While packing for my recent trip to the Big Easy, I decided to grab Brooke Siler’s most recent book, The Woman’s Health Big Book of Pilates, my Power Pilates Teacher Training manuals (of course) and one, out of dozens upon dozens, of my personal notebooks, with who knows how many workshop notes from highly respected teachers.
On the flight to NOLA, after completing my standard preparatory work getting ready to teach a program, I moved on to Brooke’s book and chewed through several chapters (GREAT book to have) of her latest feat. I realized exactly how many of the classical closing exercises I have not been teaching. I thought about all the reasons why, and while some might be considered valid, I couldn’t come up with one really good one (other than that I forgot).
After a great weekend of teaching a group of eager, new Pilates students, I decided to brake out my old journal on the flight home. While my handwriting may look like chicken scratch, it got me wondering about exactly how many notebooks from countless continuing education seminars, I actually have. My best guess is that there are more than I can count using both my toes and fingers. More importantly, I wondered why I don’t look through them more often. The particular notebook in my hands had great tidbits, fresh ways of thinking, and classical oldies with a new spotlight on them. It included workshops from Brooke Siler, Alycea Ungaro, Colleen Glenn, Kathi Ross-Nash, Mari Winsor, Bob Liekens, Mejo Wiggin, Jay Grimes, and the list goes on. It was a goldmine! What had once been a trove of fresh, inspiring information was now just a notebook lying around the house collecting dust. I do continuing education for myself and my student’s often thank me for it, but after the fresh perspective has worn off, only a portion of the education becomes permanently ingrained. I’m left wondering: how can we train our brains, bodies, and voices to stay connected to the information? I needed a method, a plan of action, and accountability!
A friend of mine used to tell me it took 21 days to create a habit. While I’ve researched this 21-day theory, and discovered it may actually take anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit (interesting article by James Clear on The Huffington Post), I’ll still go for 21 days and see what happens! I have formed a plan with this in mind.
My plan: for the next 3 months (maybe even longer), every 21 days I will choose one of my notebooks to comb through. I aim to find 3 gems to incorporate into my daily teaching. They could be an exercise, a teaching tool, a cue, or a concept to work with over the 21-day cycle. I hope to be held accountable by my students in the studio (they’ll know) and by you, the reader. Every twenty-one days, I intend to post the three gems that I have uncovered in my hidden stack of long lost notebooks, and will discuss my findings. You’ll find these discussions under my Teacher Training blog.
My goal is to work on putting memory into action and action into tangible results. Maybe, I can help some readers along the way.
Stay tuned for my first twenty-one day cycle of Pilates brain-training!
Rachael Lieck Bryce
Notes, notes and more notes.