Pilates does more than make you stand taller, look better, feel stronger and more balanced. It also can bring communities together. And one of my biggest goals in life has been to bring more Pilates lovers together. Especially during a time when people feel like they are busier than ever and less connected to others. Here’s where Pop Up Classes create connection, adventure and it’s all because of Pilates.
Mat Pilates outside! What could be better? It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to do a workout outside that not a run, walk, hike, Paddleboard etc. Most people do Pilates indoors. But, what I found is that there is something pretty magical about doing Pilates outside that you cannot get from an indoor class. However, if you’re not prepared, doing Pilates outside can be quite the chore.
Now more than ever it’s easy to feel alone. Isn’t that crazy? We are more connected than ever to our friends, family, our friends’ friends, and random people from around the world who have the same interests as we do. And yet, we feel alone and like we could be embarrassed or more alone if we say the wrong thing or do something uncool.
Before I discovered Pilates I would work out like a crazy person. I would spend hours at the gym, running there to workout and then running home. I had gained the freshman 20 and after giving up being an athlete (and ahem growing a bit older) it was so hard to maintain my weight and strength. I did what I knew…go to the gym, run and repeat.
I started doing Pilates several years before I began teaching Pilates. But, it was just before my Pilates apprenticeship began that my stomach started to give me issues. And, as I write this I am happy to report that after 10 years of digestive issues I am stronger than ever. Pilates was always there for me. Sometimes it was the only time I felt whole, connected and strong. Pilates was one of the only places I found ‘real’ answers for how I felt and where I was even when my stomach and seemingly my body felt like it was fighting against me.
When you travel you need to have the essentials on hand. And, when you are on a retreat its even more important. Because the whole point of being on a retreat is to retreat yourself. You don’t want to be thinking about where you can buy something when you are relaxing. So, here are some of my things I make sure I have on hand for every retreat I go on:
As someone who hits over 100,000 miles in air travel a year I’ve got some go-to tips on what to pack when I travel and when I go on a retreat! I’m often asked what I bring and my favorite things to pack. So, to help you pack for your retreat I’ve got my go-to …
I had no idea when I first discovered Pilates that I would ever become a Pilates instructor. For whatever reason, it didn’t occur to me that I could change careers. And, all I knew is that I loved doing Pilates. But then, I took this leap to become an instructor and I loved it so much I never looked back. Ever. Because I love teaching Pilates so much. And here’s why:
The most frequent question I get when I tell people about my Pilates retreats in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the home of Angkor Wat and many more Temples is “why Cambodia?” And I get it. Seems like an odd place. After all, I live in Los Angeles and could easily hit up Mexico, Ojai, Santa Barbara or some other hot Retreat spots. But, I chose Siem Reap, Cambodia to be the Retreat space for me. So, why do I love it?
What goes better with Pilates than Tea I mean Tea is practically in the name Pilates right?! Recently Brad Crowell and I joined Angie McCartney for her Tea-Flix Tuesday! And, well, the moments were all captured live! You can see what happens with a fabulous lady, with a great accent tries to steal my husband and partner in crime and we share all the new things happening with Pilates, retreats, tea and more here.