The Balance of Pilates

About six months ago my boyfriend and I became regulars at a local Pilates class. Fundamentally Pilates focuses on the core which helps keep the body balanced.

This weekly class has become one of the highlights of my week. I love the community around the studio and yet Pilates is a solo pursuit. I only need to focus on my breath, on my body and what it can do. As someone who struggles with ongoing pain, it is a safe place for me to get stronger. I feel myself getting better, improving my form and increasing my strength over time. I also feel the focus as I let go of everything else and sink into that hour.

All this thinking about Pilates got me thinking about balance.

Try standing on one foot and then the other foot – go ahead try it now. Is one harder? Stand on the more challenging foot and notice what happens. Your body is constantly making small adjustments to keep you upright. Also it is easier to balance when you focus your attention on the task.  

As in Pilates, balance is one of the core principles of co-active coaching. Balance coaching is about opening up your perspectives – or the point of view from which we view a topic. Often we think about things from a set view point without realizing it. We may think something like ‘I could never write a book.’ That is one way to look at it. Or you could look at it from the point of view of a three year old, an oak tree, or your biggest fan. And guess what? All those perspectives would have truth in them.  

Think about an area in your life right now where you feel stuck. Got one? Good, now challenge yourself to identify what your current point of view it. Really feel what it is like in that perspective. Then challenge yourself to come up with six other ways to look at it. Be silly and have some fun with it. Move, draw, dance, or do whatever calls to you.

Eventually you will choose a perspective that feels right. And from this new place you can decide on your next step.

You will be making a conscious choice. And since we are always at choice wouldn’t you rather make your choices consciously.

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About Janice Cunning

As a certified coach and fundraiser, I am passionate about partnering with people and teams to increase their personal and professional Joy Quota.


  1. Shannon says:

    This is a brilliant way of looking at life – and something that I’m going to try to do more often. This post has really got me thinking…

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