Our Pilates Teacher/Mentor/Mother/Keeper of the Flame, Romana Kryzanowska passed away Aug. 30, 2013, at the age of 90. Her memorial in New York was today. How we would all have loved to be there to celebrate and honor her. As we couldn't, all of us Classical Pilates teachers here in the country, most of whom were trained by her, got together to do our own memorial. Everything, from the first seed of an idea, coordination of schedules, logistics and transportation of apparatus, video shoot and post production was finished in just 7 days. Pretty damn proud of what we all did, but this doesn't compare at all to what Romana has done for all of us. She was SPECIAL. If anything, this video shows how much we loved and still love her. Cheers Romana!
I have a very simple goal. Being an ex-gymnast (though never of elite level), I still love the sport and am trying to find ways to coach / teach it more effectively and efficiently.
I think no matter what level you are, one of the most important, if not THE most important skill of all is the handstand. Having a clean and controlled handstand willt ake you to the giants in bars, the handsprings on the vault and a lot more of the more advanced skills. I do not understand those who skip basics. Ok fine you can do a double twist dismount on bars, but if you wobble each and everytime you giant because you have no control, then whats the point?
So I want to learn to do a non-cheating press to handstand.
This is actually a 2-fold process. First is how to press up to it without jumping or cheating your way to it, and secondly, after pressing up, to be able to sustain it.
If i get this, then maybe, a slow lowering down to the floor, but for now that is not yet part of my goal.
Here are some of the things I've been working on. I'm getting there, but not yet there at all...