Thanks for sticking with me as I was missing in action during the Three-Day Novel Contest. I did not finish my novel within the allotted time, but I did learn a lot, which I will be sharing soon on my other blog, Lolarati.
KalpanaS turned me onto an important fact about yoga in the US: too many people treat it as just a physical exercise and miss out on yoga as a mindfulness practice. I found an excellent yoga teacher, who has helped me on my journey to become healthier and more mindful. She understands the importance of the mind-body connection in yoga. When I learned that she also teaches mat pilates, I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand my exercise regimen. I had read on the Internet that pilates was like doing an hour-long crunch. The Internet doesn't lie! Unfortunately, there was a substitute teacher for the class I attended. Maybe I just haven't found the right teacher yet. Back when I said that I hate yoga, I had no idea how much I could hate pilates. I am hoping to find some way to like it because it really does seem like a great strength building exercise.
Have any of you done pilates? Or do you have an advice about it? I'm not really sure if it's based on the same principles as yoga. Keep in mind that what I'm doing is "mat pilates", meaning there are no fancy machines involved. Unfortunately, I just don't have access to a place with machines. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.