I opened my first Studio, Vincent Pilates Studio, 10 years ago!
I was looking over my certificates and as I was wondering which ones were worthy of framing, I saw the date on my Body Control Pilates Matwork course…I qualified in 2006! I’ve been teaching Pilates for 10 years; that feels like a lot of teasers, roll ups and glasses of wine ago. But 10 is worth celebrating!
Vincent Pilates Studio became The Pilates Studio and is now Moving Life….I love this name! It expresses what my life has been and also what I thrive on…moving, whether it’s moving myself, my clients, moving bodies physically or shifting emotions, helping people move in a different direction. I wish I could claim that it was my inspired idea…no, I came up with The Pilates Studio. Much gratitude to Moira Tuck for conjuring up this name for my space. ( Moira is also the ‘wordsmith’ on my website…she takes my clumsy sentences and crafts elegant stories from them)
And it was such a happy coincidence that on this 10th anniversary year, I spent a soul-nourishing, thought-provoking, playful, wonderful weekend at the Conscious Movement Conference held at the beautiful Source Studio in Constantia, Cape Town.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarks.
While I was there, I took a workshop with Louise Knoop; Louise was my patient and lovely pilates trainer on that Body Control Matwork course. What serendipity; I celebrated my 10 years by doing her Primal Play workshop. That was brilliant; so different from the precision and control of a Pilates class; sweaty fun, moving as our bodies were designed to move, finding strength and balance and co-ordination through play and partner work …challenging and exhilarating. It’s a workout that encourages you to be creative, work it out, make mistakes…just don’t kill yourself. I’ve always loved moving like that. Natural, playful movement is addictive and I’m looking at incorporating it into my studio classes in the future.
And for those of you wanting to get your sweaty, heart pumping, joyful, movement by dancing…watch this space!
More about Conscious Movement Conference 2016 and what I learned from Dr Brent Anderson in my next post. You will be re-assessing your zipping and tightening. In the meantime have a look at the Moving Life Facebook page.