HELLO MARCH, HELLO SPRING
Yes, I'm well aware of the concept of February as the beginning of Spring for most you Irish people but for *me* Spring begins in March and the few sunny days are making me happy.
I'm welcoming March and the returning of our kids to schools but mainly I'm jumping on the opportunity to get back involved with MARCH MATNESS along with so many in the Pilates world.
8 years ago, March 2013, the wonderfully talented Benjamin Degenhardt started posting one image of himself as he was exploring the original 34 exercises from Joseph Pilates book “Return to Life through Contrology”.
Personally I've been following Benjamin's work from about 2012 so I was following these first posts with great interest. I loved the idea of going into the original printed words from 1934 and making it all relevant to today. Benjamin's insights were invaluable to say the least.
The moment Benjamin put up his poster "Return to Life on the Mat" for sale in 2014, I emailed him and purchase one that he was kind enough to sign and post to Ireland.
The poster is still hanging proud at the studio!
If you want to read a bit more about the 'history' of March MATness just click over to:
marchmatness.com and read the history as Benjamin tells it (short and to the point as always), or see his FB post HERE about how things have grown over the years and March MATness became "A Thing".
March MATness 2021
This year, a lot because of what has been going on, I've decided to renew my commitment to this wonderful world-wide movement that celebrates Pilates and the Matwork - but my take on the month's "challenge" is a bit different as I strive to make this RELEVANT TO EVERYONE!
- Even if you never done Pilates.
- Even if you "hate exercising".
- Even if you have an injury or rehabilitating from surgery.
My aim is to make the principles that are engraved in Pilates ACCESSIBLE & SUPPORTIVE to us all in the reality of our lives here & now.
AND RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW - EVERYTHING LITTLE THING COUNTS!
To paraphrase Sting's lyrics:
Every MOVE you make, Every BREATH you take - - - Your body will be watching you, feeling you, reacting with you.
|I'M DOING A FB LIVE EVERY EVENING
LOOKING AT ONE ELEMENT FROM EACH THE ORIGINAL 34
PILATES MATWORK MAKING IT POSSIBLE AND
>> RELEVANT TO YOU <<
Just Like and follow the Facebook Page or even better join the Facebook Group where i share a bit more and go "behind the scene" with you🤭.
BUT to those of you who are NOT ON Facebook (and there are a few of you out there, I know!) please know I've put some of the videos thus far onto YouTube so you can watch there!
Please note - I have NO INTENTIONS to become a YouTuber 😏.
I would much rather teach in real time, real live people that I can see and interact with...
So, Do Not expect a hell of a lot going into this channel. It's useful for right now and feel free to share it with your friends if you find them helpful, interesting etc. I'm not sure there's a way to interact on YouTube with comments, questions and such - but if there is, do leave something and I promise to learn how to respond 🤗.
And so, until next time I wish you a good rest of the week and don't be shy emailing me!
Maybe I'll see you on FB soon?!?
Much love, Aoifeღ