. I feel grateful to have the knowledge of this work to be able to share it with others, in addition to my own body.
No greater time then now , do we need a practice to connect with ourselves and gain awareness of all of our parts, encompassing body, mind and spirit.