Much like yoga, Pilates is an experience. Although we may not always talk about the mind body connection in a spiritual light, Pilates is just as much a journey and learning process about your unique body.
Today while I was teaching my last class of the day one particular client caught my eye. He has been coming to my Monday class for a few months off and on now, and his wife is a big Pilates advocate. I could tell that he was really trying to get into it. I could see the wheels in this guy’s head turning, his muscles shaking from determination. At the end of class I felt the need to pick his brain. Much to my surprise, his response was cued up as if he had in fact thought about for the past hour. Here’s what he said…
“Pilates is kinda like drinking wine. I get that I’m supposed to smell hints of vanilla, and berries, and other good things, and I get how that can make the experience more enjoyable, but I’m just not there yet. But, [he said] I still really like to drink wine.”
I just thought that was such a great comparison, and great attitude towards the Pilates experience. I hear a lot of people talk about that moment they “get it.” The moment they really start to understand how the body works, and how an exercise works; it’s pretty neat. Even though you might not understand every little cue, or idea your Pilates teacher is trying to get across you can still get a lot out of a class. One day, it just might click!
The nice thing is, that whatever level you’re at, wherever you’re at in your journey so to speak, you can still get a lot out of the whole experience. Little by little you’ll start to see positive changes happen in your body. That’s what I think Pilates is all about! Like enjoying a nice glass of wine, have fun drinking it, and keep trying to soak up what you can. Keep this in mind the next time you’re on the mat, and I bet you’ll take more away from the experience than ever before!