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After a week of computer related problems and time at the computer doctor, I have my laptop back now, along with all of my recent photos.  The computer is on it’s last legs for sure, but I will try to eek out a few more months of hobbling along at sloooowww speeds and an if-y power cord.

In other news….

In case you didn’t know, one of my hats these days is pilates instructor in training, and it will be a summer full!  I am so insanely lucky to be doing all my training at Jennifer Gianni’s Fusion Pilates, have a look at her studio!

Not a bad place to hang out, huh?  I’ve been teaching a few times a week and will finish up my course work by the end of the summer.  Last weekend we had an incredible class and learned lots of advanced moves on the Reformer.  I took my first teacher training class last august, so all in all, it will have taken me about a year.  It is such a joy to keep learning and being a student and filling my brain with anatomy and movement – I just can’t get enough!  And then to be able to jump right in and teach in this amazing facility, well, I’m just too lucky.  I’ll keep updating here as I continue my path towards the final certification, and hopefully remember to bring my camera to the next training weekend in july to get some good action shots!



I have a new obsession.

I have totally geeked out on you tube videos.

Videos of Joe Pilates himself, teaching and demonstrating his work.

I mean, check this video OUT!  Yes, I know it is 10 minutes of silent black and white film of 2 guys exercising in the 1940s,  but this is just too good.

(Ok, rats.  I just realized I have to pay $57 a year to be able to upload videos, and that’s not happening right now, so you’ll have to follow this link, but believe ME – it is worth it.  At least if you love pilates as much as I do.  Or if you have 10 minutes to kill.)

This crazy code below, translated into English, means essentially, “joe teaches reformer”.

First of all, check out the little number he is wearing! Fantastic little shorts.

Around minute 2, Joe starts trying to teach the poor kid how to do the rowing exercise.  He’s not kidding around! The kid is just getting put in his place, get that head down! If you can make it to minute 5ish, Joe tries to teach the same guy (who has NO hamstring flexibility, by the way) how to do the high heeled elephant, and again with the head! It’s serious teaching.

Well, if you are so inclined, surf around and watch some of these.  In all seriousness, some of the videos are just quite beautiful, how the body can move, and what is most amazing to me is that most of these exercises are done exactly the same way today.  I just think that’s amazing.

Do you like this as much as I do? Let me know if I’m boring you, but I’m way way into this and you’ll probably hear more from me on this….