- Eat breakfast
- Smile (sometime faking energy can trick your body into thinking you have some)
- Drink something cold
- Spread out your caffeine consumption
- De-clutter your home or office
- Start moving
- Put on some good, upbeat music
- Make sure you’re well hydrated
- Have a little dark chocolate
I am technologically inept. Luckily I’m in love with someone who understands computers, cell phones, and the settings on modern day televisions. But when my hard drive crashed and my cell phone appeared to be dying–a question mark started popping up on the screen and then it would shut itself off–I decided it was time for me to move into the 21 century.
And, so, I bought an iphone. In the AT&T store I told the salesman that I wanted to be able to access the Internet, sync with my calendar, play music, take notes, and make phone calls with my new cell. He asked me what I was currently using and when I pulled out my five year old phone he laughed at me and introduced me to the iphone.
Every once in a while a song will inspire me. There are certain songs that do it every time I hear them and others that just strike me in a particular way on a particular day.
The song that inspired me most recently is Cat Steven’s “Don’t Be Shy.” I’ve heard it thousands of times before. I even own the album, but it struck me more poignantly this time. It opens with these words:
Don’t be shy just let your feelings roll on by
Don’t wear fear or nobody will know you’re there
Just lift your head, and let your feelings out instead
It was not only inspiring as a confidence booster, which I think is important, but the “just lift your head” line hit me. I thought of Pilates. I’m not kidding. I don’t make this stuff up. I actually think of Pilates this often.
I thought lifting your head and lengthening through the body which not only makes us feel more confident, but makes us look more confident. I thought about how when exercises get challenging we all have a tendency […]
Most of the time people don’t mention the music I use in class, but there is one CD I use that people repeatedly tell me they like.
I told the last class that asked that I would put the musician’s name and website on my blog so that they can find him.
Brian Prunka is the musician. He plays Arabic music and travels the world in concerts. He is currently teaching at a school in New Orleans for a couple of semesters. Brian also does the music you hear throughout the Wednesday morning Pilates videos that air on channel 15.
Click on Brian Prunka for a link to his website where you can purchase his CD if you’re interested.