It is the mind itself which builds the body.
– Joseph H. Pilates
Even though we don’t emphasize it while teaching, pilates is a mind-body method. A technique designed to enhance the mind’s positive impact on the body. In the Western culture mind and body has been viewed as two distinct entities for centuries, luckily this view is rapidly changing as researchers scientifically prove the complex link between the two.
While appreciating the physical aspect of pilates that has helped me throughout my dance career, I have also felt the psychological and emotional impact. I don’t dance full time anymore but I still benefit from the pilates method in so many ways and can not imagine my life without my daily practise.
Even though I’ve been practising for years and have been working with my body for as long as I can remember, it is always a different experience, our bodies are different every day and reconnecting is a daily task. Our lives have become so fast and loud and busy that often we get carried away and forget that. Or maybe we were also never aware of the fact.
The moment I lay down on the mat I’m instantly forced to forget the rest of the world for a moment. I focus on doing every single exercise as precise as possible while connecting my breath to the movement. In order to stay aware of every detail I need to slow down. Soon I start to feel everything around and inside of me calming down. My breath, my thoughts, my heartbeat.. everything around me disappears for a moment and there’s just me and my body. Pilates is my way of reconnecting with myself, taking the time to appreciate the amazing, fine tuned machine that my body is.
When I get up and step off the mat I feel like a whole new person every single time. Even and especially when I was tired, anxious, frustrated, angry,.. all that is suddenly just gone. I’m in a state of calm, yet so energized and ready to take on the world!