Recently people have likened what’s happening in the Pilates community to the political landscape of America. Although sometimes it seems like you could cut the tension with a butter knife, and there are moments I wonder when the cracks will shatter, I do think something beautiful has come out of the chaos.
Voices are being heard.
In an age of #metoo taking over the media, high school students taking the cover of Time magazine, and Pride taking the world by storm, there seems to be a renaissance of activism, of power to the people. We will be heard.
In this issue, Lucie Becus, now a Pilates teacher, bravely tells her #timesup story of how she broke free of her abusive husband (page 42). Reading how Pilates helped her throughout this emotionally charged time reaffirmed to me how the method is so much more than meets the eye. No doubt, a toned physique is nice, but the mental well-being that Pilates affords is pretty friggin’ priceless.
On page 82, Balanced Body Education Program Director Joy Puleo opens about her personal life, and how at age 29, with an 18-month-old son in tow, she realized she was gay and had the guts to turn her life upside-down. To let her voice be heard, to live her truth. And you know what? Today she couldn’t be happier. (Well, maybe if she got to spend even more time outdoors in beautiful Northern California, poor thing!)
It’s undeniable that Club Pilates has become a fixture in our industry. The franchise is expanding at a rapid pace, and it’s left many wondering and worrying about the future of Pilates. So we sat down with the company’s key players, to get the facts and dispel the myths. Equally interesting: what a group of Pilates teachers is doing to help further one another’s success. Read the story on page 78.
As American citizens, and human beings, we can only control so much. And at a time like this, it’s more important than ever (and thanks to social media, easier than ever) to exercise our free will and our free (but not hateful!) speech to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to let your story be it known. Because your story, be in the Pilates community or elsewhere, is meaningful and will help others. You (probably) only have one life to live. Live it now.
See ya on the mat,