We finished Progression 1 today, which is the foundation of Gyrotonic. This is the first level of exercises for new clients. On Monday we will be looking at different progressions; there are 7 covered in this course. At the end of the next week, our test is to teach each other a one hour private session and cover Step One of Progression One. I’ll be practicing on my husband Steve starting on Monday. He has just arrived from Toronto and will be spending the next 4 days in New York mostly by himself. He was complaining that his back and legs were hurting so I offered to teach him Gyrotonic®. I will be renting a machine on Monday after my course. What better way to practice for my test?
Two days ago we were introduced to new spinal movements that are part of our homework. This morning Veronique taught us the movements, and right after Billy asked for volunteers to teach the group the same warm up/homework after lunch. Because we all have to do it before the course ends, I volunteered. I did not want to have to stress about it the entire weekend.
It was much harder than I thought as Billy and Veronique made it look so simple. As best as I could, I tried to remember the sequence of the exercises and I believe I added something extra in the form of body awareness cues that I currently employ in my practice of teaching Pilates. When I was ‘off’, I could hear Billy coughing behind me because I had omitted an exercise. Or else I would catch Veronique’s eyes in my line of vision and I knew my speed was off. In the end, I was told that for first attempt I had done very well with good timing.
Our homework for tomorrow Sunday is not to think about Gyrotonic at all as next week is going to be heavy.
So, I’m going to enjoy New York with Steve.