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How Pilates took me from exhausted to exhilarated

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

I first discovered Pilates when I was training to be a primary school teacher 👩‍🏫

I loved teaching but my mind was endlessly whirring with things I had to do, resources I had to make and ideas for lessons.

I would wake up in the night with my mind racing and ended up keeping a notebook by my bed so I could write ✍️ everything down.

I was tired, overwhelmed and stuck in an endless hamster wheel.

After school one day my mum suggested going to Pilates with her.

I had marking to do, resources to get ready for the next day and really didn’t have time to go to a class.

But she persuaded me.

Initially I was quite resentful and kept thinking of everything I had to do when I got home.

But pretty soon I realised that I couldn’t think about lesson plans or I’d fall over!

The focus on breath, how my body was moving and where the movement was coming from meant that I had to fully concentrate and for the first time in a long time I started to switch off and relax.

At the end of the session I felt taller, calmer, relaxed and that my posture had improved.

After that first class I started going once a week, then twice a week before becoming a teacher myself and teaching Pilates alongside full time teaching. I would never have thought I could have fitted that in before!

Pilates gave me more time, as by taking time out to focus on me I was able to go back into my daily life feeling more grounded and so was more productive.

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