I hope that you and all your loved ones are safe and well. In these desperate times it has been great to see that the Pilates community remains strong and innovative.
I want to please tell you about a book I have been compiling for a number of years, and to ask for your help. The book is called My Pilates Mentor. For over two years I have been planning and working on this project. First things first, it is important to me that you know I am not writing this book because I think I am better than you. In fact, I am writing it because I know I am not. I know that there are thousands of amazing ideas out there that I will never think of, and I decided that it was time to ask the family of Pilates teachers to come together to create a book that will serve as not only a great reference book for teachers and all lovers of Pilates, but it will also make them smile and realise that the wonderful Pilates community is like no other.
Any book takes a lot of time, sweat and tears to produce. You don’t write books to make money; there are much easier ways to do that which take a lot less time and sleepless nights. This is more a labour of love, so I hope that you feel that on every page. And please remember that 50% of any profits from this book will go to the Pilates Carnival Charity Partners and to Save the Children.
I am creating this as a resource for Pilates teachers and anyone else who might be interested. The idea is that I am asking Pilates teachers from all over the world a set of questions, and I will then collate all the answers into a concise guide. This should give anyone who reads the book all the years of experiences of thousands of Pilates teachers. But it is not only about amazing insight and advice, it is also about how much fun it is to be a Pilates teacher, and all the inspirational and funny stories that we can share.
My Pilates Mentor aims to be:
A resource for Pilates teachers and all people who love Pilates to quickly understand the opinions of thousands of Pilates teachers and to gain their years of experience on a number of topics in a few hours of reading.
An interesting and fun expose on the world of Pilates teaching.
Focused on both mat and machine Pilates to make sure that we can appeal to everyone who loves Pilates as much as we do.
My Pilates Mentor is not:
It is not an anatomical guide – there are already many wonderful books dedicated to the anatomy of Pilates.
It is not judging one of the many Pilates schools over another, so there will be no mention of any schools in this book other than under each teacher’s qualification details if they chose to have their name mentioned.
It is not a technical guide as to how to do exercises, again there are plenty of those about.
So, in your busy schedule, why should you decide to join this community project by contributing?
You will be contributing to the Pilates community.
You will be helping to introduce people to Pilates.
You will be raising the profile of Pilates.
If I use one of your answers or a quote from you in the book (I will always seek your permission first), then I will give you a name credit within the book.
At the end of the book, there will also be a list of all of the contributors who want their details published.
You will be helping to create a geographic study of different trends and opinions.