What prompted you to begin Pilates?
I first learned about Pilates more than 25 years ago. I was intrigued by the idea of exercising in a way that emphasized flexibility and alignment and could be continued no matter what your age. Unfortunately, the only Pilates studios in Los Angeles at that time were located impractically far away and it was not until I moved to Denver years later that I was able to try it out.
How many years have you been practicing Pilates?
I have been doing Pilates for about fifteen years now. Yes, I should be better at it than I am! You could say that is one of the great things about Pilates, that there is always another level. You never "conquer it" and get bored.
What are some of the most influential or important reasons you continue with your Pilates practice?
I am operating under the idea that if you never quit doing something you won't lose that skill no matter how old you get. So far it seems to be working. Also the alignment and core work keeps me "in tune" so I have far fewer little aches and pains in my problem areas of back, hips and shoulders.
How has Pilates effected your life?
One word ‐ alignment. Pilates is my own personal tuneup ‐ I leave classstraighter which allows joints to work like they were intended to so you don't build up compensations that eventually become limiting and/or painful. Pilates allows me to do pretty much anything I want to. The workouts keep me strong and fit enough to travel extensively ‐ to take long plane rides, carry backpacks and luggage, to walk all day long on cobblestones and to enjoy it all. Or to spend the entire day curled up reading a book and still be able to stand at the end!
What is your favorite Pilates exercise? and why?
Well, not the hundred! I think my favorites are the ones where you roll up and down your spine and feel it open up ‐ cat stretch or semi‐circle. And, of course, the final roll down where you feel all the progress you made that day.
That is always good.