A heart-warming morning connecting with Prime Movers. Skype calls and further emails with local and long-distance Prime Movement Pros in Practice today remind me exactly why I took Pilates Education online - to a) make becoming a Pilates Teacher accessible to a motivated adult learner and then ironically, to connect with learners. In a way that matters.
Their online tools empower them to be self-sufficient and in the know. It is all there. The Theory. The Exercise Technique. The Biomechanics. We are all there. On their screens. 24/7. They also have access to their personal Coaches and the physical participation required to get the Method into their bodies. So when they reach out to connect with me via Skype or private/group coaching I KNOW they really do need me - we are going to discuss something of incredible value that will facilitate further, authentic, beyond the theory, GROWTH.
One Prime Mover was forced to take quite a chunk of time off from her physical training and she was keeping me posted, enjoying the online stream, as well as asking me how to evolve within and beyond her current limitations. In discussing how to keep the fire burning we turned to creating teaching strengths from our obstacles, turning the norm upside down, specifically about becoming too reliant on ourselves physically. Because the moment we place too much emphasis on OUR PERSONAL physicality, we are trapped as a teacher. If we are injured, ill or unable to give our usual 200%, we are broken and feel our livelihood/progress is compromised. BUT here is the upside down part: when you are compromised physically, within reason, no one can take your knowledge, your ability to see and share, away from you. You are still YOU. Allow yourself to be less than "perfect". Your 80% effort is enough. (My knee and I have this t-shirt too!) Your case studies/clients will learn a great deal from you and surprisingly, they will feel reassured by the authenticity of your being. Previous learners have told me that if I was picture perfect 24/7, they would have found the process far too overwhelming. Phew! ME TOO!
Then we have another Prime Mover in wedding mode and another in a work transition where the PAUSE button obviously needs to be pressed...again the beauty of autonomy as a student...within the support of still belonging and the certainty that pressing PAUSE is absolutely doable. This is YOUR journey, you dictate the pace. Again, the work is there. For you to pick it up as and when you need it. You can start from scratch, night or day - a full, live course at your fingertips.
Another few emails came through (did y'all know I was feeling the love?)...about personal coaching feedback boxes ticked and readiness for their own video submissions - I am amped to see where they are at! As well as to know we are training tech savvy professionals who will be fragmenting their abilities, offering their clients a multi-faceted community-based experience, just as they have received.
From deep in my heart, I humbly bow to our Prime Movement free thinkers...for doing their time online and on the ground, freeing them up to be more than a student, more than a parrot, using the Prime Movement platform to discover their own voices, their own Pilates hearts.