I have always believed that you can do Pilates anywhere
. To prove it I have begun a fun project which includes doing Pilates in the most unusual, sometimes spectacular places. It all started in 2005 when I made my way to the top of Lion's Head in Cape Town, South Africa. I'd never seen anything so beautiful in my life. At the top of the mountain I dropped my new camera (bought for the occasion) and watched break into pieces as it bounced its way back to sea level.
I swore then that if I ever got back to Cape Town again I would combine my passion for Pilates with the majesty of that place and I would get a picture of it! Two years later, I did make it back to Lion's Head and I took that picture (many).
From then on it has been hard not to do Pilates when I am surrounded by the beauty of nature. For me the two are intimately connected. From Lindbergh Lake Montana
to the top of Stac Pollaidh in Scotland
, I’ve tested the limits of my powerhouse. I have had a great time doing it and even managed to get a few friends to join in the fun. It turns out that when you do Pilates in an environment you already find breathtaking, you become even more aware and precise with your movements.
In other words, you become totally present.I notice that my work in the studio is always a little more focused after a “Pilates on tour” experience. Maybe the next time you find yourself in a place that inspires you, you’ll think to take a deep breath, inhale your surroundings, and do the hundred! Take pictures if you do. :-)