Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pilatyssey

I'm not sure if anyone has read Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," but can I just say the more I learn about Pilates, the more eerily similar they seem? Between "elders" and "she/he made fill in the blank," it's pretty much the same concept: apex-level creator and propagation of their legacy.

Having spent time on the mat in Arkansas, and now having moved into the equipment in Alabama, I can already recognize my vampires and, can I just say, none of mine are evil like Lestat? They're all pretty special to me!

This photograph is of Romana Kryzanowska, one of the elders trained directly by Joseph Pilates, teaching a mat class. On a whim, I booked a session with a teacher in Atlanta this past weekend who was trained through Romana's Pilates, and it was pretty cool stuff.

It's interesting that in Pilates - also very similar to riding - there is The Method, and the beautiful thing that is recognized is how the individual connects to it, and how they adapt themselves to it. I struggle in certain exercises, but it compels and motivates me to try harder. I hope I'll be a decent instructor one day! And when I am, I promise, no all-night blood binges!

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