New Pilates at 70
Every year, the approach to Pilates changes for those who follow the system. The work of young people is very different from the work of a mature person, and that of a mature person is different from the elderly. Changes in the work are noticeable, even if you look back just a year ago. And if you remember yourself 10 years younger than that, the difference in approach will be enormous. We put too much effort when we are young. We are fixated on muscle strength, on the effectiveness of execution, we are trying to set goals and achieve them, to prove something to ourselves and others. All this is natural and necessary. All stages of life must be accepted and lived. You can not throw and jump over something on the path of its formation and development. We learn from our teacher or teachers and try to follow their example when we start teaching ourselves. All this has been going on for some time. Until what you have learned from them grows within you.
I went through this more than once. Six and a half years of work with Joseph and Clara, 7 years with Bob Sid, 7 years with Romana, 7 years with Katie Grant, 5 years with Bruce King and at the same time 7 years with Jean Claude West (he studied Pilates in a studio in Northampton, where I taught for 27 years), and since 1995 with Christina Wright in New York. Each of the teachers greatly influenced me and effectively influenced my Pilates and my body in the sense in which I understand the system. I am grateful and respect each of them.
My journey into my own subconscious according to Karl Jung’s system became possible and safe precisely thanks to my teachers and my personal analyst Erlo van Waveren. I realized that the greatest power that has been growing in me all these years was my “I” – this is what allowed me to find that combination of experience and teaching, which, subsequently, became my creative path. I believe that Clara and Joe would have no complaints about this. Joe always supported my work in Pilates, because I often invented my exercises at the very beginning of the journey. In such cases, he told me – “This is good. Just check every time if you use the whole body. ”
When in 1975, with the permission of Romana, I began to teach, Joe came to me in a dream and said, “I want you to do Pilates ONLY.” And I replied – “I can’t do only Pilates. I have a husband, 11 cats, three at home, practice in three different states and all in one week. I can’t promise that I will only be engaged in Pilates, but I promise that I will ALWAYS be engaged. ” And he agreed.
When I was about 65, my two specialties – a Pilates teacher and an analyst Jung – began to merge into a single whole. It all happened on its own, and I gladly accepted it. Thanks to two disciplines, I could see the person as a whole – both consciousness and the subconscious. I could help the client understand and accept exactly where he was “stuck” and why, showing that there is nothing wrong with this or that condition and there is no need to be afraid of it. All their problems were natural – such a structure of the psyche was given to them at birth. Some parts of us are conscious and it is easier for us to recognize and work with them. Others are subconscious and more difficult to reach. Understanding their type of consciousness helped them a lot, it became a practical means of achieving their goals. Over the next five years, a system has been formed by which I teach myself today and teach others. It is called Pilates and the Psyche.
Another “I” also joined the work of about 65: I am a comedian. I could live my whole life in this role, but decided that it would be too easy for me. Before me lay a deep and serious way of finding myself and my destiny. I always liked the quest, the purpose of which was to find that part of myself that was hidden or not yet found. And I said goodbye to the actress in myself only in order to understand after many years that she had not gone anywhere, but lived in me fully. I jumped around the glamorous client who was lying on Cadillac, trying to portray someone from the category of Robin Williams, and then abruptly interrupted myself and began to apologize, explaining to her that I did not know what had come over me. “Don’t stop,” she insisted. “It helps me learn.”
At that moment I understood one important thing. We can never finally say goodbye to any part of ourselves. Sometimes it takes a long time before this part reappears, but it is always somewhere inside. At 65, I began a new journey of discovery. Many of my “I” climbed out, I do not try to restrain them, many have yet to appear. My Ego no longer creates problems for me. Only now I have truly matured and realized that my life is very multifaceted, and I can allow myself to develop further. A wonderful find, isn’t it?
I lived every year fully, regardless of the life phase. Pilates from Pilates was very different depending on which of the teachers I worked with (and I took personal lessons for 50 years).