Welcome to the Blog.

Apparently, you don’t need to be a writer to write a blog, which is just as well because I’m not a writer; I’m a Pilates Teacher (and a Pilates Studio owner).

This is where I'll try to add another layer of understanding of what we do, how we do it and at times some shorter items of random thoughts and/or reflections.

Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

I need a break... ❥

Published on 6th Apr 2021 at 15:01 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Hello Everyone,


I hope you had a great long weekend and enjoyed the Easter Break - and I'm wondering...
What did you break from this weekend?

 

You're Not Meant To Go It Alone🌸

Published on 20th Mar 2021 at 12:50 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Hi Everyone,

Let me start by saying this has been a week that constantly felt like going up-hill against the wind.
Maybe it wasn't that different than other weeks during this past year, but
I felt it more and that's what counts.

Have you ever heard "Listen to your body?"

Published on 16th Mar 2021 at 14:30 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Hi Everyone!

If you have ever worked with me, either in a group or a 1-on-1 setting, you have heard me ask the same question every time before we start the "work":
How are you feeling in your body today?

This is not an easy question to answer if you're not used to paying attention to your body.

This is also not an easy question to answer if you are not used to describing sensations in your body. 

I know it's not easy and yet I ask it anyways 😇.

Quantum Science - How The Universe Works Is Relevant

Published on 10th Feb 2021 at 14:02 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

There's quite a bit of 'Spirituality' in the movement/Pilates/wellness world my work
seems to land in. It's sometimes referred to as "woo-woo" and I seem to be invited to
lean into 'gratitude', 'higherawareness', ‘higher consciousness’ etc.

It's not that I don't see value or that I have an "anti" to Spirituality but, over and over again I
find myself pulled more into the other side of the spectrum, which is SCIENCE (and that includes
Science Fiction).

I have no idea why most people view science as being buried under complex equations with lots
of numbers, symbols and letters. Somehow it's viewed as the opposite of creativity and free-spirit.

That's not the case for me.

MOVE With Your BREATH

Published on 3rd Feb 2021 at 15:19 by Aoife (Efrat) Kahanov

For years I would take on a new group of people starting Pilates and would tell them at the
beginning of their Foundation course:

“You’ll here me cueing ‘breath in’ and ‘breath out’, BUT do not worry if you find yourself
breathing in the exact reverse... For now it’s my way of reminding you to breath, and try to get you
into a habit to breath while you move and also start to understand the connections between breath
and movement”.

This was with very small groups teaching in the studio. We would start, like I start any class, with settling down the body (and mind) using the breath, but from that point on, with the understanding of not to get stuck with how/when to breath, we’ll continue into moving through the journey of the class and the course.

🌈Trust...

Published on 25th Jan 2021 at 14:00 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Trust is a big thing. It’s HUGE.
It’s so immense it becomes an abstract concept (or a philosophical one).

From my perspective as a Pilates teacher / Movement educator, I deal with ‘trust’ when so many come to me NOT TRUSTING THEIR OWN BODY and with that they’re NOT TRUSTING THEMSELVES.

❥ Move Through ❥

Published on 19th Jan 2021 at 16:00 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

This past week I was reminded of the old saying you might have heard:
"The Only Way Out Is Through".

For me, this saying means to face a challenge head on. 
Look at it. Face it. Sit with it. Get to know it. 
It's the opposite of going around (under/over) or ignoring an obstacle or difficulty. 
It's the opposite of running away from it.

Wired To Connect ⚡

Published on 11th Jan 2021 at 14:45 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Second week of January 2021.
It almost sounds like the beginning of a diary entry, doesn't it?
Well, truth be told I don't keep a diary, nor am I in the practice of journaling (which to me seems like a different word for the same thing). 
Funny how I seem to always tell you about all those practices that are within the "Wellness Industry" that I don't do (like the Cold Therapy of Wim Hoff)...

✨Get Your Power Back✨

Published on 5th Jan 2021 at 14:00 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Hi Everyone,


I know things are hard right now and you might be feeling tried of this whole Pandemic stuff. Being stuck in a third lockdown is not what we wished for ourself. 

I hear you.

If you're feeling powerless and less "sparkly" at this moment I wanted to let you know that there is a way to get your own power back, and for that you need two things:
A) Realise you have your own power and B) Take ownership of your power...

But I’m jumping ahead of myself.

Let me start from the beginning - -

Low Energy - being careful with it especially now!

Published on 17th Dec 2020 at 15:18 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Hi Everyone,

It's getting really close to Christmas now.
Lots to do, get ready, sort out... it can be stressful or it can be exciting and a lot of how you go through this this period depends of your energy levels and how you use the energy you have.


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