Fitness made Humiliating? Never at Home ! [The Sequel, Four Years in the Making]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It helps that I had been treated right in a live mat pilates class series. No substitute for being supported by one's live pilates instructors (I've had the privilege of being taught by four of them since 2012). Otherwise the journey would be one of unlearning, unlearning, unraveling, unbundling and unlearning some more. And finally re-self-teaching/being re-taught. Which requires a lot of internet research and comparing of notes. So inefficient. Besides, I'm deactivated off of Facebook, finally. So I can't/won't go there for dubious "pointers", "freely" given by the pros.

It also helps that my body is more suited to pilates than to yoga. Not a question of having more core-strength to start, but more a question of how my bones will move in their joints (whether transcending my joint pain or not), and my relative physical accessibility to the practice.

I am not naturally lithe and limber enough; and not quite short enough at just over 5'4" tall, for--whether through jerking or floating into "poses"--tricking myself into getting opportunities for that isometric exercise. On the other hand, isotonic and isokinetic exercise were MADE for me. Why I'd temporarily forgotten that, I'll never know. Because, quite frankly, I'm not afraid of intentional muscular "burn".

Interesting to note, I discovered a hybrid class that's close to being a cardio barre routine which my body takes to, so far. It's called Zenga.

It has a yoga, cardio dance, and almost a soft martial arts-y feel.

It was invented by STOTT Pilates, and taught by P.J. O'Clair. And it does its thing for me, in less than an hour.

However, being that I've studied breathing techniques under J. Brown Yoga (though via DVD), I've found that breathing deeply, slowly and regularly is the key. I've got to re-learn the reversed breathing I've on occasion used for the STOTT-inspired and STOTT-derived classes in the past (both live and recorded).

I have also put together my own mat pilates routines (classically-based and, thus, somewhat different--blatantly ripped off (derived) from pilates master Amy Brown) by this time.


Guess I better stop now. And just breathe !

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  • INSH8P
    Thanks for writing about Zenga.
    1811 days ago
    Sounds like you are finding what works for you
    2183 days ago
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