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At thirteen years of age, as an aspiring student at New York’s School of American Ballet, I knew Pilates was something special. After my very first class with Eve Gentry, I was able to execute movements that up to that moment in time, had eluded me. I performed my first-ever triple pirouette that day after Mat class with Eve. I was astounded and delighted. I was enchanted and inspired.

Since that time, Pilates has been a central part of my life and I have dedicated myself to sharing its inspiring, life-changing brilliance with the world. For over twenty years now, carrying on Joseph Pilates’ revolutionary contribution to the world of the mind-body-spirit, healing arts has been one of my passions.

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Since the late 90’s when I released the first Pilates video under “The Method” title, the work has exploded in popularity and continues to grow by leaps and bounds as more people discover Pilates’ genius and its myriad applications. With this popularity comes tremendous benefit and at the same time, a tremendous responsibility on the part of the practitioners. There are so many different training programs available now for people who want to pursue a professional track in The Method, and it is imperative to be discerning and do proper research to locate programs with great integrity. Equally as important is learning that becoming a truly superb teacher takes time, dedication, focus, determination and experience. There is no substitute for life experience and real hours logged “in the field.”

After I graduated from my first teacher training course, I felt that I had a great understanding of the work in my body and had clocked literally hundreds of hours working with a wide variety of people with different body types, and needs; everything from rehabilitative requirements to strength-training and pre and post-natal conditioning. I had confidence in my ability to provide clients with the appropriate exercises that suited them; however, as difficult as this is to admit, what I didn’t know how to do was communicate the work concisely and confidently. I didn’t know how to choose exactly the right words with which to literally transmit what I knew to the client and how to physically interact with the client. I didn’t know the specific hands-on techniques to use in each and every scenario! And I knew that I was not alone in this feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

14
Feb

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Before the new moon arrives at its apex this evening, I wanted to write a welcome note to the Tiger who blesses us all with its presence this weekend!

In the words of my dear friend, Maya White …
1) Act decisively and be on time - Tigers hate to wait.
2) Get in shape - Tigers like it when you are sleek & healthy.
3) Speak up & use your voice - a tiger roars!
4) Be playful and joyous - Tigers like to have fun.
5) Adorn yourself with beautiful jewels - Tigers especially like collar style necklaces, and the enlightened ones wear fake fur.
Now is the time to act with your highest intentions and step into the light!
The blazing light of the sun– shine light on the truth– your truth and move into what calls you from the very depths of your heart and soul.
There is no time to waste!

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Leap out into new realms, places you have always wanted to go, but never have.

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Walk the path you have always been curious about and marry your thoughts and words with your actions … inhabit true integrity and see what manifests as a result!
This is a special, deeply spiritual weekend— the new moon for new beginnings, the new chinese year– a bold, beautiful WHITE metal tiger to leap forward with … and Valentine’s Day!
Today is a day loaded with the most auspicious cosmic energy and love.
Love yourself and see how the doors and windows to your innermost self open wide and how that attracts all that you wish for …
Trust to love and the rest will follow.

Happy NEW YEAR to all!
Welcome, you beautiful tiger! Come on in and hear me roar with you!

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Sending my intentions up through the kundalini snake starting at the root and traveling all the way up through every chakra into the universe where the moon smiles from her perch on high in enlightened acknowledgment and celebration!

Love love love ~~~~
Aum Mani Pad Me Hum–
May the lotus of possibility blossom for you this year 1,000 fold!

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