Of late I have been obsessing over my new found passion — whitewater kayaking. One might mistake that it has overtaken my love for Pilates, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything it reaffirms my belief in the value of the Pilates method as a formidable training program that is intelligent and transferable.
"Pilates is about the carriage of movement in life and exercise."
Joseph Pilates’ belief was that Pilates should inspire the mind, body and spirit. It is about the carriage of movement in life and exercise. His vision of the method wasn’t restricted to the studio with the reformer and apparatus. It extended to applying the core principles of the method to daily life and external practices.
"Intelligence in strength leads to intuition—combined with will and imagination, the boundaries are limitless."
The transferability of the Pilates method is what is most valuable. Whether it be for better balance, improvement in walking, more stamina for laps in the pool, more endurance on the bike, or more lift in your runs — the applications are boundless.
The most valuable lesson I have learned in Pilates is to trust my body and apply this while I am in and amongst the whitewater. Intelligence in strength leads to intuition—combined with will and imagination, the boundaries are limitless.