Taking the Plunge: Become a Pilates Instructor: Part 3
About last year at this time, I got a phone call from the Polestar Pilates Office. They were telling me about a student that wanted to join our current comprehensive series on the third weekend. One of the things I love about Polestar is the flexibility of the course. This student was going to join us on the third weekend and make up the first two weekends with another cohort. We understand at
Polestar that life doesn’t always allow for six weekends once a month consecutively. If you are a student that wants to learn from Polestar, we will do everything in our power to find a way, and that is how I met Akiko when she started to become a Pilates Instructor
Akiko is a scientist. She is a biologist at The University of Massachusetts who wanted to learn about movement. She always joked with me that it was so different to study movement because she usually spent her days looking in microscopes. But as with most Polestar Pilates Students as Akiko was becoming a Pilates Instructor it was fascinating to see how her background informed her teaching. Akiko has a spectacular attention to detail and minutia, she can see small things that can shift to make a huge change. And as always with the cohorts we were able to point out Akiko’s strengths so that others could learn from her.
Another fun fact…Akiko grew two inches during the Polestar Pilates comprehensive series. She came to us with a posture that fit the lifestyle of meticulous work studying the slides in a microscope, and through her steadfast practice and mastery of the Pilates Exercises her thoracic spine lengthened and her posture improved enough to make her primary care doctor ask, “What is it that you’re doing?”
The Polestar Pilates Comprehensive series changes people’s bodies. Because of our emphasis on self mastery and the body’s innate knowledge a lot of the learning in a Polestar Pilates Comprehensive training happens outside of the left brain and in the body. The intuition is honed, honored and nurtured. Akiko’s background in biology and her experience with increased thoracic mobility is going to make subconscious connections when she teaches. I couldn’t be more grateful that Akiko joined us last summer. And I can’t wait to see how her teaching develops.