New Years can be filled with a subconscious pressure to change, to put forth our best self in an attempt to right our wrongs, modify bad habits, or correct your mistakes. This psychology can be a slippery slope sending us into a lack of self-compassion that cycles over and over, year after year, class after class. Is it possible for all of us in January 2018 to release these negative cycles and unlock our beautiful compassionate potential?
The Pilates principle 'Control' offers a perspective of reflection that may be new to some of us. In modern language 'control' isn't always positively viewed. We have phrases like "control freak" and often encourage friends or loved ones to "let go of control". Ironically, the root of the verb control is contra- (against) and the word translates to take authority over, to check, verify, or regulate.
Rather than viewing your physical control as your ability to be perfectly perform the movements, try approaching control from the lens of awareness. Control as a principle that encourages us to hold space for reflection of our performance in real time. In your Pilates practice, invite the inquisitiveness of checking your performance, verifying your approach, and regulate your reputations. This may unlock a level of sustainability in your practice that will get you through the entire year rather than just the first month.