Awakening – A nugget of gold too good not to share :)

I was wandering around the internet this weekend procrastinating as I sometimes do when I have a mountain of study and I found this share by a lovely yoga soul Jackie Dumaine who is one inspiring lady, and it resonated so much I just thought why not share, we all go through this life thinking we are alone in our struggles when in fact we all have them.


Awakening – Author Unknown

A time comes in your life when you finally get…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out…ENOUGH.

Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on. Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening…

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon.

You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you…and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.

You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself…and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval.

Your stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and everything isn’t always about you.

So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself…and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

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You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties…and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not you job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely.

You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drinking more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.

More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people…and you learn not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than you heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

Finally, with courage in you heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.


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Why attend a studio/small group class?

Studio Classes

I get asked often the difference between a group mat class and a studio/small group class.  It is a question I have wondered over the years of my pilates practice.  I just recently discovered my own answer and one to share, that does justice to the very valid question I too have pondered, what in fact is the deal?

Some background to my story first, I for many years 8 or 9 in fact loved my pilates and only attended group classes in a gym or followed along with one of the many online classes or DVDs I had at home.  I have not only built strength in my core, gained a much leaner and toned body, but I have also grown to love and respect the practice of pilates.  One of the most compelling reasons I enrolled in my teacher training was so that I could learn why this form of exercise had helped me so much, particularly in rehabilitating from serious low back pain and migraines myself.

Therefore I will never lose my love for a general all round pilates class that offers variety of movements for all parts of the body.  The group mat class is excellent at achieving this, and in fact is what I have based the whole structure of Sonia Louise Pilates on, my motto being that to get someone to fall in love with pilates, they need to first try it on for size, and see in fact if it is for them, then slowly as they see the benefits they will learn more and more and pilates will become something they can’t not do, because it makes them feel better.  This is how I feel anyway.

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The group mat class does this so well, we run through the pilates exercises in a systematic process, working the whole body which gives you a great all over workout from head to toe, inner core to the balance of standing on your toes.  For a great workout, an introduction to pilates and a reasonably priced fitness regime that will compliment all your other physical pursuits, group mat class is for you.  I love them and I will never stop teaching them because I believe it offers everyone the chance to add this type of training to their life and gain the many benefits I so often hear from my clients.

The small group/studio class is only a new love of mine.  I myself other than my teacher training had never experienced this form of pilates.  6 weeks ago I started attending a studio classes of my own with an amazing teacher who has been teaching for many years.  I stumbled across him because I really wanted to increase my learning and knowledge, but could not see how I could fit that in around my full time day job and running the studio.  This was our solution, a studio class once a week at 6.30am Wed morning.

At that point in time I had not considered the option of small group classes but it became a very real possibility quite quickly for me.  The small group/studio class is limited to 4 people only and to be honest if you are lucky sometimes you will be 1 of 1, 2 or 3 but even with 4 in the class, you will receive the attention of the instructor specific for your body weaknesses, tightness and strength requirements.  If there is one thing I have learnt in my first 3 years of teaching every single body is different and needs something just a little different.

So if you think about it maximum of 4 people in your class means you get 1 on 1 attention for at least a quarter of the class.  This is not possible in larger group environments.  What I myself have found is that, even though I can say I am advanced at the mat exercises, some of the exercises that I am doing when there is a keen eye upon me, can be done even so much more precise and believe me every week, my instructor finds somewhere else I could finely tune my movement pattern and hence I wake up the next day introduced to a new muscle that is now doing its job so much more efficiently.

The other exciting thing about the small group class is you get to have a spin on the reformer, we play a lot more with the equipment and we can modify things so that we can work on those spots that only you need to work on, it is not for everyone but it is definitely worth a try.

Pilates aerobic instructor woman in cadillac

Like I said above, I will never stop teaching group classes because I love the atmosphere, the challenge and the excitement in the room when everyone gets to cheer that first time you roll up, or roll like a ball smoothly.

But I must say studio classes are amazing for those of us personalities who like to refine things a little or a lot, or that like the learn (which is me definitely) and for anyone wanting to invest a little more in their practice of pilates.

For sessions times please go back to the home page and click book online.

Pilates Group Mat Classes – $15 casual or $120 for 10 sessions

Small group/Studio Classes $35

Cheers and I hope this answers some questions, as I always say in class if you have further questions please ask, call or send an email I would love to chat 🙂

Sonia Louise