Pilates in the Park

Alicia Gordy

Monday, August 10, 2015

When I first began studying Pilates I was looking for ways to practice teaching skills. Of course I had opportunities to train "guinea pigs", one on one,  in the host studio where I was studying, but I was looking to practice in front of a group. So in the summer of 2012 I started teaching Pilates in the Park to some willing friends. The group would range in size on any given Saturday. Some days there would be one person while others would have up to 5. It was a great way for me to practice cueing verbally and tactilely...to learn to navigate a group and how to build a fluid, maliable repertoire. The feedback I received from my park guinea pigs was invaluable.  And it was a blast! Under the shade of the Big Oak Tree in Memorial Park we would work up a sweat while learning to laugh at our imperfections and appreciate our strengths. 

As a private instructor now I do miss teaching to a group. It has an energy that is infectious and fun! I wouldn't trade my one on one privates for the world though. Private pilates sessions are not feasible for everyone however. So in an effort to share Pilates to those who wouldn't be able to reap the benefits otherwise and to have the opportunity to teach and share Pilates to a group, I'm bringing back Pilates in the Park! and it's FREE!

The first Pilates in the Park class will be on Saturday, August 15th at 9am under the same Big Oak Tree where it wall began. This is a FREE Community Mat Class for all levels. Located on the West Side of Memorial Park under the Big Oak Tree before the round-about. From Memorial Drive turn into the park on West Memorial Loop Drive.
Bring your bodies, your smiles, your mat and your WATER bottle!