Special #2004

Trust the Method

5 min - Special


Every person and every body is unique, which can make some teachers "panic on the inside" when they are teaching someone new. Blossom Leilani Crawford shares what causes her fear and how she copes with it. She explains how trusting the method and the teachers who came before her can lead to beautiful discoveries about her clients. She also reminds us to breathe the next time we feel a sense of panic before teaching.

This was filmed at the 2014 Pilates Method Alliance Conference in San Diego, California.
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Feb 02, 2015
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So I have a dirty little secret I want to share with you today. When I teach PyLadies to a person that's new to me, I'm terrified. I feel like I'm going to go. Like I feel like I'm going to jump off a cliff. That's the feeling I have when I teach a new person for me. But let me backtrack a little bit. I actually love plays.

I love teaching PyLadies. I love the history. I love the springs, I love the movements. I love everything about it. I want a workout not only for my body, but I want one for my mind. And what I love most about plots is that it's intelligent exercise, right? Not The low. We won't go into the other stuff. So why am I so afraid? Right. Well, I'm a double Virgo.

My Mom's gonna be so happy that I just said that right now I'm a double Virgo, so I love order. I like rules. I like clear goals. I like to set them every few months. I like writing lists. In fact, even my kids blocks, I have three sets of glocks and they need to be put back in the exact same boxes. They came in in the exact same way every time. And I even line up the colors sometimes from dark to light, sometimes not. And even the dish, I don't even the Dishwasher, I don't even want to say like my poor husband, I have to like after he leaves, I sort of rearrange them a little bit just because wine glasses don't get clean sideways honey anyway. But the problem is with all of that love of structure and order, I can't teach that way. So this is the problem.

And the problem is, is because each one of us is unique and different. We see differently, we learn differently, we understand in a different way, right? Which is really beautiful. I like to say that we all have the same parts, but we're all put together in such a different way. So when I have that new person in front of me, I panic on the inside like right now. So how do I deal with my fear? So the first thing is, is I load my toolbox. I attend workshops, I read books, I f from everywhere. I watched how someone carries a coffee cup down the street and oh they don't hold it this way. When it's really hot, they hold it this way because when it's really hot, I watch and look at everything.

I keep looking and I look at my client when they walk in the door, I look at them while they're exercising. I look and see what makes them sort of Moan a little. What makes their eyes flutter a little. I keep looking. I'm always looking. I'm always watching. Even when they walk out the door and go and duck into the bathroom cause the worst. You know that thing where they walk away and they thank, you know that that awful posture thing.

I want to know if that's what they're doing when I'm not looking because or when they think I'm not looking because I'm looking. The other thing is is I break apart my beloved beautiful structure of these gorgeous exercises apart. I am willing to tear it apart. I don't care how much to get that thing. I want to get that movement that I think that person needs. I'll, I'll tear that thing down. Yeah.

And the other thing is I trust the method. So I was doing my whole like, I'm going to take this thing apart. I'm going to dismantle it. I'm going to, I want this person to understand this thing and it wasn't working and it wasn't working and it wasn't working. It wasn't working. And then I thought, okay, I'm just going to do what I was taught. I'm going to go a, B, c, d, e, f, g, and there it all was. There were all the things I was trying to get her to understand. All right there, just by doing my alphabet, trust the method, trust the people that came before me. You know who I'm talking about?

All of them. Right? So here's my happy ending. If I can deal with my dirty little secret, something really beautiful happens. Discoveries are made, bodies reveal themselves. And learning happens not only for the client, but for me. And it's too bad. I can't remember that every time that new person walks in.

I think I sort of figured that out by now. So the next time you're in that panic on the inside when you're teaching PyLadies that, you know, intelligent exercise, breathe, beautiful, beautiful things can happen. Thank you. [inaudible].


5 people like this.
Blossom always puts a smile on my face and a warmth in my heart! Thanks for sharing XX

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Thanks blossom: no one would ever know you would feel frightened by a new person coming to you. You always bring out the best in your clients.
2 people like this.
how beautiful- thank you for sharing - reminds us that being afraid is a part of doing what we love
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You are so cool! Love watching you teach,
Just what I need to hear! At the perfect moment, Thank You so much!
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Blossoms honesty is encouraging to all!
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Thank you! I am always scared too. I thought it was just me, but so very greatful that I am not alone:)
3 people like this.
You are truely an inspiration!!!
Mor, thank YOU for the kind words on the first day of the year. Aloha!
You make me smile from ear to ear Blossom! I suffer from the same new client panic. Absolutely loved your point about "trusting the method"!
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