One Step Closer

completed my Reformer training this weekend!!!

Took a couple days to recover and now I’m ready to reflect.

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago I had a crazy-brilliant-scary idea to start Pilates training, and that this weekend I finished the level 3 Reformer training at the wonderful Turning Point Studio in Walnut Creek.

Every training session makes me nervous, tests me both physically and mentally, and helps me grow as an instructor and as a person.

In general, I have a tendency to push forward toward my goals without looking back. But  if I don’t look back to recognize the progress I’ve made, I don’t realize how far I’ve come. So as part of my decision to pursue pilates, I  made the decision to appreciate the ride and remember my starting point.

Thankfully, I am reminded of where I’ve been on this journey by way of evaluations and feedback from master teachers who spend their weekends watching me struggle (often) and prevail (sometimes). They notice those little moments when I’m excited, nervous, frustrated, even when I think they are not paying attention. But they are always paying attention, and give individual feedback at the end of each training session.

After my training this weekend, I took some time to read those first few evaluations. When I looked back at my humble beginning as a teacher in training, I realized that I made a lot of progress. In my first instructor training, I remember being terrified, especially while other instructors watched me teach. Now, I’m starting to feel really comfortable and can develop a real connection with the student regardless of who is watching.

A lot had to change for me to start feeling comfortable – I am practicing (A LOT), I’m learning how to stay present, and most importantly, I’m feeling more and more comfortable being myself. I consciously work on all three, every day.

As this personal transformation began to happen, the comments on my evaluations began to change.

They went from “gain confidence in the delivery of what you know”, to “you present with a lot of confidence which puts the client at ease”.

As I began to feel comfortable being myself and finding my voice as an instructor, this comfort translated into confidence that was noticeable to others. How cool!

Definitely the highlight of my weekend!

In class, we also spent some time in class designing programs for athletes. This got me thinking about  dedication.

And then led me to look at some photos.


The dedication and hard work is externally translated onto the bodies of these high level athletes. They are an incredible inspiration to us and show us what our bodies and minds can do when we set out to do something seemingly impossible.

But let’s not downplay our own accomplishments. For most of us, our personal goals often go unnoticed, and that’s ok.

Just make sure that they are noticeable to you.

Remind yourself where you have been, and remind yourself often. Check back to see what you have accomplished, not just what there is left to do.

What’s on the docket for the next few months? Booking more classes, Pilates on Tour in July, and finishing with the last 3 Apparatus classes with Tom McCook by the end of the year.

I feel re-energized and ready to teach!

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  1. Annie Bardet
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Maria! Did you change the look of your blog website???? I love it!!!

    • Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

      Yes! Thanks! I love it too. Eric and I have been working on it for a while.

      • Annie Bardet
        Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        Alright, so I’m really curious about what vegan foods/products are good for face complexion…do vegan things generally work? to get rid of acne, etc? I’ve been hunting around for good products/makeup the past two days.
        Also, any good homemade face masks???

        • Posted June 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

          Hi Annie! Yes, vegan products do work. I make a lot of my own stuff, and normally go to Whole Foods or a local vegan friendly grocery store to pick up creme and etc…Haven’t found a brand that I absolutely love though.

          But honey, lemon juice, and fine salt (or ground almonds) make a great scrub, and baking powder and a little water will make a good paste to clear the skin.

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