I have noticed some wonderful outcomes after just three weeks.
Telling the Story
Focusing on one theme or concept each week helps tell the Pilates story. Throughout the class or session, we come back over and over again to the same concept. We gain a fuller understand of what Joseph Pilates intended when we apply that concept in a variety of ways throughout the workout.
“…exercises like words…are valuable in themselves, but they convey a message only when put together in sentences. The more finely crafted the sentences the more powerful the message. So it is with Pilates…Each movement takes on more meaning when it is placed within a well-conceived structure..like poetry in motion.” —Rael Isacowitz, Pilates page 31. The theme woven throughout the workout helped brings a bunch of exercises together into a beautiful piece of poetry.
Flow & Connectivity:
Flow is a major concept in Pilates. Pilates Teachers take time and care to create lessons that flow on many levels. We want the workout to flow smoothly from one exercise to the next so that your body and mind are engaged throughout a seamless workout. Connectivity is a similar concept to flow. A great Pilates workout is well connected both mentally and physically and even at the deeper level of emotion or spirit. The integration of a weekly theme has allowed the sense of connectivity to flow not only from exercise to exercise but from workout to workout throughout the week. For example this week the “theme of the week” was balance. When you came in on Monday and experienced balance challenges through one leg standing exercises (remember when we tried it with eyes closed?) and then again on Thursday when we tried kneeling arms on the Reformer on a smaller base of support, the concept of balance was integrated throughout the week to connect one workout to the next.
Keeping a weekly focus has definitely helped me go deeper as a teacher. I think it has helped you go deeper as a student of Pilates too. When the focus of the week was breath. I couldn’t just say “inhale/exhale”, “wrap your core”, “fill your rib cage” over and over all week. I had to go deeper into my skills to teach the concept of breath multiple ways all week. You the participant were able to really think deeply about the concept of breath and how it facilitates movement. We were able to use the breath to help us get deeper into our bodies and our core. We were able to use the mechanics of breath to get more out of every exercise.
Doing Your Homework:
I hope that the weekly themes have stayed with you all week (and beyond). As students of any type of movement it is easier to learn the concepts and principles when you focus on one or two at a time. Teachers always try to remember to “assign” homework at the end of class. Repetition is a great way to learn. Practice makes perfect.
I would love to hear how the weekly themes are impacting your understanding of Pilates and how your own body moves. Please join the conversation below.