Pilates – profiles of inspiration – the end and the beginning

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is.

This is the last in the series. It could be the end for you, or just the beginning if you decide to join us!

We meet Mondays on Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA at 5:30pm. Your first class is always FREE. We are a fabulous group, have a great time together (in fact after class tonight we are taking a field trip!), and enjoy groaning when doing Plank position!

Saving the best for last, meet my right hand, Terry. She helps me with just about everything. She cleans, helps with payments, grabs medicine balls, and is awesome.

I could not do it without her. Thank you so much Terry!

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Terry balancing on foam roller, while in neutral.

Terry Oliver

Age: 60

Years doing Pilates: 15

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to improve my posture and heal various things, including sciatica 

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

i carry myself straighter and sit without slumping

What inspires you on the mat?

my breathing keeps me focused and trying to capture Anita’s perfect form!

What inspires you off the mat?

hiking, being with my sweet dog, Angel and traveling

3 words you live by:

breath, kindness, love

 

OKAY, now it is your turn. If you have questions, drop me a line and I will answer right away, or just show up and check it out! No class Labor Day. I’ll be doing Pilates out on the Delaware River on my paddle board!

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Friends

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Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the

believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with

those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t

see it yourself.

 

 ~ Edmund Lee 

We could not resist being out on the river again yesterday with our paddle boards.  It was the end of the year paddle with our friends.  The sun was shining but the wind was blowing.  The water was very choppy.

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When we first got down to the water we were a little hesitant  – the water was so rough.  There were actual white caps on the river.  The wind was blowing one way and the river was flowing in the opposite direction.  Anita got on her board and was immediately taken upstream by the wind.

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Usually you see us standing on the boards with our shorts and t-shirt.  Not yesterday.  It was a life vest day for sure and a lot of the time we were down on our knees paddling through the waves.

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(Anita, Leslie from Santosha on the Ridge, and Tom Barwick)

We pushed ourselves through the rough stuff and managed to get to a piece of the river that was more calm.  As the afternoon wore on, the wind began to die down.

 

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(Gene and Tom)

Two hours later, we were finally making our way back on land.  It was quite an adventure and as always extremely fun!  It is so good to spend time surrounded by people you love. We are hoping that it actually was not our last paddle of the year.  If there is another day of sunshine with slightly warm temperatures, you will know where to look for us – some where on our boards on the Delaware River!

Shine your Light

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

shining our silly light out on the river!

shining our light and our souls paddle boarding on the river!

Don’t make assumptions

 

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In the last blog post I talked about the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

I was working with “Don’t make assumptions.”

I thought one day would do it. HA!  Two weeks later and I find daily how many times I assume.

When someone doesn’t respond to my text message.

When someone calls me and the message doesn’t make sense to me.

When a client looks at me a certain way.

When my dog looks at me a certain way!

GEEZ! When the dog gets involved in my messed up thinking I know I am in trouble.

So, I have worked hard to stop assuming. I have asked more questions and have actually outed some of my assumptions. I have communicated even when it was easier to just assume and go on my merry way.

This has led to a certain kind of vulnerability that can be scary but also enlivening.

I have felt more engaged in my life. I have noticed more. I have felt more. I have actually breathed more. It is amazing how much we all tend to hold our breath!

I even think the dog is looking at me differently!

How did you do?

Please feel free to get in touch and share your own stories.

P.S. I could not resist putting in a picture of our beautiful Delaware River. When all else fails, I hit the water!