I am feeling super inspired after 4 days of learning with Jerome Weinberg. Jerome is an internationally recognized Pilates instructor from New York, who worked side by side with Romana Kryzanowska.
According to Jerome, Joe Pilates based his exercise system on a mind-body-spirit philosophy developed by ancient Greek sages.
It goes something like this: A healthy body,
A clear and focused mind
And a sense of peace with oneself,
gives one the energy to achieve one’s dreams.
Through Pilates, the body is strengthened and stretched, oxygenating all the tissues, and it feels good! The practice of mindfulness during the workout develops a focused mind. With a healthy body and clear mind, one feels happy, and naturally a spiritual sense of peace arises. When this mind-body-spirit trio is balanced, one is empowered to pursue their passions and fulfill their purpose in life.
Want to try Pilates?
Sign-up for a 5 x Intro pack at Angela Simpson Physiotherapy in Pemberton or at Whistler Pilates.
More great news, I am pregnant!
The first trimester was definitely a challenge, due to hormone changes, extreme fatigue and nausea. I can attest to the Pilates mind-body-spirit philosophy. The physical pain I was experiencing greatly affected my mind and spiritual connection.
As hard as challenging times are, they can always be seen as learning in some form or another. One positive spark that arose from my challenges is something so simple, yet powerful: shifting to gratitude.
My three year old son, Tae, and I have a new bedtime routine. When I put him to bed, I share what I am thankful for from that day. Not only is the personal shift to gratitude so healing, but the joy that arises from sharing this with Tae becomes exponential :) Tae loves it; he loves to hear what I have to say, then he shares his thankyous. What comes out of his mouth always blows my mind how creative, insightful and wise he is!
Here are a few things I am thankful I learned from my first trimester:
Power of community.
My community was fairly limited to close family and work, as the rest of the time, I needed to rest! I am thankful for my husband who took on more work around the home and held space energetically for both our son and myself when we moved through our ups and downs. I am thankful for my clients, students and teachers. They may not have been aware I was pregnant, but the pureness of present moment connection, observing and facilitating movement via yoga and Pilates, really helped keep my brain positive.
The power of meditation
When the nausea started to hit, I stopped my regular meditation practice. Any "me" time I had, I went to sleep. It was amazing how quickly my mind became victim to drama and negative self talk. The practice of meditation doesn’t necessarily make you sit there and feel bliss, but it calms you into acceptance of what is, be it pain or pleasure. From a place of acceptance, somehow bliss naturally arises. I had to learn to accept the pain I was going through. I also learned to be gentle with myself. The thought of having to sit with a vertical spine to meditate for x number of minutes, stopped me from meditating all together. Recently I have reintegrated meditation back into my day, but from lying down or sitting for a short period of time. It may not be the recommended 60 minutes, but even if it's only a few minutes of practicing equanimous observation, it still has a huge effect on the state of my mind.
The power of oils
I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils last summer by a friend. I respected that they are a natural alternative to many things, but at the time I wasn’t quite sold on them. Then in early pregnancy, I was reminded of doTERRA. Be it intuition or what, I contacted my friend, and she set me up with an introductory kit of oils. After receiving the oils, I slowly (and I mean slow!) smelled each one and tried them out. My friend shared links to lots of videos, so when I was feeling like all I could do is rest and watch “TV," I would watch the videos and learn little by little about the benefits of essential oils and the importance of high quality oils. I still have lots to learn, but here are some things I learned and experienced so far:
Essential oils during pregnancy
Rest and sleep. Try diffusing some Lavender and Restful Blend.
Headaches from neck tension. Try rolling Peppermint oil (diluted with refracted coconut oil) on sore neck and jaw.
Headaches from eye strain. Try a drop of Lavender oil on an eye pillow.
Nausea. Try rubbing a drop of Ginger oil at the very top of the abdomen, just below the bra line. Try smelling Lemon oil
Hemorrhoids. Try placing Cypress, Lavender and Frankincense oil diluted with refracted coconut oil on affected area.
Indigestion. Try Digestive Blend (preferably in the form of gel tablets as the taste is a little intense) after eating.
I am so thankful for these oils during pregnancy, especially because my sense of smell is so heightened. I look forward to exploring their uses during labour and postpartum!
Now I am into my second trimester. I am feeling better, back doing gentle Pilates, meditating and eating healthy... including organic chocolate!