Motivation Monday: The Pilates Method

Happy Monday friends! I thought it would be interesting to incorporate some posts about influential people in the health and wellness industry and possibly some interviews as well. What better Motivation Monday material than that?

Since I am knee-deep in Pilates right now and studying the concept and history extensively, I have become borderline obsessed with the journey of Joseph Pilates and to say his story has motivated me is an understatement.

DSC_2519Whenever I find myself complaining about the hours I am having to put in for this teacher training program or working my 9-5 during the week, I stop and think about how lucky I am to have the opportunity to enrich my life in this way AND to not have any health or physical limitations.

It is easy to get wrapped up in ourselves and look at what we don’t have instead of all we do. Most of us have running water, a roof over our heads, air in our lungs, and food in our bellies. This should be enough to wake up each morning filled with gratitude.

To offer a little inspiration for your week, I wanted to share a teaser (no pun intended) about this revolutionary man and what Joseph Pilates went through to make Pilates so accessible today.

dividerBorn in 1883 Germany, Joseph Pilates was sickly as a child suffering from health issues including asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. Instead of giving into these ailments, he instead devoted his life to improving his health and physical strength.

WAY ahead of his time, Pilates felt the life-style people were living led to bad posture and inefficient breathing, which resulted in poor health (to think what he would be saying about all our time hunched over screens today!). To remedy this and rehabilitate his own physical limitations, Pilates created a series of exercises and training techniques and dedicated his life to the science of Contrology (a term he used to explain this particular school of thought).

While studying his journey, I saw some struggle and pushback from the general public when he first began to teach his theories, but this didn’t phase Pilates. Even though something is not popular, and others may protest or try to prove your theory or way of thinking wrong, it is important to persevere and follow your heart/gut. These are the only things that will be there to keep us driven when it gets tough anyway.

dividerI hope this finds you in a positive point in your own journey, but if it doesn’t and the going is getting a little hard just think of all the “greats” and how no path worth it is going to be easy (or else it would have been gone down already).

I’m off for a beautiful hike with some girlfriends to start off this SPRING BREAK week. I am so happy to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. What are you up to? Would love to hear from you 🙂



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