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Saturday, June 03, 2006


you know that feeling that you get after excellent sex? [or excellent masturbation] where you're all exhausted but totally fucking happy at the same time? and if you're a woman or a lucky man? there was probably more than one orgasm.

i feel like that right now.

and since y'all know that i was bleeding from my urethra on wednesday morning you can imagine that it wasn't sex. cause frankly the idea of touching or being touched anywhere NEAR there?


anyway from this you must gather that i am not discussing orgasm. well at least not one that involves the genitals *grin*

*brief pause for dirty thoughts*
*(wonders why such thoughts are 'dirty'*

i am in fact experiencing post conference bliss. in fact? i don't even have words for how much fun i'm having [or how full my brain is]. all of the people involved in this shindig are wonderful and happy people who are living the best lives they can imagine. don't get me wrong, i'm certain that they consider it work but at the same time? they're clearly loving it.

marie jose blom lawrence was on the menu today (and tomorrow). she is a wonderful lady who became a stewardess so that she could take classes from all the teachers and fly for free. sheer genius i tell you. course she's been teaching full time for years now.

yesterday was alan herdman and he. well. i have to move to england.

no seriously i have to find a way to spend a year in London studying under him. that i've certified already? that i have no money and a thriving practise?


well of course it does. so i would have to do it like over the course of six summers or some crap like that but i don't care? i want to follow him around and sit at his feet and just. oh my god.

marie jose did that to me last year, and to a certain extent this year but i have EU citizenship and i don't have rights in the usa. so i'll take london thankyouverymuch.

for now i just want to get to seattle but there is no way i can swing airfare AND tuition let alone a hotel room. damm those workshops sound mindblowing and i'm a greedy bitch. some of these teachers are *old* now and must be studied with while they're still teaching. Already there are only like six people left in the world that still teach and actually studied with Joe.

[my picks to take if a trip to seattle magically appears]
[Mary Bowen - Pilates and Psyche ]
[Mary Bowen - The Spine ]
[Alan Herdman - Progressing to the Advanced Work ]


oh i wish i had a million dollars sometimes. then i would take a few of years and go train with alan and marie jose and kathy corey and anyone else i feel like that i haven't met yet and don't know about. and then i'll go see if
elizabeth larkam will let me dance with her and then?

then i'll open a studio and fix broken people forever. :)

ahhh that sounds like such bliss. really learning first instead of this winging it and trusting my gut shit that i do now. i mean it's a good gut but there's a lot of information it doesn't have and i'm afraid it only has a surface understanding of what it's looking at.

and the good teachers? they all trust their guts, they just have a lot more information to feed to theirs.

i've noticed something about teachers that i respect, they all have three key traits in common.

all of them have a thirst for learning which keeps them out there asking questions and learning from each other and being curious at all times. okay probably not when they're walking the dog.

all of them would love to answer any question you can throw at them, the tougher the better. and the longer you give them the more they'll answer it. they'll offer to show you without expecting you to pay them (within reason) and they will expound.

all of them never stop teaching. they want to share everything they know with you and they just wish that they had more time to do it in.

i think i might be like that a little. i don't know if i'm at their level, i'm lazy and a climber and a blogger and i hate reading textbooks but i have the second two for sure.

hmmm i think i've thought of a fourth trait. they are creative and willing to admit that they don't know. that's five? the first three are the big ones.

i know a lot of really excellent teachers who stopped learning a long time ago and think that they know everything. they won't be legends like these people are. it's impossible. but better than that?

when i see someone like alan herdman thinking about a question or learning something from marie jose or whatever? i see that i've found a calling that involves lifelong learning *and* it reinforces how little *i* know.

i hope there are always teachers like that around to learn from, in fact i think i study from one of the next generation now.

ah !

*little dance*

i'm inspired!

and so tired i'm eating leftovers and passing out!


Sass Inak came to Pilates by way of a car accident and by the time she met her Teacher her once fit body was overweight, shuffling and occasionally crawling up the stairs. By her third lesson she knew she had found her calling and has enthusiastically pursued further knowledge and experience ever since. Sass tends to specialise in 'broken' bodies but equally enjoys teaching groups and fit people. [She certified through Body Harmonics/The PhysicalMind Institute and continues her studies at Mind the Body and by taking workshops from legendary teachers]

how's that for a bio? and :
for a pic? [new job part time maybe... at a wellness centre :)]


Blogger Natalia said...

Woohoo love that feeling. And the pic and bio... lovely.

I have been busy...head in the clouds.

Just wanted to stop by and hug you :)


6/03/2006 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

You are so right.
Excellent teachers NEVER stop learning.
No matter what you are teaching, pilates, ballet, french there is always room for more.
I think a good teacher also knows when something isn't working and moves on to something else instead of trying to force their students.


6/03/2006 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

nat: this feeling is so awesome that i actually sent the link to them to see if they wanted to read my blog entry.

thanks, i'm amazed that bio came out like that and i think it will stick. my head is stuffed with things and i've been crazy busy myself.

*huggs* !!!

madame: you are so right too. and alan herdman reminded us of that yesterday, if it isn't working chuck it and move on. kathy corey said a variation of the same thing.

so i'm guessing you're a fine teacher yourself. also?

therabands do in fact rock.

6/03/2006 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous clarity said...

