Hello all you new-comers to Pilates! Jane Camerini is adding on a couple of beginning classes.
Monday nights at 6 pm and Thursday nights at 7 pm. I thought it would be a great time to introduce you to Jane with a little interview.
Tell us a little about your relationship to yoga and Pilates. Yoga? Or Pilates first?
I began learning yoga in an woodland setting in Vermont when I was 16. I loved it from the get-go. I enjoyed the slowness and focus of it, and I was good at it. It was my first real physical endeavor, not having done much in dance or sports as a kid. I took classes from a variety of teachers, and became a more serious student when I moved to Wisconsin from New York in 1976. Back then, the Yoga Meditation Society was the place to train to teach Hatha Yoga. I trained, taught, attended workshops, and began a meditation practice. Yoga was the constant while I attended graduate school and tried other physical activities – aerobics, running, and strength training.
I discovered pilates in 2002 and it has become, in a way, my home. I love pilates because it is so good for my body, it is challenging, and it is a complex array of exercises that don’t get boring. I can go on — I love it because it is a healing practice as well as one that can build one’s strength, flexibility, stability, and balance.
In a pinch, I can do mat work at home, but I enjoy the studio, the equipment, and the teachers and students I’ve met.
What do you like to teach new clients and why?
I like teaching new clients to roll like a ball. Most people find it a bit strange but can soon do it and have fun finding their balance point.
What is your favorite mat exercise for your own body?
My favorite mat exercise is Boomerang, because I use my whole body and feel strong, flexible, and graceful.
What do you think whole body health is?
Whole body health sounds like the name of a holistic medical clinic.
You spent some of the summer working on updating your garden. How did it turn out?
I remade part of my garden this summer and, while still a work in progress, it turned out well. I planted a variety of grasses, perennials for part-shade and shade, and some creeping evergreens. I especially enjoyed how the woodland phlox took off and a revealed a wonderful aroma.
What else have you been up to lately?
This fall I began tutoring high school biology and I’m enjoying it more than I thought. Helping someone “get” a concept is like seeing someone start to master a pilates exercise — there is an engagement, a sharing of knowledge between people that feels really good.