Resolution 2.0(14): Lose 10 lbs or Live your dreams?

Resolution 2.0(14): Lose 10 lbs or Live your dreams?

“Physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless.”
– Joe Pilates

New Year’s Resolution 2.0(14):  The above quote is very personal for me because when I started Pilates, the way I treated my body was punishing. My idea of ‘mental calm’ was directly related to maximum calorie burn and the state of absolute exhaustion that comes after a 3 hour workout.  Spiritual peace? Bah! Peace would come if I could get to my ‘perfect’ weight. But even on days when the scale edged towards the mythic number that symbolized true happiness to me, I was not happy.Then I discovered Pilates, and something changed. My teachers pointed out simple, commonsense things I had forgotten all about (or never learned in the first place) like when to stop and “what are you doing to your neck?!!” There was an order to follow, important things to memorize, exercises that were just for my needs. It was a process not a magic pill, and over time I made gradual, almost invisible changes that reminded me of learning a musical instrument, and the instrument was me. I was proud of what I was achieving; and for the first time, what I could do with my body began to outweigh what it should look like. Ironically, I had

tried Pilates because I heard it would make me thinner, but instead of finding happiness on a scale, I found it in myself.

Don’t get me wrong, caring about how we look isn’t a bad thing especially if it motivates us toward positive change, but for new habits to succeed in the long run it helps to set goals based on enjoying life instead of pant size. For New Year’s Resolutions that stick, make a list of a few specific things you dream about doing:
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, run a marathon, watch the sunset from the hill behind your house.
  • Sing an aria.
  • Learn to play tennis.
  • Hang upside down on the Cadillac. 
  • Set a healthy example for your kids.
  • Ride a bike through Italy.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Surf a wave, ride a horse, high five your workout buddy.
  • Feel the triumph of discipline when you’ve finished something physically demanding.

Your body loves to move, move it well and you will be rewarded.

In Memoriam
This year the Pilates world lost the most influential teacher of the method next to Joe Pilates: Romana Kryzanowska. This legendary woman worked alongside Joe and Clara Pilates for decades and dedicated her life to spreading his method the way he intended it, with spirit, strength and power. Pilatesology’s teachers all learned their craft from Romana, and with their contributions we have created a growing pictorial tribute to her. Interested in becoming a teacher? Romana’s international training program is still going strong under the expert care of her daughter Sari Mejia Santo, granddaughter Daria Pace, and their own incredible and passionate team. Find a training center near you at: Romana’s Pilates.


What does Pilatesology have in store for 2014? Our #1 goal is to continue bringing you Pilates that’s true to Joe’s original teachings, because we want his pure genius to live on in happy bodies everywhere.Happy New Year to you!
Alisa & Jack

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Alisa Wyatt

Alisa has been teaching Pilates since 1999 when she left her high-powered publishing job to spread her passion for Pilates. Realizing there was a need to preserve Joseph Pilates’ original style of teaching, Alisa and her husband Jack Coble, created Pilatesology in 2011 and have since dedicated themselves to recording the work with instructors who remain close to the source.A Pilates purist, Alisa was trained and certified by Pilates legend, Romana Kryzanowska in New York City where she ran her own private studio for a decade before moving home to California. She’s an often-featured expert for Pilates Style Magazine and creator of a series of acclaimed Pilates videos: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Pilates Workout, and Pilates for Men, as well as a sought-after workshop presenter at fitness conferences.When she’s not traveling the globe filming classes with world-renowned instructors for Pilatesology, Alisa spends her time in Hermosa Beach, CA, where she and Jack get outside as much as possible, surfing, hiking and playing. Alisa and Jack believe that Pilates is what allows them to lead active, healthy lives.Alisa’s client list includes Olympic athletes, supermodels and real people who want to look and perform at their absolute best.
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