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New paths: Reshaping the “Pilates body”

I recently met a man in his early 60s who, after asking me what I did for a living, wrapped his hands around his waist and joked that he would need to lose a few pounds before he could consider coming to see me.Before I could respond, the conversation shifted in the group. It wasn’t [...]

July 20th, 2017|

Pilates: Not a “One Size Fits All” Method

Over the course of the Fall, I’ve been engaged in a training program that delves into the pedagogy of Kathy Grant, (1921-2010) one of ten students who worked directly with Joseph Pilates and went on to have their own studios or worked as teachers themselves.As I’ve written about briefly before, different studios and teachers are often [...]

January 3rd, 2017|
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Tending to my plant and my Pilates practice

The jade plant I keep at my Pilates studio in NW Portland attracts a lot of attention and compliments. I started tending to this plant about six years ago -- a small shoot at the time -- and it has steadily grown to include admirable thick stalks with beautiful small, young leaf buds.As I watered her the [...]

March 22nd, 2016|
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Choosing a Pilates studio in Portland

Not all studios and instructors are the same. This is not to say that one is better than another—only that every Pilates student needs to find a teacher and studio that fits their movement needs and and wellness goals. Here are some things to consider:There are several variations of Pilates.Classical Pilates is Pilates that is [...]

February 11th, 2016|
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Perfect is boring: The value of learning in Pilates

One of the most rewarding parts of teaching Pilates and being a student of Pilates is introducing a new exercise or increasing the level of difficulty to an exercise that has been mastered.In those first attempts at executing a new move, students (myself included) inevitably struggle. It is in those first attempts, though, that we [...]

February 4th, 2016|
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Giving of your time and receiving ten fold

Last month I had the opportunity to host a group of five young women at the studio who had moved to Portland as refugees from Nepal and Burma. They were participating in a program that, in part, offers them opportunities to meet with a variety of people, professionals, and businesses. Through these visits, they are building [...]

August 1st, 2015|
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Group classes: Support and camaraderie – not hype and competition

Taking group classes has always given me pause. I dread the unknown of what the group dynamic will feel like. Am I walking into a “scene” where I won’t feel young, hip, or fit enough? Will my instructor be more interested in pushing me toward a "bikini body" than helping me feel stronger? Will I [...]

February 20th, 2015|
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Am I ready for Pilates?

A recent blog post by Taylor Wells on Greatist Daily, The Number 1 Myth of Yoga (And How Learning the Truth Can Change Your Life), talks about the importance of bringing an open and positive mindset to your yoga practice. “When it comes to yoga, it doesn't matter if you're ‘flexible,’” Wells writes, referring to the [...]

July 20th, 2014|
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The restorative nature of Pilates

Last weekend I happened upon an old logging road while camping in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Seeing nature reclaim a destructive scene like a clear cut is always inspiring—plants and ground cover take root and deciduous and coniferous trees spring up right in the middle of the old road. I especially love seeing the [...]

June 3rd, 2014|
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Pilates and the art of breathing

Most mornings, before I get out of bed, I take 30-60 seconds to lie on my back and inhale and exhale deeply.  Sometimes I imagine the cool, fresh air experienced on an Oregon hike, other times I'm grounded to the comfort of my bed. I have found it to be an amazing way to wake [...]

April 9th, 2014|