September was a crazay busy month! With a full teaching schedule AND a jam-packed performance schedule (including a tour to San Francisco and shows in LA) my body has been feeling the need for some self-care and constructive rest. Performing can truly take a toll on the body; long hours on hard (sometimes concrete) stages, the repetitive nature of rehearsing, the nervous energy of performing in front of audiences - it can be exhausting.
Considering everything my body and mind have gone through in the last few weeks, I feel shockingly well. Which at first was surprising to me, but then when I factored in what I have been working on in my personal practice, it all makes sense. I owe it entirely to the relationship I have found between the Pilates method and Alexander Technique, with inspiration coming from Yoga and Gyrotonic®. It's been such a yummy process exploring the different modalities and it's been even more rewarding to share that with clients in a way that still feels challenging yet freeing. As a firm believer that there is always more to learn, I've always found it limiting to subscribe to only one practice. Although I love Pilates (obvs) it's when other movement ideologies can be incorporated into the work that things can really get interesting. That's when the mover can go beyond learning just a set of exercises, but can then begin to explore movement itself, and even better - the joyful sensation of movement.
I'm realizing more and more, especially with the current state of the world, that taking care of ourselves is what it's all about. And taking time for self-care is of the utmost importance for grounding ourselves physically and mentally. Let's make the best of our time here, and feel as yummy as we can.