Happy Pilates Day! May 3, 2014

Happy Pilates Day! May 3, 2014A program initiated by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), Pilates Day “is an annual, international, community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year.

The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public's appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative, and high quality grassroots Pilates events accessible and affordable for all.”

Although I am currently not a member of the PMA (yet! Stay tuned…) I believe that everyone who has a body should be aware of the wonderful rewards and enhanced quality of life that comes with the discipline of a Pilates practice.

Pilates Day 2013

Happy Pilates Day! May 3, 2014

Last year I had so much fun at a Pilates Day event that I simply had to write a post about it.

Benjamin Degenhardt

+ Prana Pilates

+ Pilates Day

= Pilates Nerdfest '13

I am not sure if it is required by the PMA, but any good Pilates Day includes cake.

So what's shakin' this Saturday? May 3, 2014

This annual conference presented by Dana Santi and Gratz Pilates is always jam-packed with information and guaranteed to fulfill all your Pilates Day desires and more. Diverse workshops from Jay Grimes as well as members of the Authentic Pilates Union will give you 3 full days to nerd out in style.

Read a review of last year's Chicago conference here.

Find a complete list of PMA Pilates Day events around the world here. Enjoy!

Celebratory Mat workout?

Yes!

Wherever your Pilates Day takes you, celebrating formally at a local event or workshop or privately working out with some exercise favorites, why not do a few extra sets of an exercise you really don't like very much but that you dearly, dearly need.

I solemnly swear to do 5 sets of the Saw instead of 3 – and maybe an extra one to the right while I'm at it.

Argh…and the Swakate on the Arm Chair.

I know, I'm a party animal.

Followed by cake!

What despicable exercise will you celebrate with?

I'd love some company 🙂

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates Twist

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates TwistIn a race to the top of my Most Challenging list are the Pilates Side Bending exercises and the Pilates Twisting Exercises.

Naturally a part of me loathes them. A pretty big part of me until recently. They are difficult and therefore exactly what I need to be doing.

Even the nasty ones.

Twisting feels good to my already-twisted-a-bit back.

Me? Twisted?! Thanks for the feigned shock, I appreciate it.

As my understanding and execution improves I am (slowly) beginning to love them (a little bit). I almost enjoy the Criss Cross on the Mat. Ridiculous!

The secrets I am discovering? You'd better sit down for this one.

It's all about LENGTH.

Yup.

No more tricky twisty cranking around to get more “twist”. The power of posture is remarkable.

Lifting up and forward can solve the world's problems.

I am now sure of it.

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates Twist

On Saturday August 24, 2013 I am thrilled to present a mat class at Prana Pilates, home of the lovely Karen Ellis. Hope you can join me. Sign up here and click on the WORKSHOPS tab.

Check out Karen's new site Pilates Nerd that “aspires to shake things up and redefine what it means to be a nerd. A Pilates Nerd is a highly intelligent individual, does Pilates, gets really excited to learn, and is fascinated with most everything related to Pilates.”

Pilates and our Continual Search for Connection

Pilates and our Continual Search for Connection

I did have a new shiny post all ready to go, but I cannot altogether squash a different thought that's been tap-tap-tapping at my brain. Given last week's post you'll be happy to know I have spent the past week moving in my workouts and moving my clients in the following manner:

What if each movement is a search for connection? With this intention we can take action. We move with purpose. We are on a quest and we must find the answer.

Can I connect my limbs deeper into the body with every move I make?

Did I just crank my shoulder or shove my leg out there?

Or have I found an integrated full body movement?

What is this exercise for? “It's for the body.” You kept telling us, Joe. Will we ever learn?

At the risk of over-thinking it…again.

What about connection on a larger scale? Connection to our fellow humans and the outside world lifts our spirits – enriches our souls – just as true connection to our center lifts our bodies and eases our burdens.

I don't think it is too big a leap.

Much has been said about the current state of our over-connected virtual worlds. Buried in our iPhones we potentially drift far away from friends and family who are literally in the same room with us. But this weekend my social media world came alive. Facebook friends unite!

Hugs feel better in person

In 2004 The Pilates Method Alliance designated the first Saturday in May as Pilates Day.

Finally this year I celebrated in style!

  1. I attended 2 fantastic workshops and an invigorating mat class @ Prana Pilates all taught by the lovely, passionate and nerdy Benjamin Degenhardt.
  2. I connected with online friends, many of whom I met for the first time.
  3. I ate several pieces of cake emblazoned with a photo of Joe Pilates teaching the Mat.

It doesn't get more official than that.

Curiously, I just discovered May 4 was declared Star Wars day in 2011. So I suppose I could have tried a little harder on the geek-out overall, but I assure you I used the force, albeit both of them and in opposition.

I have also rediscovered Desiderata. Gosh it was a good weekend. Did I mention there was cake?