It doesn't surprise me, but somehow it still takes me by surprise, how much there is to learn about the work of Pilates.
Romana frequently told us to "learn something new each day" and "if you stay true to the method it will reveal itself to you", and it certainly has.
But there's nothing like a good old fashioned chat with a colleague, sharing experiences and perspectives, solutions and strategies, to bring me back to who I am as a teacher and practitioner.
Kathy Ross-Nash and I had a great chat a couple nights ago and our conversation led us to how we foster independence in our students. We've heard the many stories of how Joe ran his studio, requiring students to learn how to work the system for their bodies. Romana carried that idea asking the student "what's next" instead of spoon feeding information so we could develop our mind as well as our body.
We were expected to know our exercises and orders. And that was that.
In the spirit of sharing with our community, take a quick listen to Kathy Ross-Nash saying what she does in her studio to challenge the minds of her students and then giving a final reward to sweeten it up. Thank-you Kathy!
I hope you enjoy it and share it! I look forward to having more chats with friends and sharing the collective wisdom.