What Seeds are you Sewing!
What seeds are you sowing?
As movement professionals in a competitive playground, we need to continue growing to stay relevant in our field and for our personal development. I feel fortunate to be a member of a teaching team that regularly brings in workshops for continuing education and encourages us to seek out new training. We are always learning from each other! Not everyone has as much easy access to knowledge! So, how are you feeding your personal and business practice? Obviously, you're getting our newsletter and likely our Teaching Tip of the Week email too!
Here are a few other ideas to help you grow without completely breaking the bank!
Take classes! A no-brainer. You might even be able to get discounted or free classes from the studios where you work. We often gravitate toward taking classes from the master instructors, but you might learn a lot from instructors who are looking at the repertoire with fresh, less experienced eyes. What they are unable to do may teach you as much as what an experienced teacher can do.
Have a "Continuing Education Savings Jar." Do some research to see which workshops are coming up in the next year- set a goal! Every time you buy a coffee, tea or snack throw the equivalent amount of money in your savings jar! If you're like me, this will fill up faster than you thought it would, or it will make you think twice about how much you spend on-the-go! Either way, you'll end up with more funds to feed your brain and move your body.
Check out some of these Podcasts & Blogs!
These first two Podcasts, in particular, have been fascinating. They are both people who have taught yoga for a long time but have shifted their thinking about teaching.
• The Mindful Strength Podcast with Kathryn Bruni-Young
Kathryn has bought into the Pilates Principles (whether she knows it or not!)
• Jane Clapp, The Trauma Therapist Project
Jane talks about working with clients who are working through trauma- both bit "T" and little "t" trauma. (Isn't that everyone to some degree?)
• Shari Berkowitz, The Vertical Workshop
Shari has some incredible Movement and Pilates insights.
We have more favourites, but check these out and let us know if you have some favourites too!
Ruth Ruttan is the Education Coordinator for Retrofit Pilates in Toronto, Canada, a Master Instructor specializing in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and a Birth & Postpartum Doula. Each week Ruth shares tips, tools and reminders for Pilates instructors and students with the intention of keeping us inspired, asking questions and always seeking to improve our teaching and our Pilates practice.