"The trouble is, you think you have time."
- Jack Kornfield, Buddha's Little Instruction Book
Do you know the most challenging part of any workout?
Just showing up.
Just showing up, unrolling your mat, and pressing "Start Now" with PBW is the most challenging part of your workout.
I know you'll say, "That's ridiculous, Natalya!"
But it's the truth.
We all think we can cook up sometime if we just wrestle with our schedule. In reality, we just have to stop, drop, and Pilates.
The impulse to move comes naturally to many of us, and it should never be ignored, so tune in when you Feel the Feels of moving your body.
The great advantage of PBW is you can do it anytime!
However, this can also become an impediment when we put it off continually, knowing we can "do it later."
You know what I will say: What gets scheduled gets done!
Think of me as your Pilates date. You wouldn't stand me up, would you? What if I was expecting a real live class and you didn't attend? I would wonder what had happened and likely reach out with a quick email to see how you're doing.
Do you know what kiboshes many of my personal workouts? Dust bunnies. Yes, those little clumps of fluffy dirt mixed in with my children's dried-up Play-Doh that I can see only when I get close to the floor to do my own Pilates practice. Suddenly, it's a fight between my need to practice Pilates and my need to immediately and swiftly eat up every speck of dust with the vacuum. And I know there is some sort of relatable "dust bunny" in your life that inevitably tries to derail your PBW sessions. There always will be. The phone, the text, the dog, the dishwasher, and the delivery at your door! But if living through this COVID era is teaching us anything, it's that we need to hold tight to the personal rituals that sustain us. I added this poem to my January newsletter, but it means so much to me that I've added it again below:
"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, 'This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!' And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, 'No. This is what's important.'" - Iain S. Thomas, I Wrote This For You
You are important. Your health is essential. Your happiness is important. Welcome the impulse to move with me.
I cannot wait to see you on the mat.