I like the bio and the picture. One technical difficulty I have with the picture is the kind of halo/shadow all around your head and shoulders though.

6/04/2006 02:59:00 AM  
Blogger DZER said...

I'd hire ya!!

I think it's great that you've found something, careerish wise, that you are enthusiastic, happy and continually juiced about. would that all of us could be that lucky :)

teach on, sassinator!!

6/04/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

Firstly, oh hun BIG HUGS on your UTI!!!! I hope that you're experiencing some relief somewhere... jesus i had no idea you were sick, Im sorry!!


You're going to Seattle... No shh you are. no...

are :)

6/04/2006 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Casually Me said...

I think you could do anything you wanted...but you have a passion for this...and it helps you as well..why not?

6/04/2006 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

I'd trust you to fix me any time. I do love the bio, but I adore the pic...USE IT.

6/04/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger terry said...

i was so lucky to have so many wonderful pilates teachers to help me function with a permanent injury... and you strike me as the same kind of teacher.

just the fact that you have such a passion and appreciation for it speaks volumes.

glad you came away from the weekend so full and inspired. that's fabulous.

6/04/2006 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Hubris said...

sounds like you're having a good time :D

6/04/2006 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

clarity: thanks. i note the same difficulty but it's the best pic i have :)

dzer: i think the real question is "do i wish to work for her"


that said? i'm the luckiest person i know. i see the old teachers that have been doing it for upwards of twenty years and they're still this excited and they're still in there learning everything under the sun that they can. i get bored so easily that it's nice to find something that is continually evolving and that has a correspondingly enormous knowledge base.

so no boredom! and if i DO get bored i know it's only that i need more master teaching...

thanks dzer!

bubbles: oh man it's almost gone now. the bleeding stopped on wednesday in fact. still itchy and can't sit on anything that presses though (like a bike seat or whatever) but i'll hug you anyway...

are we naked?

*clears throat*

i found out i can get in for free if i volunteer... so now it's a plane ticket and a place to stay and is SO MUCH more doable i think i might even swing it.


6/04/2006 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

cas: i have to do pilates for the rest of my life. period.

that i freaking love to teach it is just the icing on the cake :)

kathi: thank you. i feel privileged to have anyone feel that way about me.

one of my clients has already informed me that i'm not allowed to go until she's all better... :)

thanks for the bio-feedback


terry: THANK you. i took a mat class from one of those teachers today so i feel like super blessed to get a compliment like that.

by the way, i saw her eat more than once and some of it even had cheese in it. i suspect she didn't eat much at WORK because it makes you barf is all ... i regularly skip lunch for that reason...

terry this stuff is like crack for my brain AND my body, it found me and i'm just the lucky bitch with the natural eye. and i'm even FULLER today!

hubris: it was MARVELOUS.

the co-ordinator gave me the 'most enthusiastic participant' award (which doesn't exist but she said if it did i would win it) and apparently my happy energy is wonderful to be around... which is super awesome because i got the happy energy FROM THEM!


6/04/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger terry said...

oh, sass, that makes perfect sense... about eating at work. no fun barfing on your client, i guess...!

glad you got to take a class from her! i was always amazed by her ability to take any move and tailor it to fit anyone's body and strength level. most of them were like that, and it made the whole thing so much less intimidating and so much more meaningful.

look out, seattle!

6/04/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger debambam said...

mindgasms are THE best sort of orgasm, they can last for DAYS and be rekindled with but a memory....the physical type while nice and all, only last a short time! Glad you had/having a great time!!

6/04/2006 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

You know what Sass?
I love teaching and I think if you love to teach than you can't help but be a good teacher.
We have got to get together and share some tips!

UTI reminds me of a trip to Rhode Island and seeing the Sign for the University of Rhode Island(URI) and spending the next hour thinking of permutations.

Urinary Reaming Incidences.

I get bored in the car.

6/04/2006 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

terry: it's way worse in group classes where you have to demonstrate. way worse! at least with privates you can sometimes skip the pilates.

that's my second class with her now and she just gives off such wonderful warmth with her voice while she teaches. that talent is actually the hallmark of a teacher worth learning from... anything less and i wish they wouldn't say they teach pilates... because they don't get it.

i know seattle! i have to find a plane ticket and a home, my attendance is taken care of!


deb: they totally fucking are. i'm going to be high from this weekend for a while... and it's going to take a long time to digest cause i learned TONS!

madame: i think you're right to some extent... because some people love to teach but they don't love to learn... and i'm not sure they should be allowed after a while :)

and yes, yes we do!

oh man, i thought i was the only one that did that... there used to be a chat game called akro that had people making up acronyms to random sets of letters and the dirty ones always won...

6/04/2006 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger Matt Vella said...

That sounds awesome darlin', I'm so glad you do what you love. It's also a great thing that you help others as part of that...

And of course, the picture...it's so adorable. :)

6/04/2006 08:47:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

matt: it's true, i'm fucking blessed. they told me i was the most enthusiastic person there. which sort of isn't right, i mean i'm just bubblier about it :)

6/05/2006 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I wish I had your determination when it comes to exercise. I look at myself and think it's hopeless

I love the picture

6/05/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

kris it's not determination at ALL, for one think you're thinner than i am :)

all it is is passion. i've foind forms of being active that i love and thus i do them. i NEVER go do weights or get enough cardio though see?

just keep trying shit until you find something you like.


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