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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

Waiting for Godot

Published on 27th Jul 2020 at 17:30 by Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Hello hello!
I know the quote above is a bit confusing and weird.
Bear with me though, I’ll explain.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Samuel Beckett – one of the famous 20th century Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer and poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1969).
Born in Dublin in 1906 he exiled himself (much like James Joyce) and found a welcome home in Paris where he died in 1989.
 
Beckett's most famed work is the play “Waiting for Godot” {pronounced GOD-oh} - Beckett's own translation of his original French-language play “En attendant Godot” and is subtitled (in English only) “A tragicomedy in two acts.”

In case you don’t know I have a B.A in Theatre from Tel-Aviv University, so I studied Beckett's works in depth and can talk and discuss “Waiting for Godot” for a long time... It was a true innovation in drama and the Theatre of the Absurd first theatrical success and for me, sits up there with "The Chairs" by Eugène Ionesco form the same period of time (1950s).
But I'm not really here to talk about theatre - So I'll make it short:

 

“Waiting for Godot” is a play about two men – one having terrible trouble with his shoes, the other having terrible trouble with his prostate – who are waiting in a barren landscape near a single tree.
They are waiting for Godot who never comes.

 

In the play, Vladimir ('Didi') and Estragon ('Gogo' or 'Pozzo') are two humans who do not know why they were put on earth. They make the tenuous assumption that there must be some point to their existence, and they look to Godot for enlightenment.
 



This week I kept feeling like I’m Waiting for Godot.
I felt like I’m there, in the barren waiting. Not quite sure waiting for what or waiting for whom – I just kept feeling I'm in this constant state of 'wait' - waiting for clarity, some level of certainty - pretty much like Didi and Pozzo - waiting for insight...

I think we’re all sort of waiting for that mysterious someone or something that would appear and give us all the answers, or tell us “it’s all over!”
Humans have always been searching for the meaning of life as evident in our literature, art, culture and of course religion... I suppose these strange times we live in brought this up to the surface more than usual, but it's not really new to our human existence ... It just feels more 'present' nowadays.
{like Godot who continually sends word that he will appear I'm now waiting for the Gov announcement Monday about schools reopening - but I cannot help thinking about Godot that - in case you missed it - never arrives...}

How many times in our lives were we waiting for that clarity to be able to move forward? How many times have you said to yourself that you're waiting for - - the "right" time, the "right"
circumstances ...
- “when I have the time”
- “when I have the money”
- “when the kids grow up” 

There's nothing wrong with 'waiting' per se.
But, if "waiting" gives way to PARALYSIS OF ACTION, if it brings us to put our LIFE ON-HOLD, we just might end up like Didi and Pozzo as life passes us by...

VLADIMIR: Well? Shall we go?
ESTRAGON: Yes, lets go.
[They do not move.]


One of my favorite quotes from the play is actually this one: 

I was a dancer. Dance and movement was, and is, my way of being.
I’m a Pilates teacher.
I improve people’s ability to move and take physical action – bend down, reach up, turn around, walk, run, play, ski, bike, ride, pick up children, carry shopping, wash hair...
Without any doubt I know that improving a person’s physical ability to move improves that person's mental, emotional, physiological and cognitive ability.
We move through life and that ability enhances our ability to live a fuller life.

Doing Pilates on the Reformer - for example - starts like this:

Put 3 springs (Red) on; Put head-rest up; Lie down; Put head on head-rest; Shoulders under shoulder-rests; Put ball of your feet on foot-bar; Put your heels together; Push the carrage out; Bring the carriage in; Keep your heels together; Push out; Come back in; Breath in; Breath out; Push out; Come in; Change your feet to arches on bar; Push out; Come back in; Breath in; Breath out; Change to heels on the foot-bar; Press out; Return; In with the breath; Out with the
breath .........

YOU DO. All your neural channels are occupied simply following directions: "Do this" or "Do that". You keep your mind focused on the movement of the moment. All unrelated thoughts are suppressed. YOU DO.

John Howard Steel described this in his new book:
"Caged Lion - Joseph Pilates & His Legacy":


"This was far different from the rest of my day, where my brain seemed crammed with stuff demanding my attention. [...]

I was in a state of suspended consciousness."
'CAGED LION: JOSEPH PILATES AND HIS LEGACY' - John Howard Steel, Page 7.


Things might change. Our timetable might change as we get more information from the powers that be - but we'll be adjusting and continuing with DOING PILATES 💙 - Aoife


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