I have spent my entire teaching career focusing on Pilates and mindful movement. I love the depth and breadth of this work. I feel energized when I see a client feel the work deeply for the first time and understand that to be truly present in their exercise sessions brings about great change. I recently had the opportunity to take a Spinning certification course. I was very nervous walking into this class for several reasons. For starters, this form of exercise was out of my comfort zone. I teach slow, controlled, precise movements; not spinning!
With all the hype & earlier start of the holiday season, we can get tangled up in the superficial social aspects of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah. We all need to take a step back to define what is important about these celebrations. In between the food, drink, excessive gift giving, we lose the feeling of family, togetherness, our continued healthy living-looking after what is truly important. Is 1 more batch of cookies, 1 more drink, extending our budget more important than staying connected w/ our loved ones & continuing to care for our mind, body & soul?
Background (Skip this if the Historical/philosophical stuff annoys you) Planks are ubiquitous. I have seen them in the yoga studio, the gym, the karate dojo and the fencing studio. It is not so surprising that there will be overlap in physical disciplines from different cultures and among different sports: both the human body and the laws of the physical universe are the same throughout our world.