Friday, October 31, 2014

Foundations Apparatus Training Program

It is the night before The Foundations Apparatus Training Program through BASI Pilates! 

The car is packed, the kids are sleeping, my husband is finishing up some last minute work. We are about to get on the road and head six hours south to San Antonio, TX.
I should be sleeping. We will be waking up at 4AM. Training starts at noon.
I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve night. So much excitement and anticipation. I've dreamt of becoming a Pilates instructor for over ten years! I don't remember the last time a day has passed that I haven't thought about Pilates. I'm so strange!

My heart is full of love and gratitude. What an amazing opportunity. I was awarded a Kathy Grant Memorial Scholarship to attend this training. I want to do my best to show my gratitude to both BASI as well as Kathy Grant.

We arrive in San Antonio. The traffic was not as bad as we had predicted. Thank goodness we have some extra time. I am still in my pajamas. I grab my change of clothes and realize my pants I had washed the night before are still wet! Seriously?! Mental check. It takes more than 24 hours for Lululemons to dry. Oh well! Wet pants it is!

We grab some lunch and head to the host studio. I'm feeling excited, anxious and nervous. My husband takes my hand and tells me how excited he is that I am finally starting this journey. He tells me he is proud of me and that I am not to worry about the kids.

We say a quick prayer and thank heavenly father for the opportunity to learn and grow. We pray that I will be able to retain the information that is being given. We also pray that I will be able to bless the lives of those around me with the knowledge and talents I will be receiving and developing.

I walk up the stairs to the studio. One by one the studio fills with other students. 
I anxiously watch for the instructor to arrive. I secretly think about what I would do if Rael Isacowitz walked in. How would I refrain from acting like a teenage girl meeting Justin Bieber?! haha

Our instructor arrives. She has beautiful brown hair, an adorable button nose, big eyes and long lashes. She looks so confident but also kind and humble!
We take roll and introduce ourselves.
I love hearing about all the other students. We are all so different but yet similar.
Everyone has such great respect for Pilates.
We begin. I am handed a huge stack of manuals! I am grinning ear to ear. I feel like the Pilates Vault just opened and I snatched all those treasured manuscripts!
The manuals are very structured, full of information and easy to read.

I can't believe how much we fit into one weekend. I am also surprised at how much I was able to retain.
Before I knew it the training came to an end. The time went by so quickly. I was impressed by the instructor as well as the other students. There was no competing, no judging and no belittling. Everyone is looking to improve and become better.
I am headed back home. No study buddy or BASI instructor close by. But I have my manuals in hand, Pilates Interactive just a click away and a Facebook page full of BASI graduates willing to respond to my messages.
I've started my observation hours and recently started working at a local studio. Modules 4,5 and 6 can't come fast enough. Nervous for the mid term. Trying not to be! Wish me luck!

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