Thursday, October 15, 2009
( 9:17 PM ) teahouse
How Do I Love Pilates? Let Me Count the Ways
I know that yoga is all the rage now.
Yoga has lots of beneficial effects - it improves flexibility, it regulates breathing and reduces blood pressure, it makes you feel young.
But I have always preferred Pilates.
Pilates, named after its developer Dr. Joseph Pilates, is a form of exercise combining elements of yoga and gymnastics.
I enjoy Pilates because the exercises strengthen my muscles and flexibility, and there isn't any of that spiritual aspect that I know a lot of people love about yoga, but that, frankly, doesn't resonate with me.
I'm so into Pilates, that I've incorporated Pilates exercises into my martial arts.
I'm so into Pilates, that sometimes I find myself doing Pilates at my desk at work.
I'm so into Pilates, that while reciting the Nicene Creed at mass last Sunday, I accidentally chanted, "He was crucified under Pontius Pilates." Woops!
I think I'm supposed to go to confession for that. Or at least feel a great deal of Catholic guilt.
Which I'll then calm down about, by doing some Pilates.#