Last week I was on a BASI pilates teacher training retreat with a group of 5 girls.
Our venue was a gorgeous quinta, perched on a hillside with mind-blowing views across the serras of the central Algarve. Everyday we’d climb the cobbled paths to the octagonal yoga studio where we were taught by the lovely @caro_lates and hosted by @ourlifeinmovement
Learning new skills is difficult. We make assumptions about ourselves and compare ourselves to others. And for me, the stark realisation that strength & endurance can carry you a fair way but it was clear that this body doesn’t lend itself to flexibility, precision & control shown by the supple bodies of the others.
Fear is in us all and is the root for not trying. Fear of being laughed at, frustration at not being good enough, fear at being last, getting it wrong, fear of falling, going downhill on a bike, jumping into deep water, fear of being seen in a wetsuit. Many apprehensions we see in our guests on our morning adventures.
Most of all, fear of failing, being vulnerable and being seen.
I can’t do this, I won’t do this, I’m not designed to do this. I’ve failed. We become overwhelmed and it's impossible to see a way forward.
Then there is something wonderful about the realisation that you only truly fail when you give up and its ok to show your vulnerabilities.
Reset your expectations of yourself. Acknowledge that learning new concepts and rerouting a life time of movement patterns is difficult. Break down the maelstrom into little fluffy clouds.
Maybe we need the frustration and hopelessness before we can really progress our journey - whatever it may be.
Back to pilates, it’s not going to be easy to mould this body into those poses. I’m never going to have an elegant body like my dancer peers. But with time, improvements can be made, skills can be practiced and maybe then I'll become better.
Strangely practicing back at home with the bootcamp girls and already, it's not so daunting.
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